Hollywood is in mourning this week after Clifton James, who starred as Louisiana Sheriff J. W. Pepper in two James Bond movies, passed away on Saturday. He was 96 years-old.
The New York Times reported that James’ death was confirmed by his daughter Jennifer, who said he died of complications from diabetes.
James first appeared as Pepper in the 1973 James Bond film “Live and Let Die,” which also stared Roger Moore. He was such a hit with audiences that James was brought back to reprise his role in the next Bond film, “The Man With The Golden Gun,” which came out in 1974. His other credits included recurring roles in television shows like “Dallas,” “Gunsmoke” and “Lewis & Clark.”
Born in Spokane, Washington in 1920, James served in the Army during World War II, receiving two Purple Hearts, a Bronze Star and a Silver Star. After the war, he moved to New York City to begin his acting career.
He was predeceased by his wife Laurie, who passed away in 2015. James is survived by two sisters, five children, 14 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Rest in peace, Clifton James!