A native of the Logan/Olney section of Philadelphia(near LaSalle University), Jim and family moved to Green Lane, PA in the '70's.  Gifted with a great ear for music, he took piano lessons for seven years from age 6 to 13--yet plays by ear primarily. He was in his first rock band at age 16, played several lead roles in high schools plays and musicals(Nathan Detroit in "Guys & Dolls", Henry Drummond in "Inherit the Wind" and Jesus in Stephen Schwartz' "Godspell"). After two years as a Theatre & Speech major at what is now known as DeSales University, Jim was hired at WAEB radio in Allentown at age 20 to do news/weather reports in 1981. After 5 months there he did a one-year stint as disc jockey for rock station WZZO(Z-95), then headquartered in Bethlehem PA(met Joan Jett twice, Ozzy Osbourne, Kansas, Mike Reno of Loverboy, ZZTop, Johnny Van Zant Band). The band "Vagabond" then tapped him as their keyboardist for a year in 1983 and they played the Lehigh Valley and New Jersey extensively, opening once for the Hooters. From 1984 to 1987 Jim did 5 major productions for Richard Akins Productions as an actor--playing Jesus in "Jesus Christ Superstar", Magaldi in "EVITA" and more. In 1986 Jim began his foray into the piano/bar/restaurant world {debuting at the King George Inn Allentown, PA}, and he continues playing public and private events to this present day. And now some highlights: JIM LOFTUS HAS OPENED FOR REGIS PHILBIN(State Theatre in Easton,PA--Jan.1992), TODD RUNDGREN(with trio "Three Together: Oct.2001 Crocodile Rock, Allentown PA), and SHAW-BLADES(March 2007 Crocodile Rock, Allentown). He wrote an original rock opera musical "GHOSTS ON BROADWAY" which played NYC's John Houseman Theatre in May 1995(attended by Grammy and Oscar-award winning composer STEPHEN SCHWARTZ)--[Jim is currently working on bringing the show back to NYC in a bigger production]; he played tribute dinner functions at the Plaza Hotel,NYC for the late ROSETTA LeNOIRE and DOUGLAS FAIRBANKS,JR.(April 1996),also the late MILTON BERLE(Oct.1996--Waldorf-Astoria Hotel)and JULIE ANDREWS(Feb.1997--21 Club). Jim released his first original CD :THE FAME GAME in Sept.2000 available on several sites such as CD Baby: https://store.cdbaby.com/cd/loftus ; Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/7e9K6e3R6vEVhMA8jWIK2L and even YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=jim+loftus+the+fame+game . Relocating to the Lehigh Valley in 2011, in recent years Jim has played with Classic Rock trio VINYL PERSUASION www.facebook.com/vinylpersuasion and "The '60's Boys" on keyboard/vocals. He's had a steady gig monthly since May 2018 at the Mohegan Sun Pocono casino Wilkes-Barre, PA on piano/vocal{"Bean and Vine Cafe & Wine Bar") https://mohegansunpocono.com/events-and-promotions/schedule-of-events/piano-night-at-bean-and-vine-2.html and plays occasionally at the Wind Creek Casino Bethlehem, PA as well. Jim is also a SAG-AFTRA actor since 2003 doing TV and film "background" work in Philadelphia and NYC. He's done 15 episodes of  "Law & Order:SVU" from 2005-2012, most prominent appearance on the episode "STRAIN" as a featured jury member. Other shows include "Blue Bloods", "The Sinner", and upcoming in 2020 a new HBO series and Netflix film that Jim worked on will be detailed once the productions are released. View Jim's acting resume at: https://resume.castingnetworks.com/jimloftus