James Remar

William James Remar (born December 31, 1953) is an American actor. He has played Ajax in The Warriors (1979), Albert Ganz in 48 Hrs. (1982), Dutch Schultz in The Cotton Club (1984), Jack Duff in Miracle on 34th Street (1994), Richard in Sex and the City (2002–2004), and Harry Morgan, the father of the title character in Dexter (2006–2013). Since 2009 he has done voice-over work in ads for Lexus luxury cars.[1] Remar studied acting at the Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre in New York City.

James Remar
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Born
William James Remar

(1953-12-31) December 31, 1953 (age 67)
OccupationActor
Years active1978–present

Remar's more recent roles include Frank Gordon in Gotham from 2016 to 2019, and since 2018, Peter Gambi in Black Lightning.

CareerEdit

FilmsEdit

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),[2] and the murdering sociopath Albert Ganz in the hit 48 Hrs. (1982). Both films were directed by Walter Hill. Remar also played real-life 1930s-era gangster Dutch Schultz in The Cotton Club (1984).[3]

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.[4] He also portrayed a gay man in the film Cruising (1980). That same year, Remar had a cameo in the Western The Long Riders (1980) in a bar fight scene with David Carradine.

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. 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.[5] 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.[6]

He played Quill, one of the main villains in The Phantom (1996).[7] 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,[8] 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. He also played the father of Olivia Grey in "Feed" (2017).

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.[9] 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): Ace Speck and Butch Pooch.[10] He starred, alongside Emma Roberts, Lucy Boynton, and Lauren Holly, in the thriller film The Blackcoat's Daughter (2015).[11]

TelevisionEdit

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),[12] Tales from the Crypt, Jericho, Third Watch, Justice League Unlimited, and Battlestar Galactica.[13] He also appeared as a possessed mental patient in The X-Files ninth-season episode "Dæmonicus".[14] He starred as Tiny Bellows on the short-lived television series The Huntress (2000–2001).[15] He appeared in the miniseries The Grid (2004) as Hudson "Hud", the love interest of Julianna Margulies' character.[16] 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.[17]

In 2010, he played guest roles as Giuseppe Salvatore in The CW series The Vampire Diaries[18] 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.[19] On July 23, 2017, Remar was cast as Peter Gambi on the superhero drama Black Lightning.[20]

FilmographyEdit

FilmEdit

Year Title Role Notes
1978 On the Yard Larson
1979 The Warriors 'Ajax'
Blond Poison Eric Leeder
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
Blink Thomas Ridgely
1994 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 Jim '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 Born Bad Sheriff Larabee
Mortal Kombat: Annihilation Lord Raiden
1998 Psycho Patrolman
1999 Rites of Passage Frank Dabbo
2000 Blowback John Matthew Whitman / Schmidt
What Lies Beneath Warren Feur
The Base 2: Guilty as Charged Lieutenant Colonel Strauss
Hellraiser: Inferno Dr. Paul Gregory
Double Frame Detective Tim Follett
2001 Guardian Detective Carpenter
Dying on the Edge Jackie James
2003 Fear X Peter
Betrayal Alex Tyler
2 Fast 2 Furious U.S. Customs Agent Markham
Duplex Chick
Down with the Joneses Vic
2004 The Girl Next Door Hugo Posh
Blade: Trinity FBI Agent Ray Cumberland
2007 Ratatouille Larousse Voice
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
X-Men: First Class U.S. General
Transformers: Dark of the Moon Sideswipe Voice
Setup William Long
Arena Agent Sam McCarty / Sam Lord
Vs Rickshaw
2012 Django Unchained 'Ace' Speck, Butch Pooch
2013 Horns Derrick Perrish
2014 Persecuted John Luther
Lap Dance Patrick Moore
2015 The Blackcoat's Daughter Bill
Eden Coach DaFoe
Unnatural Martin Nakos
Papa: Hemingway in Cuba Santo Trafficante Jr.
2016 Decommissioned David Marino
The Dog Lover Daniel Holloway
USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage Admiral William S. Parnell
2017 The Night Watchman Randall
The Saint Arnold Valecross
Feed Tom
2018 Speed Kills Meyer Lansky
All You Ever Wished For Gordon Hutton
2019 Once Upon a Time in Hollywood 'Ugly Owl' Hoot
2020 Dead Reckoning Agent Richard Cantrell

