David James from District 9 Biography

David James (born in 1972) is a South African actor best known for playing the evil Koobus Venter in the 2009 science fiction film District 9, which received an Oscar nomination.

Biography of David James

David James Biography
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Full name: David James
Date of birth: 1972 (51 years as of 2023)
Place of birth: Paarl in the Western Cape, South Africa
Education: Trained Singer, Dancer and Actor (Unknown Institutions)
Height: 1.85m
Occupation: Actor
Known for: Harmanes on Rhythm City, District 9
Net worth: $6 million
Nationality: South African

Early life of David James

James was raised on a wine farm in Paarl, Western Cape. James was a liberal, although his family was conservative and separatist. His father was a Dutch Reformed man. Early on, he and his family had disagreements over his job choices.

When James was a young man, he made a deal with his family that if he earned his WP-colors in sports, he could then continue with his chosen courses. He chose to pursue acting after completing this and his military tour of duty. [1]

Education of David James

James studied singing, dance, acting, and the flute from 1995 to 2001. From 1997 to 2001, James studied under the renowned Joan Brickhill, a choreographer nominated for a Tony Award and a “grand dame” of South African theatre. He also worked selling vehicles, washing cars, maintaining swimming pools, and even looking after the elderly at this time.

Personal life of David James

Jimmy currently resides in the Johannesburg suburb of Parkview. Speaking both English and Afrikaans, he is bilingual. Lorraine, his older sister, runs a resort in Paarl as a vacation destination. However, it is not clear if he is married or if he has kids, as he kept these aspects of his life hidden from the public. [2]

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Career of David James

David James Biography

He is also well-known to South African viewers for his roles as “Mad Dog” on the enduring soap opera Isidingo from 2004 to 2006, as Joel Joffe in the massive and well-received stage productions of Rivonia Trial from 2010 to 2011, and as radio station manager Hermanus Meyer on the Rhythm City from 2010 to 2011.

In theater productions of The Portrait of Dorian Gray (2002), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (2005), My Fair Lady (2006), and others, he has costarred. In addition, he appeared in the critically acclaimed 2007 local comedy Fangs.

More Career strides

Which tells the comic tale of a Johannesburg vampire who loses his fangs. In the 2007 comedy Everybody Else (is Fucking Great), in which a married couple is forced to confront the husband’s sexuality and infidelity, he also costarred. James has made numerous appearances in advertisements and corporate marketing campaigns, including those for Toys ‘R Us, Ford, Compaq, and Cipler Insurance.

Other enedeavors

James participated as a celebrity judge in the young thespians’ “High Flyer” competition in February 2010 at Redhill School in Johannesburg. Ironically, Neill Blomkamp, the director of District 9, and his District 9 co-star Sharlto Copley both graduated from the same private school. James served as a celebrity presenter at the Naledi Theatre Awards in March 2010. [3]

Charity Work

James has helped raise money for Faces of Hope, a local South African organization that supports people who are suffering from life-threatening illnesses but without the resources to pay for their medical care. His role in Faces of Hope was discussed in an article published in the South African version of O: The Oprah Magazine in April 2010.