James Wainwright
James Wainwright
James Wainwright appeared as Lt. Col. Bingham Lacey in the Season 7 M*A*S*H episode "Preventative Medicine".
Personal Information
Gender: Male
Born: (1938-03-05)March 5, 1938
Birthplace Danville, Illinois, U.S.
Died: December 20, 1999(1999-12-20) (aged 61)
Deathplace Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Character information
Appeared on/in: M*A*S*H
Episodes appeared in: "Preventative Medicine" in Season 7
Character played: Colonel Bingham Lacy

James Wainwright (born March 5, 1938-died December 20, 1999) appeared as Colonel Bingham Lacy in the Season 7 episode of M*A*S*H titled "Preventative Medicine". A versatile and talented general purpose character actor, James appeared in a variety of roles on television and film, usually cast as authority figures and heavies.

Early life and careerEdit

At an early age, young James, who was born and raised in Danville, IL, discovered he had artistic talent at a young age, landing a scholarship at Carnegie University. The active pursuit was put temporarily on hold when he decided to join the Marine Corps. Following an honorable discharge from the Marines, he made do with a number of unskilled jobs until he found an interest in another area of the fine arts -- acting. He auditioned and earned a seat as a student at the Actors' Studio, then proceeded to migrate West in the late 1960s to pursue film and TV stardom.

Initially cast as a ruthless heavy, James's image was redeemed somewhat after landing a recurring role in 1969 on the already-established TV program Daniel Boone (1964). In 1972, he fronted in his own weekly series Jigsaw (1972) as dogged Lt. Frank Dain of the California State Police Department's Bureau of Missing Persons--a man who didn't always play by the rules. What could have been his ticket to TV stardom barely lasted a season. In years to come he was seen in secondary support to a number of Oscar-winning cinema stars, notably Clint Eastwood in Joe Kidd (1972), George Kennedy in the prison drama Mean Dog Blues (1978) and Walter Matthau and Robin Williams in The Survivors (1983).

James also appeared in a number of mini-movies, particularly that of a younger J. Edgar Hoover who grows up to be bulldog Broderick Crawford in The Private Files of J. Edgar Hoover (1977), and guested on the more popular 1970s-1980sshows including the CBS crime/drama series Cannon, the ABC-TV series The Fall Guy, Hardcastle & McCormick and Dynasty, CBS-TV's Magnum P.I. and MBC's Hunter.

In his second TV series, he reverted back to playing the heavy as an unstable scientist who invents and unleashes humanistic robots to take over the world in Beyond Westworld (1980). Based on the popular 1973 Yul Brynner movie, the program was very short-lived. Following additional episodic work on TV, as well as the lowbudget action film Mission Manila (1990), Wainwright left the screen. Little was heard from or about the actor until his reported death from lung cancer in Los Angeles at age 61.

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