James Remar

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James Remar
James-Remar-SAG-Awards.jpg
Born William James Remar
(1953-12-31) December 31, 1953 (age 62)
Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Occupation Actor, voice actor
Years active 1978–present

William James Remar (born December 31, 1953), is an American actor and voice actor. He played Richard, the on-off tycoon boyfriend of Kim Cattrall's character in Sex and the City, Ajax in The Warriors (1979),[1] homicidal maniac Albert Ganz in the thriller 48 Hrs. (1982), gangster Dutch Schultz in The Cotton Club (1984), Lord Raiden in Mortal Kombat: Annihilation (1997), Giuseppe Salvatore in The CW TV series The Vampire Diaries, Jack Duff in Miracle on 34th Street (1994), and Harry Morgan in the Showtime TV series Dexter. Since 2009, he has done voiceover work in ads for Lexus luxury cars.[citation needed]

Early life[edit]

Remar was born in Boston, Massachusetts, the son of Elizabeth Mary, a mental health state official originally from West Kirby, England, and S. Roy Remar, an attorney. His paternal grandparents were Russian Jewish immigrants (the family name was originally "Remarman").[citation needed]

Career[edit]

Films[edit]

Remar has spent the majority of his film career playing villains. He portrayed the violent and sexually aggressive character Ajax in the cult film The Warriors (1979), and the murdering sociopath Albert Ganz in the hit 48 Hrs. (1982). (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 Cotton Club (1984).

In contrast to these roles, Remar starred in the film Windwalker (1980) as the young Cheyenne Windwalker, for which he spoke his lines in the Cheyenne language. He also portrayed a gay man in the film Cruising (1980). In the same year, Remar had a cameo in the Western The Long Riders (1980); his character he faced David Carradine's character in a bar fight over a woman Remar's character was married to.

He was the star of the 1986 film Quiet Cool (1986) and was cast as Corporal Hicks in the science-fiction/horror film Aliens (1986), but was replaced by Michael Biehn shortly after filming began, due to Remar's having a drug problem. For several years, the reason behind his dismissal was reported as "creative differences" with director James Cameron.[2] 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.[3] 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]

He played Quill, one of the main villains in The Phantom(1996). He appeared in Mortal Kombat: Annihilation (1997), the sequel to the film Mortal Kombat (1995), taking over the role of Raiden from Christopher Lambert. He then followed this with a role in the direct-to-video science fiction movie Robo Warriors (1996). Other films include Psycho (1998), in which he played the patrolman, Drugstore Cowboy (1989), Tales from the Darkside: The Movie (1990), Wedlock (1991), Boys on the Side (1995), The Quest (1996), Rites of Passage (1999), Hellraiser: Inferno (2000), 2 Fast 2 Furious (2003), Fear X (2003), Blade: Trinity (2004), The Girl Next Door (2004). He played a brief role as General Bratt in the prologue of Pineapple Express (2008). He also had a role in the horror movie The Unborn (2009), alongside C.S. Lee, who portrays Vince Masuka in Dexter).

Remar was featured in the film X-Men: First Class (2011) and voiced the Autobot Sideswipe in the film Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011), replacing André Sogliuzzo. He was also cast in the heist film Setup (2011) and starred in the film Arena (2011).

Remar played two different, unrelated characters in Quentin Tarantino's film Django Unchained (2012):[4] his first character, Ace Speck, is killed near the beginning of the film by lead character, King Schultz (played by Christoph Waltz); Remar's second character, Butch Pooch, kills King Schultz near the end of the film. He starred, alongside Emma Roberts, Lucy Boynton, and Lauren Holly, in the thriller film February (2015).[5]

Television[edit]

Remar's television appearances include the series Miami Vice, Hill Street Blues, Sex and the City (as the on-again, off-again boyfriend of Kim Cattrall's character), Tales from the Crypt, Jericho, Third Watch, Justice League Unlimited, and Battlestar Galactica. He also appeared as a possessed mental patient in the X-Files ninth season episode "Daemonicus". He starred as Tiny Bellows on the short-lived television series, The Huntress(2000-2001). He appeared in the miniseries The Grid (2004) as Hudson "Hud", the love interest of Julianna Margulies' character. He had a recurring guest role in the 2006 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.[6]

In 2010, he played guest roles as Giuseppe Salvatore in The CW series The Vampire Diaries[7] and as James Ermine, a general for Jericho, a black-ops military contractor, on FlashForward.

