James Remar

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James Remar
Remar at the 16th Screen Actors Guild Awards on January 23, 2010
Born William James Remar
(1953-12-31) December 31, 1953 (age 60)
Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 1978–present
Spouse(s) Atsuko Remar (separated; 2 children)

William James Remar (born December 31, 1953) is an American actor and voice artist. He has appeared in movies, video games, and television shows. He played Richard, the on-off tycoon boyfriend of Kim Cattrall's character in Sex and the City; Ajax in The Warriors;[1] the homicidal maniac Albert Ganz in the 1982 thriller 48 Hrs.; Dutch Shultz in The Cotton Club; Lord Raiden in Mortal Kombat: Annihilation; Giuseppe Salvatore in Vampire Diaries and more recently Harry Morgan in Dexter. Since 2009 he has done voiceover work in ads for Lexus luxury cars.

Personal life[edit]

Remar was born in Boston, Massachusetts, the son of S. Roy Remar, an attorney, and Elizabeth Mary, a mental health state official. His mother was from West Kirby, England.[2][3]


He has spent the majority of his film career playing villains. He is known for his roles as the aggressively sexual and violent character Ajax in the 1979 cult film The Warriors where in a scene set in Central Park he shockingly grabs police officer Mercedes Ruehl's breasts before being handcuffed and as the murdering sociopath Albert Ganz in the 1982 hit 48 Hrs. (both films were directed by Walter Hill and co-starred David Patrick Kelly, whose character is named Luther in both). In 1980, he starred in the film Windwalker, as the young Windwalker, and also portrayed a gay man in the film Cruising. Remar played real-life 1930s-era gangster Dutch Schultz in the 1984 film The Cotton Club.

Remar was cast as Corporal Hicks in the 1986 science-fiction/horror film Aliens (co-produced by Walter Hill), but was replaced by Michael Biehn shortly after filming began due to "creative differences" with director James Cameron.[citation needed] At least one piece of footage featuring Remar made it into the final version of the film, when the Marines enter the processing station and the camera tilts down from the Alien nest, though Remar is not seen in close-up.[4] He is also filmed from the back as the Marines first enter the compound on LV-426 and when "Hicks" approaches the cocooned woman, again filmed from the rear so the viewer is unable to tell it is Remar and not Michael Biehn.[citation needed]

In 1996, he played Quill, one of the main villains in The Phantom. Other films include Drugstore Cowboy, Fear X, Boys on the Side, Hellraiser: Inferno, The Quest, Wedlock, Tales from the Darkside: The Movie, Rites of Passage, Blade: Trinity, 2 Fast 2 Furious, The Girl Next Door and in 1998 he played the patrolman in Psycho. He was also the star of the 1986 film Quiet Cool. He portrayed the character of Raiden in Mortal Kombat: Annihilation, the sequel to the 1995 movie adaptation of Mortal Kombat, taking over the role from Christopher Lambert. He then followed this with a role in the 1996 direct-to-video science fiction movie Robo Warriors.

Remar's other appearances include the TV series Miami Vice, Hill Street Blues, Sex and the City, Tales from the Crypt, Jericho, Third Watch, Justice League Unlimited and Battlestar Galactica, as well as appearing as a possessed mental patient in the X-Files ninth season episode "Daemonicus". He was in the miniseries The Grid (2004) as Hudson "Hud", the love interest of Julianna Margulies' character. He starred as Tiny Bellows on the short-lived television series, The Huntress. He had a recurring guest role in the television series Jericho on CBS. James Remar guessed starred in the CBS crime drama 'Numb3rs' playing a weapons dealer who later turns good and helps the FBI.

From 2006 to 2013, Remar co-starred in Dexter on Showtime. Remar was nominated for a Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal of Dexter Morgan's adoptive father, Harry Morgan.[5] He also had a role in the 2009 horror movie The Unborn (this film also had actor C.S. Lee, who portrays Vince Masuka in Dexter). In 2008 he played a brief role as General Bratt in the prologue of Pineapple Express. In 2010, he did a guest role as Giuseppe Salvatore in The Vampire Diaries.[6] In 2010, Remar had a guest role on FlashForward playing a character called James Ermine, a general for Jericho, a black-ops military contractor. Remar also had a cameo in the 1980 Western The Long Riders when he faced David Carradine's character in a bar fight over a woman that Remar's character was married to.

