Jim Dougherty

Jim Dougherty

Actor | Filmmaker | Photographer | Coach at Online Actors Academy / Indy Actors Academy / Side 8 Studios
Actor, Crew, Director, Editor, Performance Coach, Photographer (Still), Producer, Screenwriter, Stunt Coordinator, Stunt Performer, Theatre Director, Cinematographer and Acting Teacher

Chicago, Illinois

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August 2011
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About Jim

Actor | Acting coach | Headshot photographer | Filmmaker

Paradise Highway, Chicago P.D., Ozark, The Gifted, House of Cards, The Inspectors, Bluff City Law, Doom Patrol, Kevin (probably) Saves the World (Co-Stars) Dead Draw, Scalene, Killing Reagan, Fenced Off (Supporting)

Laureen Muller
RCM Management

Misty Pyburn
Acture Talent Agency

More on my website

Film Acting Coach (Online Actors Academy, Southeast Actors Academy, Indy Actors Academy)
-Dramatic Improv
-Scene Study
-Cold Read
-On Camera

As an actor/editor/cinematographer, my classes approach the craft from what the actor brings to the table and how they fit into the bigger puzzle of crafting the show. We cover the process from self-tape to delivering performance to the audience through the lens.

My students have been seen in an array of films and television shows in multiple markets.
Including: The Mandalorian, The Rookie, Ozark, Between Waves, Black Lightning, Brockmire, Columbus, Chicago Fire (NBC), Chicago PD (NBC), Empire (Fox), Halt and Catch Fire (AMC), MacGyver, The Mandelorian, Manhunt: Unibomber, The Walking Dead (AMC), Reparation, The Resident, The Rowboat, Snapped: Killer Couples (Oxygen), Atlanta Homicide, Stargirl

More on the classes I teach :


I shoot pictures. Some still and some moving. I also shoot actor headshots.


From a small industrial town in Indiana. Lived in Chicago for 10 years and studied Martial Arts at the world famous Degerberg Academy. Managed it for 5 years.

Have also worked as an IT professional (5 Certifications), a bartender, restaurant manager, radio talk show host.

Unique traits: Beard, Long Hair


  • The Shade Shepherd

    The Shade Shepherd (2019)
    Film (Adventure, Drama and Thriller) Actor

  • Between Waves

    Between Waves (2018)
    Film (Adventure, Comedy, Drama and Romance) Actor

  • Kevin (Probably) Saves the World

    Kevin (Probably) Saves the World (2018)
    Television (Comedy, Drama and Fantasy) Actor

  • E-Bowla

    E-Bowla (2018)
    Film (Short and Comedy) Editor

  • Bugman

    Bugman (2018)
    Film (Adventure) Producer Two teenagers, Carter and Anna, transform themselves into superheroes in order to save their unsuspecting city from an evil plan plotted by two teenage super villains. Can the heroes foil the villains' plan before it's too late?

  • The Black Book

    The Black Book (2018)
    Film (Horror) Writer A collector of rare books finds the rumored "Black Book". Each of the stories is told by different directors, shot all over the United States.

  • The Gifted

    The Gifted (2017)
    Television (Action, Drama, Fantasy and Sci-Fi) Actor

  • Ozark

    Ozark (2017)
    Television (Crime, Drama and Thriller) Actor

  • Rapture

    Rapture (2017)
    Television (Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi and Thriller) Actor

  • Renfield Hill

    Renfield Hill (2017)
    Film (Short and Horror) Editor

  • From the Horse's Mouth

    From the Horse's Mouth (2017)
    Film (Short and Comedy) Editor

  • Arbitrary Afternoon

    Arbitrary Afternoon (2017)
    Film (Short and Comedy) Editor

  • House of Cards

    House of Cards (2017)
    Television (Drama) Actor Majority House Whip Francis Underwood takes you on a long journey as he exacts his vengeance on those he feels wronged him - that is, his own cabinet members including the President of the United States himself. Dashing, cunning, methodical and vicious, Frank Underwood along with his equally manipulative yet ambiguous wife, Claire take Washington by storm through climbing the hierarchical ladder to power in this Americanized recreation of the BBC series of the same name. Written by Jacob Oberfrank

  • Columbus

    Columbus (2017)
    Film (Drama) Actor A Korean-born man finds himself stuck in Columbus, Indiana, where his architect father is in a coma. The man meets a young woman who wants to stay in Columbus with her mother, a recovering addict, instead of pursuing her own dreams.

