James Widdoes
James Widdoes
James Widdoes directed 13 episodes of the King of Queens in seasons 3-5.


(1953-11-15) November 15, 1953 (age 64)


Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.


Actor/Director, Comedy Writer, Producer

Years active


King of Queens episodes directed

13 directed from 2001-2003, Seasons 3-5

James "Jamie" Widdoes (born November 15, 1953 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) sometimes credited as Jamie Widdoes, directed thirteen episodes of the King of Queens. Also a gifted comedic actor, James starred as senior student and Fraternity President Robert Hoover alongsides John Belushi and Tim Matheson in the 1978 blockbuster box-office smash film National Lampoon's Animal House, as well as the 1979 ABC-TV sitcom series spin-off Delta House.


He has guest starred in many TV series episodes since then, including Remington Steele, Night Court, Dave's World and My Wife and Kids. Widdoes starred as father of the house Stan Pembroke in the 1984-1985 seasons of Charles In Charge.

Since 1998, he has directed and/or produced many episodes for various TV series. Some of these include Just the Ten of Us, Empty Nest, Anything But Love, Harry and the Hendersons, Boston Common, Brother's Keeper, Reba, 8 Simple Rules, Til Death, The Bill Engvall Show, and Two and a Half Men.

Widdoes graduated from the prestigious Loomis Chaffee School in Windsor, Connecticut in 1972, and today sits on its Board of Trustees. He began his acting career during college, starring in a production of The New Amen Show at the Diners Playhouse in Lexington, Kentucky in 1974. He next attended New York University's Tisch School of Arts, graduating in 1976 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. While in New York, he roomed with such soon-to-be famous actors as Michael O'Keefe from Caddyshack and The Great Santini. He then began performing on New York City stages in productions such as the 1977 Equity Library Theatre revival of Wonderful Town and the 1982 Broadway musical Is there life after high school?, for which he won a Theatre World Award.

In addition to being on the Loomis Chaffee School's Board, Widdoes is also active in many other community oriented programs. He sits on the Board of Directors for the Turning Point School; and has been on the Board of Trustees for the California Association of Independent Schools; the Board of Directors/Executive Committee for Camp Dudley-YMCA; and the Executive Advisory Board of The Gordie Foundation, non-profit organization based in Dallas that "[provides] today's young people with the skills to navigate the dangers of alcohol, binge drinking, peer pressure and hazing." The organization was founded in memory of Lynn Gordon Bailey Jr.

Widdoes is married to Brooks Hendrie, and has two sons, Charles Landauer and Sumner Dickinson, and a daughter, Margaret Hendrie.

Voice WorkEdit

Widdoes has also voiced several characters in Hanna-Barbers's The Further Adventures of SuperTed.

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