Emmett James spent his childhood in Croydon, South London, and finished his schooling in Cambridge, England. While studying acting at Strasberg Actors Studio in London, he began working in theater, eventually moving to Los Angeles in the 90s to pursue an acting career in film and television.
He has worked extensively as a thespian in every single medium, from voicing a number one video game franchise to having a recurring role on America’s oldest running soap opera. Projects he has lent his talents to have been honored with Oscars, and Golden Globe, SAG, Emmy, and BAFTA awards. He was also presented with a prestigious ADA award for his work on the Los Angeles stage.
In addition to acting, he has produced, taught, and directed film, stage, and television productions in Hollywood and London. Coming from a family of authors that includes J. B. Priestley, Emmett James continues to live and work in Hollywood today.
If you have ever truly loved a film, you will surely find yourself within these pages.
First set in Croydon, South London, in the 1980s, Admit One details how Emmett James escaped the pains of adolescence by going to the cinema. With wry, self-deprecating humor and observation, the author reflects on, obsesses over, and rages about film and its correlation to our pasts. Life soon imitates art, and the narrator finds that his true calling is in transiting one side of the screen to the other.
He decides to leave England for the only place where he can realize his dream of becoming an actor-America.
We then follow the narrator on his numerous Hollywood adventures, watching as he glides smoothly from forgery to pornography to crashing the Academy Awards under the alias of a nominated screenwriter. At every turn, the films that inspired Emmett James as a child resurface, and they serve to contextualize his humorous collection of stories. He provides unique insights into the fascinating world of film, and eventually stumbles into acting in one of the highest-grossing movies of all time, Titanic.
“Admit One is refreshingly honest. James’ discerning wit and wry sense of humor propel the reader through his journey. This enlightening memoir is a must-read for anyone who has dared to follow their dreams.” – Patrick Cariaga, Emmy-winning producer of The Amazing Race
“Funny and moving, capturing vividly the most important moments of youth. A very personal story to which everyone can relate.” – Bob Read, producer of The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and judge on Last Comic Standing
Emmett James spent his childhood in Croydon, South London, and finished his schooling in Cambridge, England. While studying acting at Strasberg Actors Studio in London, he began working in theater; eventually moving to Los Angeles in the 90’s to pursue an acting career in film and television.
Projects that Emmett James has lent his talents to have been honored with Academy Awards®, Golden Globes, SAG Awards, Emmys, and BAFTA awards.
He was also presented with a prestigious ADA award for his work on the Los Angeles stage.
He has worked extensively as a thespian in every single medium, including the following noteworthy projects:
Film & Television:
- 5 months of work shooting James Cameron’s Titanic, in which he played the youngest steward on board the ship. Since completing his work on the film, he went on to appear in 2 separate Titanic films, and a video game playing 3 real life characters onboard the ship.
- A recurring role on TV’s popular series NYPD Blue, where he played Officer Jill Kirkendall’s live-in nanny, a role created and written especially for him. This role ultimately reunited him with his Titanic co-star Kathy Bates who was director of the FOX series.
- The lead actor with Judge Reinhold on two seasons of the series Redemption High.
- A recurring role on America’s longest running soap opera General Hospital, playing Neal McAllister the wealthy friend of Prince Nikolas Cassadine.
- A role on the Wolfgang Petersen CBS drama, The Agency, which reunited him with director Paul Michael Glaser, who Emmett worked with in the film, Kazaam, starring Shaquille O’Neal.
Film and Video Game Voice-Over:
- Emmett played the lead role of Allen Rowe in Call of Duty: Finest Hour. Call of Duty has now gone down in the history books as one of the best-selling video game franchises of all time.
- Emmett’s voiceover talents can also be heard in the Pirates of the Caribbean film franchise. The film series went on to gross over 4 billion dollars for Disney.
- R.O.D the TV, directed by Koji Masunari, where Emmett provides the voice for the evil ‘Mirror Man;’ a sneaky agent that has learned to disappear from sight by refracting the light around him.
- Itsurō Kawasaki’s cult favorite, Licensed by Royalty, in which he voices two main characters in the series ‘Mr. Frost’ and ‘The Director’.
- Hellsing Ultimate Ova Series, based on Kouta Hirano’s manga series in which Emmett voices the role of ‘Detective’.
- Emmett also provides the lead voice for the evil ‘Wilfred Hermeien’ in Square Enix’s, The Last Remnant. The Last Remnant was the latest offering from the creators of the Final Fantasy franchise.
In addition to acting, he has produced, taught, and directed film, stage, and television productions in Hollywood and London. He has also published a memoir, Admit One: My Life in Film, which was subsequently honored with a Book of the Year Award. Emmett James continues to live and work in Hollywood today, where he has created and executed some of the most award-winning and recognizable TV and Film campaigns of the last decade.
Lastly, Emmett is also a curator for the museum, SAVE HOLLYWOOD.
Founded in 2010, SAVE HOLLYWOOD is the only museum in Los Angeles devoted exclusively to preserving pop culture for future generations. A museum without a permanent home, all completely by design. ALL of our pieces are available for loan to any museum around the world. We are committed to the collection, presentation, and interpretation of props and costumes produced since the inception of cinema and television, and to preserving those artifacts for future generations.
In a remarkably short time, SAVE HOLLYWOOD has developed one of the nation’s most renowned traveling collections. Emmett has spent over a decade as an actor in Hollywood. Acting in James Cameron’s blockbuster TITANIC began Emmett’s fascination with saving iconic film artifacts. Not being aware of the impending huge success of Titanic, 20th Century Fox sold off all of the key costumes and props to J. Peterman catalogues once the film had wrapped to try and gain back some of the films enormous expenses. The items would be dispersed throughout the country into private collections, inevitably never to be seen again by the public. Not only did Emmett think that it was a travesty that these pieces of film history weren’t going to a museum; this realization was also his wake up call. And so his mission began to buy back peoples childhood film memories and house them around the country so EVERYBODY had a chance to visit and enjoy them. Will you join in?