J. E. Freeman
|J. E. Freeman|
|Born||2 February 1946
Brooklyn, New York, United States
J. E. Freeman (born 2 February 1946) is an American actor, often cast in tough guy roles.
Freeman is especially known for his menacing characters roles: the evil gangster Marcello Santos in David Lynch's Wild at Heart, the terrifying Eddie Dane, ferocious gay hitman from Miller's Crossing, and the infamous scientist Wren in Alien Resurrection. Other notable appearances in : Ruthless People, Patriot Games, Copycat and Go.
Freeman is openly gay. At age 22, he admitted his sexuality to the United States Marine Corps to avoid being drafted to the Vietnam War, leading to his discharge. He is HIV-positive since circa 1984. In 2009, he published a letter to the editor on sfgate.com, detailing his reminiscences of the 1969 Stonewall riots. He writes poetry and has a tumblr blog (Freedapoet) dedicated to his poetry.
Freeman trained as an actor with Jean Shelton at Shelton Studios in the San Francisco area in the 1970s. He was nominated for best actor for playing Teach in the west coast premiere of David Mamet's American Buffalo, which also featured George Eckel and Charles Bouvier. After directing Look Back in Anger in 1979, Freeman moved to Los Angeles to pursue his film career.
Freeman is now retired from acting.
- 1981 : An Eye for an Eye : Tow Truck Dude
- 1982 : Twice Upon a Time
- 1986 : Hard Travelling : Ed Sloan
- 1986 : Ruthless People : The Bedroom Killer
- 1988 : Terrorist on Trial: The United States vs. Salim Ajami
- 1988 : The Couch Trip : Unger
- 1990 : Wild at Heart : Santos
- 1990 : Miller's Crossing : Eddie Dane
- 1991 : One Good Cop : Captain Shreiber
- 1991 : The Doctor : Ralph
- 1991 : Aces: Iron Eagle III : Ames
- 1992 : Memphis (TV) : Podjo Harris
- 1992 : Patriot Games : Marty Cantor
- 1993 : Casualties of Love: The Long Island Lolita Story : Marty Algar
- 1994 : Mother's Boys : Everett
- 1994 : It Could Happen to You : Sal
- 1994 : There Goes My Baby : George
- 1995 : Copycat : Thomas Quinn
- 1997 : Dream with the Fishes : Joe, Nick's father
- 1997 : Alien Resurrection : Wren
- 1997 : The Man Who Knew Too Little : CIA Man
- 1998 : Fool's Gold
- 1998 : Dance with Me (uncredited)
- 1999 : Go : Vic Sr
- 2000 : Auggie Rose : Pawn Shop Owner
- 2000 : Skeleton Woman : Luigi
- 2001 : Suspended Animation : Philip Boulette
- 2003 : 44 Minutes: The North Hollywood Shoot-Out (TV) : Police commander
- 2003 : Carolina
- 2003 : Mystery Woman (TV) : Ian Philby
- 2004 : Tremors 4: The Legend Begins : Old Fred