Biography: Jim Byrnes grew up in St. Louis, the middle child of a middle class family. He learned to play blues guitar at age 13--and continues to play on his favorite guitar, a Gibson 1969 Hummingbird. An eclectic individual, he studied for the priest hood in a seminary, and was even a professional shepherd at one point. He studied acting at Boston University and St. Louis University. Byrnes is a gifted actor and an inspiring individual. He lost both his legs in an automobile accident Feb. 26, 1972, he was helping a friend move a stalled truck when the truck was hit from behind and he was pinned between the vehicles.
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