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James Duval

James Duval
Duval in 2011
Born (1972-09-10) September 10, 1972
Detroit, Michigan, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 1993–present

James Edward Duval (born September 10, 1972) is an American actor, who is known for his roles in the Gregg Araki trilogy—Totally Fucked Up, The Doom Generation, and Nowhere—in addition to Frank in Donnie Darko, Blank in May, Miguel in Independence Day and Singh in Go.


  • Personal life 1
  • Career 2
  • Filmography 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5

Personal life

Duval was born in Detroit, Michigan. His family moved to California in 1974. He attended Gladstone High School in Covina (1986–89), as well as Mira Costa High School in Manhattan Beach, and Fair Valley in Covina. Although, as a child, he was trained as a classical pianist, he eventually moved to the guitar. Duval is of mixed ancestry; his mother, a native of Saigon, is of Vietnamese-French descent, and his father is of Irish-Native American-French ancestry. Duval is an avid practitioner of hatha yoga. He also teaches yoga at Earth's Power Yoga studio, Los Angeles, in between films.


Duval has starred in numerous independent films,[1] including the 2009 psychological thriller The Black Waters of Echo's Pond[2] and the mystery crime-thriller film Noirland directed by Ramzi Abed.[3]

He plays guitar and piano, and sings in a band named Gene Wilder (after the actor) with friends and fellow actors Brian McGuire and Brett Roberts. He formerly played for Antoneus Maximus & The Nuthouze Band who had been playing gigs at local venues in Los Angeles. Their first album in 2004 included guest appearances by such luminaries as of The Black Eyed Peas, DJMotiv8, Dante Santiago, and Kid (Christopher Reid) of Kid 'n' Play.



  1. ^ Witbrodt, Cathy L. (2004-05-27). "James Duval: staying true to indie roots". YouthQuake magazine. Retrieved 2010-12-12. 
  2. ^ "New One-Sheet: The Black Waters of Echo's Pond / Theatrical Screening Info". 2010-03-04. Retrieved 2010-12-12. 
  3. ^ "James Duval Heads to Noirland! First Teaser and Images". 2010-04-15. Retrieved 2010-12-12. 
  4. ^ Awards for James Duval at the Internet Movie Database
  5. ^ Jared Black’s Delirium

ATX Music Magazine Donny Darko Action figure Played by James Duval

External links

  • Youthquake Magazine Article
  • James Duval at the Internet Movie Database
  • James Duval Fan Site
  • Closing Time Starring James Duval
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