Twilight’s James – Biography, History, & Character Information

  • Name: James Witherdale
  • Type: Vampire
  • Special Ability: Tracker

James Whitherdale is depicted as a merciless “tracker” vampire who hunts human beings just for the sport of it. Fellow coven member Laurent says that James is unusually gifted at what he does (tracking) and always gets what he wants and Laurent hasn’t seen anything like him in his 300 years. Unlike the vegetarian Cullen family, James drinks human blood as his food source. At the end of Twilight, James is dismembered by Emmett and Jasper and set on fire (thus permanently destroyed) after luring Bella to an empty ballet studio and nearly killing her. The shimmery scar left by his venomous bite still remains on Bella’s wrist as a symbol of his unsuccessful attempt on her life. James is described as having light brown hair and being quite unremarkable and average-looking.

Early History

Nothing is known about James’ past until later in the saga when it is revealed that a then-human Alice Cullen escaped his clutches some time ago by being turned into a vampire before James could attack. Apparently Bella was not the first human to make James go into a frenzy.

Actor Biography

  • Name: Cam Joslin Gigandet
  • Nick Name(s): None
  • Date of Birth: August 16th 1982
  • Height: 6’
  • Hair: Blonde
  • Eye Color: Blue

Fun Fact: Has two tattoos: a dragon on his right arm and one on his left hip that says “Godspeed.”

Hometown(s): Tacoma, Washington; West Hollywood, California

Career: Cam Gigandet first hit the screen in 2003 in a guest role on CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. He then went on to play in The Young and The Restless, Jack & Bobby, and on The O.C. as surfer Kevin Volchok from 2004-2005. In 2007 he starred in film Whose Your Caddy? and in 2008 he landed role in Never Back Down and Twilight. While he hasn’t hit popularity big time quite yet, he’s sure to quickly gain momentum and surprise us one day soon. He recently starred in The Unborn as Mark Hardigan and his next appearances include Five Star Day, Pandorum, Making Change, and Pinkville.

About Them: Cam Joslin Gigandet was born to Jay and Kim Gigandet in Tacoma, Washington along with big sister Kelsie. After high school graduation Cam moved to California and enrolled in Santa Monica Community College. There Cam took acting classes and fell in love. His last name is pronounced “Jig-and-day.” One of his favorite movies is Fight Club. He has been quoted as saying, “I have seen it at least 50 times.” Cam broke his nose when he was 18, along with managing to break many other bones. At one time he has mentioned Snow Patrol and Ray LaMontagne as being music artists that he enjoys. Cam has been described as being quiet, shy and very much down-to-earth by his co-stars, however, he has also been described as popular and self-assured by former classmates. Gigandet enjoys movies, basketball, golf, skiing, and surfing, and is trained with a black belt in Krav Maga, a self-defense system developed by the Israeli army.

Quick Quote: “Today it started off like a yellow belt and then brown, black. I’m gonna be a ninja tomorrow.”

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