In his review for the NY Times, Lawrence Van Gelder wrote that Burnt Offerings included “a chauffeur (Anthony James) whose face is going to haunt a lot of dreams for months to come.”
The tall, lanky actor, who passed away from cancer on Tuesday at age 77, had a more extensive resume than I realized with credits spanning television and film throughout his career. He had notable small screen work in Gunsmoke, Police Story, Buck Rogers In The 25th Century, The A-Team, and Simon and Simon. He also appeared in the films mentioned above along with titles like The Teacher, Return From Witch Mountain, and The Naked Gun 2½: The Smell of Fear in which he satirized his bad guy image. It turns out he wrote two books: the 1994 collection of painting and poems called Language of the Heart and his 2014 memoir, Acting My Face. It looks like I have some reading to do.
RIP to a man who scared the hell out of me as a kid. I really do appreciate it.