Anthony James (born July 22, 1942), from Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, is the actor who appeared as Adolph Van Pelt in the Season 6 episode of Married... with Children titled "Al Bundy, Shoe Dick".


Tall and lanky, with a rough, pockmarked face, a lean, stringy build, greasy dark hair and an extremely edgy'n'intense screen presence, James was often cast in Westerns as really scary, sleazy and disgusting villains.

Anthony had previously made several guest appearances on the CBS-TV Western series Gunsmoke during the series' run, appearing in different roles, most often playing the character of Elbert Moses. Other shows he has guest-starred on include: The High Chaparral, Bonanza, The Rookies; the short-lived ABC-TV sitcom Holmes and Yo-Yo, which starred John Schuck, and Beauty and the Beast. starring Ron Perlman and Linda Hamilton.

He has also appeared in a number of major feature films. One of his earliest was the 1967 classic In the Heat of the Night, which co-starred Sidney Poitier and Rod Steiger. Subsequent films include P.J. (1968), ...tick...tick...tick... (1970), High Plains Drifter (1973, with film star Clint Eastwood), Blue Thunder (1983), Nightmares (1983), and The Naked Gun 2 1/2: The Smell of Fear (1991, with Leslie Nielsen, George Kennedy, O.J. Simpson and Priscilla Presley). His last film role to date has been in Clint Eastwood's 1992 Oscar-winning western, Unforgiven which also starred Eastwood.

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