  • Homecoming

    Homecoming (2017)
    Film (Short and Drama) Editor When a successful musician returns to his hometown following the death of his ex-fiancé, he is forced to confront his former best friend, as well as his past.

  • Stardust & Moonbeams

    Stardust & Moonbeams (2017)
    Film (Short and Drama) Second Unit Director or Assistant Director It's the modern times of the Jazz Age. At an art nude photo exhibit Will gets inspired: he wants to create sexy progressive images of his wife Beth. She notices there are no nude photographs of men shot by their female lovers. So, she agrees to pose, if Will poses for her, too. So it's lights, camera . . . lose your clothes, Will! As Beth photographs him, it's much more than capturing the allure of exposed male skin. In a win-win turn of the tables, it's highly charged art. The woman is behind the camera. The man is in front. Sparks will fly-and their photo shoot ends passionately on the chaise . . . Beth and Will plan an exhibit of their photographs to communicate their passion for sexual equality. Their friends Cary, Janet, Matt, and Cherilyn don't expect these photos when they arrive for casual cocktails, but they ultimately applaud them and are even inspired . They all agree that images of men created by women are long overdue, and sexual equality wins the day. Written by Madely Ritrosky

  • Killing Reagan

    Killing Reagan (2016)
    TV Movie (Drama) Actor A look at John Hinkley's 1981 assassination attempt against U.S. President Ronald Reagan.

  • The Shadow Effect

    The Shadow Effect (2016)
    Film (Action and Thriller) Actor Add a Plot »

  • Misfits & Margaritas

    Misfits & Margaritas (2016)
    Television (Comedy) Editor Add a Plot »

  • Protocol: New Orleans

    Protocol: New Orleans (2016)
    Film (Short, Action, Crime, Drama and 1 More) Visual effects Police struggle to follow rules and stay alive. For two cops, New Orleans is a place where justice is incidental to law and order.

  • Dead Draw

    Dead Draw (2015)
    Film by Rocket3/Brian Klemesrud Supporting

  • Carol

    Carol (2015)
    Film by Film4/Todd Haynes Supporting

  • Reparation

    Reparation (2015)
    Film by Red Dirt Pictures/Kyle Ham Supporting

  • In Between Days

    In Between Days (2015)
    Film by In Between Days LLC/Joe Herbert Supporting

  • Cat in the Sack

    Cat in the Sack (2015)
    Film (Short and Drama) Actor Add a Plot »

  • The Inspectors

    The Inspectors (2015)
    Television (Family) Actor Set in Washington, D.C., "The Inspectors" is inspired by real cases handled by the United States Postal Inspection Service. Preston Wainwright is a teenager who doesn't let the paralysis he incurred in a car accident hold him back, and he enjoys working as an intern for his postal inspector mother, Amanda. Together they solve crimes, including Internet scams. The show endeavors to educate young people about making good choices and the importance of communicating with parents and includes a positive message about living with a disability. Written by Jwelch5742

  • Chicago P.D.

    Chicago P.D. (2015)
    Television (Action, Crime, Drama and Thriller) Actor District 21 of the Chicago Police Department is made up of two distinctly different groups. There are the uniformed cops who patrol the beat and go head-to-head with the city's street crimes. And there's the Intelligence Unit, the team that combats the city's major offenses - organized crime, drug trafficking, high profile murders and beyond. Written by @DylanJames18

  • Flicker

    Flicker (2015)
    Film (Short, Crime, Horror and Thriller) Actor A county sheriff comes under fire from the state, after his deputy dies during an investigation of a serial killer. The killer is hiding in plain sight.

  • The Rowboat

    The Rowboat (2015)
    Film (Drama, Mystery and War) Editor A psychological noir in which a veteran's psyche is pushed to the breaking point as he desperately attempts to secure the future of his family in a failing economy and a derelict government. His best friend, also a soldier, tries to bring him back from the brink while putting his own fragile psyche in danger. Written by Dominykas Duda

  • Companion Inc

    Companion Inc (2015)
    Film (Short and Sci-Fi) Editor A young man looks for love from the most unlikely person - a unimate.

