James Remar

Biography

Date of Birth 31 December 1953, Boston, Massachusetts, USA Birth Name William James Remar Height 5' 10½" (1.79 m) Mini Biography Rugged, intense character player with average-guy good looks and a slightly squinty stare, adept at vicious, sometimes psychopathic roles. Remar gained recognition as a punk who gets chained to a park bench by a woman cop in his second film, The Warriors (1979). That same year he garnered acclaim on Broadway as Richard Gere's lover in the concentration camp drama "Bent". Remar subsequently kept busy primarily in features, playing gangster Dutch Schultz in Francis Ford Coppola's The Cotton Club (1984), one of the Neanderthals in The Clan of the Cave Bear (1986), and an experienced military officer who doubts the power of Shakespeare in Renaissance Man (1994). Remar has occasionally garnered roles which highlight a more vulnerable side, such as his guitarist who gets a break in the Oscar-winning short, Session Man (1991) (TV) or his artist who falls in love with a gargoyle come to life in the best segment of the horror anthology, Tales from the Darkside: The Movie (1990). Remar is, in fact, still best known for his galvanizing performances as a homicidal maniac escaped from prison in 48 Hrs. (1982) and as a no-nonsense cop in Drugstore Cowboy (1989). Remar sent up some of his earlier roles in the half-baked spoof Fatal Instinct (1993), as a killer released from prison out to get Armand Assante. Trivia Was originally cast as "Hicks" in Aliens (1986), but had to be replaced early into filming. He can be seen from the back as the marines walk along a corridor, but only because the in-camera miniature of the set had been junked, and too expensive to re-shoot. Actor-trained at New York's Neighborhood Playhouse. Made an impressive Broadway debut playing Richard Gere's lover in "Bent" in 1979. Gained a minor cult following after playing "Ajax" in The Warriors (1979). Probably best known for the recurring TV role of "Richard," the compulsively philandering jet-set boyfriend of Kim Cattrall, in "Sex and the City" (1998). The actress who handcuffed him to that park bench in The Warriors (1979) was Mercedes Ruehl, also in her second film. One of Reuhl's friends, who was a Washington Post Reporter, wrote about seeing the film and being disappointed at her friend's harsh role. Most of Remar's characters are vicious and cocky, if not evil; in real life, however, he is a proud father and a loving husband. Decided to become an actor at the age of seven years old after seeing the movie Spartacus (1960). He enjoys photography, scuba diving, and tennis in his spare time. He has been known to sing on film sets between takes. He has worked 4 times with actor Mario Van Peebles in the movies: The Cotton Club (1984), Blowback (2000), Guardian (2001) and Sharpshooter (2007) (TV). He was given an honorary name "Standing 20" during the filming of Windwalker (1981) by the Cheyenne. Personal Quotes Any good actor is a character actor. That's why I take on a variety of roles. I've played everything from a gay dancer in Cruising (1980) to Dutch Schultz in The Cotton Club (1984). James Remar is a student of life. I'm expressing myself by acting. I'm learning about myself and making a living. I hope to do much more of it, so I can contribute my share to the world. I was really thrilled and honored and wanted to do the best job I could. But afterwards, I started getting a lot of bad guy offers and became concerned about being typecast. I did not want to be seen as that kind of guy all the time because a lot of those roles are not well written. They're there merely to drive the action and give the protagonist something to do. So it becomes incredibly repetitive and boring. (On 48 Hours)

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Birth Name

William James Remar

Birth Place

Boston, Massachusetts, USA

Birth Date

12/31/1953
Known For
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The Warriors

Ajax

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Mortal Kombat: Annihilation

Rayden

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Hellraiser: Inferno

Dr. Paul Gregory

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The Quest

Maxie Devine

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Gun

Detective Rogers

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Renaissance Man

Captain Tom Murdoch

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Clan of the Cave Bear, The

Creb

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Ike: Countdown to D-Day

Gen. Omar Bradley

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Wedlock

Sam

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Blink

Thomas Ridgely

Starring In
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Oppenheimer

Henry Stimson

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The Noel Diary

Scott Turner

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Dead Reckoning

Agent Cantrell

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Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Ugly Owl Hoot on Bounty Law

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Speed Kills

Meyer Lansky

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All You Ever Wished For

Gordon Hutton

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The Saint

Arnold Valecross

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The Night Watchmen

Randall

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Feed

Tom

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The Dog Lover

Daniel Holloway

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Decommissioned

David Marino

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Maneater - Tod aus der Kälte

Martin Nakos

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Papa Hemingway in Cuba

Santo Trafficante Jr.

