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|Birth name:||James J. Mapes|
|Date of birth:||23 October|
|Place of birth:||Zion, Illinois, USA|
|Character(s):||Bandi citizen; Zelonite official; Buster|
James J. Mapes (born 23 October) is a stage hypnotist, author, actor, and motivational speaker who had two supporting roles in two Star Trek films and a featured part in the pilot episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation. Mapes has been married to actress Susan Granger who had a featured part in Star Trek Generations.
In May/June 1991 he filmed scenes as a Zelonite official for Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country on location at the Brandeis-Bardin Institute. Five years later he had a supporting part as Buster, a character in the Dixon Hill holoprogram, in Star Trek: First Contact but his scene was cut from the film. Mapes previously appeared as a Bandi in the pilot episode of The Next Generation, "Encounter at Farpoint", in 1986.
In the 1970s, Mapes was fatured in several motion pictures, including the action comedy Shamus (1973, with Kevin Conway, John Glover, and Glenn R. Wilder), the horror thriller Sisters (1973), the rime thriller The Taking of Pelham One Two Three (1974, directed by Joseph Sargent and with Bill Cobbs), and the crime dama Taxi Driver (1976).
Among his acting work are also supporting and recurring appearances in the daily soaps The Guiding Light, One Life to Live, All My Children, The Connection, Edge of Night, All My Children, and Search for Tomorrow.
Furter acting work includes the horror thriller Do You Wanna Know a Secret? (2001, with Chad Allen), the drama Conversations with God (2006, with Abdul Salaam El Razzac, Zoe McLellan, and Douglas Rowe), the horror film The Wicker Tree (2011), the short comedy Love Me as I Am (2013), and more recently the horror drama The Wrath of the Gods (2015