  • Remedy of a Killer

    Remedy of a Killer (2015)
    Film (Short, Action, Crime and Drama) Producer Sensing betrayal, a hired hit-man confronts his business partners in a showdown that will have only one survivor.

  • Withdrawn

    Withdrawn (2015)
    Film (Short, Comedy, Crime and Drama) Second Unit Director or Assistant Director Arthur and his 'gang' plan a bank heist where they intend to loot a particular safe deposit box - the owner of which has been sleeping with Arthur's wife. There's just one problem. Arthur suffers from Dissociate Identity Disorder and the members of his 'gang' are simply his own multiple personalities.

  • Three Tears on Bloodstained Flesh

    Three Tears on Bloodstained Flesh (2014)
    Film by Cinephreak Pictures / Jakob Bilinski Lead / Stunt Coordinator

  • Sand Castles

    Sand Castles (2014)
    Film by Oceanus Pictures/Clenét Verdi-Rose Supporting

  • Come Back

    Come Back (2014)
    Film (Short and Western) Editor

  • Retribution

    Retribution (2014)
    Film (Short, Drama, Horror and Thriller) Actor A mysterious woman avenges the wrongdoings of those who have harmed others.

  • Atone

    Atone (2014)
    Film (Short and Drama) Actor Life is good for Allie, until her world collapses. In the throes of depression, delusions, and behavioral regression, her path for hope is dependent on the atonement of another.

  • Santharia

    Santharia (2014)
    Film (Short, Horror and Thriller) Actor A young woman, Samantha is trapped in a dominated relationship with her husband Joe. When it becomes abusive, she is left with only one recourse - witchcraft. Samantha decides to leave, in a fight for her very life.

  • Hand of Fate

    Hand of Fate (2014)
    Film (Short and Drama) Editor Madison Ames is the sole survivor of a car accident, leaving her with severe disabilities. Madison suffers psychological torment at the hands of her guardian, Megan Trubault. Her friend, Tiffany Washburn, can do little to help.

  • Old Dogs Never Die

    Old Dogs Never Die (2014)
    Film (Short, Comedy, Drama and Family) Producer Over his 71 years, Harry Dunn has been through a war, married to the woman of his dreams for 50 years, widowed and had a mechanical relationship with his son. Each year for his birthday, Harry finds something special to do that he's never done before. His son always greets these adventures with reluctance and merely goes through the motions to keep the peace. For Harry's 71st birthday he wants to take on his biggest adventure yet; ride a bicycle across the country. The only problem is, Harry Dunn has never learned how to ride a bike. Harry has to overcome the objections of his family, his doctor and his friends who all think he's crazy! This cross country journey is filled with self discovery, new found friends and a family that learns where the heart really is, as they discover Old Dogs Never Die. Written by Jim Dougherty

  • Suck it Up Buttercup

    Suck it Up Buttercup (2014)
    Film (Drama and Family) Visual effects When the worlds of addiction, denial, deceit and dementia all suddenly collide one night, the collateral damage from teenage drug use is laid bare. Once an honors student, Jackie Holman is newly addicted to prescription pills. Her father Joe is out of work and in denial about Jackie's addiction. Her mother Ellie, pregnant and working double shifts to keep the family afloat, is also burdened with Jackie's senile grandfather and unaware of her daughter's drug use. A fast moving chain of events unfolds as Jackie, desperate to get her next fix, lies in order to get the money she needs from her father. While she parties and waits for her payday, Joe and Ellie race to save her in a clash that brings out cop cars handcuffs and heartache while testing the family resolve. Grounded in the economic decline and teenage aimlessness that afflicts small town America, SUCK IT UP BUTTERCUP is raw, emotional and uncomfortably real. Written by Anonymous

  • Diver City

    Diver City (2013)
    TV Movie (Comedy) Actor Adam is a guy in his 30's who has moved back to his hometown in search of a fresh start--relaunch his career, find true love, build a future, etc. An odd assortment of friends, family, co-workers and acquaintances keep his new beginning unpredictable. Written by Daniel McCormack

