Kahan James was born and raised in Houston, TX, and holds a BA in Dramatic Art from The University of California at Berkeley, where he also studied linguistics and philosophy with George Lakoff, John Searle, and John McWhorter.
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, and in several films including Hitch starring Will Smith and Every Day starring Liev Schrieber. He also narrated a two-hour special edition of National Geographic's nature documentary Wild France.
Mr. James assistant-directed the Broadway revival of Tennessee Williams’ A Cat On A Hot Tin Roof in 2003, starring Ashley Judd, Ned Beatty, Jason Patric, and Margot Martindale, and directed by Tony Award-winner Anthony Page. He co-wrote and co-directed the independent feature film Forever, which won “Best New Feature” in the Deep Ellum Film Festival in Dallas, TX, in 2001. His 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.
Language and communication have been lifelong passions of Mr. James’. As a student he founded a poetry club for his high school, and today he teaches text analysis for actors and directors.