James Seay was an American character actor who often played minor supporting roles as government officials. Although it was a minor part not credited on-screen, his role in the film Miracle on 34th Street is one of his most visible because the film is a staple of Christmas repeats on television. Among his many credits, Seay appeared in minor roles in a couple of episodes of Adventures of Superman television series: The Mind Machine and Jungle Devil. In the syndicated 1954-1955 television series Stories of the Century, starring and narrated by Jim Davis, Seay portrayed the Wyoming storekeeper James "Jim" Averill, companion of Cattle Kate Watson, both of whom were hanged in a dispute with cattlemen at the start of the Johnson County Range War. Seay appeared sixteen times as Judge Spicer on ABC's western series, The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp, starring Hugh O'Brian. He was cast six times as a sheriff on the NBC children's western series, Fury, starring Peter Graves and Bobby Diamond. He also guest starred in Kenneth Tobey's syndicated aviation adventure series, Whirlybirds, and on the westerns The Californians, The Tall Man, and The Rebel.