  • The Denied

    The Denied (2013)
    Film (Short, Action, Crime and Drama) Actor DENIED is a film about EQUALITY. Its a story of two male police officers,who are also a loving couple. One is a Homicide Detective and the younger is a Patrolman. The Patrolman is killed in the line of duty, leaving Andrew(Homicide Detective) to deal with Alex's(Patrolman) hateful family, hospital rules and bigoted Brothers in Blue. It shows the uselessness of Hate Written by Wil J Jackson

  • The Truck

    The Truck (2013)
    Film (Horror, Mystery and Thriller) Editor In March of 1987, Roger and Alice take a weekend getaway to explore an abandoned campground Roger has inherited. Along the way, they run into an old four wheel drive truck that adds miles of terror to their trip. Is there anyone behind the wheel? Or is it driven by pure evil?

  • Flash of Wire

    Flash of Wire (2013)
    Film (Short, Fantasy and Horror) Editor A study in schadenfreude: with lover's revenge, is once ever enough?

  • Dead Woman's Hollow

    Dead Woman's Hollow (2013)
    Film (Crime, Drama, Horror, Romance and 1 More) Visual effects Based on a shocking true crime that took place on the Appalachian trail. Two female students set off for a camping trip into the Pennsylvania woods - but they are hunted, shot and left for dead by a mountain man after he discovers they are lesbians. A local sheriff soon begins to piece together more unsolved disappearances and murders on the trail, but can he act in time to stop more killings.

  • Hatfields and McCoys: Bad Blood

    Hatfields and McCoys: Bad Blood (2012)
    Film by Synthetic Filmworks / Fred Olen Ray Supporting

  • The Sound of the Spirit

    The Sound of the Spirit (2012)
    Film by Kingdom Pictures / Michael Wolf Supporting

  • Motel 666

    Motel 666 (2012)
    Film by Kachi Films / Carlos Jimenez Flores Lead

  • In Loving Memory

    In Loving Memory (2012)
    Film (short) by Benjamin Wilt Supporting

  • Proxy

    Proxy (2012)
    Film by Along the Tracks Productions/Zack Parker Supporting/ 1stAD / Stunt Coordinator

  • Reality on Demand

    Reality on Demand (2012)
    Video (Action, Comedy and Sci-Fi) Actor Reality On Demand is a web series that follows four strangers who playtest a highly advanced virtual reality game that puts them into their favorite TV shows and movies. When our four contestants become trapped, a fun adventure takes a dangerous turn where cancellation means death. Science Fiction, comedy, fantasy, and horror--any genre is game on Reality On Demand. Written by Anonymous

  • Lightning in a Bottle

    Lightning in a Bottle (2012)
    Film (Adventure, Fantasy and Mystery) Actor Lightning in a Bottle stars Jenna Bowers as Elysia, a college graduate recruited by a secret organization that protects a small Indiana town from dark magical forces. When people in the town start going missing, it's up to Greg (Josh Baker), the group's leader, and Ambrose (Eric T. Schroeder), a backwards living wizard, to stop the person or creature behind it. This film was made for a budget of $6,000 and was shot in east central Indiana, using all local cast and crew. Written by Anonymous

  • Syncope

    Syncope (2012)
    Film (Short and Thriller) Actor Add a Plot »

  • Contrition

    Contrition (2012)
    Film (Short and Horror) Editor When Ruby Thompson conducts an experiment that results in the DNA alteration of her subject, an unexpected threat is posed and the lives of those closest to her are changed forever.

