James Lafferty returns for a third season in the WB's hit drama, "One Tree Hill." Born and raised in Hemet, California, Lafferty spent much of his childhood hanging out with friends and his younger brother, Stuart, taking acting classes and playing basketball, his two passions in life.
Lafferty successfully balanced a high school education and starting spot on his varsity basketball team with his burgeoning acting career, landing a starring role opposite Ron Pearlman in the independent feature "Boys on the Run."
The sitcom "Emeril" was Lafferty's first series regular role, in which he played Emeril's son. He followed that up with ESPN's "A Season on the Brink." Lafferty's role in the film is thought of as a prelude to his "One Tree Hill" role, in which he was able to first showcase his basketball prowess in front of the cameras. Starring opposite Brian Dennehy, Lafferty played Steve Alford, the star player of the Indiana Hoosiers basketball team. He has also made guest appearances on "Once and Again," "Boston Public," and most recently, HBO's "Unscripted."
Currently living in Wilmington, North Carolina, Lafferty has been working on film projects set up through his production banner in conjunction with continued filming of the show. He has hosted numerous charity basketball events for local organizations and schools in the Wilmington area. Lafferty has also lent his support to other charitable organizations recently, including Lamar Odom's Music Jam and The Pink Project. When he isn't working Lafferty spends time with his friends and his dog Nino on his new boat.
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