James Remar

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James Remar
Remar at the Screen Actors Guild Awards at the Shrine Auditorium on January 23, 2010.
BornWilliam James Remar
(1953-12-31) December 31, 1953 (age 60)
Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
Years active1978–present
Spouse(s)Atsuko Remar (separated; 2 children)
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James Remar
Remar at the Screen Actors Guild Awards at the Shrine Auditorium on January 23, 2010.
BornWilliam James Remar
(1953-12-31) December 31, 1953 (age 60)
Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
Years active1978–present
Spouse(s)Atsuko Remar (separated; 2 children)

William James Remar (born December 31, 1953) is an American actor and voice artist. He has appeared in movies, video games, and television shows. He played Richard, the on-off tycoon boyfriend of Kim Cattrall's character in Sex and the City; Ajax in The Warriors;[1] the homicidal maniac Albert Ganz in the 1982 thriller 48 Hrs.; Dutch Shultz in The Cotton Club; Lord Raiden in Mortal Kombat: Annihilation; and more recently Harry Morgan in Dexter.

Personal life[edit]

Remar was born in Boston, Massachusetts, the son of Elizabeth Mary, a mental health state official, and S. Roy Remar, an attorney.[2][3]


He has spent the majority of his film career playing villains. He is known for his roles as the aggressively sexual and violent character Ajax in the 1979 cult film The Warriors where in a scene set in Central Park he shockingly grabs lady cop Mercedes Ruehl's breasts before being handcuffed and as the murdering sociopath Albert Ganz in the 1982 hit 48 Hrs. (both films were directed by Walter Hill and co-starred David Patrick Kelly, whose character is named Luther in both). In 1980, he starred in the film Windwalker, as the young Windwalker, and also portrayed a gay man in the film Cruising. Remar played real-life 1930s-era gangster Dutch Schultz in the 1984 film The Cotton Club.

Remar was cast as Corporal Hicks in the 1986 science-fiction/horror film Aliens (co-produced by Walter Hill), but was replaced by Michael Biehn shortly after filming began due to "creative differences" with director James Cameron.[citation needed] 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]

In 1996, he played Quill, one of the main villains in The Phantom. Other films include Drugstore Cowboy, Fear X, Boys on the Side, Hellraiser: Inferno, The Quest, Wedlock, Tales from the Darkside: The Movie, Rites of Passage, Blade: Trinity, 2 Fast 2 Furious, The Girl Next Door and in 1998 he played the patrolman in Psycho. He was also the star of the 1986 film Quiet Cool. He portrayed the character of Raiden in Mortal Kombat: Annihilation, the sequel to the 1995 movie adaptation of Mortal Kombat, taking over the role from Christopher Lambert. He then followed this with a role in the 1996 direct-to-video science fiction movie Robo Warriors.

Remar's other appearances include the TV series Miami Vice, Hill Street Blues, Sex and the City, Tales from the Crypt, Jericho, Third Watch, Justice League Unlimited and Battlestar Galactica, as well as appearing as a possessed mental patient in the X-Files ninth season episode "Daemonicus". He was in the miniseries The Grid (2004) as Hudson "Hud", the love interest of Julianna Margulies' character. He starred as Tiny Bellows on the short-lived television series, The Huntress. He had a recurring guest role in the television series Jericho on CBS.

From 2006 to 2013, Remar co-starred in Dexter on Showtime. Remar was nominated for a Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal of Dexter Morgan's adoptive father, Harry Morgan.[5] He also had a role in the 2009 horror movie The Unborn (this film also had actor C.S. Lee, who portrays Vince Masuka in Dexter). In 2008 he played a brief role as General Bratt in the prologue of Pineapple Express. In 2010, he did a guest role as Giuseppe Salvatore in The Vampire Diaries.[6] In 2010, Remar had a guest role on FlashForward playing a character called James Ermine, a general for Jericho, a black-ops military contractor. Remar also had a cameo in the 1980 Western The Long Riders when he faced David Carradine's character in a bar fight over a woman that Remar's character was married to.