  • Alien Invasion: Are We Ready

    Alien Invasion: Are We Ready (2011)
    Television by Atlas Media Corporation / Bill McClane Supporting

  • Leach

    Leach (2011)
    Film by Colorfully Dark Productions / John Taylor Lead

  • Scalene

    Scalene (2011)
    Film by Along the Tracks Productions/Zack Parker Supporting / Stunt Coordinator

  • Fenced Off

    Fenced Off (2011)
    Film by Rebel Pilgrim Productions / Brad Wise Supporting

  • To Haunt You

    To Haunt You (2011)
    Film (Horror, Romance and Thriller) Actor Strange things start to happen to Jill when she breaks up with her boyfriend of the past few months. The phone keeps ringing but there's no one there, she sees strange messages on her TV screen, and a strange teenage girl is hanging around her home. Is it all a campaign of harassment by her ex boyfriend--or is it something more? 'To Haunt You' is the first feature from Indianapolis, IN based Liberty or Death Productions. Written by Anonymous

  • When Aliens Attack

    When Aliens Attack (2011)
    TV Movie (Documentary) Actor Add a Plot »

  • Dry Gulch

    Dry Gulch (2011)
    Film (Short and Comedy) Editor Add a Plot »

  • Inside the House: The Open House Journey from Concept to Stage

    Inside the House: The Open House Journey from Concept to Stage (2011)
    Video (Documentary, Comedy, Family and Music) Editor Who are the people the participate in community theatre? Inside the House takes us on a journey with the writer/director and cast of an original play produced as part of the 50th season of one of Indiana's longest running community theatres. Written by Anonymous

  • Making a Commercial: The Irvington Way

    Making a Commercial: The Irvington Way (2011)
    Video (Documentary, Short and News) Director A behind-the-scenes look at the making of a commercial for a charter high school in Indianapolis. Students star in the spot, and students worked hands on with the crew behind the camera. The objective of the project was to provide lessons in communication, organization and leadership using the commercial set as a platform. Written by Anonymous

  • Bloomington

    Bloomington (2010)
    Film by Frontier Studios / Fernanda Cardoso Supporting

  • Minor League: A Football Story

    Minor League: A Football Story (2010)
    Film (Comedy, Drama and Sport) Actor A struggling Minor League team faces a new challenge after an 0-10 season, the rich pockets of Richard Wellington. Wellington seeks to purchase the team from an owner struggling to keep fans in the stands, advertisers to pay the bills, and players around in general. When the team owner Joe Smith declines his offer, Wellington does what any offended and deep pocketed bad guy often does, buys a new expansion team down the road and tries to buy up what little talent they have, including their coach. Now Smith must find a new coach, assemble players, and round up enough advertisers to keep the team together long enough to face off against their new rival expansion team. When he meets former retired college Coach Whistler the pair try and turn around the fortunes of this down on its luck team and give it just what it gave them, a second chance. Written by Brad Leo Lyon

  • Beverly Lane

    Beverly Lane (2010)
    Video (Comedy and Horror) Stunts Beverly Lane follows a local metal company as they celebrate the retirement of their longtime boss with a "Coney Island" themed party. Bored & angry, the workers find themselves stuck with clowns, a magician, a mime, and one very sick barbershop singer. Then all hell breaks loose...literally! Stuck between zombies and a sideshow, the workers must learn to survive with each other or die trying. Written by Joshua Hull

  • Fire From Below

    Fire From Below (2009)
    Film by Andrew Stevens Entertainment / Andrew Stevens and Jim Wynorski Supporting / Gaffer

  • Slow River

    Slow River (2009)
    Film (Short and Drama) Actor Despondent after the death of his wife, a man's days are spent in a secluded spot watching the river. But a woman who has been his and his wife's best friend since they were children will try to bring him back to the living.

  • Spooky Tales

    Spooky Tales (2009)
    Film (Family) Actor Add a Plot »

  • Waffles for Virginia

    Waffles for Virginia (2009)
    Video (Short, Comedy and Family) Editor There is a Santa Claus and Dad has the science to prove it.

  • Quantum Leap: A Leap to Di for

    Quantum Leap: A Leap to Di for (2009)
    Video (Short, Drama and Sci-Fi) Producer Add a Plot »

  • Blood Moon

    Blood Moon (2008)
    Film (Sci-Fi) Actor A young woman attempts to escape her past by emigrating to the moon colony of Ganymede only to have her past catch up with her

  • Brainwrap

    Brainwrap (2008)
    Video (Comedy) Actor Three siblings have 48 hours to prove that they meet the requirements outlined in their late father's will in order to inherit the millions of dollars he left behind. The will further states that if they fail, all the money goes to charity. Written by John Taylor

