James Remar

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James Remar
James-Remar-SAG-Awards.jpg
Born William James Remar
(1953-12-31) December 31, 1953 (age 64)
Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
Occupation Actor, voice actor
Years active 1978–present

William James Remar (born December 31, 1953) is an American actor and voice-over artist. 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), 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.[2] Remar studied acting at the Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre in New York City.

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 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.[3] 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]

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):[5] 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).[6]

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 Numbers, playing a weapons dealer who later turns good and helps the FBI.

From 2006 to 2013, Remar co-starred in Dexter on Showtime, he was nominated for a Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal of Dexter Morgan's adoptive father, Harry Morgan.[7]

In 2010, he played guest roles as Giuseppe Salvatore in The CW series The Vampire Diaries[8] 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.[9] On July 23, 2017, Remar was subsequently cast as Peter Gambi on the superhero drama Black Lightning.[10]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1978 On the Yard Larson
1979 Blond Poison Eric Leeder
The Warriors Ajax
1980 Cruising Gregory
The Long Riders Sam Starr
Windwalker Young Windwalker
1982 Partners Edward K. Petersen
48 Hrs. Albert Ganz
1984 The Cotton Club Dutch Schultz
1986 The Clan of the Cave Bear Creb
Band of the Hand Nestor
Quiet Cool Joe Dylanne
1987 Rent-A-Cop Dancer
1989 The Dream Team Gianelli
Silent Like Glass Charly
Drugstore Cowboy Gentry
1990 Tales from the Darkside: The Movie Preston segment: "Lover's Vow"
1991 White Fang Beauty Smith
Wedlock Sam
1992 The Tigress Andrei
1993 Fatal Instinct Max Shady
1994 Blink Thomas Ridgely
Confessions of a Hitman Bruno Serrano
Renaissance Man Captain Tom Murdoch
Miracle on 34th Street Jack Duff
1995 The Surgeon Dr. Benjamin Hendricks
Boys on the Side Alex
Across the Moon Rattlesnake Jim
Judge Dredd Block Warlord Monroe Cameo; uncredited
Wild Bill Donnie Lonigan
1996 One Good Turn Simon Jury
The Quest Maxie Devine
The Phantom Quill
Robo Warriors Ray Gibson
1997 Mortal Kombat: Annihilation Lord Raiden
1998 Psycho Patrolman
1999 Born Bad Sheriff Larabee
Rites of Passage Frank Dabbo
2000 Blowback John Matthew Whitman / Schmidt
What Lies Beneath Warren Feur
The Base 2: Guilty as Charged Lt. Col. Strauss
Hellraiser: Inferno Dr. Paul Gregory
Double Frame Det. Tim Follett
2001 Guardian Detective Carpenter
Dying on the Edge Jackie James
2003 Down with the Joneses Vic
Fear X Peter
Betrayal Alex Tyler
2 Fast 2 Furious Agent Markham
Duplex Chick
2004 The Girl Next Door Hugo Posh
Blade: Trinity Ray Cumberland
2007 Ratatouille Larousse Voice role
2008 Pineapple Express General Bratt
2009 The Unborn Gordon Beldon
2B Tom Mortlake
Endless Bummer Sam Kramer
2010 Gun Detective Rogers
Red Gabriel Singer
2011 The FP Narrator Voice role
X-Men: First Class U.S. General
Transformers: Dark of the Moon Sideswipe Voice role
Setup William Long
Arena Agent McCarty
Vs Rickshaw
2012 Django Unchained Butch Pooch / Ace Speck
2013 Horns Derrick Perrish
2014 Persecuted John Luther
Eden Coach DaFoe
Lap Dance Patrick Moore
2015 The Blackcoat's Daughter Bill
Papa: Hemingway in Cuba Santo Trafficante Jr.
2016 Decommissioned David Marino
Unnatural Martin Nakos
The Dog Lover Daniel Holloway
The Land Before Time: Journey of the Heart Topsy Voice role
USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage Admiral Parnell
2017 The Saint Arnold Valecross
Feed Tom

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
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"
Deadly Nightmares Ron Episode: "Homebodies"
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
Night Visions Sergeant Thomas Mackey
1991 Session Man McQueen
Tales from the Crypt Red Buckley Episode: "Dead Wait"
Brotherhood of the Gun Frank Weir Television film
1992 Strangers Bernard
Indecency Mick Clarkson
1996 Cutty Whitman Cutty Whitman
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
The Huntress Tiny Bellows Main role; 28 episodes
Strong Medicine Guy Falls Episode: "Systemic"
The X-Files Josef Kobold Episode: "Dæmonicus"
2001–2006 Justice League/Justice League Unlimited Hawkman/Carter Hall
Shadow Thief
Lead Manhunter
Voice role; 4 episodes
2002 The Twilight Zone Alois Hitler Episode: "Cradle of Darkness"
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"
Without a Trace Lucas Vohland Episode: "Confidence"
2004 The Grid Hudson "Hud" Benoit Miniseries
The Survivors Club Roan Griffin Television film
Ike: Countdown to D-Day Gen. Omar Bradley
Meltdown Colonel Boggs
2005 Battlestar Galactica Meier 2 episodes
2006 CSI: Miami Capt. Quentin Taylor Episode: "Open Water"
Thief Agent Patterson Miniseries
2006–2007 Eli Stone Salinsky Episode: "Praying for Time"
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
2007 Sharpshooter Dillon Television film
2009 The Unit Reece Episode: "Hero"
Criminal Minds Tom Benton Episode: "Demonology"
The Spectacular Spider-Man Walter Hardy / Cat Burglar Voice role; episode: "Opening Night"
2009–2010 Batman: The Brave and the Bold Two-Face Voice role; 2 episodes
Ben 10: Alien Force Vilgax, Additional Voices Recurring role
2009 The Christmas Hope Mark Addison Television film
2010 D.R.E.A.M. Team Shawn Murphy
Numb3rs Randall Priest Episode: "Arm in Arms"
FlashForward James Ermine Episode: "Blowback"
The Vampire Diaries Giuseppe Salvatore 2 episodes
Private Practice Gibby Episode: "Playing God"
2011 Human Target Warden Cole Episode: "Warden Cole"
Hawaii Five-0 Elliott Connor Episode: "Ua Hiki Mai Kapalena Pau"
Young Justice Joar Mahkent / Icicle Sr. / Wilcox Voice role; episode: "Terrors"
Pound Puppies Sarge Voice role; episode: "The K9 Kid"
2011–2012 Ben 10: Ultimate Alien Vilgax / Ultimate Vilgax Recurring role
2013 Hatfields & McCoys Joe Hatfield Miniseries
2013–2014 Beware the Batman Silver Monkey / Mr. Reese (voice) 3 episodes
The Legend of Korra Tonraq (voice) 14 episodes
Grey's Anatomy James Evans Recurring role; 6 episodes
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
NCIS: Los Angeles Admiral Sterling Bridges 2 episodes
The Path Kodiak Recurring role; 8 episodes
2018 Black Lightning Peter Gambi Series Regular

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, New Monarchy Merchant[11]
2017 Destiny 2 Executor Hideo

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