James Lesure is an American actor best known for his role as Mike Cannon, head of the surveillance team, on the television drama series Las Vegas, from 2003-2008.
He also starred as Alonzo Pope in the short-lived sitcom Mr. Sunshine (2011) and currently stars as Gibbs in the television sitcom Men at Work, since 2012.
Lesure made his series debut on the comedy For Your Love as attorney Mel Ellis, co-starring actress Holly Robinson-Peete. He has also appeared in recurring roles on the hits The New Adventures of Old Christine, Lipstick Jungle, The Division and Alias.
Other television credits include guest-starring roles on Lost, Sherri, Seinfeld and a notable turn as a resolute military officer on the acclaimed series Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip.
Film roles include various independent productions and the feature films The Ring 2, starring Naomi Watts, Our Family Wedding, alongside America Ferrera, and Crimson Tide, with Denzel Washington and Gene Hackman.
Born and raised in Los Angeles, CA, Lesure's path to Hollywood began with a few unexpected turns. He served in the Air Force Academy before attending the University of Southern California, where he received a BFA in Theatre.
During his time at USC, he also studied abroad at the University of Kent in Canterbury, England. While there, he performed in the productions Hair and The Island.
In addition to performing abroad, he was able to fulfill a lifelong dream – becoming an amateur boxer.
A natural in front of the camera and on stage, Lesure has also worked in a professional theatre company in Los Angeles, where he played the role of Macduff in Shakespeare's great tragedy, Macbeth.
Lesure has been recognised both for his on-screen performances and charitable efforts.
He is the recipient of the Celebrity Honoree and Distinguished Support Awards from the Sickle Cell Disease Foundation; Outstanding Male Actor in a TV Drama presented by the MIB Prism Awards; and as a sports enthusiast, he is a two-time Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the Entertainment League.