Jim Byrnes

Byrnes at Japan Expo 2010
James Thomas Kevin Byrnes

(1948-09-22) September 22, 1948 (age 75)
CitizenshipUnited States
  • Actor
  • musician[1]
Years active1966–present
Websitewww.jimbyrnes.ca Edit this at Wikidata

James Thomas Kevin Byrnes[1] OBC (born September 22, 1948) is an American actor and blues musician.

Life and career

Byrnes was born in St. Louis, Missouri on September 22, 1948.[1] His mother was a homemaker, and his father was a municipal accountant.[1] In 1968 he was drafted and served in the Vietnam War for a year in the 196th Infantry Brigade.[2][3] He has lived in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, since the mid-1970s. On February 26, 1972, he was struck by a passing car while he attempted to help move a stalled truck on the Island Highway North of Parksville, which injured his legs and forced them both to be amputated.[2]

In 1987, he started appearing on Wiseguy as Daniel Burroughs, better known as Lifeguard. It was his first major role and lasted until 1990. Later, he starred in the fantasy television series Highlander: The Series as Joe Dawson, a member of a secret society known as the "Watchers." He reprised his role as Joe Dawson in Highlander: Endgame and Highlander: The Source, installments of the Highlander film series, as well as providing voices for the anime Highlander: The Search for Vengeance. He starred in his own short-lived TV show, called The Jim Byrnes Show. He played a recruiting sergeant for the Union Army in an episode of Copper called "The Children of the Battlefield."

His other television roles include Higher Ground and cartoon voices in Beast Wars: Transformers, Beast Machines: Transformers, Shadow Raiders, Stargate Infinity, Dinosaur Train as Percy Paramacellodus, Colonel Nick Fury in X-Men: Evolution and as Duke Dermail in Gundam Wing. He appeared in the Taken mini series, which broadcast on the Sci-Fi Channel and an episode of Twilight Zone entitled "Harsh Mistress". He has also appeared on the Syfy series Sanctuary, appearing as the father of Helen Magnus, played by Amanda Tapping and as Shineoa San in an episode of Andromeda as well as the voice of Virgil Vox in nine additional episodes.

As a musician, Byrnes has won the Juno Award for Blues Album of the Year three times, for That River in 1996 and House of Refuge on Black Hen Music in 2007, and for Everywhere West in 2011.[4] Byrnes was also honoured at the 2006 Maple Blues Awards, as Male Vocalist of the Year.[5] The Canadian Folk Music Awards recognized him as the Contemporary Singer of the Year in 2006 and 2009.[6][7]

In 2018 Byrnes performed with the Sojourners at a concert organized by the North Island Concert Society.[8]



Year Title Role Notes
1980 Out of the Blue Party Singer
1989 The First Season Band Leader
1992 Harmony Cats Frank Hay
1992 Invader Engineer Powell (scenes deleted)
1994 Whale Music Dewey Moore
1995 Suspicious Agenda Lt. Rayburn
1995 Dream Man Jim Garrity 'The Loot' (Video)
1996 Starlight Rod MacArthur
1997 Masterminds Larry Millard (uncredited)
1997 Drive, She Said Dr. Glen Green
2000 Monster Mash The Prosecutor video
2000 Highlander: Endgame Joe Dawson
2003 My Boss's Daughter George
2005 Edison Local Merchant
2005 Fetching Cody Harvey
2008 Heart of a Dragon Ivan
2011 She's a Soul Man Joe Cameron
2014 Hastings Street Bartender
2015 Wanderlust Graham
2018 24 Piedmont Drive Bernard Donnelly
2019 Ada Murray


