In this episode, Black Hollywood Live hosts Jessica King and Nick Perdue interview special guest Bryton James. Bryton James portrays Devon Hamilton, a young adult who has been in and out of foster homes before coming into the lives of the Winters family, on THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS. He joined the cast in April, 2004.
In 2007, James won a Daytime Emmy as Outstanding Younger Actor in a Drama Series. He was nominated for the same award in 2006, 2008, 2009, and 2013. He was also nominated for NAACP Image Awards as Outstanding Actor in a Daytime Drama Series in 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 and he won the award in 2009.
James began his acting career at an early age, landing his first commercial when he was two years old. He was soon cast as Richie on the hit series “Family Matters,” where he appeared in more than 200 episodes during the show’s nine-year run.
He previously played “Luka” in a recurring role on the TV series “The Vampire Diaries.”
In addition to acting, James has enjoyed success as a recording artist. He debuted his first single, “Ooh, the Way I Feel About You,” on the German TV series “Stars 2000,” and has performed live on the international networks Viva, ZDF 5, and Giga TV, as well as on the Disney Channel and major broadcast networks in the U.S. His single is available on a compilation CD, titled “20 Top Hits: Winter Extra 2000.”
James’s voice-over career currently features him as “Mark Surge” in Lego’s Hero Factory and previously as the lead character “Z-Strap” in the animated cartoon series “Zevo-3.” He has also done voice-over work as Freddie on the animated series “Kids From Room 402,” and Mowgli on “The Jungle Book” CD-Rom.
An active spokesperson for many charitable organizations, James founded his own charity in 1996 called “RADD (Recording Artists, Actors and Athletes Against Drunk Driving) Kids,” which has since been awarded by the United States government for outstanding youth safety work. As a current member and spokesperson for NOYS, he has received several honors, including the Michael Landon Award for charitable contributions through youth in entertainment. This interview was recorded August 16th, 2013