James “Jamie” Thomas Denton, Jr. (born January 20, 1963) is an American film and television actor, best known for playing Mike Delfino in the television series Desperate Housewives.
- 1 Early life
- 2 Career
- 3 Personal life
- 4 Filmography
- 5 References
- 6 External links
Denton was born in Nashville, Tennessee, and grew up in nearby Goodlettsville, the second of three children. His father, J.T. Denton (1930–1993), was a dentist who had served in the military. His mother, Mary Jean Woolslair Denton, died from breast cancer in 2002.
Denton was raised Southern Baptist and became a minister of music at Westmoreland United Methodist Church in Westmoreland, Tennessee.
Denton attended the University of Tennessee where he was a member of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity, majored in television/journalism and earned a degree in advertising. Before he became an actor, he sold advertising for two radio stations. He began acting at the age of 23, at a community theater in Nashville. He eventually moved to California to become a full-time actor. He was for a time credited as Jamie Denton, for example in the film That Old Feeling.
While living in Chicago, Denton’s first role was as “Stanley” in “A Streetcar Named Desire” and his last was as the terrorist “Bebert” in the French farce “Lapin Lapin”. In the years that came between the two, Denton was a company member at The Griffin Theater and at Strawdog Theater Ensemble. He added a steady string of roles and accolades to his quickly growing list of achievements, including one of the leads in the world premiere of “Flesh and Blood”, performing in and composing the music for “the Night Hank Williams Died”, and his portrayal of Kentucky preacher “C.C. Showers” in “The Diviners” – which gained him a nomination for a Best Actor “Joseph Jefferson Award” (Chicago’s only theater award).
After moving to Los Angeles, Denton continued to perform on stage, usually during hiatus from whichever TV series to which he was attached at the time, and many of the plays, as well as the independent movies in which Denton has appeared, have been written by his friend, Mike Petty. For example, “In Walked Monk”, in which Denton played the role of “Steven” during the summer of 1999 and Locked Up Down Shorty’s”, in which he played the role of “Danny”, during the summer of 2001.
Denton has appeared in several films, including That Old Feeling (1997), Face/Off (1997) and Primary Colors (1998).
He has also appeared in various television shows including Sliders, Dark Skies, Two Guys and a Girl, Ally McBeal, The West Wing, and JAG, and has had recurring roles in The Pretender, Philly, The Drew Carey Show and Reba. In 2003, he had the lead role of Special Agent John Kilmer in the short-lived crime thriller series Threat Matrix. In 2004, Denton won his most famous role as love interest Mike Delfino on the series Desperate Housewives.
Since first appearing in Desperate Housewives, Denton has continued to act in various made-for-TV and direct-to-DVD movies such as Assumption (2006), Beautiful Dreamer (2006), Undead or Alive (2007), Custody (2007), Tortured (2008) and All-Star Superman (2011). In 2009, Denton appeared in country star Phil Vassar’s music video “Bobbi with an I”.
Denton plays guitar in the charity band Band from TV along with Hugh Laurie and ex Desperate Housewives co-star Teri Hatcher, among others. Denton has been cast in Killer in the Family alongside Holly Marie Combs. The movie is currently in development and is scheduled to be released in 2011. Denton modeled for Daniel Hechter’s 2012 Spring-Summer advertising campaign.
In high school, Denton dated country music artist Deana Carter. He has been married twice. He was married to Jenna Lyn Ward from 1997 to 2000. On December 16, 2002 he married Erin O’Brien, a personal trainer at Life Time Fitness. They have two children: a son, Sheppard (b. March 2003) and a daughter, Malin O’Brien (b. March 22, 2005). They had a house in Glendale, California. After Desperate Housewives ended, the family moved to Chanhassen near Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Denton is part of the owners group of an independent minor league baseball team in Fullerton, the Orange County Flyers (part of the Golden Baseball League), who won the GBL Championship in 2008. The Orange County Flyers play at Cal State Fullerton in Fullerton, California.
|1993||Thieves Quartet||Ray Higgs|
|1994||Basic Football||The Quarterback||Short film|
|1996||Sliders||Jack Bullock||1 episode: ‘The Good, the Bad and the Wealthy’|
|1996||Moloney||Rocky Talese||1 episode: ‘Friendly Fire’|
|1996||Dark Skies||Robert Winter||1 episode: ‘Hostile Convergence’|
|1996–2003||JAG||Lieutenant Commander Bruce Carmichael / Geoffrey Roizman||2 episodes: ‘Hemlock’, ‘Fortunate Son’|
|1997||That Old Feeling||Keith Marks|
|1997–2000||The Pretender||Mr. Lyle||Series regular|
|2000||Locked Up Down Shorty’s||Danny|
|2000||Two Guys, a Girl and a Pizza Place||Dr. Howard Zaunaveld||1 episode: ‘The Monitor Story’|
|2000||Ally McBeal||Jimmy Bender||1 episode: ‘Do You Wanna Dance?’|
|2000||The West Wing||Tom Jordan||1 episode: ‘The midterms’|
|2001||The Pretender 2001||Mr. Lyle||TV movie|
|2001||The Pretender: Island of the Haunted||Mr. Lyle||TV movie|
|2001–2002||Philly||Judge Augustus Ripley||Series regular|
|2002||The Drew Carey Show||2 episodes: ‘The Man in the Iron Chair’, ‘Drew Tries Hot Salsa’|
|2003–2004||Threat Matrix||Special Agent John Kilmer||Series regular|
|2004||Jumbo Girl||Jack||Short film|
|2004–2012||Desperate Housewives||Mike Delfino||Main character
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series (2005, 2006)
Nomination -Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series (2007, 2008, 2009)
Teen Choice award for Best TV actor
|2005–2006||Reba||Dr. Morgan||2 episodes: ‘Date of Mirth’, ‘The Trouble with Dr. Hunky’|
ShockerFest Science Fiction Genre Award for Best Actor Fantasy / Science Fiction
|2006||Beautiful Dreamer||Dr. Kessler|
|2007||Ascension Day||Brother John|
|2007||Undead or Alive: A Zombedy||Elmer Winslow|
|2007||Masters of Science Fiction||Barney Curran||1 episode: ‘The Discarded’|
|2011||All-Star Superman||Superman/Clark Kent (voice)||Direct-to-DVD|
|2012||Hot in Cleveland||Kerouac Cowboy||1 episode: ‘Storage Wars’|
|2013||Grace Unplugged||Johnny Trey|
|2014||Stranded in Paradise||Carter|
|2015–present||Good Witch||Dr. Sam Radford||TV Series Regular|
|2016||Devious Maids||7 episodes ( Season 4)|