Jim Turner

Jim Turner

  • Highest Rated: 82% The Overnight (2015)
  • Lowest Rated: 17% The Pompatus of Love (1996)
  • Birthday: Aug 6, 1903
  • Birthplace: Not Available
  • Jim Turner is entering his 7th season co-starring in HBO's hit comedy series _Arli$$ (1996)_ (QV) as lovable lout, Kirby Carlisle. Playing an ex-football-star-turned-agent and an old buddy of sports agent Arliss Michaels (Robert Wuhl), Jim Turner, boyishly blond behind Clark Kent glasses, is at once ubiquitous and indefinable. Interestingly enough, the show was cancelled after the 3rd season but a public-viewer-demand campaign had it renewed.In 22 Feature Films and shorts, 28 TV Series and appearances, and 18 stage plays, one-man-shows and comedy tours, Turner has the odd distinction of creating the weirdest group of cult favorites imaginable, from pinheads to 'Pinocchio'. Working with talents like Joel Schumacher, Robert Wuhl, Jack Black, Paul Bartel and Tracey Ullman, if there's a likable loser or a crazy kook, Jim Turner has played it. He even voiced a foot in Philip Holahan's animated short film, "Stubble Trouble" (winner Honorable Mention, Sundance, 1999; winner Best Comedy, Hollywood Film Festival). In 1979 Turner got his start in television when he created the live incarnation of a cult comic strip character famous for his non sequiturs, Zippy The Pinhead. The underground series gained popularity as obscure Zippy ran for President. This campaign idea continued with another character Turner played - MTV's Randee from the Redwoods. In hundreds of spots that aired over 1987 to 1990, Randee became the dark horse candidate for President, thanks to MTV's marketing department.Turner's Film credits run from big studio releases including The Lost Boys (1987), St. Elmo's Fire (1985), The Ref (1994) (starring Denis Leary), Coldblooded (1995) (starring Jason Priestley) and Fox's 12:01 (1993) (TV) (starring Jonathan Silverman and Helen Slater). He was in Mockumentaries Porklips Now (1980) (skewering Apocalypse Now), and Grunt: The Wrestling Movie (lampooning pro wrestling), before the genre was hip. He co-wrote and starred in festival favorite Shelf Life (1993) (directed by Paul Bartel, co-starring O'Lan Jones and Andy Stein), the bizarre story of three children who raise themselves in a bomb shelter, adapted from Turner's play. And the filmed version of his lively ensemble stage show Girly Magazine Party was re-titled 364 Girls a Year (1996), which he co-wrote and starred in as 'Tellis Wondersweet', in a comic look at a Hugh Hefner-type's life at the manse.You'll also find Turner in films with a very independent bent, including The Pompatus of Love (1996) (with Kristen Scott Thomas and Michael McKean), My Samurai (1992), Destroyer (1988) (with Anthony Perkins), Programmed to Kill (1987), and Kid Colter (1984). Since then, Turner has created roles in Pilots before the camera (including live-action/ani blended 'Bang' by George Meyer of "The Simpsons"; On The Ropes for The WB; and Fathead for Nickelodeon). In 1995 Turner was also a series regular on CBS's "If Not for You" (1995) as the offbeat 'Cal' (starring Hank Azaria, Elizabeth McGovern and Peter Krause). He recurred on Nickelodeon's Sports Theater With Shaquille O'Neal (1997-98); on HBO's Not Necessarily The Election, anchored by Dennis Miller (1996); and on Nickelodeon's hit series, Rugrats (1993). Network guest appearances include Dharma & Greg (ABC), That 70s Show (Fox), Tracey Takes On... (HBO), Sliders (Sci-Fi channel), Lost On Earth (USA), Grace Under Fire (ABC), The Larry Sanders Show (HBO), Tom (ABC), and Roseanne (ABC).But he'd been acting in television, movies, theatre and touring the nation since 1975 in the five-member comedy troupe Duck's Breath Mystery Theater (where he co-wrote the shows and created the character of Randee in 1977). Live stage shows abounded when Turner went to San Francisco, where he was the lead singer/lyricist for the toy-instrument-playing Rock Band/Performance, Artists Child's Portion (1978-81). In 1982 he formed Boomer, a long-lived four-person novelty Band, again as lead singer and lyricist. Duck's Breath and Turner's solo turns gathered regular fans in New York, including writers at Rolling Stone Magazine, producers at MTV and directors from Hollywood. Landing in Los Angeles in 1991, Turner quickly launched his one-man comedy, "Showbiz Nightmares", and followed it with the first Girly Magazine Party staging in 1992 (shows continue to this day). His latest live show is pure comic debauchery: Two-Headed Dog. But Turner's trump card of showbiz nightmares is his fate as the lead of ABC's 1987 Once A Hero. The Pilot sold with him starring in the tailor-made role of naive comic book superhero, 'Captain Justice'. The network "upfront" was a smash hit, all the relatives in Iowa were thrilled - and then the network replaced him at the last minute. Interestingly, the show died after 5 episodes.If Turner tells you he was born in a trailer, he's not kidding. Colorado Springs, Colorado, 1952. Father George Turner was in the Air Force then, but soon went into radio sports casting and the family moved quite a bit: Quebec, Arizona and finally to Iowa in 1954 to be raised a polite, shy, sports-loving geek in several small towns across the state. Upon moving to Los Angeles in 1991 with bride-to-be Lynn Freer, a bold artist turned landscape designer, they married in 1992 and had a son - not necessarily in that order. The actor-writer enjoys that other hyphenated job too: father-husband. Like father, like son: both love to golf, play basketball and invent other worlds peopled by fringe characters and funny calamities.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Rating

