Remar at the 2010 Screen Actors Guild Awards
|Born||William James Remar
December 31, 1953
Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
|Occupation||Actor, voice actor|
William James Remar (born December 31, 1953), known professionally as James Remar, is an American actor and voice actor. He played the on-off tycoon boyfriend of Kim Cattrall's character in Sex and the City, Ajax in The Warriors, homicidal maniac Albert Ganz in the 1982 thriller 48 Hrs., gangster Dutch Schultz in The Cotton Club, Lord Raiden in Mortal Kombat: Annihilation, Giuseppe Salvatore in The Vampire Diaries, Jack Duff in Miracle on 34th Street and Harry Morgan in Dexter. Since 2009, he has done voiceover work in ads for Lexus luxury cars.
Remar was born in Boston, Massachusetts, the son of Elizabeth Mary, a mental health state official, and S. Roy Remar, an attorney. His paternal grandparents were Russian Jewish immigrants (the family name was originally "Remarman"). His mother was from West Kirby, England.
Remar has spent the majority of his film career playing villains. He portrayed the aggressively sexual and violent character Ajax in the 1979 cult film The Warriors, and 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). Remar also played real-life 1930s-era gangster Dutch Schultz in the 1984 film The Cotton Club.
In contrast to these roles in 1980 Remar starred in the film Windwalker, as the young Cheyenne Windwalker, for which he spoke his lines in the Cheyenne language. In the same year he also portrayed a gay man in the film Cruising.
Remar was cast as Corporal Hicks in the 1986 science-fiction/horror film Aliens, but was replaced by Michael Biehn shortly after filming began due to Remar having a drug problem. For several years, the reason behind his dismissal was reported as "creative differences" with director James Cameron. 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. 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.
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. Remar guest-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. 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. 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 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. 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 was cast in the 2011 heist film Setup and starred in the film Arena.
In 2012, Remar appeared in Quentin Tarantino's film Django Unchained, in which he portrayed two different, unrelated characters. His first character, Ace Speck, is killed near the beginning of the film by lead character, King Schultz, played by Christoph Waltz. His second character, Butch Pooch, kills King Schultz near the end of the film. He is set to star along Emma Roberts, Lucy Boynton and Lauren Holly in the thriller film February.
Remar has two children with Atsuko Remar. Remar also speaks fluent Japanese.
|1978||On the Yard||Larson|
|1980||The Long Riders||Sam Starr|
|1982||48 Hrs.||Albert Ganz|
|1982||Partners||Edward K. Petersen|
|1984||The Cotton Club||Dutch Schultz|
|1984||The Mystic Warrior||Pesla||Television film|
|1986||The Clan of the Cave Bear||Creb|
|1986||Band of the Hand||Nestor|
|1986||Quiet Cool||Joe Dylanne|
|1989||The Dream Team||Gianelli|
|1989||Desperado: The Outlaw Wars||John Sikes||Television film|
|1990||Kojak: None So Blind||Wolfgang Reiger||Television film|
|1990||Night Visions||Sergeant Thomas Mackey||Television film|
|1991||Silent Like Glass||Charly|
|1990||Tales from the Darkside: The Movie||Preston||Segment: "Lover's Vow"|
|1991||White Fang||Beauty Smith|
|1991||Session Man||McQueen||Television film|
|1991||Brotherhood of the Gun||Frank Weir||Television film|
|1992||Indecency||Mick Clarkson||Television film|
|1993||Fatal Instinct||Max Shady|
|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||Cutty Whitman||Cutty Whitman||Television film|
|1996||Robo Warriors||Ray Gibson|
|1997||Mortal Kombat: Annihilation||Lord Raiden|
|1998||Inferno||Dr. Coleman West||Television film|