He also voiced Vilgax in Ben 10: Alien Force and Ultimate Alien replacing Steve Blum. He guest starred in Private Practice in 2010, playing a physician named Gibby who works with Doctors Without Borders.[7] He voiced Cpt. Jason Narville in Killzone 3. Remar was featured in the 2011 film X-Men: First Class and voiced the Autobot Sideswipe in the 2011 film Transformers: Dark of the Moon replacing André Sogliuzzo. He has also been cast in the 2011 heist film Setup. He also stars in the film Arena. In 2012, Remar appeared in Quentin Tarantino's film Django Unchained.[8]


1978On the YardLarson
1979The WarriorsAjax
1979Blond Poison
1980The Long RidersSam Starr
1981WindwalkerYoung Windwalker
198248 Hrs.Albert Ganz
1982PartnersEdward K. Petersen
1984The Cotton ClubDutch Schultz
1986The Clan of the Cave BearCreb
1986Band of the HandNestor
1986Quiet CoolJoe Dylanne
1989The Dream TeamGianelli
1991Silent Like GlassCharly
1989Drugstore CowboyGentry
1990Tales from the Darkside: The MoviePreston (segment "Lover's Vow")
1991White FangBeauty Smith
1993Fatal InstinctMax Shady
1993BlinkThomas Ridgely
1994Across The MoonRattlesnake Jim
1994Renaissance ManCaptain Tom Murdoch
1994Confessions Of A HitmanBruno Serrano
1994Miracle on 34th StreetJack Duff
1995Boys on the SideAlex
1995The QuestMaxie Devine
1995Judge DreddBlock Warlord
1995Wild BillDonnie Lonigan
1996One Good TurnSimon Jury
1996The PhantomQuill
1996Robo WarriorsRay Gibson
1997Mortal Kombat: AnnihilationRayden
1999Born BadSheriff Larabee
1999Rites of PassageFrank Dabbo
2000Hellraiser: InfernoDr. Paul Gregory
2000BlowbackJohn Matthew Whitman / Schmidt
2000Double FrameDet. Tim Follett
2000What Lies BeneathWarren Feur
2000The Base 2: Guilty as ChargedLt. Col. Strauss
2001Dying on the EdgeJackie James
2001GuardianDetective Carpenter
2003BetrayalAlex Tyler
2003Fear XPeter
20032 Fast 2 FuriousAgent Markham
2003Down with the JonesesVic
2004Blade: TrinityRay Cumberland
2004The Girl Next DoorHugo Posh
2008Pineapple ExpressGeneral Bratt
2009The UnbornBart Bork
20092BTom Mortlake
2009Endless BummerGordon Beldon
2010REDGabriel Singer
2011X-Men: First ClassUS General
2011Transformers: Dark of the MoonSideswipeVoice
2011SetupWilliam Long
2011ArenaAgent McCarty
2011The FPNarratorVoice
2011HornsDerrick Perrish
2012Django UnchainedButch Pooch / Ace Speck
1981Hill Street BluesCooperTV Series (1 episode: "Rites of Spring")
1984The Mystic WarriorPeslaTV Movie
1985Miami ViceRobbie CannTV Series (1 episode: "Buddies")
1987The EqualizerTremayneTV Series (1 episode: "High Performance")
1987Deadly NightmaresRonTV Series (1 episode: "Homebodies")
1987Crime StorySmilin' JackTV Series (1 episode: "Blast from the Past")
1989Desperado: The Outlaw WarsJohn SikesTV Movie
1990Kojak: None So BlindWolfgang ReigerTV Movie
1990Night VisionsSergeant Thomas MackeyTV Movie
1991Session ManMcQueenTV Short
1991Tales from the CryptRed BuckleyTV Series (1 episode: "Dead Wait")
1991Brotherhood of the GunFrank WeirTV Movie
