Sondra James, Legendary Character Actor on ‘Blue Bloods,’ ‘Law & Order’ and Others, Dead at 82

by Samantha Whidden

Sondra James, a legendary character actor on various TV shows, including Blue Bloods and Law & Order, had passed away at the age of 82 in New York City after a five-month fight against lung cancer. 

According to Deadline, Sondra James’ manager Carolyn Anthony of Anthony & Associates Ltd. confirmed her passing. Anthony wrote on her Instagram:

“It is with heavy heart I share with you the passing of my dear friend and client Sondra James. Many of you knew her as friend, a colleague, a peer, or had the awesome pleasure of casting her in a project.”

Anthony then states that Sondra James lives on in the hearts of those close to her and forever will be immortalized in film and TV.

“Honored to be at her side through it all and will cherish our travels together through this life. What shenanigans we got ourselves into. Till we meet again. ❤️❤️❤️💔”

Deadline reported that Sondra James made her feature film debut in Woody Allen’s 1995 Mighty Aphrodite. She was also credit for other films including Robots, Don’t Think Twice, and Spider-Man: Homecoming. She was also Dr. Sally in Joaquin Phoenix’s Joker.

Her final film was George Clooney’s The Tender Bar. Although her character is unknown, she performed alongside Christopher Lloyd, Ben Affleck, Lily Rabe, and Tye Sheridan. The film follows a boy growing up on Long Island. He is seeking out father figures among the patrons at his uncle’s bar. 

Besides Blue Bloods and Law & Order, Sondra James also appeared in TV shows like What We do in the Shadows, Sick of It, and Maturity. She also did voice work for Sex and the City, Boardwalk Empire, Smash, and Bored to Death. 

Sondra James is survived by her two sons; her four grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; brother Elliot Webb; and sister Carol Raskin.

Artists & TV Production Companies Remember Sondra James

Along with her manager, TV production company Me + You Productions also announced its condolences for the actress’ passing.

“We are deeply saddened to hear the passing of @jamessondra – #SondraJames was so talented and a beautiful soul – so full of spirit, laughter, and warmth. We loved working with her on two seasons of #SickOfIt for @skytv – our thoughts are with her friends, family, and all those lucky enough to work with her ”

Artist Eileen Galindo took to her Instagram to speak about Sondra James and the memories she has of the actress. “One of the things I did during the lockdown was going through all of my pictures. Here we are [in] 1997. Celebrating your birthday. Life was so sweet. We were printing money back then.”

Galindo then wrote that Sondra James would always complain that she couldn’t get a job on camera.

“Who knew the opportunities were yet to come. I am heartbroken. Our Lil 5 ft Jewish Tuscanoonoo conducting this rag tag bag of loopers through some of the greatest films of the 90’s. There will never be another you.”