|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|
|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|
|2004||The Survivors Club||Roan Griffin||Television film|
|2004||Ike: Countdown to D-Day||Gen. Omar Bradley||Television film|
|2004||Meltdown||Colonel Boggs||Television film|
|2008||Pineapple Express||General Bratt|
|2009||The Unborn||Bart Bork|
|2009||The Christmas Hope||Mark Addison||Television film|
|2009||Endless Bummer||Gordon Beldon|
|2010||D.R.E.A.M. Team||Shawn Murphy||Television film|
|2011||X-Men: First Class||US General|
|2011||Transformers: Dark of the Moon||Sideswipe||Voice|
|2012||Django Unchained||Butch Pooch / Ace Speck|
|2015||The Land Before Time XIV: Journey of the Heart||Topsy|
|TBA||The Expendables 4||Unknown|
|1981||Hill Street Blues||Cooper||Episode: "Rites of Spring"|
|1985||Miami Vice||Robbie Cann||Episode: "Buddies"|
|1987||The Equalizer||Tremayne||Episode: "High Performance"|
|1987||Deadly Nightmares||Ron||Episode: "Homebodies"|
|1987||Crime Story||Smilin' Jack||Episode: "Blast from the Past"|
|1991||Tales from the Crypt||Red Buckley||Episode: "Dead Wait"|
|1997||Total Security||Frank Cisco|
|1999||Walker, Texas Ranger||Keith Bolt||Episode: "The Principal"|
|2000||18 Wheels of Justice||Mitch Davis / "Gabriel"||Episode: "Wages of Sin"|
|2001||7th Heaven||James Carver||2 episodes|
|2001||The Huntress||Tiny Bellows||29 episodes|
|2001||Strong Medicine||Guy Falls||Episode: "Systemic"|
|2001||The X-Files||Josef Kobold||Episode: "Dæmonicus"|
|2002||The Twilight Zone||Alois Hitler||Episode: "Cradle of Darkness"|
|2002||Third Watch||Det. Madjanski||4 episodes|
|2002–2004||Sex and the City||Richard Wright||12 episodes|
|2003||Peacemakers||Cole Hawkins||Episode: "Legend of the Gun"|
|2003||Without a Trace||Lucas Vohland||Episode: "Confidence"|
|2004||The Grid||Hudson "Hud" Benoit||Miniseries|
|2005||Battlestar Galactica||Meier||2 episodes|
|2006||CSI: Miami||Capt. Quentin Taylor||Episode: "Open Water"|
|2006–2007||Eli Stone||Salinsky||Episode: "Praying for Time"|
|2006–2007||Jericho||Jonah Prowse||5 episodes|
|2006–2008||The Batman||Black Mask||Voice
|2006–2013||Dexter||Harry Morgan||96 episodes|
|2009||The Unit||Reece||Episode: "Hero"|
|2009||Criminal Minds||Tom Benton||Episode: "Demonology"|
|2009||The Spectacular Spider-Man||Walter Hardy / The Cat Burglar||Voice
Episode: "Opening Night"
|2009–2010||Batman: The Brave and the Bold||Two-Face||Voice
|2009–2010||Ben 10: Alien Force||Vilgax
|2010||FlashForward||James Ermine||Episode: "Blowback"|
|2010||The Vampire Diaries||Giuseppe Salvatore||2 episodes|
|2010||Private Practice||Gibby||Episode: "Playing God"|
|2011||Human Target||Warden Cole||Episode: "Warden Cole"|
|2011||Hawaii Five-0||Elliott Connor||Episode: "Ua Hiki Mai Kapalena Pau"|
|2011||Young Justice||Joar Mahkent
Episode: "The K9 Kid"
|2011–2012||Ben 10: Ultimate Alien||Vilgax / Ultimate Vilgax||Voice
|2013||Hatfields & McCoys||Joe Hatfield||Miniseries|
|2013||Beware the Batman||Silver Monkey
|2013||The Legend of Korra||Tonraq||Voice
|2013–2014||Grey's Anatomy||James Evans||6 episodes|
|2013–2014||Wilfred||Henry Newman||5 episodes|
|2014||From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series||Gecko Father||Episode: "Boxman"|
|2016||The Shannara Chronicles||Cephalo||Ongoing|
|2010||Batman: The Brave and the Bold – The Videogame||Two-Face|
|2011||Killzone 3||Jason Narville|
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- "SiDEBAR Podcast Episode 128: 'Dexter' Star JAMES REMAR Gets in Character". 2012.
- Making of Aliens. 2003.
- "Paleyfest 2010: Dexter Panel Reveals a Few Clues for Season Five".
- Keck, William (November 20, 2009). "Dexter's Dad Does Vampire Diaries". TV Guide Magazine. Retrieved May 17, 2010.
- "James Remar to star in Private Practice season 4".
- "Django Unchained". The New York Times.
- "James Remar Gets Possessed In ‘February’". The New York Times.
- Destiny - End Credits - IGN Video. IGN Video. 2014-09-11. Retrieved 2014-12-04.
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