James Stacy was born Maurice William Elias in Los Angeles, California on December 23, 1936 to an Irish-Scottish waitress and a Lebanese-American bookmaker.
James Stacy made his film debut in 1957's “Sayonara”, and his T.V. debut in “Highway Patrol”. He had a recurring role as “Fred” in “The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet” from 1958-1963. In the 1960s he sporadically appeared in T.V. shows, like “Gunsmoke”, “Hazel”,” The Donna Reed Show”, “Perry Mason”, “Have Gun - Will Travel”, and “Combat!”.
As an actor, James Stacy is best remembered as a star of the Western series Lancer on CBS from 1968-1970. He played the character “Johnny Madrid Lancer”, a former gunslinger. James Stacy was also in several motion pictures between 50’s and 70’
s, including a minor role in the musical “South Pacific”.
James Stacy appeared in roles created to accommodate his handicap. His comeback movie was the 1975 Kirk Douglas Western “Posse”, in which he was cast as newspaper editor “Harold Hellman”, a role Douglas had written for him.
In 1977, he starred in the T.V. film “Just a Little Inconvenience”, being a double-amputee Vietnam veteran. The role got him his first Primetime Emmy Award nomination for “Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama or Comedy Special”.
In 1980, James Stacy starred in and produced the TV movie, “My Kidnapper, My Love”. His brother, Louie Elias, a bit actor and stuntman, wrote the screenplay, based on the novel by Oscar Saul, to accommodate James Stacy’s handicap and he was also the associate producer.
Why is James Stacy famous?
James Stacy is an American actor whose career was effectively ended in a motorcycle crash which left him a multiple amputee and took the life of his girlfriend. Returning to acting after his accident James Stacy retired from acting in 1991.
Why do we like James Stacy?
On September 27, 1973, James Stacy lost his left arm and leg, and his girlfriend, waitress Claire Cox, got killed when they were hit by a drunk driver while riding on a motorcycle. A 1974 celebrity gala, whose attendees included Frank Sinatra and Barbra Streisand, raised $118,000 for his expenses, and in 1976, he won a $1.9 million landmark lawsuit against the bar that had served the drunk driver.
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