James Bell (actor)

James Harlee Bell (December 1, 1891 – October 26, 1973)[1] was an American film and stage actor who appeared in about 150 films and television shows through 1964.

James Bell
James Bell in Perry Mason 1958.jpg
James Bell
James Harlee Bell

December 1, 1891
DiedOctober 26, 1973 (aged 82)
Alma materVirginia Polytechnic Institute

Bell was born in Suffolk, Virginia, and graduated from Virginia Polytechnic Institute in 1911 with a degree in electrical engineering.[2]

In 1920, he made his theatrical debut as Venustiano in The Bad Man.[1] He worked steadily on Broadway through 1941.

His first film role was in I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang in 1932.

Among his television appearances were four guest roles on Perry Mason. In 1958 he played murder victim J.J. Stanley in "The Case of the Green-Eyed Sister," and murderer P.E. Overbrook in "The Case of the Lazy Lover." In 1960 he played murderer Zack Davis in "The Case of the Frantic Flyer," and murder victim Silas Vance in "The Case of the Lavender Lipstick." Also in 1960 Bell appeared as Dr. Malcolm Allen in the TV western Laramie in the episode titled "Street of Hate."

Bell was married to Joyce Arling.

Broadway rolesEdit

  • The Bad Man (1920) as Venustiano
  • A Free Soul (1928) as Bill Wilfong
  • Jarnegan (1928) as Jimmy Fallon
  • Your Uncle Dudley (1933) as Robert Kirby
  • The Last Mile (1930) as Richard Walters
  • Kill That Story (1934) as Duke Devlin
  • Tobacco Row as Lester[citation needed]

Selected filmographyEdit


  1. ^ a b "IBDB: James Bell". ibdb.com.
  2. ^ Loh, Carol (June 11, 1950). "Virginian Enjoys Prison Board Role". The Times Dispatch. Virginia, Richmond. p. 16 D. Retrieved October 1, 2020 – via Newspapers.com.

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