Jim Houghton

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Jim Houghton
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Houghton with Kim Lankford in Knots Landing (1979)
BornNovember 7, 1948 (1948-11-07) (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).

<i>Knots Landing</i> television series

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.


Biography and career

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. [1] [2]

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.

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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). [1]

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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).

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During the 1990s, Houghton became a soap opera scriptwriter, working on The Young and the Restless and also The Bold and the Beautiful . [1] 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.

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Awards and nominations

Daytime Emmy Awards

Writers Guild of America Award

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  1. 1 2 3 "James Houghton". Metacritic. Retrieved 13 March 2016.
  2. Alex McNeil, Total Television, New York: Penguin Books, 1996, 4th ed., p. 169, 779