Title

Credit

Box
Office

Year

82% The Overnight Massage Parlor Man $1.2M 2015
28% Jobs Jobs Attorney $16.2M 2013
No Score Yet Golf In The Kingdom Balie MacIver 2011
20% Meet Dave Doctor $11.7M 2008
25% Bewitched Larry $62.3M 2005
40% Kicking & Screaming Jim Davidson $52.6M 2005
No Score Yet Duck's Breath Mystery Theatre: 30th Anniversary Actor 2005
25% Off the Lip Boner 2004
19% Joe's Apartment Walter 1996
17% The Pompatus of Love Dick Spellman 1996
No Score Yet Coldblooded Doctor 1995
72% The Ref Phil 1994
40% 12:01 Unemployed Dad 1993
No Score Yet Shelf Life Scotty/Mr. St. Cloud 1993
No Score Yet My Samurai Blue 1992
No Score Yet Destroyer Rewire 1988
No Score Yet Destroyer (Shadow of Death) (The Edison Effect) Actor 1988
No Score Yet Once a Hero Actor 1988
74% The Lost Boys Gas Station Owner 1987
No Score Yet The Retaliator Chris 1987
44% St. Elmo's Fire Postgrad 1985
No Score Yet Kid Colter Ansel FlintH.Ford 1985

TV

Rating

Title

Credit

Year

No Score Yet Criminal Minds
2005
Chief Jim Cooper
  • 2016
  • 2005
80% Grey's Anatomy
2005
Dr. Schacter
  • 2012
86% Boston Legal
2004-2008
Father Joseph Martin
  • 2008
No Score Yet Yes, Dear
2000-2006
Leonard
  • 2006
No Score Yet The King of Queens
1998-2007
Ron
  • 2005
67% The Lyon's Den
2003
Paul Funderson
  • 2003
62% Arli$$
1996-2002
Kirby
  • 2002
  • 2001
  • 2000
  • 1999
  • 1998
  • 1997
  • 1996
No Score Yet Two Guys and a Girl
1998-2001
Kaufman
  • 2000
No Score Yet Dharma & Greg
1997-2002
Chapman Phil
  • 1999
  • 1997
No Score Yet Grace Under Fire
1993-1998
Professor Meadows
  • 1996
76% Roseanne
1988-2018
Mr. Mehlman
  • 1994
100% The Larry Sanders Show
1992-1998
Greg
  • 1994

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