Year Title Role Notes
1987 Hands of a Stranger Band Leader (uncredited) TV movie
1987 Danger Bay Tony Walter Episode: "Deep Trouble"
1988 The Red Spider Jack Fine TV movie
1990 In the Best Interest of the Child Kurt TV movie
1990 A Klondike Christmas Wolfie (voice) TV movie
1987–1990 Wiseguy Daniel Benjamin 'Lifeguard' Burroughs 74 episodes
1991 Omen IV: The Awakening Noah TV movie
1991 Christmas on Division Street Benedetti TV movie
1992 Dirty Work Stan TV movie
1993 The Hat Squad Carl Drake Episode: "Dead Man Walking"
1993 Street Justice The Doctor Episode: "The Wall"
1994 The Legend of the Hawaiian Slammers voice
1991–1994 Neon Rider Kevin 12 episodes
1995 Serving in Silence: The Margarethe Cammermeyer Story Vet TV movie
1995 Sliders TV Announcer (uncredited) Episode: "Pilot"
1995 The Commish Brett Shrager Episode: "The Kid"
1996 Wiseguy Lifeguard TV movie
1996 Bloodhounds II Lt. Jim McMahon TV movie
1996 For Hope Date #1 (uncredited) TV movie
1997 Two Col. Maxwell Foley Episode: "The Reckoning"
1997 Lost Treasure of Dos Santos Doc Humphries TV movie
1997 Final Descent Duke Houston TV movie
1993–1998 Highlander: The Series Joe Dawson 97 episodes
1998 Murder Call Guy Hanson Episode: "More Than Meets the Eye"
1998 The Jim Byrnes Show Jim Byrnes, owner of Blue Byrnes Bar
1999 Highlander: The Raven Joe Dawson Episode: "A Matter of Time"
1998–1999 The Net Mr. Olivier 9 episodes
1999 Cold Squad Dick Hofstedder 4 episodes
2000 Higher Ground Frank Markasian, founder of a school for troubled teens 5 episodes
2000 Mysterious Ways Ramp Episodes: "Spirit Junction"
2000 Becoming Dick Bartender TV movie
2000 First Wave Tyler Greer Episode: "Shadowland"
2000 Level 9 General Theodore Nemec Episode: "Eat Flaming Death"
1998–2001 The Outer Limits Merlin / Gary Latimer 2 episodes
2002 Due East Father Berkely TV movie
2002 The Dead Zone Vic Goodman Episode: "Unreasonable Doubt"
2002 The Twilight Zone Dion Episode: "Harsh Mistress"
2002 Just Cause Episode: "Fading Star"
2002 Taken Busker Episode: "Acid Tests"
2002 Snow Queen guardian Polar Bear of the Snow Queen's palace (voice) TV movie
2003 Jake 2.0 James Skerritt 3 episodes
2004 Stargate SG-1 Documentary Narrator Episode: "Heroes: Part 2"
2004–2005 Andromeda Virgil Vox / Shineoa San 13 episodes
2005 Supernatural Professor Episode: "Bugs"
2005–2006 Da Vinci's City Hall Councillor Eddie Banks 2 episodes
2007 Highlander: The Search for Vengeance Doc / Rudy Video
2007 Highlander: The Source Joe Dawson TV movie
2007 Don't Cry Now Steve TV movie
2007 Sanctuary Gregory Magnus Miniseries
2010 V Matthew Episode: "John May"
2011 Goodnight for Justice Governor TV movie
2011 Hellcats Giles 2 episodes
2008–2011 Sanctuary Gregory Magnus 5 episodes
2011 Deck the Halls Morgan the radio DJ TV movie
2013 Copper Sgt. Major Atticus Reid Episode: "The Children of the Battlefield"
2013 King & Maxwell Roy Smalls Episode: "Job Security"
2014 Paper Angels Bill Price TV movie
2014 Strange Empire Cart Episode: "The Oath"
2015 The Romeo Section Reverend Ortelli 4 episodes
2016 The Legend of Davy Crockett John Patton TV movie
2018 Travelers James Edward Bailey Episode: "Trevor"
2021 Sister Swap: Christmas in the City Luke Swift TV movie (Hallmark)
2022 Billy the Kid Matthews 1 episode


