Houghton with Kim Lankford in Knots Landing (1979)
|Born||November 7, 1948 (age 69)|
Los Angeles, California, U.S
James Houghton (born November 7, 1948) is an American actor and writer. He is best known for playing the role of Kenny Ward in the first four seasons of CBS prime time soap opera Knots Landing (1979–1983).
Knots Landing is an American prime time television soap opera that aired on CBS from December 27, 1979, to May 13, 1993. A spin-off of Dallas, it was set in a fictitious coastal suburb of Los Angeles and initially centered on the lives of four married couples living in a cul-de-sac, Seaview Circle. By the time of its conclusion, storylines had included rape, murder, kidnapping, assassinations, drug smuggling, corporate intrigue, and criminal investigations; and was the longest-running primetime drama on U.S. television after Gunsmoke and Bonanza.
Houghton was born in Los Angeles, California. He is the son of producer Buck Houghton. He began acting appearing in episodes of Man with a Camera , The Twilight Zone , and McKeever & the Colonel . He was an original castmember of the CBS daytime soap opera The Young and the Restless , in which he played Greg Foster from 1973 to 1976. After leaving daytime, Houghton was cast as lead in the short-lived CBS action series Code R in 1977.
Archible Ernest "Buck" Houghton was an American television producer and writer best known for producing the first three seasons of The Twilight Zone, as well as many other television programs from the 1950s through the 1990s. His collaboration with dramatist Clifford Odets, "The Richard Boone Show" (1963–64) was the only repertory company on television, in which a resident cast of actors played different roles in a TV play every week.
For other uses, see Man with a Movie Camera (disambiguation).
The Twilight Zone is an American anthology television series created and presented by Rod Serling, which ran for five seasons on CBS from 1959 to 1964. Each episode presents a stand-alone story in which characters find themselves dealing with often disturbing or unusual events, an experience described as entering "the Twilight Zone," often ending with a surprise ending and a moral. Although predominantly science-fiction, the show's paranormal and Kafkaesque events leaned the show towards fantasy and horror. The phrase “twilight zone,” inspired by the series, is used to describe surreal experiences.
His most prominent role is that of Kenny Ward, Kim Lankford's character's husband, on the long-running CBS prime time soap opera Knots Landing , which he played from 1979–83. During the 1980s, he also guest-starred on Fantasy Island , Hotel , The Love Boat , and Remington Steele . In 1986, he had a small role in the ABC miniseries North and South, Book II , and went on to play Cash Cassidy on the ABC prime time soap opera The Colbys (1986–87).
Kim Lankford is an American businesswoman and retired actress, best known for her role as Ginger Ward on Knots Landing from 1979 to 1983.
Hotel is an American prime time drama series which aired on ABC from September 21, 1983, to May 5, 1988, in the timeslot following Dynasty.
The Love Boat is an American comedy/drama television series set on luxury passenger cruise ship S.S. Pacific Princess, which aired on the ABC television network from May 5, 1977 until May 24, 1986; plus, four three-hour long specials aired in 1986, 1987, and 1990. The series revolves around the ship's captain Merrill Stubing and a handful of its crew, with several passengers—played by various guest star actors for each episode—having romantic and humorous adventures. It was part of ABC's popular Saturday-night lineup of the time, which also included Fantasy Island until that series ended two years earlier in 1984.
Houghton has appeared in a number of films, including, Sweet Sugar (1972), One on One (1977), I Wanna Hold Your Hand (1978), More American Graffiti (1979), Superstition (1982) and Purple People Eater (1988).
Sweet Sugar is a 1972 women in prison exploitation film directed by Michel Levesque and starring Phyllis Davis. It is about a woman sentenced to work on a chain gang.
One on One is a 1977 sports drama film starring Robby Benson and Annette O'Toole. It was written by Benson and his father Jerry Segal, directed by Lamont Johnson, and features a soundtrack performed by Seals and Crofts.
I Wanna Hold Your Hand is a 1978 American comedy film directed and co-written by Robert Zemeckis, which takes its name from the 1963 song "I Want to Hold Your Hand" by the Beatles. It was produced and co-written by Bob Gale.
During the 1990s, Houghton became a soap opera scriptwriter, working on The Young and the Restless and also The Bold and the Beautiful .He had previously co-written episodes of Knots Landing with his sister Mona Houghton at the same time that he was playing the role of Kenny Ward in the series.
The Bold and the Beautiful is an American television soap opera created by William J. Bell and Lee Phillip Bell for CBS. It premiered on March 23, 1987, as a sister show to the Bells' other soap opera The Young and the Restless; several characters from each of the two shows have crossed over to the other since the early 1990s. Set in Los Angeles, California, the show centers upon the Forrester family and their fashion house business Forrester Creations.
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The Young and the Restless is an American television soap opera created by William J. Bell and Lee Phillip Bell for CBS. The show is set in a fictionalized version of Genoa City, Wisconsin. First broadcast on March 26, 1973, The Young and the Restless was originally broadcast as half-hour episodes, five times a week. The show expanded to one-hour episodes on February 4, 1980. In 2006, the series began airing encore episodes weeknights on SOAPnet until 2013, when it moved to TVGN. As of July 1, 2013, Pop still airs the encore episodes on weeknights. The series is also syndicated internationally.
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Joan Van Ark is an American actress, known for her role as Valene Ewing on the primetime soap opera Knots Landing. A life member of The Actors Studio, she made her Broadway debut in 1966 in Barefoot in the Park. In 1971, she received a Theatre World Award and was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Play for the revival of The School for Wives.
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