Kahan James is an American actor and music producer based in Brooklyn, New York. He holds a BA in Dramatic Art from The University of California at Berkeley.
Mr. James has recorded music since 1990, when he was mentored in his teens at Sunrise Sound Studios in Houston, TX, in the fundamentals of songwriting and arranging, electronic music and 24-track tape recording. He has produced music internationally in various capacities for solo artists, bands, filmmakers, theater productions, and activists. His productions have been featured in the Twentieth Century Fox film Knight And Day starring Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz; the horror film House Of The Witch Doctor starring Bill Moseley; Fox web series Slacker P.I.; a variety of other independent, short and experimental films; and in live and recorded forms in theater on both coasts. His background in theater, film, and television lends a unique storytelling perspective to his production style.
As an actor Mr. James has appeared in recurring, lead and featured roles for Showtime, HBO, NBC, ABC, CBS, FOX, The CW, The WB and USA, including performances on Billions, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, Last Week Tonight With John Oliver, Unforgettable, Gossip Girl, White Collar, Royal Pains, Running Wilde, Damages, Standoff, Law & Order: Trial By Jury, Law & Order, The Jamie Kennedy Experiment, As The World Turns, All My Children, and Guiding Light; in several films including Hitch starring Will Smith and Every Day starring Liev Schrieber; and a variety of plays both in New York and regionally. He has appeared nationally in commercials for Marie Callender's, Sherwin-Williams, Samsung, Charles Schwab, Crest, Volkswagon, Chef Boyardee, Vonage, Capital One, American Express, Microsoft, and IKEA; regionally in commercials for NY Lotto, Verizon, and Trio; and in Germany for Bitburger Beer. And he has appeared in voiceover for National Geographic, New York Lottery and Chase Ink. He has also narrated a two-hour special edition of National Geographic's nature documentary Wild France.
Kahan James’ original two-act play The Standing Wave was entered into Stages Repertory Theater’s Annual Festival Of New Plays in 2000 under the mentorship of American playwright Edward Albee, where it won 2nd Place and went on to receive an acclaimed production in Houston. He co-wrote and co-directed the independent feature film Forever, for which he also produced the original soundtrack, and which won “Best New Feature” in the Deep Ellum Film Festival in Dallas, TX in 2001. And in 2004 he assistant-directed the Broadway revival of Tennessee Williams’ A Cat On A Hot Tin Roof, starring Ashley Judd, Ned Beatty, Jason Patric, and Margot Martindale, and directed by Tony- and British Academy Television Award-winner Anthony Page.