  • The Fresh Air Will Do You Good

    The Fresh Air Will Do You Good (2008)
    Film (Sci-Fi) Stunts Alex seems to be having a bad day...every day. Still depressed about his wife leaving him months earlier, he reluctantly agrees to go on a fishing trip with his friend Ben. As Alex and Ben head to their destination, they have a chance encounter with an alien entity that begins altering Alex's behavior. Now Ben, with the help of Officer Panameno, must race against time to save Alex from being completely subsumed and lost forever. Written by Jim Dougherty

  • Postpartum

    Postpartum (2007)
    Film (Thriller) Actor In 1970, a teenage girl gets pregnant and is forced to give up the baby to adoption by her parents. The child is passed from one foster home to another as he hones the same homicidal tendencies passed down from his father and grandfather. He decides to get his own justice for being given up at birth and seeks out his birth mother. The mother, in the same window of time, decides to find her son and hires a private detective. As the P.I. digs deeper, he finds more and more clues about the history of the young man and his side of the family. He enlists the help of a former FBI profiler to help him search and analyze the information. With a juxtaposing storyline, the young man knows nothing of his mother's search for him and the mother knows nothing of her son's quest to settle the score. When all paths meet, the climax delivers the final justice and shows the possible result when a child finds his way back home. Written by Anonymous

  • Chances

    Chances (2007)
    Film (Short and Comedy) Actor Mike and Robin's first date is going better than they could have hoped. All seems perfect until a stranger steps out of the darkness and ruins their night. Can love survive a crime? You can bet that Mike and Robin's friends have something to say about it. Written by SFNative Productions

  • The Key

    The Key (2007)
    Film (Short, Drama and Thriller) Actor Michael and Cheyanne had a perfect life together. They had a wonderful home and they were in love. Everyone who knew them thought they were the perfect couple. An unknown outside force causes an argument that turns deadly and shatters their happy home. Written by Pyatte, Steve 'Papaw'

  • The Filmmakers

    The Filmmakers (2007)
    Film (Short and Comedy) Editor Four filmmakers decide to write a script for a friend who has a desire to direct a film. It turns out to be quite a fiasco when they cannot agree on a single idea.

  • Star Trek Versus Batman

    Star Trek Versus Batman (2006)
    Video (Comedy) Actor Add a Plot »

  • Somewhere in Indiana

    Somewhere in Indiana (2004)
    Film (Drama) Actor Four people from four different cities join up on a trip to visit the birthplace of their favorite rebel film star. In the process, they learn more than they expected. They learn about themselves, each other, and what it means to be alive.

  • Maintenance by Any Means

    Maintenance by Any Means (2003)
    Film (Comedy) Actor "Maintenance by any Means" is about two maintenance men vying for the position of maintenance supervisor in an apartment complex. The maintenance men must compete with each other in order to get the job left open by the former Maintenance Supervisor. They need evaluations by the people who live at the apartments for every work order they finish. The problem is the renters themselves. Each one they run into has their own set of interesting problems. The maintenance men soon discover that a positive review may be hard to come by. Fixing broken down items in the apartments is the least of their worries. Finally one of the maintenance men must win the contest, by any means. Written by Zandy Kreps and Jim Dougherty

  • Michael

    Michael (1996)
    Film (Comedy, Drama and Fantasy) Stunts Frank Quinlan and Huey Driscoll, two reporters from a Chicago-based tabloid, along with Dorothy Winters, an 'angel expert', are asked to travel to rural Iowa to investigate a claim from an old woman that she shares her house with a real, live archangel named Michael. Upon arrival, they see that her claims are true - but Michael is not what they expected: he smokes, drinks beer, has a very active libido and has a rather colourful vocabulary. In fact, they would never believe it were it not for the two feathery wings protruding from his back. Michael agrees to travel to Chicago with the threesome, but what they don't realise is that the journey they are about to undertake will change their lives forever. Written by Jonathan Broxton <j.w.broxton@sheffield.ac.uk>

  • Heaven Is a Playground

    Heaven Is a Playground (1991)
    Film Actor A coach and a lawyer team up to provide incentives for an urban high school basketball team to stay out of trouble.


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