The Purple Heart Medal that James McEachin received in 2005.
James McEachin in a military uniform.
James McEachin wearing his medals.
The Silver Star Medal that James McEachin received in 2005.
(The combined artistry of James McEachin and musical compo...)
The combined artistry of James McEachin and musical composer Louis Foristieri are together once more in honor of the American veteran, their friends, family, and loved ones
(A story set during the last years of slavery in North Car...)
A story set during the last years of slavery in North Carolina plantation township is rich in love and hope, but ultimately poisoned by the ruinous deeds of hateful men
(After the Civil War, ex-Union Colonel John Henry Thomas a...)
After the Civil War, ex-Union Colonel John Henry Thomas and ex-Confederate Colonel James Langdon are leading two disparate groups of people through strife-torn Mexico
(Clint Eastwood's directorial debut, it is the suspenseful...)
Clint Eastwood's directorial debut, it is the suspenseful thriller about a California disc jockey who has an affair with an obsessed fan turned dangerous
(Action-packed Western about a scout (Sidney Poitier) and ...)
Action-packed Western about a scout (Sidney Poitier) and a con man (Harry Belafonte) who team up toprotect the Exodusters: ex-slaves who traveled across the West after the Civil War
James McEachin joined the United States Army in 1948 and then served in the Korean War during the beginning of the next decade. Heavily wounded in the stomach during one of the battles, he managed to survive, the only from his Rescue Squad.
Upon his return to the United States, McEachin first earned his living as a firefighter and then a policeman before becoming a music producer. Working under the pen name Jimmy Mack, he promoted many young artists, like Otis Redding and produced The Furys. Then, he shifted from music to movie industry and initiated a career of an actor.
McEachin found guest-starring roles in television and co-starring roles in feature movies that led to a contract with Universal Studios, and the title and starring role in his own NBC-TV detective series, ‘Tenafly’. One of his memorable roles was that of police lieutenant Brock in the 1986 television movie ‘Perry Mason: The Case of the Notorious Nun’. He starred as the lieutenant in Perry Mason telemovies from 1986 until 1995.
McEachin expanded his work to a variety of TV and feature movies roles. While working as an actor, he began writing and developing everything from television series concepts to feature scripts. By the 1990s, McEachin abandoned for a while his activity in the movie industry and concentrated on writing.
After years of work, he has published his first novel, ‘Farewell to the Mockingbirds’, in 1995. A military story of the court-martial of 63 black American soldiers during the First World War, the volume provided the author with critical acclaim. The following years, McEachin issued other fiction novels, like ‘Tell Me A Tale: A Novel of the Old South’, ‘Say Goodnight to the Boys in Blue’, and ‘Pebbles in the Roadway’ which gathered his short stories and essays. In 2005, he also issued an audio book titled ‘Voices: A Tribute to the American Veteran’ which was met with good reviews.
A year later, James McEachin came back to movies and debuted as a director with a short movie ‘Old Glory’. In 2008, the actor presented to the public a one-man play ‘Above the Call; Beyond the Duty’ at the John F. Kennedy Center, Washington, D. C. which has been played since then throughout the United States.
(The combined artistry of James McEachin and musical compo...)2005
(A story set during the last years of slavery in North Car...)1996
(The book tells the story of court-martials of black Ameri...)1995
(A black cowboy finds himself smack-dab in the middle of a...)2001
(December... a different kind of night for the boys in blu...)2000
(Action-packed Western about a scout (Sidney Poitier) and ...)1972
(After the Civil War, ex-Union Colonel John Henry Thomas a...)1969
(Clint Eastwood's directorial debut, it is the suspenseful...)1971
(Tony Petrocelli, a bright young lawyer practicing in the ...)1970
(Black revolutionaries are betrayed by one of their own. B...)1968
James McEachin is a member of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences.
Quotes from others about the person
"McEachin’s writing adds serious history to the folksy mood, resulting in an effective use of the folk genre." Margaret Nolan, critic
James McEachin married Lois McEachin in 1960. They have three adult children, one son Lyle, and two daughters Alainia and Felecia. Felecia served as an assistant to musician and actor Ice Cube (O'Shea Jackson Sr.) and director, producer and writer Sam Simon.