He also voiced Vilgax in Ben 10: Alien Force and Ultimate Alien replacing Steve Blum. He guest starred in Private Practice in 2010, playing a physician named Gibby who works with Doctors Without Borders.[7] He voiced Cpt. Jason Narville in Killzone 3. Remar was featured in the 2011 film X-Men: First Class and voiced the Autobot Sideswipe in the 2011 film Transformers: Dark of the Moon replacing André Sogliuzzo. He has also been cast in the 2011 heist film Setup. He also stars in the film Arena. In 2012, Remar appeared in Quentin Tarantino's film Django Unchained.[8]


Year Title Role Notes
1978 On the Yard Larson
1979 The Warriors Ajax
1979 Blond Poison
1980 The Long Riders Sam Starr
1980 Cruising Gregory
1981 Windwalker Young Windwalker
1982 48 Hrs. Albert Ganz
1982 Partners Edward K. Petersen
1984 The Cotton Club Dutch Schultz
1986 The Clan of the Cave Bear Creb
1986 Band of the Hand Nestor
1986 Quiet Cool Joe Dylanne
1987 Rent-A-Cop Dancer
1989 The Dream Team Gianelli
1991 Silent Like Glass Charly
1989 Drugstore Cowboy Gentry
1990 Tales from the Darkside: The Movie Preston (segment "Lover's Vow")
1991 White Fang Beauty Smith
1991 Wedlock Sam
1993 Fatal Instinct Max Shady
1993 Blink Thomas Ridgely
1994 Across The Moon Rattlesnake Jim
1994 Renaissance Man Captain Tom Murdoch
1994 Confessions Of A Hitman Bruno Serrano
1994 Miracle on 34th Street Jack Duff
1995 Boys on the Side Alex
1995 The Quest Maxie Devine
1995 Judge Dredd Block Warlord
1995 Wild Bill Donnie Lonigan
1996 One Good Turn Simon Jury
1996 The Phantom Quill
1996 Robo Warriors Ray Gibson
1997 Mortal Kombat: Annihilation Raiden
1998 Psycho Patrolman
1999 Born Bad Sheriff Larabee
1999 Rites of Passage Frank Dabbo
2000 Hellraiser: Inferno Dr. Paul Gregory
2000 Blowback John Matthew Whitman / Schmidt
2000 Double Frame Det. Tim Follett
2000 What Lies Beneath Warren Feur
2000 The Base 2: Guilty as Charged Lt. Col. Strauss
2001 Dying on the Edge Jackie James
2001 Guardian Detective Carpenter
2003 Betrayal Alex Tyler
2003 Fear X Peter
2003 Duplex Chick
2003 2 Fast 2 Furious Agent Markham
2003 Down with the Joneses Vic
2004 Blade: Trinity Ray Cumberland
2004 The Girl Next Door Hugo Posh
2008 Pineapple Express General Bratt
2009 The Unborn Bart Bork
2009 2B Tom Mortlake
2009 Endless Bummer Gordon Beldon
2010 RED Gabriel Singer
2011 X-Men: First Class US General
2011 Transformers: Dark of the Moon Sideswipe Voice
2011 Setup William Long
2011 Vs Rickshaw
2011 Arena Agent McCarty
2011 The FP Narrator Voice
2011 Horns Derrick Perrish
2012 Django Unchained Butch Pooch / Ace Speck
2014 Persecuted John Luther Lead role
TBA The Expendables 4 Unknown
TBA The Hateful Eight Jody
Year Title Role Notes
1981 Hill Street Blues Cooper TV Series (1 episode: "Rites of Spring")
1984 The Mystic Warrior Pesla TV Movie
1985 Miami Vice Robbie Cann TV Series (1 episode: "Buddies")
1987 The Equalizer Tremayne TV Series (1 episode: "High Performance")
1987 Deadly Nightmares Ron TV Series (1 episode: "Homebodies")
1987 Crime Story Smilin' Jack TV Series (1 episode: "Blast from the Past")
1989 Desperado: The Outlaw Wars John Sikes TV Movie
1990 Kojak: None So Blind Wolfgang Reiger TV Movie
1990 Night Visions Sergeant Thomas Mackey TV Movie
1991 Session Man McQueen TV Short
1991 Tales from the Crypt Red Buckley TV Series (1 episode: "Dead Wait")
