Film and television actor James Tupper made his screen debut with a bit part in the David Spade comedy Joe Dirt before moving on to establish a successful television career with appearances on such hit shows as Gilmore Girls, CSI: NY, and How I Met Your Mother. Roles in the Michael Landon Jr. Westerns Love's Long Journey and Love's Abiding Joy followed soon thereafter, and in 2005 Tupper earned his first writing credit with work on Loudmouth Soup -- an improvisational comedy shot over the course of just one night and detailing the boozy antics of a bourgeois Hollywood dinner party. Despite his increasing onscreen presence, it wasn't his acting that eventually landed Tupper in the headlines, but the announcement that his Men in Trees co-star Anne Heche was leaving her husband, Coleman Laffoon, in favor of pursuing a romance with the rugged up and comer.
Biography by Jason Buchanan
- Lived on a coffee farm in East Africa and studied Swahili after high school.
- Worked as a carpenter between acting gigs.
- Acted in several off-Broadway plays, including An Actor Prepares and After the Rain.
- Made his big-screen debut with a small role in the comedy Joe Dirt.
- Cowrote and starred in Loudmouth Soup in 2005, a fully improvised movie that was filmed in one night.