James Joseph Dresnok (born 1941) is an American defector to North Korea, one of six American soldiers to defect after the Korean War.
After defecting, Dresnok worked as an actor and an English teacher in Pyongyang. He was featured on the CBS magazine program 60 Minutes on the 28th January 2007, as the last United States defector alive in North Korea, and was the subject of a documentary film entitled Crossing the Line.[1]
He calls himself Joe Dresnok and has been called both James Dresnok[2][3][4] and Joe Dresnok in news reports, sometimes both in the same report.[5]