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James Greene (American actor)

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James Greene
James Thomas Nolan

(1926-12-01)December 1, 1926
DiedNovember 9, 2018(2018-11-09) (aged 91)
Years active1950 – 2018
Spouse(s)Betty Miller
Elsbeth M. Collins
Parent(s)Tim Nolan
Martha Nolan

James Greene, born James Thomas Nolan, (December 1, 1926 – November 9, 2018) was an American film, theater and television character actor. Greene was best known to television audiences for his recurring role as Councilman Fielding Milton, the oldest member of the fictional Pawnee city council on Parks and Recreation, as well as his starring role as Davey McQuinn the elevator operator on The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd, which aired for five seasons on NBC and Lifetime from 1987 to 1991.[1] He also had a recurring role as Uncle Moodri in the Fox Network science fiction TV series Alien Nation.

Early life

Greene was born James Nolan in Lawrence, Massachusetts, on December 1, 1926, to Tim and Martha Nolan.[1][2] He graduated from Emerson College in Boston in 1950.[1] Greene then became an original, founding member of Elia Kazan's Lincoln Center Repertory Company in New York City.[1]


In 1951, Greene made his Broadway debut in Romeo and Juliet, starring Olivia de Havilland, as a chorus member.[1] He appeared in 22 Broadway plays and productions between 1951 and 1991, as well as 29 off-Broadway plays.[1][2] His Broadway credits included the original Broadway debut productions of Inherit the Wind in 1955; The Changeling, also helmed by Elia Kazan, in 1964; and Foxfire, opposite Jessica Tandy and Hume Cronyn, in 1982.[1] He also appeared in the Broadway revivals of You Can't Take It With You in both the 1965 and 1967 productions, as well as The Iceman Cometh in 1985, in which he co-starred with Jason Robards.[1][2] His last Broadway appearance was in David Hirson's play La Bête in 1991.[2]

In later years, he became known for playing Councilman Fielding Milton, the oldest member of the fictional Pawnee city council on Parks and Recreation. Previously, he starred as Davey McQuinn the elevator operator on The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd, which aired for five on NBC and Lifetime from 1987 to 1991.

Personal life

In the 1960s, Green was married to actress Betty Miller.[3] At the time of his death, he had been married to Elsbeth M. Collins for 34 years.[1]


Greene died on November 9, 2018, in Los Angeles, California, at the age of 91.[2]


Year Title Role Notes
1961 Mad Dog Coll
1964 Babo 73 Lawrence Silver-Sky
1970 The Traveling Executioner Gravey Combs
1971 Doc Frank McLowery
1975 Bug Reverend Kern
1976 The Missouri Breaks Hellsgate Rancher
1981 Ghost Story Mailman
1982 A Little Sex Father Anthony
1982 Hanky Panky Doorman
1984 Body Rock Chilly's Friend #2
1993 Nowhere to Run Country Store Clerk
1993 Philadelphia Experiment II Professor Longstreet
1997 Photographing Fairies Minister
1998 Patch Adams Bile
2001 Instinct to Kill Old Man
2002 Road to Perdition Farmer Bill
2003 The Statement Dom Olivier


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i Barnes, Mike (2018-11-14). "James Greene, 'Parks and Recreation' Actor and Broadway Veteran, Dies at 91". The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on 2018-11-22. Retrieved 2018-12-04.
  2. ^ a b c d e "James Greene, Veteran Broadway Actor Dies At 91". Broadway World. 2018-11-14. Archived from the original on 2018-12-04. Retrieved 2018-12-04.
  3. ^ "'Macbeth' To Make 2-Day Bergen Visit". The Record. New Jersey, Hackensack. February 8, 1963. p. 61. Retrieved 29 December 2018 – via

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