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) 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), 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. James Remar also studied acting at The Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre in New York City.
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").
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 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. 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.
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): 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 The Blackcoat's Daughter (2015).
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.
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.
He voiced Cpt. Jason Narville in Killzone 3 (2011).
|1978||On the Yard||Larson|
|1980||The Long Riders||Sam Starr|
|1982||Partners||Edward K. Petersen|
|1982||48 Hrs.||Albert Ganz|
|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|
|1989||The Dream Team||Gianelli|
|1989||Silent Like Glass||Charly|
|1990||Tales from the Darkside: The Movie||Preston||segment: "Lover's Vow"|
|1991||White Fang||Beauty Smith|
|1993||Fatal Instinct||Max Shady|
|1994||Confessions of a Hitman||Bruno Serrano|
|1994||Renaissance Man||Captain Tom Murdoch|
|1994||Miracle on 34th Street||Jack Duff|
|1995||The Surgeon||Dr. Benjamin Hendricks|
|1995||Boys on the Side||Alex|
|1995||Across the Moon||Rattlesnake Jim|
|1995||Judge Dredd||Block Warlord||character name in Judge dredd was Monroe|
|1995||Wild Bill||Donnie Lonigan|
|1996||One Good Turn||Simon Jury|
|1996||The Quest||Maxie Devine|
|1996||Robo Warriors||Ray Gibson|
|1997||Mortal Kombat: Annihilation||Lord Raiden|
|1999||Born Bad||Sheriff Larabee|
|1999||Rites of Passage||Frank Dabbo|
|2000||Blowback||John Matthew Whitman / Schmidt|
|2000||What Lies Beneath||Warren Feur|
|2000||The Base 2: Guilty as Charged||Lt. Col. Strauss|
|2000||Hellraiser: Inferno||Dr. Paul Gregory|
|2000||Double Frame||Det. Tim Follett|
|2001||Dying on the Edge||Jackie James|
|2003||Down with the Joneses||Vic|
|2003||2 Fast 2 Furious||Agent Markham|
|2004||The Girl Next Door||Hugo Posh|
|2004||Blade: Trinity||Ray Cumberland|
|2008||Pineapple Express||General Bratt|
|2009||Endless Bummer||Gordon Beldon|
|2009||Endless Bummer||Sam Kramer|
|2009||The Unborn||Bart Bork|
|2011||The FP||Narrator||Voice role|
|2011||X-Men: First Class||U.S. General|
|2011||Transformers: Dark of the Moon||Sideswipe||Voice role|
|2012||Django Unchained||Butch Pooch / Ace Speck|
|2014||Lap Dance||Patrick Moore|
|2015||The Blackcoat's Daughter||Bill|
|2015||Papa Hemingway in Cuba||Santo Trafficante Jr.|
|2016||The Wrong Side Of Right||Daniel Holloway|
|2016||The Land Before Time XIV: Journey of the Heart||Topsy||Voice role|
|2016||USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage||Admiral Parnell|
|2017||The Saint||Arnold Valecross|
|1981||Hill Street Blues||Cooper||Episode: "Rites of Spring"|
|1984||The Mystic Warrior||Pesla||Television film|
|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"|
|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||Session Man||McQueen||Television film|
|1991||Tales from the Crypt||Red Buckley||Episode: "Dead Wait"|
|1991||Brotherhood of the Gun||Frank Weir||Television film|
|1992||Indecency||Mick Clarkson||Television film|
|1996||Cutty Whitman||Cutty Whitman||Television film|
|1997||Total Security||Frank Cisco||Main Role|
|1998||Inferno||Dr. Coleman West||Television film|
|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||Main role; 28 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
|Voice role; 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||Recurring role; 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|
|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|
|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||Recurring role; 5 episodes|
|2006–2008||The Batman||Black Mask||Voice role; 3 episodes|
|2006–2013||Dexter||Harry Morgan||Main role; 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 role; episode: "Opening Night"|
|2009–2010||Batman: The Brave and the Bold||Two-Face||Voice role; 2 episodes|
|2009–2010||Ben 10: Alien Force||Vilgax / Goop / Alien #2||Voice role; 7 episodes|
|2009||The Christmas Hope||Mark Addison||Television film|
|2010||D.R.E.A.M. Team||Shawn Murphy||Television film|
|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 role; episode: "Terrors"|
|2011||Pound Puppies||Sarge||Voice role; episode: "The K9 Kid"|
|2011–2012||Ben 10: Ultimate Alien||Vilgax / Ultimate Vilgax||Voice role; 6 episodes|
|2013||Hatfields & McCoys||Joe Hatfield||Miniseries|
|2013–2014||Beware the Batman||Silver Monkey / Mr. Reese (voice)||3 episodes|
|2013–2014||The Legend of Korra||Tonraq (voice)||14 episodes|
|2013–2014||Grey's Anatomy||James Evans||Recurring role; 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||Recurring role; 7 episodes|
|2017||Gotham||Frank Gordon||3 episodes|
|2017||NCIS: Los Angeles||Admiral Sterling Bridges||2 episodes|
|2017||The Path||Kodiak||Recurring role; 8 episodes|
|2010||Batman: The Brave and the Bold – The Videogame||Two-Face|
|2011||Killzone 3||Captain Jason Narville|
|2014||Destiny||Executor Hideo, New Monarchy Merchant|
|2017||Destiny 2||Executor Hideo|
- Maslin, Janet (February 10, 1979). "The Warriors (1979) Movie: 'Warriors' Creates Visual Style That Is Stark: The Cast". The New York Times.
- Barry, Keith (2009-03-16). "Lexus Pursues a New Pitchman". Wired. Retrieved 2017-02-07.
- "SiDEBAR Podcast Episode 128: 'Dexter' Star JAMES REMAR Gets in Character". 2012. Archived from the original on 2014-11-29.
- Making of Aliens. 2003.
- "Django Unchained". The New York Times.
- "James Remar Gets Possessed In 'February'". The New York Times.
- "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. Archived from the original on May 20, 2010. Retrieved May 17, 2010.
- "James Remar to star in Private Practice season 4". Archived from the original on 2010-08-06.
- Destiny - End Credits - IGN Video. IGN Video. 2014-09-11. Retrieved 2014-12-04.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to James Remar.|