1991 Brotherhood of the Gun Frank Weir TV Movie
1992 Strangers Bernard TV Movie
1992 Indecency Mick Clarkson TV Movie
1996 Cutty Whitman Cutty Whitman TV Movie
1997 Total Security Frank Cisco TV Series
1998 Inferno Dr. Coleman West TV Movie
1999 Walker, Texas Ranger Keith Bolt TV Series (1 episode: "The Principal")
2010 D.R.E.A.M. Team Shawn Murphy TV Movie
2000 18 Wheels of Justice 'Gabriel' / Mitch Davis TV Series (1 episode: "Wages of Sin")
2001 7th Heaven James Carver TV Series (2 episodes)
2001 The Huntress Tiny Bellows TV Series (29 episodes)
2001 Strong Medicine Guy Falls TV Series (1 episode: "Systemic")
2001 The X-Files Josef Kobold TV Series (1 episode: "Dæmonicus")
2002 The Twilight Zone Alois Hitler TV Series (1 episode: "Cradle of Darkness")
2002 Third Watch Det. Madjanski TV Series (4 episodes)
2003 Peacemakers Cole Hawkins TV Series (1 episode: "Legend of the Gun")
2003 Without a Trace Lucas Vohland TV Series (1 episode: "Confidence")
2002–2004 Sex and the City Richard Wright TV Series (12 episodes)
2004 The Survivors Club Roan Griffin TV Movie
2004 Ike: Countdown to D-Day Gen. Omar Bradley TV Movie
2004 Meltdown: Days of Destruction Colonel Boggs TV Movie
2004 The Grid Hudson 'Hud' Benoit TV Mini-Series
2005 Battlestar Galactica Meier TV Series (2 episodes)
2006 CSI: Miami Capt. Quentin Taylor TV Series (1 episode: "Open Water")
2006 Thief Agent Patterson TV Mini-Series
2006–2007 Jericho Jonah Prowse TV Series (5 episodes)
2007 Sharpshooter Dillon TV Movie
2006–2007 Eli Stone Salinsky TV Series (1 episode: "Praying for Time")
2009 The Unit Reece TV Series (1 episode: "Hero")
2009 Criminal Minds Tom Benton TV Series (1 episode: "Demonology")
2009 The Christmas Hope Mark Addison TV Movie
2010 FlashForward James Ermine TV Series (1 episode: "Blowback")
2010 The Vampire Diaries Giuseppe Salvatore TV Series (2 episodes: "Children of the Damned" & "Blood Brothers")
2010 Private Practice Gibby TV Series (1 episode: "Playing God")
2011 Human Target Warden Cole TV Series (1 episode: "Warden Cole")
2011 Hawaii Five-0 Elliott Connor TV Series (1 episode: "Ua Hiki Mai Kapalena Pau")
2013 Hatfields & McCoys Joe Hatfield TV Movie
2006–2013 Dexter Harry Morgan TV Series (96 episodes)
2013–2014 Wilfred Henry Newman TV Series (5 episodes)
2013–2014 Grey's Anatomy James Evans TV Series (6 episodes)
2014 From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series Gecko Father TV Series (1 episode: "Boxman")
Year Title Role Notes
2001–2006 Justice League Hawkman/Carter Hall/Shadow Thief/ Katar Hol/Lead Manhunter TV Series (4 episodes)
2006–2008 The Batman Black Mask TV Series (3 episodes)
2007 Ratatouille Larousse
2009 The Spectacular Spider-Man Walter Hardy / The Cat Burglar TV Series (1 episode: "Opening Night")
2009–2010 Ben 10: Alien Force Vilgax / Goop / Alien #2 TV Series (7 episodes)
2009–2010 Batman: The Brave and the Bold Two-Face TV Series (2 episodes)
2011 Young Justice Joar Mahkent / Icicle Sr. / Wilcox TV Series (1 episode: "Terrors")
2011 Pound Puppies Sarge TV Series (1 episode: "The K9 Kid")
2011–2012 Ben 10: Ultimate Alien Vilgax / Ultimate Vilgax TV Series (6 episodes)
2013 Beware the Batman Silver Monkey / Mr. Reese TV Series (3 episodes)
2013 The Legend of Korra Tonraq TV Series (8 episodes)

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