James Snyder
Birth Date:
Birth Place:
Sacramento, California
Famous for:
His role in “She's the Man” (2006)
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She's the Man


American actor and singer James Snyder is known for having supporting roles in movies like “Pretty Persuasion,” (2005), “She's the Man” (2006), “Anderson's Cross” (2007) and “Shuttle” (2008) and with his guest appearances in the TV series “Gilmore Girls,” “ The Suite Life of Zack and Cody,” “Related,” “Without a Trace” and more recently, “Eli Stone.” He also starred in the film “An American in China” (2008). The USC alum also has acted in various musicals. He made his Broadway debut in the stage version of the John Waters 1990 movie, “Cry-Baby.”

Snyder's debut album is set to be released later in 2009.

Sacramento Boy

Childhood and Family:

James Snyder was born and grew up in Sacramento, California. He started acting when he was 14 years old. He holds a BFA degree from the University of Southern California.



James Snyder appeared in a number of musicals during his tenure at USC, including playing the role of Curly in “Oklahoma!.” He went on to perform in many other musicals in Los Angeles and was cast in director Andy Fickman's stage production, “Reefer Madness: The Musical.” He also played Luke Skywalker in the critically acclaimed production “Star Wars Trilogy in 30 Minutes” (2002), by Patrick T. Gorman, at the Coronet Theatre Upstairs in Los Angeles and Matt in “The Fantasticks” (2004) at the Sacramento Music Theatre.

Snyder broke into the small screen in 2002 with a small role as Kyle in the made-for-TV film “Anna's Dream,” starring Lindsay Felton. He followed it up with guest spots in TV series such as “Married to the Kellys,” “Gilmore Girls” (both 2004), “ The Suite Life of Zack and Cody” and “Related” (both 2005). Also in 2005, he made an auspicious feature acting debut as Dave in Marcos Siega's comedy, “Pretty Persuasion,” which starred Evan Rachel Wood. The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival on January 22 of that year and went on to be shown at various festivals, including the Seattle International Film Festival, the Melbourne International Film Festival, the Deauville Film Festival and the Oldenburg Film Festival. He next supported Gary Busey, Robin Sydney and Larry Cedar in the comedy “The Gingerdead Man”(also 2005).

2006 saw Snyder in “She's the Man,” a comedy/romance from director Andy Fickman and which starred Amanda Bynes and Channing Tatum. He memorably played the role of Malcolm. Snyder next costarred as Trent Desmond in the short film “A Cut Above” and guested as Breck Mulligan in an episode of “Without a Trace” called “ More Than This” (both also 2006). Snyder portrayed the supporting role of Ben Carter in Jerome E. Scott's “Anderson's Cross” (2007) and appeared as Bingo Zohar '53 in an episode of “Cold Case” (also 2007).

Snyder worked with Tony Curran, Peyton List, Cameron Goodman, Cullen Douglas and Dave Power in “Shuttle” (2008), a horror film helmed and penned by Edward Anderson, and stared as David in Ron Berrett's “An American in China” (2008). On television, he played Carter Jameson in the “Eli Stone” episode “Should I Stay or Should I Go?,” which broadcast on November 11, 2008. Still in that same year, Snyder made his Broadway debut in the title role in the musical “Cry-Baby,” based on the John Waters' film of the same name.

Also a skilled singer, Snyder is expecting to release his first solo album this fall. He plays instruments such as the guitar, piano, didgeridoo and trumpet.


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