James Wirt was raised in Houston, worked on an oil rig during summers, and graduated from Texas Tech University with a degree in Business. He then moved to New York where he began his training at the Neighborhood Playhouse. He is a member of John Strasberg's Accidental Repertory Theatre Company. James' theatrical highlights include: Phoenix at the Cherry Lane Theater starring opposite Julia Stiles, Staged reading of Collateral Damage opposite Academy Award Winner William Hurt, Let's Kill Grandma This Christmas, Adams' Apples, Saturn Return, Closer, The Acting Lesson, Hamlet, Much Ado About Nothing, All's Well That Ends Well and Troilus and Cressida. James garnered critical acclaim during the Toronto International Film Festival and the Tribeca Film Festival for his gripping turn as an artist, in Billy Bates.