James Parriott was born in the middle of the baby boom, spent his wonder years in Washington DC and his awkward, restless years in the small town of Findlay, Ohio. He holds two college degrees, a BA in Theatre and Mass Communications from the University of Denver and an MFA in Film from UCLA.
For the last 30 years, Parriott has worked primarily in television as a writer/creator, director and executive producer/showrunner. For the past two seasons he has been the executive producer/showrunner of the Emmy-nominated and WGA, PGA and Golden Globe-winning hit, "Grey's Anatomy." In the 2006-07 television season, he performed the same duties on the ABC comedy "Ugly Betty," winning another Golden Globe and WGA Award. In 2001 he was co-executive producer of the quirky and acclaimed ABC drama "Push, Nevada," and was the creator and executive producer of the London-based "The American Embassy "(formerly "Emma Brody"). In 1999 he worked with novelist Anne Rice on the television pilot "Anne Rice's Rag and Bone," which he co-wrote with Ms. Rice, executive-produced and directed.
Other series Parriott has created include "Voyagers!," the syndicated cult hit and Gemini Award-nominated "Forever Knight" and "Matt Waters," the 1996 series starring Montel Williams. "Elvis - The Early Years," the ABC series that he executive-produced in 1990, was one of TIME Magazine's top ten shows of the year.
Parriott has one produced film as a writer-director, "Heart Condition." Released in 1990, it starred Bob Hoskins, Denzel Washington and Chloe Webb.
He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and two grown children.