Year Title Role Notes
1989 G.I. Joe: Operation Dragonfire Alley Viper / Crimson Guard - Fake Lama / Night-Viper 5 episodes
1989 Dragon Warrior Wizard Moore (voice)
1989–1990 Camp Candy voice 16 episodes
1990–1991 G.I. Joe voice 19 episodes
1992–1993 Conan the Adventurer Epimetrius the Sage (voice) 5 episodes
1993 Mega Man: Upon a Star Dr. Light
1993–1994 Madeline voice
1992–1994 King Arthur and the Knights of Justice Merlin 26 episodes
1994 Conan and the Young Warriors Epimetrius the Sage 13 episodes
1995 The New Adventures of Madeline voice 13 episodes
1994–1996 Mega Man Dr. Light / Sigma / Pharaoh Man / Air Man / Quick Man / Top Man / Gravity Man 27 episodes
1996 G.I. Joe Extreme Nelson Episode: "Winner Take All"
1996 Vortech: Undercover Conversion Squad voice 2 episodes
1996 Stone Protectors voice 13 episodes
1994–1996 Hurricanes voice 7 episodes
1997 Gundam Wing: Endless Waltz Dekim Barton
1998 Mummies Alive! The Legend Begins voice
1998 The Animated Adventures of Tom Sawyer Pop (voice) Video
1998 Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Movie Elf Crowd Member #2
1997–1999 Beast Wars: Transformers Inferno
1998–1999 Shadow Raiders Grand Vizier 8 episodes
1998–1999 RoboCop: Alpha Commando Mr. Brink 40 episodes
1997–1999 Roswell Conspiracies: Aliens, Myths & Legends Additional Voices 40 episodes
1999–2000 Beast Machines: Transformers Thrust
2001 Spider-Man Unlimited Fire Drake Episode: "Cry Vulture"
1999–2001 NASCAR Racers Additional Voices 26 episodes
2000–2001 D'Myna Leagues Griff 13 episodes
2001–2002 Ultimate Book of Spells voice 26 episodes
2001–2002 Alienators: Evolution Continues Additional Voices 17 episodes
2002 Inspector Gadget's Last Case Chief Quimby
2002 Dennis the Menace: Cruise Control Kraigor
2002 Madeline: My Fair Madeline Mayor of Paris TV movie
2002–2003 Stargate: Infinity 26 episodes
2002–2003 X-Men: Evolution Nick Fury
2002–2003 X-Men: Evolution Nick Fury / Col. Nicholas Fury / Col. Nick Fury / ... 7 episodes
2003 Gadget and the Gadgetinis 48 episodes
2005 Inspector Gadget's Biggest Caper Ever Chief Quimby
2007 Madeline in Tahiti Scarfaced Man
2009 Hot Wheels: Battle Force 5 Jack Wheeler Episode: "Legacy"
2010 Dinosaur Train Percy Parmacellodus Episode: "Paulie Pliosaurus/Elmer Visits the Desert"
2012 War of the Worlds: Goliath Theodore Roosevelt
2013 Slugterra Viggo Dare Episode: "Back to Blakk"
2016 My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic Gladmane Episode: "Viva Las Pegasus"
2018 Take Two Josiah Carberry Episode: "Stillwater"



Compilation Inclusions


  1. ^ a b c d Jim Byrnes Biography and Filmography; www.filmreference.com.
  2. ^ a b "The Loss of His Legs Is No Handicap for Wiseguy's Jim Byrnes". People, May 21, 1990.
  3. ^ Vancouver Magazine. "Jim Byrnes's Last Stand", 1 July 2009. Retrieved 10 August 2019.
  4. ^ See Juno Award for Blues Album of the Year.
  5. ^ "2006 Maple Blues Awards Winners and Nominees". Toronto Blues Society. Archived from the original on 10 May 2012. Retrieved 27 January 2017.
  6. ^ "Results 2006". Canadian Folk Music Awards / Prix de musique folk canadienne. Retrieved 27 January 2017.
  7. ^ "Results 2009". Canadian Folk Music Awards / Prix de musique folk canadienne. Retrieved 27 January 2017.
  8. ^ "Concert Society goes out on a high note". North Island Gazette, Hanna Petersen. Apr. 17, 2018
  9. ^ CD re-release 1998, Stony Plain Records, coupled with I Turned My Nights Into Days.
  10. ^ CD re-release, 1998, Stony Plain Records, coupled with Burning.
  11. ^ 1996 Juno Award for Blues Album of the Year.
  12. ^ Re-released 1997 on Band Together label, with the tracks in a different order.
  13. ^ Limited pre-release; no general release.
  14. ^ Contains six of the nine songs found on Love Is A Gamble; see Jim Byrnes detailed discography; www.jimbyrnes.org.
  15. ^ 2007 Juno Award for Blues Album of the Year.
  16. ^ 2010 Juno Award for Blues Album of the Year.
  17. ^ A compilation album of live performances from the Saturday Night Blues radio program on CBC Radio, hosted by Holger Petersen. Byrnes' "Blood In My Eyes" (also known as "I've Got Blood In My Eyes For You" and originally recorded on Fresh Horses) is included.