James Stephens is the American television and film actor who portrayed Weirick in the hit TV Show Buffy the Vampire Slayer best known for his starring role as James T. Hart in the television series The Paper Chase (1978–1986).


James Stephens was born on May 18, 1951, in Mt. Kisco, New York. He is best known for his role as idealistic Minnesota-born law student James T. Hart in the television series The Paper Chase (1978–1986), taking on the role originated by Timothy Bottoms in the movie of the same name. He is also known for his role in the television series Father Dowling Mysteries (1989) in which he played the part of Father Philip Prestwick.

His TV guest-starring credits include Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Diagnosis: Murder, L.A. Law, Matlock, Moonlighting, M*A*S*H, Eischied, multiple characters on Murder, She Wrote, a recurring role on Cagney & Lacey, and the role of the young Doctor Auschlander in 1945 in flashbacks on St. Elsewhere.

He directed the episode "Mistaken Identity" in the fourth season of The Paper Chase.

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