James is played by American actor Troy Baker in Season 1 of The Last of Us TV show. Fans will instantly recognize him as the original voice of Joel in The Last of Us video games.

However, Baker has appeared in a staggering 399 projects that cover everything from animated shows, video games, and movies.

BornApril 1, 1976
BirthplaceDallas, Texas, US
Height1.91 m / 6 ft 2
SpousePamela Walworth (since 2012)
Social MediaTwitter – @TroyBakerVA
Instagram – officialtroybaker
James from The Last of Us TV Show episode 8
Credit – HBO

Who Is Troy Baker in The Last of Us?

Troy Baker is an actor who’s best known for his voice work on animated series and video games. He’s taken on several high-profile roles, including Batman in the Batman animated movies.

However, video game fans will recognize him for his performances in God of War as Magni, The Last of Us as Joel, and Uncharted 4 as Samuel Drake.

Troy Baker isn’t the only returning cast member from The Last of Us. His in-game brother also makes an appearance as a villain!

Troy Baker from his Uncharted Playthrough video
Troy Baker in his Uncharted playthrough with Nolan North.
Credit – CouchSoup

Who Is James in The Last of Us TV Show?

James is David’s righthand man and a member of the cannibalistic society that attempts to kidnap Ellie while she tends to Joel’s wounds.

Despite his unwavering loyalty and friendship to David, James isn’t nearly as kindhearted. He disagrees with a lot of David’s ideas, especially when it comes to Ellie, wanting her killed.

James only appears briefly in the first The Last of Us game and is voiced and mo-capped by Reuben Langdon.

Troy Baker in The Last of Us TV Show as James
Credit – HBO

What Happens to James in The Last of Us?

Much like in The Last of Us video game, James is killed by Ellie while she attempts to escape being killed and eaten by David and him.

Ellie slices his throat with a butcher’s knife after confusing David and James by tricking them into believing she is infected.

You can see James’ death scene in the 2013 video game below:

Top 50 Troy Baker Video Games, TV Shows & More

  • One Piece (TV Series) 1999 – 2004 – Ohm/Helmeppo (14 episodes)
  • Baki the Grappler (TV Series) 2001 – Kato/Copperhead/Robinson (29 episodes)
  • Fullmetal Alchemist (TV Series) 2003 – 2004 – Frank Archer (19 episodes)
  • Trinity Blood (TV Series) 2005 – Abel Nightroad (23 episodes)
  • Bleach (TV Series) 2006 – 2007 – Jin Kariya (23 episodes)
  • Naruto Shippuden (TV Series) 2007 – 2016 – Yamato/Pain/Kiho (135 episodes) 
  • Persona 4 (Video Game) 2008 – Kanji Tatsumi
  • Red Faction: Guerrilla (Video Game) 2009 – Alec Mason
  • Final Fantasy XIII (Video Game) 2009 – Snow Villiers
  • Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood (TV Series) 2009 – 2010 – Greed (15 episodes)
  • Darksiders (Video Game) 2010 – Abaddon/Straga/Tortured Gate 
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops (Video Game) 2010 – Terrance Brooks
  • The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes (TV Series) 2010 – 2012 – Clay Quartermain/Blizzard/David Cannon (16 episodes)
  • Generator Rex (TV Series) 2010 – 2013 – Van Kleiss/Biowulf (25 episodes)
  • Catherine (Video Game) 2011 – Vincent Brooks
  • X-Men (TV Series) 2011 – Sublime/Koichi Kaga/Spider Mutant (8 episodes)
  • Sonic Generations (Video Game) 2011 – Espio the Chameleon
  • Batman: Arkham City (Video Game) 2011 – Tim Drake/Robin/Harvey Dent
  • Saints Row: The Third (Video Game) 2011 – Default Player Voice
  • Final Fantasy XIII-2 (Video Game) 2011 – Snow Villiers
  • Star Wars: The Old Republic (Video Game) 2011 – Zenith/Theron Shan/Clem Stato
  • Persona 4: The Animation (TV Series) 2011 – 2012 – Kanji Tatsumi (8 episodes)
  • The Regular Show (TV Series) 2011 – 2016 – Dr. Langer/Griswald/Old Man Pam (14 episodes)
  • Mass Effect 3 (Video Game) 2012 – Kai Leng
  • Silent Hill HD Collection (Video Game) 2012 – James Sunderland
  • Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes (Video Game) 2012 – Batman/Two-Face/Sinestro
  • Avengers Assemble (TV Series) 2012 – 2019 – Hawkeye/Loki/Old Man (93 episodes)
  • BioShock Infinite (Video Game) 2013 – Booker DeWitt
  • The Last of Us (Video Game) 2013 – Joel
  • Batman: Arkham Origins (Video Game) 2013 – The Joker
  • inFamous: Second Son (Video Game) 2014 – Delsin Rowe 
  • Far Cry 4 (Video Game) 2014 – Pagan Min
  • Tales from the Borderlands: A Telltale Games Series (Video Game) 2014 – Rhys/Tommy
  • Batman: Arkham Knight (Video Game) 2015 – Arkham Knight/Jason Todd/Red Hood
  • Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain (Video Game) 2015 – Ocelot
  • Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End (Video Game) 2016 – Samuel Drake
  • Batman: The Telltale Series (Video Game) 2016 – Batman/Bruce Wayne/Thomas Wayne
  • Baki (TV Series) 2018 – 2020 – Baki/Baki Hanma (31 episodes)
  • Guardians of the Galaxy (TV Series) 2016 – 2019 – Loki/Faux Rocket/Hawkeye (13 episodes) 
  • Fortnite (Video Game) 2017 – John Jones/Agent Jonesy 
  • Middle-Earth: Shadow of War (Video Game) 2017 – Talion
  • God of War (Video Game) 2018 – Magni
  • Mortal Kombat 11 (Video Game) 2019 – Erron Black/Shinnok 
  • Death Stranding (Video Game) 2019 – Higgs Monaghan
  • Young Justice (TV Series) 2019 – 2022 – Brion Markov/Geo-Force/Green Lantern (31 episodes)
  • The Last of Us Part 2 (Video Game) 2020 – Joel
  • Marvel’s Avengers (Video Game) 2020 – Bruce Banner
  • Spider-Man: Miles Morales (Video Game) 2020 – Simon Krieger
  • Dota: Dragon’s Blood (TV Series) 2021 – 2022 – Invoker/Hironimo/Herzog 
  • The Last of Us (TV Series) 2023 – James (1 episode)
Joel from The Last of Us Part 2

3 Facts About Troy Baker

Acting Nominations Record Holder

Troy Baker has won and been nominated for numerous awards across his career. In fact, he’s been nominated so many times that he is currently the record holder for the most BAFTA Games Awards acting nominations.

He has been nominated five times between 2013 and 2021, making him the actor with the most nominations from the BAFTA Games Awards!

Began His Career Doing Commercials

While his incredibly successful decade-spanning career as a voice actor has seen him take on huge roles like Batman, The Joker, Loki, and more, Troy Baker actually got his start in commercials.

His first voice-acting roles were on radio commercials in Dallas. It wasn’t until he was recruited by Line Producer and voice actor Christopher Sabat to do voice work at Funimation that Baker truly got his teeth into the voice acting business.

He’s a Musician

Many will likely know Troy Baker for his voice-acting work, but few may realize he’s also a singer and guitarist.

Before his acting career skyrocketed, Baker was the lead singer and rhythm guitarist for the band Tripp Fontaine.

He would later release a solo album titled Sitting in the Fire in 2014 before releasing an album with his band Window to the Abbey called Moving Around Bias in 2017.

Troy Baker singing the Ellie & Joel song
Credit – SpottinGames

FAQs About Troy Baker

Does Troy Baker Have Any Children?

Yes, Troy Baker has a son who was born in 2018.

Is Troy Baker Married?

Yes, Troy Baker has been married to Pamela Walworth since 2012.

Does Troy Baker Use Social Media?

Yes, Troy Baker uses Twitter and Instagram.

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