TelevisionEdit

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 13 episodes
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"
2000-2001 The Huntress Tiny Bellows 28 episodes
2001 Nash Bridges Mark Lee Page Episode: "Fair Game"
7th Heaven James Carver 2 episodes
Strong Medicine Guy Falls Episode: "Systemic"
The X-Files Professor Josef Kobold Episode: "Dæmonicus"
Justice League Lead Manhunter Voice; 2 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 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
2005–2006 Justice League Unlimited Hawkman, Shadow Thief Voices; 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 5 episodes
2006–2008 The Batman Black Mask Voice; 3 episodes
2006–2013 Dexter Harry Morgan 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 Voice; Episode: "Opening Night"
The Christmas Hope Mark Addison Television film
2009–2010 Batman: The Brave and the Bold Two-Face Voice; 2 episodes
Ben 10: Alien Force Vilgax, Additional Voices 7 episodes
2010 D.R.E.A.M. Team Shawn Murphy Television film
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 Voices; Episode: "Terrors"
Pound Puppies Sarge Voice; Episode: "The K9 Kid"
2011–2012 Ben 10: Ultimate Alien Vilgax Voice; 5 episodes
2012 Hatfields & McCoys Joe Hatfield Miniseries
2013–2014 Beware the Batman Mr. Reese / Silver Monkey Voices; 3 episodes
The Legend of Korra Tonraq Voice; 14 episodes
Grey's Anatomy James Evans 6 episodes
Wilfred Henry Newman 5 episodes
2014 From Dusk till Dawn: The Series Gecko Father Episode: "Boxman"
2014–2015 State of Affairs Syd Vaslo 9 episodes
2016 The Shannara Chronicles Cephalo 7 episodes
2017 Gotham Frank Gordon 3 episodes
2017–2018 NCIS: Los Angeles Admiral Sterling Bridges 3 episodes
The Path Kodiak 9 episodes
2018–present Black Lightning Peter Gambi 45 episodes
Magnum P.I. Captain Buck Greene 3 episodes
2019 The Epic Tales of Captain Underpants Additional Voices Uncredited
2 episodes
Animal Kingdom Detective Andre 4 episodes
City on a Hill Richy Ryan Recurring role[21]
5 episodes

Video gamesEdit

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[22]
2017 Destiny 2 Executor Hideo

Awards and nominationsEdit

PersonalEdit

James is married to Atsuko Remar. They have two children.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Barry, Keith (March 16, 2009). "Lexus Pursues a New Pitchman". Wired. Retrieved February 7, 2017.
  2. ^ Maslin, Janet (February 10, 1979). "Movie: 'Warriors' Creates Visual Style That Is Stark:The Cast". The New York Times. Retrieved February 1, 2014.
  3. ^ Gussow, Mel (March 22, 1984). "PARTING FILM SHOTS:COPPOLA AND DUTCH". The New York Times. Retrieved February 27, 2019.
  4. ^ Maslin, Janet (March 13, 1981). "PLAINS WARRIOR REUNITES WITH HIS SON". The New York Times. Retrieved February 27, 2019.
  5. ^ Making of Aliens. 2003.
  6. ^ Laskin, Nicholas (November 14, 2014). "Rare Pics Of James Remar In James Cameron's 'Aliens' Before He Was Fired". IndieWire. Retrieved February 27, 2019.
  7. ^ Petrakis, John (June 7, 1996). "HIGH-FLYING 'PHANTOM' A THROWBACK TO COMIC-STRIP INNOCENCE". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved February 27, 2019.
  8. ^ Johnson, Malcolm (December 5, 1998). "ANALYZING 'PSYCHO'". Hartford Courant. Retrieved February 27, 2019.
  9. ^ Trumbore, Dave (May 28, 2013). "TRANSFORMERS 4 Autobot Images". Collider. Retrieved February 27, 2019.
  10. ^ Sneider, Jeff (November 9, 2011). "Thesps line up for 'Django Unchained'". Variety. Retrieved November 11, 2011.
  11. ^ "James Remar Gets Possessed In 'February'". Bloody Disgusting. February 25, 2015. Retrieved February 26, 2015.
  12. ^ Shaw, Gabbi (March 23, 2018). "WHERE ARE THEY NOW: The cast of 'Sex and the City' 20 years later". Insider. Retrieved February 27, 2019.
  13. ^ "'Grey's Anatomy' Taps James Remar For Season 10 Role". HuffPost. August 18, 2013. Retrieved February 27, 2019.
  14. ^ Schneider, Michael (April 19, 2004). "Remar moves to 'Shore'". Variety. Retrieved February 27, 2019.
  15. ^ Wertheimer, Ron (July 26, 2000). "TELEVISION REVIEW; Mama Is a Bounty Hunter, Just Making an Honest Living". The New York Times. Retrieved February 27, 2019.
  16. ^ Martin, Denise (February 11, 2004). "'The Grid' locates thesp". Variety. Retrieved February 27, 2019.
  17. ^ "Paleyfest 2010: Dexter Panel Reveals a Few Clues for Season Five". Retrieved March 5, 2010.
  18. ^ 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.
  19. ^ "James Remar to star in Private Practice season 4". Archived from the original on August 6, 2010. Retrieved September 18, 2010.
  20. ^ Petski, Denise (July 23, 2017). "'Black Lightning' Casts James Remar & Damon Gupton As Series Regulars, Watch Trailer – Comic-Con". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved November 26, 2017.
  21. ^ Hipes, Patrick (February 26, 2019). "'City On A Hill': James Remar & Gloria Reuben To Recur On Showtime Series". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved February 26, 2019.
  22. ^ Destiny - End Credits - IGN Video. IGN Video. September 11, 2014. Retrieved December 4, 2014.

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