THIS Is Why Hallmark Star James Denton Ditched His Life In Hollywood


James Denton rose to fame through his portrayal of Mike Delfino on “Desperate Housewives,” a role that has persisted in defining his public persona. However, post the show’s conclusion in 2012, Denton’s career has evolved significantly. While he’s remained active in the entertainment industry with a particular presence on the Hallmark Channel and starring in the series “Good Witch,” his personal life and priorities have undergone notable transformations.

Fatherhood became a defining milestone for Denton, as he welcomed his first child, son Sheppard, shortly before his tenure on “Desperate Housewives.” Daughter Malin followed in 2005. This transition to parenthood marked a profound shift in his life perspective. Denton acknowledged how it shifted his focus away from his career-centric self to a devoted father. His sense of responsibility shifted entirely towards his children, recognizing the healthy transformation that occurred when one’s focus shifts from oneself to nurturing and raising children.

Upon the conclusion of “Desperate Housewives,” Denton, along with his wife Erin O’Brien, chose to step away from the glitz and glamour of Hollywood. They relocated to Minneapolis, Minnesota, to be closer to O’Brien’s family. Denton explained that the move was motivated by a desire to provide their children with a quieter, family-oriented environment away from the Hollywood spotlight. They even purchased a second home in rural Montana, seeking further seclusion and a more private family life.


The decision to distance his children from the hustle of Los Angeles was fueled by Denton’s intention to ensure a more grounded upbringing, away from the potential judgment and pressures of growing up in a showbiz-centric environment. Denton highlighted the importance of being present for his children during their formative years.

Interestingly, Denton’s children have shown an interest in the entertainment industry themselves. Sheppard, studying psychology in college, has ventured into acting, appearing alongside his father in Hallmark productions. Denton expressed admiration for his son’s talent but emphasized Sheppard’s awareness of the challenges of pursuing a career in acting. Similarly, Malin showcased her talent in a school production of “Mamma Mia,” earning her father’s praise for her performance, attributing her talent to her mother and a hint of acting genes from himself.

Overall, Denton’s shift from Hollywood to a more family-oriented, secluded lifestyle has allowed him to prioritize his role as a father while also witnessing his children explore their own passions within the entertainment industry.