Dec 20, 2018
Jim Munson
How Did A Well Known Lawyer Become A Professional Actor


  • 1962-  Whitefish Bay H.S., Whitefish Bay, Wis.
  • 1966-  Yale College, B.A. American Studies
  • 1969-  University of Wisconsin Law School, J.D.
  • 1969-1970- law clerk to federal district court judge, Milwaukee, Wis
  • 1970-2008- associate and partner Kirkland & Ellis law firm, commercial case trial lawyer in 50 industries including Chicago Tribune, Bears, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Catholic Archdiocese, PWC, Arthur Anderson
  • 2008 -2014- assistant varsity football coach, Evanston High School
  • 2008-present- arbitrator and mediator in commercial case litigation; actor in theater, commercials, films, industrials, voice overs, and print ads. 


          A. Preparation for acting career

                   - trial lawyer

                   - theater and film fan

          B. Transition  to arbitrating, coaching, and acting

                   - options considered

                   - training

          C. The actor’s life

                   - theater companies and opportunities for work


                   - auditions

                   -nature of the work: theater; commercials; film; industrials; voice overs; print ads

          D. High and low points

                   -high- 7 Homeless Mammoths; Naked Lunch; Onion video;

                   Rivers Casino; Looks Like Rain

                   -Low- Enron; Side Project