James McDaniel is an American stage, film and television actor. He is best known for playing Lt. Arthur Fancy on the television show NYPD Blue. He created the role of Paul in the hit Lincoln center play 6 Degrees of Separation. He played a police officer in the ill-fated 1990 series Cop Rock, and a close advisor to activist Malcolm X in the 1992 film Malcolm X. He also played Sgt. Jesse Longford in the ABC television series Detroit 1-8-7. He portrayed Ezra Mills in Sleepy Hollow.


For seven seasons, acclaimed stage, screen and television actor James McDaniel portrayed Lt. Arthur Fancy on legendary television series NYPD Blue (1993). McDaniel recently completed shooting The Battle for Bunker Hill (2008), with director Kevin Willmott (CSA: Confederate States of America). McDaniel stars alongside Saeed Jaffrey (Gandhi), and is also Executive Producer. Other recent films include War Eagle, Arkansas (2007), Living Hell (2008) and El Cortez (2006).

McDaniel received an Emmy and a Peabody Award for his performance in Edge of America (2003) and an Emmy Award nomination for Public Television's Storytime (1992). An accomplished stage actor, he won the prestigious Obie Award and was nominated for a Drama Desk Award for his portrayal of Wendall in the New York stage production of Before It Hits Home. He also received the Clarence Derwent Award for the Tony Award-winning Broadway play Six Degrees of Separation.

His additional feature films include John Sayles's Sunshine State (2002), Spike Lee's Malcolm X (1992), Strictly Business (1991), El Cortez (2006), Woody Allen's Alice (1990), Rocket Gibraltar (1988), Truth or Consequences, N.M. (1997) with Kiefer Sutherland, Crack in the Mirror and Banzaï (1983). On television, McDaniel has appeared on Hill Street Blues (1981), Law & Order (1990), Taken (2002), "Las Vegas" (2003)_, "L.A. Law" (1986)_; television movies such as Love Kills with Kristin Davis and The Road to Galveston (1996) opposite Cicely Tyson; and mini-series including Common Ground, The Old Man and the Sea (1990), and Internal Affairs (1988) (TV)_. He co-hosted the ABC special More Secrets Revealed (1995).

Born and raised in Washington, D.C., McDaniel attended the University of Pennsylvania, majoring in veterinary medicine. McDaniel lives in New York City with his wife Hannelore. They have two sons.


Season Three
"I, Witness" "Whispers in the Dark" "Blood and Fear" "The Sisters Mills" "Dead Men Tell No Tales"
"This Red Lady from Caribee" "The Art of War" "Novus Ordo Seclorum" "One Life" "Incident At Stone Manor"
"Kindred Spirits" "Sins of the Father" "Dark Mirror" "Into the Wild" "Incommunicado"
"Dawn's Early Light" "Delaware" "Ragnarok"


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