James Sikking

James Barrie Sikking (born March 5, 1934) is an American actor known for his role as Lt. Howard Hunter on the 1980s TV series Hill Street Blues.[1][2]

James Sikking
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Sikking at The Athenaeum Hotel, London, England
James Barrie Sikking

(1934-03-05) March 5, 1934 (age 88)
Years active1955–2012
Spouse(s)Florine Sikking

Early yearsEdit

Sikking was born in Los Angeles on March 5, 1934.[3] His mother, Sue Sikking (née Paxton), was a founder of Santa Monica's Unity-by-the-Sea Church. He graduated from UCLA in 1959[4] and attended the University of Hawaii. He has two brothers, Tom and Art, and a sister, Joy.


Sikking starred on the ABC TV series Doogie Howser, M.D. as Dr. David Howser[5]: 278  and on the 1997 drama series Brooklyn South as Captain Stan Jonas.[5] Sikking appeared as Sergeant (later promoted to Lieutenant) Howard Hunter on Hill Street Blues from 1981 to 1987. He also portrayed Geoffrey St. James on the NBC comedy Turnabout[5]: 1113  and voiced General Gordon on the short-lived 1998 cartoon series Invasion America. He is often credited as James B. Sikking, and was sometimes credited as "Jim Sikking" in some of his earlier roles on film and TV.

His film work includes The Competition, Outland, Up the Creek, Star Trek III: The Search for Spock and Narrow Margin, as well as a minor (but crucial) part, as a cynical hitman, in the earlier Point Blank. Sikking's film career started in 1955. Sikking starred in the 1992 TV movie Doing Time on Maple Drive. He has made guest appearances on many TV series including Perry Mason, Rawhide, The Fugitive, Bonanza, The Outer Limits, General Hospital, Here Come the Brides, The Rockford Files, The Bob Newhart Show, Hogan's Heroes, Rich Man, Poor Man Book II, Hunter and Batman Beyond.

Personal lifeEdit

He is married to cookbook author Florine Sikking.[6]


* – directed by Peter Hyams


  1. ^ Bentley, Rick (April 23, 2014). "James Sikking talks 'Hill Street Blues' on release of box set". The Fresno Bee. Archived from the original on November 19, 2014.
  2. ^ Berk, Dr. Nancy (May 8, 2014). "Showbiz Analysis with Hill Street Blues' James Sikking". Parade.
  3. ^ "James Sikking". Encyclopedia.com. Cengage. Retrieved March 6, 2022.
  4. ^ "Notable Alumni Actors". UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television. Archived from the original on October 6, 2014. Retrieved September 29, 2014.
  5. ^ a b c Terrace, Vincent (2011). Encyclopedia of Television Shows, 1925 through 2010 (2nd ed.). Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland. p. 139-140. ISBN 978-0-7864-6477-7.
  6. ^ "Florine Sikking". Goodreads. Retrieved June 30, 2020.

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