Bryton James Was Acting on ‘Family Matters’ Before He Knew How to Read

<p><a href=””>Bryton James</a> is a well-known actor in <a href=””><em>The Young and the Restless</em></a>. The actor got into the entertainment industry quite early, with one of his earliest gigs being the widely successful sitcom <em>Family Matters</em>. James was acting on the show even before he knew how to read.</p>

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<h2 id=”h-bryton-james-landed-his-family-matters-role-at-age-4″>Bryton James landed his ‘Family Matters’ role at age 4</h2>

<p>James got into show business when he was only two years old, appearing in magazine ads and commercials. He landed the role of <a href=””>Richie Crawford in <em>Family Matters</em></a> when he was only three and a half years old. His character’s father died before he was born, explaining his mother Rachel’s move to the Winslow home.</p>

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<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” data-width=”550″ data-dnt=”true”><p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”>Today on <a href=””>@mbstateofmind</a> I’m joined by Bryton James. (<a href=””>@BrytonEjames</a>)<br><br>While we talk about his success as an actor and recording artist, we get personal about his family, divorce and his friendships with Michael Jackson and Kristoff St John. <br><br>Watch: <a href=””></a> <a href=””></a></p>— Maurice Benard (@MauriceBenard) <a href=””>December 12, 2021</a></blockquote><script async src=”” charset=”utf-8″></script>

<p>James joined <em>Family Matters</em> in its second season when the show age-advanced his character. He held on to the role for over 200 episodes from 1990 to 1997, leaving the show a year before its cancelation in 1998. <em>Family Matters</em> not only gave James a stepping stone in his career, but it also taught him how to read.</p>

<p>In a recent sit-down with <em>General Hospital’</em>s Maurice Benard on his podcast <em><a href=”” target=”_blank” rel=”noreferrer noopener”>State of Mind</a></em>, James revealed that his mother helped him work on the scripts for <em>Family Matters</em> since he was so young. “My mom was a stay-at-home mom. I couldn’t read yet, so my mom would work with me on the scripts,” James said.</p>

<p>The 36-year-old actor said he always memorized everyone’s lines to identify his cue. “I would learn everyone’s line in the scene, so I knew when to speak,” he explained. James said working on <em>Family Matters</em> was “easy” because he had a few lines and was surrounded by great actors.</p>

<h2 id=”h-bryton-james-s-career-after-family-matters”>Bryton James’s career after ‘Family Matters’</h2>

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<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” data-width=”550″ data-dnt=”true”><p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”>The <a href=””>#DaytimeEmmys</a> Award in SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES goes to…<br>Bryton James as Devon Hamilton │<a href=””>@BrytonEjames</a> <a href=””>@YandR_CBS</a> <a href=””>@CBS</a> <a href=””>#YR</a> <a href=””></a></p>— Daytime Emmys (@DaytimeEmmys) <a href=””>June 27, 2020</a></blockquote><script async src=”” charset=”utf-8″></script>

<p>After leaving <em>Family Matters</em>, James appeared in an episode of <em>Smart Guy</em> and voiced a character in the animated series <em>The Kids from Room 402</em>. The actor put his career on hold to finish high school but returned in 2004, landing his current role on <em>Y&R</em> playing <a href=””>Devon Hamilton</a>.</p>

<p>His character appeared as a homeless teen in Genoa City, but Lily Winters’ parents took him in. Devon then went through a near-death bout with meningitis that left him deaf. Luckily he was able to get cochlear implants that restored his hearing. Devon has experienced tragic loss, relationship trouble, and a lot of family drama.</p>

<p>While working on <em>Y&R</em>, James also landed a recurring role in<em> The Vampire Diaries’</em> second season, playing warlock Luka Martin. He appeared on the show for seven seasons before his character was killed off. He then lent his voice to the Nicktoons animated series <em>Zevo-3</em> voicing Jason James/ Z-Strap.</p>

<p>James is not only a good actor, but he is also a seasoned voice actor with his other voice acting credits including <em>Young Justice: Invasion</em> playing Virgil Hawkins/Static, <em>Hero Factory </em>voicing Mark Surge, <em>Star Wars Rebels</em> voicing Zare Leonis, and <em>The Jungle Book </em>CD-ROM as the voice of Mowgli.</p>

<h2 id=”h-what-is-bryton-james-s-net-worth”>What is Bryton James’s net worth?</h2>

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<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” data-width=”550″ data-dnt=”true”><p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”>Telma Hopkins reunites with her former TV son Bryton James on the CBS sudser​ <a href=””></a></p>— Entertainment Weekly (@EW) <a href=””>May 24, 2021</a></blockquote><script async src=”” charset=”utf-8″></script>

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<p>James’ performance in the soap space hasn’t gone unnoticed. The actor has earned 10 Daytime Emmy Award nominations since 2006, winning The Outstanding Younger Actor in a Drama Series award for his role as Devon in 2007 and the Outstanding Supporting Actor in A Drama Series award in 2020.</p>

<p>He has also earned seven NAACP Image Award nominations since 2005, winning the Outstanding Actor in a Daytime Drama Series Award in 2008 and 2009. According to<a href=”” target=”_blank” rel=”noreferrer noopener”> Celebrity Net Worth</a>, James is worth an estimated $2 million.</p>

<p>It’s unclear <a href=””>how much <em>Y&R</em> actors earn</a>, but<a href=”” target=”_blank” rel=”noreferrer noopener”> TV Overmind</a> speculates that veteran actors make about $1,500 and $3,000 per episode. This, coupled with his voice work, helps James earn his fortune. </p>

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