James retired from acting in the early 1990s, with his last film role in Eastwood’s Unforgiven, which won an Academy Award for Best Picture in 1993. James played Skinny Dubois, the irritable and contentious owner of a brothel.
Notably, his first and last major film appearances were in Oscar-winning films.
After retiring, James moved to New England where he focused on painting, which he sold to galleries in Boston, New York, Japan and other locations, according to his obituary.
James was also a published poet, publishing a book of his paintings and poems, Language of the Heart, in 1994. In 2014, he also wrote a memoir, Acting My Face.
The actor is survived by a close group of friends, having never married or had children. In lieu of flowers, donations in Anthony’s memory are asked to be given to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital and the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA).
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