James Rhine was born on December 6, 1975 in Miami, Florida. He worked as a loss prevention manager from Chicago, Illinois, and once stole a car in his youth. After he appeared in both Big Brother 6 and Big Brother: All-Stars, James has tried his luck in the modeling industry. He has appeared in the "Sexiest Men of Reality TV 2007" calendar and was given the Sexiest Male Reality TV award in 2006. In his free time, James likes to work out, read and play basketball, and engages in all types of sports, with the exception of golf. Additionally, James tunes in to The Chappelle Show, CSI
, Mind of Mencia
and Reno 911!
As a contestant on Big Brother 6, James was secretly partnered with his girlfriend, Sarah Hresja. He was nominated for eviction by Kaysar Ridha
on week 3, but was able to escape eviction by winning the Power of Veto competition with the help of the Sovereign Six Alliance. In totality, James spent 61 days in the Big Brother house, and was the 9th contestant to be evicted.
James came back for another shot at the $500,000 cash prize in the show's 11th installment, Big Brother: All-Stars. He earned the title Head of Household on Week 3, after he won the memory challenge entitled "Pay Attention." He was nominated for eviction on Week 5, but was spared from elimination when Danielle Reyes
, in her attempt to weaken the Sovereign Six Alliance, voted against Kaysar
. He was able to stay in the competition for another two weeks, but was eventually voted out in week 7, along with his former season 6 housemate, Howie Gordon