More on Horace James

In this earlier post, I mentioned my enjoyment over finding five seconds of behind-the-scenes footage on Actor-Director-Producer-Mentor Horace James. In tribute to his influence with the original Men of Gray movie and its sequel Flight of the Ibis, here is more information and a few links for those who knew him or appreciated his work.

In Men of Gray II – Flight of the Ibis

In the sequel to Men of Gray, Horace was involved once again, but as an actor this time. Here’s a shot from Ibis, in which he portrayed a high-ranking government official, making deals with the country’s top drug lord Russo, played by Paul Tuerpe.

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This was, I think, his last dramatic role. But it was hardly his first. You can get the full picture of his film acting credits (as well as his other roles as Writer, Producer, and Director) from his filmography on IMDB. It unfortunately doesn’t list his stage credits.

His life….

Horace James was honored by the National Drama Association (NDATT) in 1988 with the Cacique Lifetime Achievement Award for his contribution to drama.

To read more on his life story, here’s an enjoyable biographical article about Horace when he was 69 and one week shy of a heart surgery (not his first).

His death…

The aforementioned article includes a prophetic quote from Horace about his longevity; “If I could make 70, is all right. That is what you supposed to make: three score and ten.”

He indeed died at the age of 70.

For details on that, here’s a moving and informative obituary published upon his death in June, 2000. Not many of us can say this, but there’s even a song dedicated to him by Paul Keens-Douglas. You can hear a snippet at this link, or download the whole song.

Historical footnote

But not all of Horace James’ drama happened on stage or on camera; a Wikipedia article mentions Horace as one of the hostages in the July, 2000 Jamaat al Muslimeen coup attempt against the government of Trinidad and Tobago. Side note: I just barely missed the risk of also being a victim in that coup attempt, as the terrorists took over the TTT television station where I was stationed day and night until about 10 days before before the attack, editing Men of Gray.

I remember Horace as a Trinidadian Benjamin Franklin of sorts. He was charming, usually smiling, always influencing, and yet rarely in the fore. 

If anyone else has remembrances of Horace James they’d like to share, please do so.

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4 Responses to More on Horace James

  1. […] attempt at the heart of this story took place 19 years ago … but coincidentally was a topic in this MoG-blog post just a few days […]

  2. Horace James was my uncle. I am Winnifred C James and my Dad was Dennis R James hence the relationship, my dad revered his brother, my search for information on my uncle was due to the passing of my dad who was cremated today.

    • MOGBlogger says:

      sorry to hear of your very personal loss, Caffean. If your dad was anything like his brother Horace, he was a good man. I have such warm memories of working with Horace on the production of Men of Gray I. He was an influential guide, with a remarkable and subtle sense of humor. Horace had a large photo poster on his wall — an image by a famous photographer of a poor African woman’s grief. Whenever things were going awry on our production, he would turn and point to the poster, as if to say (A) I understand your grief and (B) Let’s keep things in perspective; your grief is nothing compared to this woman’s. And he always wore a wry smile at these times, as if to silently say, “you see my point?”

    • MOGBlogger says:

      Caffean – Both Men of Gray 1 and Men of Gray 2 now available at https://gumroad.com/mog2, but likely only this month. Thought you’d like to know

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