A versatile American actor, James Duncan Rolfe is an amazing web of talents. Beyond acting, he is a comedian, film producer, director, video game critic, screenwriter, film critic, editor, and internet personality. He is also widely known for being the creative mastermind behind the web television series called Angry Video Game Nerd on the online video-sharing platform YouTube.
Other projects he has been involved in include board games and the classic horror film reviews known as Monster Madness. To know more about James Rolfe, you need to dig into his career endeavors and the successes he has recorded so far.
James Rolfe Kept His Videos Private Until His Friend Convinced Him Otherwise
James Duncan Rolfe was born on the 10th of July 1980, in Haddonfield, New Jersey, United States. He attended the University of the Arts, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where he bagged a bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts. His choice of course in college is supposedly influenced by his childhood enthusiasm with moviemaking.
At an early age, he owned an audio recorder that was gifted to him by his parents and a camera which served as the portal to his love and passion for storytelling. Whenever he took pictures as a child, he always attached a narrative to them. He was also a serial and ardent collector of Nintendo Power magazines which propelled him into filming reviews of Nintendo video games as a fun pastime for friends.
Afterwards, he proceeded to upload the videos on a website he created in 1989, called Cinemassacre, with his friend, Mike Matei. When he uploaded the videos on YouTube due to Matei’s encouragement, it garnered huge popularity amongst viewers. Due to this positive outcome, the series eventually became a program on ScrewAttack and GameTrailers. James Rolfe found the motivation to create adventure stories from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – an American animated television series, Super Mario Bros., The Legend of Zelda, and Contra which are all video games.
He Once Filmed A Movie In His Backyard
In May 1996, James Rolfe filmed a horror movie in his backyard titled A Night of Total Terror; he refers to the movie as the turning point of his life. Afterwards, he utilized the rest of the ’90s and early 2000s to the best of his ability, filming other projects such as The Head Incident which was completed in 1999 but was not released until 2009, Cinemaphobia (2001), Kung Fu Werewolf from Outer Space (2001), a one-hour comedy title Stoney (2001), It Came Beyond The Toilet (2001) and Curse of the Cat Lover’s Grave (2003). He also made a pilot for a web series titled Jersey Odysseys: Legend of the Blue Hole (2004).
Other notable works James Rolfe has acted in, written, or directed include The Night Prowler (2002), Suburban Knights (2011), To Boldly Flee (2012), Sonic (2013), Angry Video Game (2014), Plan 9 (2015), Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde: The Game – The Movie (2015), and Flying Fuckernauts vs. The Astro-Bastards (2016), among others.
September 2020 marks my 5th year at @ScreenwaveMedia. Five years of managing YouTube channels, running conventions, making videos, building sets, publishing games, and having fun doing it. 💙📺🌊 Reply with your favorite memory of me during this time and I will unfollow you. pic.twitter.com/pPEjRAhAgS
— Justin Silverman (@JustySilverman) September 26, 2020
He Has Also Gained Popularity On YouTube
Notably, James used to make videos for the fun of it without any intention of going public with them until his friend Mike Matei convinced him otherwise. He did not get enough recognition until the release of his review of Castlevania II: Simon’s Quest in 2004. His character in the video game review was changed from The Angry Nintendo Nerd to The Angry Video Game Nerd for the sake of avoiding trademark problems. This character has become a staple on YouTube following the widely accepted review of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles he posted.
James Rolfe’s television and web shows include Angry Video Game Nerd, Munky Cheez, Cinemassacre’s Monster Madness, You Know What’s Bullshit?, Nostalgia Critic, Atop the Fourth Wall, Spade, Board James, OverAnalyzers, Pat the NES Punk, James & Doug, Commander Chef, Son of Monster Madness, Rental Reviews and James & Mike Mondays.
In 2014, James and Kevin Finn jointly released Angry Video Game Nerd: The Movie, a project they were able to fund through donations from fans.
How Much Has He Earned From His Career?
No doubt, the internet can become a goldmine if you have what it takes to harness it. James Rolfe is one of the players in this field and he apparently knows what he’s doing.
The American actor has a web television show called The Angry Video Game Nerd and Cinemassacre, a YouTube channel. Both avenues, along with other projects, have been instrumental in bringing in quite a good income. His net worth at the moment is estimated to be $600 thousand and he seems to have more to offer.
James Rolfe Married A Cinematographer And They Have Two Kids
James Rolfe tied the knot with April Chmura in November 2007. The two met while she was a cinematographer during the shooting of the early Nerd episodes in July 2004 and they began dating soon afterwards. On the 26th of April 2013, April and Rolfe had their first daughter; however, not much information was shared to the public as April’s delivery was laced with complications.
In November 2013, April posted an update on Cinemassacre, a website owned by James, that their daughter is seeking medical treatment due to some unknown complications, hence, they require privacy. On the 13th of April 2016, Rolfe revealed that his daughter suffered nerve damage in one of her arms during her birth, and she required many months of physical therapy to be able to fully use her arm. On the 31st of August 2017, James and April welcomed their second daughter.
James Rolfe and April are quite private with their personal life and not much is known about them outside of their work, not even the names they gave their daughters.
James Rolfe’s Birth Family Contributes To His Career Success
James was born to Scott Rolfe and Marlene Rolfe. The Rolfe family is of Italian ancestry. Asides encouraging their son to follow his passion from an early age, James’ parents and siblings have equally helped out in his productions. His father is known for his work on The Angry Video Game Nerd (2004) and The Deader the Better (2005) while his mother is known for her amazing work on The Deader the Better (2005), My Accomplice (2014), and The Dragon in My Dreams (2010).
James Rolfe also has a younger sister named Gina who is involved in acting like her parents and brother. Gina is known for her part in A Night of Total Terror (1996) – a movie filmed by her brother, Red Zombie (1997), and When the Shadows Lay Darkest (1997).