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James Stacy (born December 23, 1936 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 recovery, Stacy retired from acting in 1991.

Early life and career[]

Stacy was born Maurice William Elias in Los Angeles, California to an Irish-Scottish waitress and a Lebanese-American bookmaker.[1] Stacy made his film debut in 1957's Sayonara, and his television 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 TV shows, including Gunsmoke, Hazel, The Donna Reed Show, Perry Mason, Have Gun - Will Travel, and Combat! As an actor, 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. Stacy was also in several motion pictures from the 1950s through the 1970s, including a minor part in the musical South Pacific.

Motorcycle accident[]

On September 27, 1973, Stacy lost his left arm and leg, and his girlfriend, waitress Claire Cox, was killed when they were struck by a drunk driver while riding on a motorcycle.[1][2] A 1974 celebrity gala, whose attendees included Frank Sinatra and Barbra Streisand, raised $118,000 for his expenses,Template:Cn and in 1976, he won a $1.9 million landmark lawsuit against the bar that had served the drunk driver.[2]


After his recovery, Stacy appeared in roles created to accommodate his handicap. His comeback film was the 1975 Kirk Douglas Western Posse, in which he was cast as newspaper editor "Harold Hellman", a part Douglas had written for him. In 1977, he starred in the TV movie Just a Little Inconvenience, playing a double-amputee Vietnam veteran. The role earned him his first Primetime Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama or Comedy Special. In 1980, 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 Stacy’s handicap. Elias was also the associate producer. Other television appearances included Hotel, Cagney & Lacey (for which he was nominated for a second Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Performer in a Drama Series), and Highway to Heaven. His last TV role was in five 1990 episodes of the cop series Wiseguy, playing "Ed Rogosheske."

Personal life[]

Stacy has married twice, to actress and singer Connie Stevens (1963–1966) and actress Kim Darby (1968–1969), with whom he had a daughter named Heather.[1]


Year Title Role Notes
1956–1963 The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet Fred 19 episodes
1957 Highway Patrol Young Man in Car Episode: "Female Hitchhiker"
1957 Sayonara Reporter Uncredited
1958 South Pacific Sailor/Seabee Credited as Jim Stacey
1958 Lafayette Escadrille Alan Nichols Uncredited
1962 Shannon Cracker Coe Episode: "The Jungle Kid"
1962 Have Gun – Will Travel Johnny Tully Episode: "Man in an Hourglass"
1962 The Donna Reed Show Danny
2 episodes
1962 Cheyenne Luther James Episode: "Showdown at Oxbend"
1963 Summer Magic Charles Bryant
1963 Hazel Episode: "The Baby Came C.O.D."
1964–1966 Perry Mason Scott Everett
Barry Conrad
2 episodes
1964–1973 Gunsmoke Various roles 5 episodes
1965 A Swingin' Summer Mickey
1965 Like Father, Like Son Art Credited as Jim Stacey
1965 Winter A-Go-Go Danny Frazer
1965 Mister Roberts Episode: "Just Getting There Is Half the Fun"
1966 Baby Makes Three Dr. Peter Cooper Television movie
1966 The Monroes Perry Hutchins Episode: "Ride with Terror"
1966 Combat! Farley Episode: "The Bankroll"
1968 Premiere Andrew Bass Episode: "The Freebooters"
1968 Cimarron Strip Joe Bravo Episode: "The Judgment"
1968–1970 Lancer Johnny Madrid Lancer 51 episodes
1969 Flareup Joe
1971 Paper Man Jerry Television movie
1972 Love, American Style Segment: "Love and the Alibi"
1972 Heat of Anger Gus Pride Television movie
1972 Medical Center Neil Episode: "Cycle of Peril"
1972 The Streets of San Francisco Peter Forrest Episode: "Whose Little Boy Are You?"
1972 Marcus Welby, M.D. Phil Darrow Episode: "Jason Be Nimble, Jason Be Quick"
1972 Owen Marshall: Counselor at Law Episode: "Starting Over Again"
1973 Ordeal Andy Folsom Television movie
1975 Posse Harold Hellman
1977 Just a Little Inconvenience Kenny Briggs Television movie
1980 My Kidnapper, My Love Denny Television movie
1983 Double Exposure B.J. Wilde Alternative title: Model Killer
1983 Something Wicked This Way Comes Ed, the Bartender
1985 Hotel Jeremy Hale Episode: "Saving Grace"
1986 Cagney & Lacey Ted Peters Episode: "The Gimp"
1987 Highway to Heaven Joe Mason Episode: "The Hero"
1990 Wiseguy Ed Rogosheske 5 episodes
1990 Matters of the Heart Glen Harper Television movie
1991 F/X2 Cyborg Alternative title: F/X 2: The Deadly Art of Illusion


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 James Stacy Biography. James
  2. 2.0 2.1 Misery Worth Millions. Time Magazine. 31 May 1976.

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