Jimmie passed away in Los Angeles on July 6, 2004. His contributions to this company, as well as to his other theatrical families at Shape Shifter and FirstStage, as an actor, as a friend, and as a man, remain immeasurable. He was truly one of a kind, and he will be greatly missed.
Jimmie F. Skaggs
Jimmie co-starred in the CBS film Blue Rodeo with Ann-Margret and Kris Kristofferson, and co-starred in Underworld, with Denis Leary and Joe Mantegna, and will be seen in The Hollow Man. He appeared as Ha Ha Jones in the Truman Capote classic, A Christmas Memory, a television movie starring Patty Duke,which aired during the '97 holiday season. Adam & Eva Marie (for which he received a Drama-Logue Award) at Actors Art Theatre was his Los Angeles stage debut. In Boiler Room, Jimmie played Dallas Murphy, the Sales Manager who is Kammegian's second in command at First National Copier Products. (At one point, both shows were running in repertory, giving Jimmie the enviable task of playing Dallas on Sunday afternoons and Adam on Sunday evenings, a turnaround of about 1 hour and 45 minutes.)His most recent appearance at Actors Art was in Openings, by Adam & Eva Marie Playwright Mickey Solomon.
Jimmie & Virginia Morris also run the highly succesful ShapeShifter Productions. Jimmie attended college in Santa Barbara and is a graduate of The American Academy Of Dramatic Arts in New York. In Chicago in 1974 he joined the first national tour of Grease, playing Eugene the class nerd. For the next five years, he continued in the role and served as dance captain in the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd national tours. Also in Chicago, he worked at the St. Nicholas Theatre in Teeth 'n' Smiles, created the role of 'Pap' in the musical Keegle Street at the Drury Lane, and was in Harry Chapin's Lies And Legends at the Odyssey Theatre.
He has guest starred on such TV shows as Star Trek: DS9, The Flash, Hill Street Blues, Falcon Crest, Miami Vice, thirtysomething, and ER. He co-starred in the miniseries Lucky/Chances, and in Larry McMurtry's Dead Man's Walk as Bes-Das. In film, he has had memorable roles in Lethal Weapon, Pink Cadillac, Puppetmaster, the cult films Oblivion and Oblivion II: Backlash, and in the pirate epic Cutthroat Island (pictured at right).