Film producer and concert promoter Alan James died Jan. 28 of congestive heart failure in Portland, Ore. He was 74.
Born in Burbank, Wash., he graduated from the University of Washington and got his law degree from the University of Santa Clara. After serving in the Air National Guard, James began his career at railcar manufacturer Greenbrier. He first became involved in film production by financing and producing the Angelina Jolie starrer “Without Evidence,” a docudrama about the 1989 killing of Michael Francke, the director of the Oregon Corrections Department.
James also offered a $1 million reward for the conviction of Francke’s actual killer. In 1997 he financed and produced “Morgan’s Ferry,” starring Billy Zane & Kelly McGillis. He followed it up with “Lakeboat,” written by David Mamet and directed by Joe Mantegna.
In 2000, he helped finance the Mariah Carey and Dixie Chicks tours. Over the years, he competed in rodeos as a calf roper and raised and trained horses for Polo. A former Golden Gloves award winning boxer, he also brought professional boxing matches to Portland.
He is survived by his wife, six children, 13 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Donations may be made to the Boy Scouts of America.