James Orin Incandenza

James’s Father

He is the father of James. He is a commercial actor for the Man from Glad, representing the Glad Flaccid Plastic Receptacle Co. of Zanesville, Ohio from a California based advertising company. He is a near-great young tennis player until he slips on the court during the only tennis match his father comes to on what he believes to be a widow spider and permanently injures his knee. He is an alcoholic who believes that parents are so present in their children’s lives that the children literally cannot imagine life without them.


James’s Mother

She is a passive figure in James’s childhood and adolescent life. She has flaky skin in dry climates and carries lotion with her at all times, and she smokes cigarettes. She dies of emphysema before Mario Incandenza’s birth.


Cosgrove Watt

He is featured in a few of James’s films, including Accomplice!. He is one of the only professional actors James ever uses in his films (preferring to use novice actors so that the focus isn’t on the actors as much as it is on the overall experience), though he isn’t a great actor.


Paul Anthony Heaven

He is a data-entry drone for Ocean Spray and the star of Fun with Teeth, one of James’s films. James loves Paul’s monotone voice for institutional presence, so he uses him in Wave Bye-Bye to the Bureaucrat, Safe Boating Is No Accident, and Low-Temperature Civics, as well.


Dr. Günther Sperber

He is the author of The Chill of Inspirations: Spontaneous Reminscences by Seventeen Pioneers of DT-Cycle Lithiumized Annular Fusion. Chapter 16, “The Awakening of My Interest in Annular Systems”, features how James comes to love annular fusion.


Ursula Emrich-Levine

She writes an essay on James’s films that gives her tenure entitled “Watching Grass Grow While Being Hit Repeatedly Over the Head with a Blunt Object: Fragmentation and Stasis in James O. Incandenza’s Widower, Fun with Teeth, Zero-Gravity Tea Ceremony, and Pre-Nuptial Agreement of Heaven and Hell” during the Year of the Perdue Wonderchicken at the University of California-Irvine.


Oriental Guy

He is the choreographer for The Medusa v. The Odalisque, one of James’s films.


The New Yorker Guy

He is the guy who replaces the guy who replaces Rafferty (See Below), who is screwed by the Found Drama (See James Incandenza) scam that James initiates. He leaves the critical world for a year, then returns and has it out for James and his work.


Two Cops From Enfield Marine, VA

They are background characters in two of James’s films, and they know Hal Incandenza and Mario Incandenza.



He is the guy who is replaced by the New Yorker guy (See Above).