James McCaffrey is an Irish-born American actor best known for his starring role as Jimmy Keefe in the television drama series Rescue Me, from 2004-2011.
Born in Belfast, Northern Ireland, McCaffrey grew up in Albany, New York before attending the University of New Haven where he was actively involved in sports and fine arts.
After relocating to Boston where he worked as an artist, graphic designer, and commercial art director, he appeared on stage in Electra: A Central American Tragedy and then alongside Peter Riegart and Edward Herrmann in the television production of Concealed Enemies.
Upon moving to New York in 1985 to join the prestigious Actor’s Studio (where he studied with Shelley Winters), McCaffrey teamed up with Damien Gray and Andrew Hackler to form the Workhorse Theater, an Off Broadway company responsible for plays such as The Florentine, In Ten Cities, and Gross Points.
McCaffrey’s television career was launched in 1992 with a recurring role in the series Civil Wars with Mariel Hemingway.
He subsequently went on to guest star in New York Undercover, The Job, Sex and the City, Queens Supreme, Hack, and Law & Order: SVU.
As a series regular, he’s appeared on Beautiful People, Viper, Swift Justice, the daytime drama As the World Turns, the drama Rescue Me and the legal drama Canterbury's Law.
His telefilms include Telling Secrets with Cybill Shepherd, Shanghai 1937 and Two Babies: Switched at Birth.
On film, McCaffrey has appeared in feature films such as Burnzy’s Last Call, The Truth About Cats and Dogs with Uma Thurman and Janeane Garofalo, Nick and Jane, The Tic Code American Splendor, the Francis Ford Coppola-produced film version of The Florentine with Hal Holbrook, She Hate Me, and Fresh Cut Grass.