He also voiced Vilgax in the animated television series Ben 10: Alien Force and Ben 10: Ultimate Alien, replacing Steve Blum. He guest-starred in Private Practice in 2010, playing a physician named Gibby who works with Doctors Without Borders.[8]

Videogames[edit]

He voiced Cpt. Jason Narville in Killzone 3 (2011).

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

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
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
1987 Rent-A-Cop Dancer
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
1989 Drugstore Cowboy Gentry
1990 Tales from the Darkside: The Movie Preston Segment: "Lover's Vow"
1991 White Fang Beauty Smith
1991 Wedlock Sam
1991 Session Man McQueen Television film
1991 Brotherhood of the Gun Frank Weir Television film
1992 Strangers Bernard Television film
1992 Indecency Mick Clarkson Television film
1993 Fatal Instinct Max Shady
1994 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 Cutty Whitman Cutty Whitman Television film
1996 Robo Warriors Ray Gibson
1997 Mortal Kombat: Annihilation Lord Raiden
1998 Psycho Patrolman
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
2001 Guardian Detective Carpenter
2003 Betrayal Alex Tyler
2003 Fear X Peter
2003 2 Fast 2 Furious Agent Markham
2003 Duplex Chick
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
2007 Sharpshooter Dillon Television film
2007 Ratatouille Larousse Voice
2008 Pineapple Express General Bratt
2009 The Unborn Bart Bork
2009 2B Tom Mortlake
2009 The Christmas Hope Mark Addison Television film
2009 Endless Bummer Gordon Beldon
2010 RED Gabriel Singer
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
2011 Setup William Long
2011 Vs Rickshaw
2011 Arena Agent McCarty
2011 The FP Narrator Voice
2012 Django Unchained Butch Pooch / Ace Speck
2013 Horns Derrick Perrish
2014 Persecuted John Luther
2014 Eden Coach DaFoe
2015 February
2015 Unnatural Martin Nakos
2015 The Land Before Time XIV: Journey of the Heart Topsy
TBA The Expendables 4 Unknown

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
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 Main Role
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"
2001–2006 Justice League Hawkman
Carter Hall
Shadow Thief
Katar Hol
Lead Manhunter
Voice
4 episodes
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 Thief Agent Patterson Miniseries
2006–2007 Eli Stone Salinsky Episode: "Praying for Time"
2006–2007 Jericho Jonah Prowse 5 episodes
2006–2008 The Batman Black Mask Voice
3 episodes
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
2 episodes
2009–2010 Ben 10: Alien Force Vilgax
Goop
Alien #2
Voice
7 episodes
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
Icicle Sr.
Wilcox
Voice
Episode: "Terrors"
2011 Pound Puppies Sarge Voice
Episode: "The K9 Kid"
2011–2012 Ben 10: Ultimate Alien Vilgax / Ultimate Vilgax Voice
6 episodes
2013 Hatfields & McCoys Joe Hatfield Miniseries
2013 Beware the Batman Silver Monkey
Mr. Reese
Voice
3 episodes
2013 The Legend of Korra Tonraq Voice
8 episodes
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 7 episodes

Video games[edit]

Year Title Role
2005 The Warriors Ajax
2010 Batman: The Brave and the Bold – The Videogame Two-Face
2011 Killzone 3 Captain Jason Narville
2014 Destiny Executor Hideo[9]

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