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James McGowan

James Robert McGowan was born on May 30, 1960, in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. James is the youngest of three sons of Johnny McGowan, a former light heavyweight boxer from Northern England. James grew up on the West Island in Montreal. He graduated from Concordia University with a B.A. in Communications. After graduation he took a job as a copy writer at an advertising agency. He then worked in the audio-visual department of McGill University.

While at McGill, James got in touch with a friend who was directing plays, expecting to pursue acting as a hobby. He loved it so much he decided to pursue it as a profession. He got guest spots in television shows and minor roles in movies. He also worked in television ads.

One of his first big parts was a role in the TV movie 10,000 Black Men Named George. He then landed a starring role in the CBC drama The Border.

Known For


Cast Credits

The Girlfriend Experience (2016)
Guest starring as Alex Payton (2 episodes)
  • Episode 1x07: Access (May 15, 2016)
  • Episode 1x06: Boundaries (May 8, 2016) [Co-Star]
Flower Shop Mystery (2016)
Starring as Louis Vertucci
Shadowhunters: The Mortal Instruments (2016)
Guest starring as Praetor Scott (3 episodes)
Bitten (2014)
Guest starring as James Williams (10 episodes)
Cracked (2013)
Guest starring as Detective Sam Parkes
Transporter: The Series (2013)
Guest starring as Ian O'Sullivan
  • Episode 1x06: Hot Ice (Feb 1, 2013)
Beauty and the Beast (2012)
Guest starring as Colonel Fuller
Bomb Girls (2012)
Guest starring as Rollie Witham (11 episodes)
Against the Wall (2011)
Guest starring as Bob Barceli
Switched at Birth (2011)
Guest starring as Fake Emmett
Covert Affairs (2010)
Guest starring as Alo Morozov
Republic of Doyle (2010)
Guest starring as Damon Rhodes (2 episodes)
Murdoch Mysteries (2008)
Guest starring as Dr. Forbes (9 episodes)
The Border (2008)
Starring as Mike Kessler (38 episodes)
Killer Wave (2007)
Guest starring as Reporter Erik Adjuk (2 episodes)
  • Episode 1x02: Part 2 (Jan 10, 2007)
  • Episode 1x01: Part 1 (Jan 10, 2007)
Mayday (2003)
Guest starring as Captain Gannaway (2 episodes)
Missing (2003)
Guest starring as Mr. Delaney (2 episodes)
Mutant X (2001)
Guest starring as Dr. Richard Haines
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