Birth Date: October 12, 1937 / Age: 77
Birth Place: Little Rock, Arkansas, USA
Also Credited as: James MacKrell
Biography: Jim MacKrell's broadcast career has spanned decades and has included every aspect of communications from local and network commercials to hosting specials to guest starring in popular series and features. For the four years of its run, Jim was the star of the hit NBC game-show "Celebrity Sweepstakes". He also hosted "The Game Game" (CBS), "Quiz Kids" (Columbia Pictures TV), plus numerous other shows. Jim's career has taken him to all areas of television and movies. His theatrical credits include such memorable films as Woody Allen's Annie Hall (1977), Albert Brooks' Defending Your Life (1991) _"Semi-Tough" (1978)_ Gremlins (1984)and Teen Wolf (1985) with Michael J. Fox. He has had guest starring roles on television in "Dallas", "Soap", "Moonlighting" and "Golden Girls" amongst over 40 others. His Made For TV movies include Christmas Miracle in Caufield, U.S.A. (1977) (TV), "Walk don't Run" and A Reason to Live (1985) (TV). Jim was also a regular on "General Hospital", "Capitol" (1982) and "Days of our Lives".
As a performer/writer/producer, Jim has made advertising a major focal point of his career. He has been corporate spokesman for giants such as Chevrolet and Disney. He has starred in spots for household names such as Whirlpool, Fiber Con, Serta, Goodyear, Mattel, Oster, Radio Shack, Exxon, Entex, and more. He also has appeared as a spokesman for industrials and corporate films for Toyota, Exxon, Xerox, Shell, Coca Cola, and more. For 14 years, Jim was the corporate host for the National Easter Seals Telethon and he wrote and produced several projects for ACTA Communications in Chicago.
A veteran of radio, his credits include some of the top radio stations in the nation including KMPC Los Angeles, KFI Los Angeles, WMEX Boston, WNOE New Orleans, WFUN Miami. In recent years he hosted a top rated talk show in Houston, Texas on 97 Talk.
With acting, hosting, writing and producing highly motivating sales films and to having most of his life laid out in Video Rental Stores across the country, there is not an avenue of entertainment or marketing in which Jim MacKrell has not excelled.