James Joseph Broderick

Graduating class of 1944

James Broderick began his acting career as a member of the Central Maskers, appearing in several of their plays. He was also a member of the Central orchestra for four years. After pursuing pre-med studies at the University of New Hampshire, he joined the Navy. After his tour of duty as a pharmacist mate, he no longer wanted to pursue medicine but wanted to become an actor. Returning the UNH, James' talents were recognized by J. Donald Batcheller, a drama professor who recommended him to a former roommate, actor Arthur Kennedy. After meeting Broderick, Kennedy, who was then appearing on Broadway in "All My Sons", enrolled him in the Neighborhood Playhouse. After summer stock, James won attention on television starring in 1959 on "Brenner" as the younger half of a father-son police team. Beginning in 1976, he co-starred for five years as the father in the series "Family". He also starred in specials with Jason Robards and with James Mason. In 1961, he starred with Helen Hayes in "The Glass Menagerie" during a five-month State Department tour of Europe and the Middle East. A gifted veteran of hundreds of dramatic roles on stage, in films, and on television, James Broderick died at the age of 55 in 1982.