John James

John James Anderson is most well known for his ten-year role as 'Jeff Colby' on the 1980's prime time TV soaps Dynasty (1981) and The Colbys (1985). John was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, the son of radio broadcaster Herb Oscar Anderson, and brother of actor Herb Anderson.

He first starred in small roles in TV series like Fantasy Island (1977) and The Love Boat (1976), before being offered the character of Jeff in Dynasty (1981) and its spin-off The Colbys

(1985). He appeared in the first episode 'Oil' (1981) and remained

until the last episode 'Catch 22' (1989), returning later for the film

Dynasty: The Reunion.

John then took nearly fifteen years out of the acting business, except for the odd TV movie and a role in the action thriller Icebreaker (2000) with Sean Astin and Bruce Campbell.

He returned (2003-08) with the long running hit series As the World Turns (1956) and the equally successful All My Children (1970). He also starred in the drama Lightning: Fire from the Sky (2001) alongside Jesse Eisenberg and John Schneider.

John lives with his wife and two children in New York, New York.

Spouse (1)

Denise Coward

(20 April 1989 -

present) (2 children)

Son of legendary radio personality Herb Oscar Anderson

Daughter, Laura James, born 1991. Son, Philip, born 1992.

Studied at Manhattan's American Academy of Dramatic Arts.

Brother of Herb Anderson.

Will join "All My Children" in the contract role of Jeff Martin. [May 2006]

Lives with his wife and children on their 230-acre farm in

Cambridge, NY. He works with a local theatre group, and hopes to return

as a regular to series TV now that his children are in school

Known For


Cast Credits

Touched by an Angel (1994)
Guest starring as Sam Carver
The Colbys (1985)
Starring as Jeff Colby (49 episodes)
Dynasty (1981)
Starring as Jeff Colby (42 episodes)