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Eden

Coach Defoe

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The Blackcoat's Daughter

Bill

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Persecuted

John Luther

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Lap Dance

Patrick Moore

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Horns

Derrick Perrish

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Django Unchained

Butch Pooch / Ace Speck

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Arena

Agent McCarty

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Transformers: Dark of the Moon

Sideswipe (voz)

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X-Men: First Class

US General

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Set Up

William Long

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The FP

Narrator

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All Superheroes Must Die

Rickshaw

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Gun

Detective Rogers

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RED

Gabriel Singer

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The Christmas Hope

Mark Addison

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The Unborn

Gordon Beldon

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The WWE: The Best of Saturday Night's Main Event

Elliott Connor 1 episode, 2011

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Third Watch

Det. Madjanski (4 episodes, 2002)

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Pineapple Express

General Bratt

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Ratatouille

Larousse (voice)

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Dexter: The First Season - Witnessed in Blood: A True Murder Investigation

Harry Morgan (84 episodes, 2006-2012)

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Sharpshooter

Dillon

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Blade: Trinity

Ray Cumberland

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Ike: Countdown to D-Day

Gen. Omar Bradley

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The Girl Next Door

Hugo Posh

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Critical Mass

Colonel Boggs

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Duplex

Chick

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2 Fast 2 Furious

Agent Markham

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Drug Lordz

Gentry

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Fear X

Lt. Peter Northrup

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Lady Jayne: Killer

Alex Tyler

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Guardian

Detective Frank Carpenter

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Whitmans Rückkehr

John Matthew Whitman / Schmidt

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Hellraiser: Inferno

Dr. Paul Gregory

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What Lies Beneath

Warren Feur

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The Base 2

Lt. Col. Strauss

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Double Frame

Det. Tim Follett

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D.R.E.A.M. Team

Shawn Murphy

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Rites of Passage

Frank Dabbo

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Psycho

Patrolman

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Mortal Kombat: Annihilation

Rayden

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Born Bad

Sheriff Larabee

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The Phantom

Quill

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Robo Warriors

Ray Gibson

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The Quest

Maxie Devine

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One Good Turn

Simon Jury

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Fallen Angels

Bruno Serrano

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Wild Bill

Donnie Lonigan

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Judge Dredd

Block Warlord (uncredited)

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Boys on the Side

Alex

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Exquisite Tenderness

Dr. Benjamin Hendricks

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Miracle On 34th Street

Jack Duff

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Renaissance Man

Captain Tom Murdoch

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Blink

Thomas Ridgely

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Confessions of a Hitman

Bruno Serrano

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Fatal Instinct

Max Shady

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The Tigress

Andrei

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Indecency

Mick Clarkson

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Wedlock

Sam

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White Fang

Beauty Smith

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Tales from the Darkside: The Movie

Preston (segment "Lover's Vow")

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Fatal Charm

Louis

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Night Visions

Sergeant Thomas Mackey

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Drugstore Cowboy

Gentry

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The Dream Team

Gianelli

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Rent-A-Cop

Dancer

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Band of the Hand

Nestor

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Clan of the Cave Bear, The

Creb

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Quiet Cool

Joe Dylanne

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Das Geheimnis des weissen Büffels

Pesla

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The Cotton Club

Dutch Schultz

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48 Hrs.

Ganz

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Partners

Edward K. Petersen

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Windwalker

Windwalker as a young man

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The Long Riders

Sam Starr

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Cruising

Gregory

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The Warriors

Ajax

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On the Yard

Larson

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