|Born||16 November 1948|
Sydney, New South Wales
Ken James (born 16 November 1948 in Sydney, New South Wales) is an Australian actor known for regular roles in several popular television series. He was probably best known to Australian (and international) audiences as Sonny's older brother Mark Hammond in the 1960s children's TV show, Skippy .
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He later played television actor Tony Wild in The Box from 1974 to 1977, Tom in Glenview High (1977), air traffic controller Simon Young in Skyways from 1979 to 1981, and later was Mike O'Brien in Sons and Daughters from 1983 to 1985.
Glenview High is an Australian television drama series produced by the Reg Grundy Organisation for the Seven Network between 1977 and 1978.
Skyways is an Australian television drama soap opera series made by Crawford Productions for the Seven Network.
Sons and Daughters is an Australian Logie Award-winning soap opera/drama serial created by Reg Watson and produced by the Reg Grundy Organisation between 1981 and 1987. The first episode aired on Monday 18 January 1982, during the Christmas/New Year non-ratings period in both Sydney and Melbourne, and the broadcast date of the final episode varied across Australia. The final episode was screened in Sydney on Sunday 27 December 1987 and in Melbourne on Sunday 10 January 1988. Adelaide station ADS7 was one of the first to complete the series, showing the final episodes in a two-hour special on Monday 16 November 1987.
Other appearances include Matlock Police , Pugwall and Prisoner .
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He was later a television chef for over 10 years, known for his regular appearance on Good Morning Australia then involved in the marketing of Ecopot, a cooking aid.
James has two adult children from his first marriage, and since 2003 has been engaged to marry for a second time. He was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma in 2009.
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