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James Westmoreland (1935 – 2016)

by Kirk Fox

James Westmoreland, an actor who starred on soap operas during the 1970s and ‘80s, has died at the age of 80.

James Westmoreland, an actor who starred on soap operas during the 1970s and ‘80s, died Sept. 14, 2016 in Palm Desert, California, according to multiple news sources. He was 80.

Westmoreland, who also went by the stage name Rad Fulton, had recurring roles on “The Monroes” (1966-67), “General Hospital” (1972), and “The Young and the Restless” (1982).


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He was born Nov. 25, 1935, in Dearborn, Michigan. According to the biography page on his official website, Westmoreland went to New York City after graduating high school. After doing modeling work there, he moved to Hollywood to pursue an acting career.

During the 1950s, agent Henry Willson, represented Westmoreland, gave him the name Rad Fulton. Westmoreland appeared in films and television shows including “Marjorie Morningstar,” “No Time for Sergeants,” “High School Confidential,” and “The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis.”

He co-starred on the Western series “The Monroes” after taking back his given name.

He was briefly married to actress Kim Darby in 1970. By 1980, Westmoreland had retired from acting.

Westmoreland credited actor Steve Cochran with helping to launch his film career.

Cochran “was like an older brother to me. He guided and encouraged me, and he always made sure to thank me and to tell me that I was doing a good job,” Westmoreland wrote on his website in a section titled “The Rad Fulton Story.”

“Steve and I would frequently have dinner together and he introduced me to a lot of important industry people, as he wanted to help me build my career. … I wanted to be just like him. Steve could play any kind of part, and he was a real Man’s Man. In fact, he spoke several different languages. A classy guy, and the girls followed him around like he was The Pied Piper.”

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