1992StrangersBernardTV Movie
1992IndecencyMick ClarksonTV Movie
1996Cutty WhitmanCutty WhitmanTV Movie
1997Total SecurityFrank CiscoTV Series
1998InfernoDr. Coleman WestTV Movie
1999Walker, Texas RangerKeith BoltTV Series (1 episode: "The Principal")
2010D.R.E.A.M. TeamShawn MurphyTV Movie
200018 Wheels of Justice['Gabriel' / Mitch DavisTV Series (1 episode: "Wages of Sin")
20017th HeavenJames CarverTV Series (2 episodes)
2001The HuntressTiny BellowsTV Series (29 episodes)
2001Strong MedicineGuy FallsTV Series (1 episode: "Systemic")
2001The X-FilesJosef KoboldTV Series (1 episode: "Dæmonicus")
2002The Twilight ZoneAlois HitlerTV Series (1 episode: "Cradle of Darkness")
2002Third WatchDet. MadjanskiTV Series (4 episodes)
2003PeacemakersCole HawkinsTV Series (1 episode: "Legend of the Gun")
2003Without a TraceLucas VohlandTV Series (1 episode: "Confidence")
2002-2004Sex and the CityRichard WrightTV Series (12 episodes)
2004The Survivors ClubRoan GriffinTV Movie
2004Ike: Countdown to D-DayGen. Omar BradleyTV Movie
2004Meltdown: Days of DestructionColonel BoggsTV Movie
2004The GridHudson 'Hud' BenoitTV Mini-Series
2005Battlestar GalacticaMeierTV Series (2 episodes)
2006CSI: MiamiCapt. Quentin TaylorTV Series (1 episode: "Open Water")
2006ThiefAgent PattersonTV Mini-Series
2006-2007JerichoJonah ProwseTV Series (5 episodes)
2007SharpshooterDillonTV Movie
2006-2007Eli StoneSalinskyTV Series (1 episode: "Praying for Time")
2009The UnitReeceTV Series (1 episode: "Hero")
2009Criminal MindsTom BentonTV Series (1 episode: "Demonology")
2009The Christmas HopeMark AddisonTV Movie
2010FlashForwardJames ErmineTV Series (1 episode: "Blowback")
2010The Vampire DiariesGiuseppe SalvatoreTV Series (2 episodes: "Children of the Damned" & "Blood Brothers")
2010Private PracticeGibbyTV Series (1 episode: "Playing God")
2011Human TargetWarden ColeTV Series (1 episode: "Warden Cole")
2011Hawaii Five-0Elliott ConnorTV Series (1 episode: "Ua Hiki Mai Kapalena Pau")
2013Hatfields & McCoysJoe HatfieldTV Movie
2006-2013DexterHarry MorganTV Series (96 episodes)
2013WilfredHenry NewmanTV Series (4 episodes)
2013Grey's AnatomyJames EvansTV Series
2001-2006Justice LeagueHawkman/Carter Hall/Shadow Thief/ Katar Hol/Lead ManhunterTV Series (4 episodes)
2006-2008The BatmanBlack MaskTV Series (3 episodes)
2009The Spectacular Spider-ManWalter Hardy / The Cat BurglarTV Series (1 episode: "Opening Night")
2009-2010Ben 10: Alien ForceVilgax / Goop / Alien #2TV Series (7 episodes)
2009-2010Batman: The Brave and the BoldTwo-FaceTV Series (2 episodes)
2011Young JusticeJoar Mahkent / Icicle Sr. / WilcoxTV Series (1 episode: "Terrors")
2011Pound PuppiesSargeTV Series (1 episode: "The K9 Kid")
2011-2012Ben 10: Ultimate AlienVilgax / Ultimate VilgaxTV Series (6 episodes)
2013Beware the BatmanSilver Monkey / Mr. ReeseTV Series (2 episodes)
2013The Legend of KorraTonraqTV Series (4 episodes)

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