Born in New York, James Keach has been a part of the film industry as an actor, director, writer and producer. A graduate of Northwestern University and the Yale School of Drama, he received classical training as an actor at the New York Shakespeare Festival and was a founding member of the Body Politic Theater in Chicago. Keach has appeared in over fifty feature films and has produced and directed theater in Chicago, New York and Los Angeles.
His most recent success was “Walk the Line,” for which he was nominated Motion Picture Producer of the Year by the Producers Guild of America. “Walk the Line” was also nominated for several Academy® and Golden Globe awards, winning the Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture and garnering Reese Witherspoon her Academy Award for Best Actress.
In association with Clint Eastwood and Malpaso Productions, Keach directed the Warner Brothers feature film “The Stars Fell on Henrietta,” starring Robert Duvall. He received the Cable Ace Award for the cable feature “The Forgotten” which he co-wrote and directed. He also received the Western Heritage Award for Best Director for the series “The Young Riders.”
Other films Keach has produced include the feature “The Experts” for Paramount, and “A Winner Never Quits” for ABC, which won the Humanitas Award. He co-wrote and executive produced “Armed and Dangerous” for Columbia, and co-wrote, co-executive produced and starred in the classic western “The Long Riders” with his brother Stacy Keach.
Keach and his wife Jane Seymour formed Catfish Productions in 1993 and PCH Films in 2002. Since then Keach has produced and directed numerous films including “Blind Dating,” starring Chris Pine, “Submerged,” starring Sam Neill, “Enslavement,” “The Absolute Truth,” “A Marriage of Convenience,” “Murder in the Mirror,” “Blackout,” “A Passion for Justice,” “Praying Mantis,” “Sunstroke,” and the Dr. Quinn movie, “Revolutions.” Keach also directed and produced the award winning documentary “Disease of the Wind,” which won the Lionel Rogosin Documentary Award and Audience Award Best Documentary at the Dallas Film Festival.
In January 2010, Keach completed “Waiting for Forever,” which he directed and produced with Trevor Albert, a feature film starring Tom Sturridge, Rachel Bilson, Richard Jenkins, Blythe Danner, and Nikki Blonsky.
Keach is a distinguished member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the Directors Guild of America and Producers Guild of America.