James Blackburn

James E. Blackburn was born November 29 in Bedford, Indiana.

James E. Blackburn in deep thought……….. James E. Blackburn

Here in New Mexico we don’t just do a thing, we do multiple things and some of us do them very well.

Meet James Blackburn, not only has he been making a name for himself as an actor with over 100 films and television shows to his credit, but he has been writing and producing films of his own since he was 16. He has also composed numerous musical pieces and has successfully had his photography featured in several international advertising campaigns.

James has always had a knack for acting, beginning as a child in 3 rd grade when he was cast in his first bad guy role in the ”Tooth Decay” play where he portrayed the character of Mr. Fudge. The first film James produced was a short called “The Mister Bunn Show” when he was only 16 years old. Later he got involved in Cable Access in Chicago and produced several programs including “Idiots the Show”, a comedy stunt TV show made over 5 years before the show, “Jackass”.

He says he knew he wanted to pursue a career in the entertainment industry when he saw the original Star Wars in 1977 and went back to see it 5 nights in a row. As a child he was mesmerized by Star Wars with it being the first movie he saw in a theater and the first movie he saw more than once.

He has appeared in such films and television shows as Breaking Bad, Into The West, Beerfest, Employee of the Month, Lone Ranger, Wild Hogs, The 420 Movie, Transformers, 3:10 to Yuma,Comanche Moon, Gunslingers, Abe Makes a Movie and many more.

At the age of 9 James began playing the guitar and composed his first song at the age of 10 called “Bad News Day”and since then has never stopped. Later he took up playing the bass at the age of 18 and has written hundreds of music pieces to date.

James says he discovered photography when he received a 35mm camera for his 16 th birthday from his Mother and had his first photos noticed about a year later when he won several awards at a local art show. He says photography for him is his truest passion.

Recently, he has done videography and editing on a tourism TV called “New Mexico True Television”,where he won a Regional Emmy Award for his work. He is also co-producing, directing and acting in the newest Gryphon’s Egg Productions film, “Phantoms”.

Experienced actor and film-maker.
He is available for freelance work. Contact him for current rates.

James Blackburn - Wild Hogs
James Blackburn - 3:10 to Yuma
James Blackburn - Undead or Alive
James Blackburn - Undead or Alive


Key Note Speaker / Lecturer

James Blackburn is known to thousands as a pointed, entertaining and passionate speaker. He has spoken at dozens of professional events around the nation, from those with a few dozen to several hundred attendees. As a professional actor, James has the natural credibility and authority to enhance any event. Speaker fees vary depending on the nature and location of the presentation. James will work directly with your organization to provide the best possible content and value for your event.

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Interview Requests

James Blackburn’s availability for interviews via phone, email, Skype or in person revolves around his acting schedule and accessibility. The quickest way to set up an interview is to call our office at (505) 899-6963. If James is acting in the field, our voice mail will say so and will state when he will return.

NMGA Productions

Performed in over 1200 shows from 2003 – 2016 Owner of several vintage costumes, dating from the early 1860’s to the late 1890’s.


CNM Beginning – Acting

Michael Lloyd – Weekly Acting Class

Darelene Hanson – Acting Workshop


Actor, Film-making, Photographer, Musician, Magician, Hiker, Rock-climbing, Rappelling, Rope Safety, Horse Riding Experience, Chess Player, Old West Re-enacting

Additional Info

  • Height: 6’ 3”
  • Weight: 190
  • Hat: 7 5/8
  • Shirt: 16 X 34 (XLG)
  • Pant: 34X36
  • Glove: 10 (LG)
  • Jacket: 44R
  • Shoe/ Boot: 12D/ 13D


James Blackburn is available for hire and is a professional actor with several years of experience.


Bedford, Indiana U.S.A.

Scottish, Irish, German & Cherokee.

We can’t tell you what year but we can tell the day: November 29th.

6 foot 3 inches

Star Wars Episode 4 – A New Hope.
Reason –  James was very young when the first Star Wars movie came out and it was one of the first movies he saw in a  theater. It was a life changing experience that made him want to make movies from a very young age.

His close second favorite is: “Somewhere in Time”

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James enjoys back-packing, rock-climbing, mountain biking and hiking. He also enjoys chess, horseback riding and jamming out with one of his guitars.

James has worked with Johnny Depp, Armie Hammer, Helena Bonham Carter, Gore Verbinski, Jerry Bruckhiemer, Kevin Kline, Jessica Simpson, Jennifer Lopez, Martin Sheen, Keith Carradine, Samuel L. Jackson, Kevin Spacey, Lance Hendrikson, Rachael Leigh Cook, Dane Cook, Andy Dick, Harland Williams, Cloris Leachman, Val Kilmer, Steve Zahn, John Travolta, Tim Allen, Martin Lawerence, William H. Macy, Russel Crowe, Peter Fonda, Jay Morh, Tommy Lee Jones, Billy Bob Thorton, Helen Mirren, Joe Pesci, Christian Slater, Irene Bedard, Dax Shepard, Karl Urban, Ray Liotta, M.C. Gainey, Marisa Tomei, Christian Bale

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