Oct. 12th, 1937
Little Rock, Arkansas, USA
Jim McKrell's Main TV Roles
Main Movie Roles2009 - Imps*
1991 - Defending Your Life
1989 - Cannibal Women in the Avocado Jungle of Death
1985 - Teen Wolf
1984 - Gremlins
1981 - The Howling
1977 - Annie Hall
1977 - Semi-Tough
Guest TV Roles
Marty (segment "Take My Life...Please!")
Internal Affairs Detective
Airline pilot Larry Hertzog
Jim MacKrell's broadcast career has spanned decades and has included every aspect of communications from local and network commercials to hosting specials to guest starring in popular series and features. For the four years of its run, Jim was the star of the hit NBC game-show "Celebrity Sweepstakes" (1974). He also hosted "The Game Game" (CBS), "Quiz Kids" (Columbia Pictures TV), plus numerous other shows. Jim's career has taken him to all areas of television and movies. His theatrical credits include such memorable films as Woody Allen's Annie Hall (1977), Albert Brooks (I)' Defending Your Life (1991) _"Semi-Tough" (1978)_ Gremlins (1984) and Teen Wolf (1985) with Michael J. Fox (I). He has had guest starring roles on television in "Dallas" (1978), "Soap" (1977), "Moonlighting" (1985) and "The Golden Girls" (1985) amongst over 40 others. His Made For TV movies include Christmas Miracle in Caufield, U.S.A. (1977) (TV), "Walk don't Run" and A Reason to Live (1985) (TV). Jim was also a regular on "General Hospital", "Capitol" (1982) and "Days of our Lives".
As a performer/writer/producer, Jim has made advertising a major focal point of his career. He has been corporate spokesman for giants such as Chevrolet and Disney. He has starred in spots for household names such as Whirlpool, Fiber Con, Serta, Goodyear, Mattel, Oster, Radio Shack, Exxon, Entex, and more. He also has appeared as a spokesman for industrials and corporate films for Toyota, Exxon, Xerox, Shell, Coca Cola, and more. For 14 years, Jim was the corporate host for the National Easter Seals Telethon and he wrote and produced several projects for ACTA Communications in Chicago.
A veteran of radio, his credits include some of the top radio stations in the nation including KMPC Los Angeles, KFI Los Angeles, WMEX Boston, WNOE New Orleans, WFUN Miami. In recent years he hosted a top rated talk show in Houston, Texas on 97 Talk.
With acting, hosting, writing and producing highly motivating sales films and to having most of his life laid out in Video Rental Stores across the country, there is not an avenue of entertainment or marketing in which Jim MacKrell has not excelled.
- Worked at KBOX, New Orleans, with 'George Carlin' (qv), and remains friends with Mr. Carlin to this day.
- Portrayed news anchor Lew Landers in two different movies: The Howling (1981) and Gremlins (1984). Both movies were directed by Joe Dante.
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