Actor James Badge Dale was born into a show business family - with a choreographer father and actress mother. He studied acting at Manhattanville College, and eventually put his schooling to use, landing his big break in 2003 with the role of Chase Edmunds on the hit TV series 24. He would go on to appear in films as well, with supporting roles in movies like The Departed and The Conspirator, but Dale would find the most continual success in television, starring in acclaimed series like the crime-family drama The Black Donnellys, the Band of Brothers follow-up The Pacific, and the spy series Rubicon.
Biography by Cammila Collar
- His actress mother, Anita Morris, turned in memorable performances in the 1982 stage musical Nine and in the raucous, comical Rolling Stones' "She Was Hot" music video. Her 1994 death led to some dark moments in his youth.
- After an injury sidelined his college hockey aspirations, he turned his attention to acting.
- He worked in construction---at which he was not, by his own admission, very good---while studying acting and pursuing gigs in New York.
- Was cast in off-Broadway productions of Getting into Heaven in 2003 and Burleigh Grime$ in 2006.
- In 2004, he was nominated for a Teen Choice award for his work as Chase Edmunds on the third season of 24, a role he reprised for a video game based on the series.
- In 2005, he appeared on CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, CSI: Miami and CSI: New York.
- In his role on HBO's acclaimed 2010 miniseries The Pacific, he plays real-life marine Robert Leckie (whose writings inspired the program).