J. E. Freeman

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J. E. Freeman
Born 2 February 1946
Brooklyn, New York, United States
Occupation Actor/Poet

J. E. Freeman (born 2 February 1946) is an American actor, often cast in tough guy roles. He is perhaps best known for his menacing characters roles, such as the evil mobster Marcello Santos in David Lynch's Wild at Heart, the terrifying henchman Eddie Dane in Miller's Crossing, and the scientist Wren in Alien Resurrection.

Acting Career[edit]

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. His first movie appearance was in the early 1980s actioner An Eye for an Eye in which he played a tow truck driver who minces words with Chuck Norris. Other notable roles include Ruthless People, Patriot Games, Copycat, and Go.

Personal Life[edit]

Freeman is openly gay.[1] At age 22, he revealed his sexuality to the United States Marine Corps, leading to his discharge.[1] He has been HIV-positive since circa 1984.[1] In 2009, he published a letter to the editor on sfgate.com, describing his reminiscences of the 1969 Stonewall riots.[1] He has also written poetry and has a tumblr blog (Freedapoet) dedicated to his poetry.

Freeman retired from acting in 2004.[2]



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