“I've done nude scenes in the movies. You've got to feel comfortable with yourself or you're going to have a hard time in this business.” James Hyde
James Hyde is a Daytime Emmy nominating American actor, dancer and former male fashion model. He is perhaps best known to soap opera fans for playing Sam Bennett on “Passions” (NBC, 1999-2007; The 101 Network, 2007-2008), from which he got his Emmy nomination. Hyde also has appeared in other soaps like “Another World” (1997) and “As the World Turns” (1999) as well as the primetime shows “Sex and the City” (1998), “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” (2004) and “Las Vegas” (2007). He played a supporting role in the independent film “Let's Talk About Sex” (1998).
Hyde has been married to his wife, Sue-Ling Garcia, since 1992. They currently live in Los Angeles with their son, James Mose Hyde. A great sportsman, Hyde plays golf, basketball and baseball. He enjoys traveling home to Ohio to visit his family or to his wife's native country, Puerto Rico.
Childhood and Family:
James Robert Hyde was born on October 9, 1962, in Lancaster, Ohio. He is one of five children. James started modeling and acting at an early age. Right after high school, he joined the US Army and trained to be a Field Medic. He was station in Hawaii, where he was discovered, and worked in a hospital.
In 1992, James was married to actress Sue-Ling Garcia. The couple welcomed their first child, son James Moses Hyde, in July 2004.
Let's Talk About Sex
James Hyde began modeling soon after being discovered in Hawaii. As a model, he has traveled throughout the world, including London, Amsterdam and Japan. In 1996, Hyde won an audition at an open casting call competition for the soap opera “Sunset Beach” and was featured on the promos for the show. In the following year, he landed the recurring role of Neil Johanssen in the NBC television soap “Another World.” Also in 1997, he had an uncredited part in the Abel Ferrara film “The Blackout,” starring Matthew Modine, Claudia Schiffer and Béatrice Dalle.
In 1998, Hyde guest starred in an episode of “Sex and the City” called “Models and Mortals,” as Brad Fox. Besides, he played Stefan in the “Mortal Kombat: Conquest” episode “Undying Dream” (also 1998). He returned to the big screen with a supporting role as Scott 'Booty Call Guy' on “Let's Talk About Sex” (1998), a drama directed, written, and starring Troy Bailey.
In 1999, Hyde was cast in the role of Liam #1 in the CBS soap “As the World Turns,” but his stint was short. However, the actor did not gain major breakthrough until he won the role of Police chief Sam Bennett on the television soap opera “Passions,” which debuted on NBC on July 5, 1999. Hyde would remain with the show until it ended on August 7, 2008. In 2005, he was nominated for Daytime Emmy's Special Fan Award in the category of Irresistible Combination, sharing with Kim Johnston Ulrich, who played the role of Ivy Winthrop. Commenting about his character on the series, he said, “What I'm trying to do with this part (Sam) is set a great example for men. I can make this guy strong and also show him to be a guy who loves his wife, and his children, and make it kind of cool that people can do that.”
In 2000, Hyde appeared along with Ice-T, Erin Daniels and Eva Mendes on the made for television film “The Disciples.” In the next year, he hosted the 2001 “American Veteran Awards” and portrayed Steven in the television series “Miami Sands,” opposite Adriana Cataño, Kokoa Woodget Aubert and Jennifer Taylor. In 2002, Hyde starred as Philip in the short film “Are You a Serial Killer,” by Patrick Durham. Costarred in the film included Austin Peck and Damian Chapa. Hyde then guest starred in the television series “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” (2004, as Mike Trent), “Windfall” (2006, as Marco) and “Las Vegas” (2007, as Tom Jader).
After “Passions” departed the airwaves, Hyde starred as James in “The Quincy Rose Show” (2009), a 24 minute comedy film directed and co-written by Justin Carroll, and appeared as motivational speaker in the short film “Hotel Hell Vacation” (2010). He also played Hitman in the action/comedy film “Guns, Drugs and Dirty Money” (released in the US in 2011), opposite Anthony Moscato, Alex Safi and Jason Waugh.
Hyde has completed filming the supporting role of Bryce in the comedy film “Beautysleep Symphony,” by Carl Darchuk. Costars in the film include Dee Wallace, Adoni Maropis and Max Gail.
Prior to entering acting, Hyde was a dancer with the British band Dead or Alive, which is fronted by singer Pete Burns. In 1987, he toured with the band in Japan and the United States, in addition to Europe. He also was featured in the band's documentary film, “ Rip It Up Live” (1988) and in their music video for “ Your Sweetness is Your Weakness.”