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James Sutorius
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James Sutorius appears as Joe Basch, brother of leapee Rabbi David Basch in the episode "Thou Shalt Not..." in Season 2 (ep.#7).

Personal Information
Gender: Male
Born: (1944-12-14) December 14, 1944 (age 76)
Character information
Appeared on: Quantum Leap (TV series)
Character played: Joe Basch in "Thou Shalt Not..." (Season 2)

James Sutorius (born December 14, 1944) appears as Joe Basch, the brother of David Basch, a Los Angeles-area Rabbi whom Sam leaps into to save the elder brother's marriage in the Season 2 episode "Thou Shalt Not...". Born in Euclid, Ohio, an eastside Cleveland suburb, James was raised in Wheaton, Illinois; he attended the same high school with such Hollywood notables as John Belushi and Bob Woodward.


TV and films[]

Since breaking into Hollywood in the mid 1970s, when he began appearing in guest roles on such shows as CBS-TV's Cannon and Kojak, James found series regular work supporting Bob Crane on his short-lived ABC-TV sitcom The Bob Crane Show (1975). His break, however, came when he nabbed the starring role of investigative reporter Mike Andros in the one-season The Andros Targets (1977), which was filmed on the streets of New York City. This success convinced him to make a decisive move to Los Angeles. Appearing in a number of notable TV movies including A Death in Canaan (1978), A Question of Love (1978), Skokie (1981), Space (1985) and On Wings of Eagles (1986), he went on to guest star on the most popular series of the day (St. Elsewhere, Family Ties, 21 Jump Street, Murder, She Wrote, L.A. Law, The X Files, Judging Amy). He also found occasional recurring stints on such shows as ABC-TV's Dynasty. Sporadic film work came along in the form of I'm Dancing as Fast as I Can (1982) starring Jill Clayburgh and Windy City (1984) with John Shea and Kate Capshaw.


It is his classical and contemporary work in theatre, however, that has sustained him over the years—his multiple Hamlets and Macbeth, as well as his John Proctor in "The Crucible," Trigorin in "The Seagull," Astrov in "Uncle Vanya," Valmont in "Les Liaisons Dangereuses," McMurphy in "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest," Sir Thomas More in "A Man for All Seasons," Dick Dudgeon in "The Devil's Disciple" and Marchbanks in "Candida." One special highlight was his highly successful return to Broadway in 1992 when he replaced fellow Hollywood actor and Monk TV series star Tony Shalhoub as son Charlie in the hard-hitting, Tony Award-winning play "Conversations with My Father" opposite Judd Hirsch.

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