James Remar

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James Remar
BornWilliam James Remar
(1953-12-31) December 31, 1953 (age 61)
Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
OccupationActor, voice actor
Years active1978–present
Spouse(s)Atsuko Remar
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James Remar
BornWilliam James Remar
(1953-12-31) December 31, 1953 (age 61)
Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
OccupationActor, voice actor
Years active1978–present
Spouse(s)Atsuko Remar

William James Remar (born December 31, 1953), known professionally as James Remar, is an American actor and voice actor. He played the on-off tycoon boyfriend of Kim Cattrall's character in Sex and the City, Ajax in The Warriors,[1] homicidal maniac Albert Ganz in the 1982 thriller 48 Hrs., Dutch Shultz in The Cotton Club, Lord Raiden in Mortal Kombat: Annihilation, Giuseppe Salvatore in Vampire Diaries, and Harry Morgan in Dexter. Since 2009, he has done voiceover work in ads for Lexus luxury cars.

Early life[edit]

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


Remar has spent the majority of his film career playing villains. He portrayed the aggressively sexual and violent character Ajax in the 1979 cult film The Warriors. He played 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 Remar having a drug problem. For several years, the reason behind his dismissal was reported as "creative differences" with director James Cameron.[4] 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.[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. James Remar guessed starred in the CBS crime drama 'Numb3rs' playing a weapons dealer who later turns good and helps the FBI.

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.[6] 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.[7] 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.[8] 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.[9]

Personal life[edit]

Remar has two children with Atsuko Remar, from whom he is separated.



1978On the YardLarson
1979The WarriorsAjax
1979Blond Poison
1980The Long RidersSam Starr
1981WindwalkerYoung Windwalker
198248 Hrs.Albert Ganz
1982PartnersEdward K. Petersen
1984The Cotton ClubDutch Schultz
1984The Mystic WarriorPeslaTelevision film
1986The Clan of the Cave BearCreb
1986Band of the HandNestor
1986Quiet CoolJoe Dylanne
1989The Dream TeamGianelli
1989Desperado: The Outlaw WarsJohn SikesTelevision film
1990Kojak: None So BlindWolfgang ReigerTelevision film
1990Night VisionsSergeant Thomas MackeyTelevision film
1991Silent Like GlassCharly
1989Drugstore CowboyGentry
1990Tales from the Darkside: The MoviePrestonSegment: "Lover's Vow"
1991White FangBeauty Smith
1991Session ManMcQueenTelevision film
1991Brotherhood of the GunFrank WeirTelevision film
1992StrangersBernardTelevision film
1992IndecencyMick ClarksonTelevision film
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
1996Cutty WhitmanCutty WhitmanTelevision film
1996Robo WarriorsRay Gibson
1997Mortal Kombat: AnnihilationLord Raiden
1998InfernoDr. Coleman WestTelevision film
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
2004The Survivors ClubRoan GriffinTelevision film
2004Ike: Countdown to D-DayGen. Omar BradleyTelevision film
2004Meltdown: Days of DestructionColonel BoggsTelevision film
2007SharpshooterDillonTelevision film
2008Pineapple ExpressGeneral Bratt
2009The UnbornBart Bork
20092BTom Mortlake
2009The Christmas HopeMark AddisonTelevision film
2009Endless BummerGordon Beldon
2010REDGabriel Singer
2010D.R.E.A.M. TeamShawn MurphyTelevision film
2011X-Men: First ClassUS General
2011Transformers: Dark of the MoonSideswipeVoice
2011SetupWilliam Long
2011ArenaAgent McCarty
2011The FPNarratorVoice
2012Django UnchainedButch Pooch / Ace Speck
2013HornsDerrick Perrish
2014PersecutedJohn Luther
TBAThe Expendables 4Unknown


1981Hill Street BluesCooperEpisode: "Rites of Spring"
1985Miami ViceRobbie CannEpisode: "Buddies"
1987The EqualizerTremayneEpisode: "High Performance"
1987Deadly NightmaresRonEpisode: "Homebodies"
1987Crime StorySmilin' JackEpisode: "Blast from the Past"
1991Tales from the CryptRed BuckleyEpisode: "Dead Wait"
1997Total SecurityFrank Cisco
1999Walker, Texas RangerKeith BoltEpisode: "The Principal"
200018 Wheels of JusticeMitch Davis / "Gabriel"Episode: "Wages of Sin"
20017th HeavenJames Carver2 episodes
2001The HuntressTiny Bellows29 episodes
2001Strong MedicineGuy FallsEpisode: "Systemic"
2001The X-FilesJosef KoboldEpisode: "Dæmonicus"
2001–2006Justice LeagueHawkman
Carter Hall
Shadow Thief
Katar Hol
Lead Manhunter
4 episodes
2002The Twilight ZoneAlois HitlerEpisode: "Cradle of Darkness"
2002Third WatchDet. Madjanski4 episodes
2002–2004Sex and the CityRichard Wright12 episodes
2003PeacemakersCole HawkinsEpisode: "Legend of the Gun"
2003Without a TraceLucas VohlandEpisode: "Confidence"
2004The GridHudson "Hud" BenoitMiniseries
2005Battlestar GalacticaMeier2 episodes
2006CSI: MiamiCapt. Quentin TaylorEpisode: "Open Water"
2006ThiefAgent PattersonMiniseries
2006–2007Eli StoneSalinskyEpisode: "Praying for Time"
2006–2007JerichoJonah Prowse5 episodes
2006–2008The BatmanBlack MaskVoice
3 episodes
2006–2013DexterHarry Morgan96 episodes
2009The UnitReeceEpisode: "Hero"
2009Criminal MindsTom BentonEpisode: "Demonology"
2009The Spectacular Spider-ManWalter Hardy / The Cat BurglarVoice
Episode: "Opening Night"
2009–2010Batman: The Brave and the BoldTwo-FaceVoice
2 episodes
2009–2010Ben 10: Alien ForceVilgax
Alien #2
7 episodes
2010FlashForwardJames ErmineEpisode: "Blowback"
2010The Vampire DiariesGiuseppe Salvatore2 episodes
2010Private PracticeGibbyEpisode: "Playing God"
2011Human TargetWarden ColeEpisode: "Warden Cole"
2011Hawaii Five-0Elliott ConnorEpisode: "Ua Hiki Mai Kapalena Pau"
2011Young JusticeJoar Mahkent
Icicle Sr.
Episode: "Terrors"
2011Pound PuppiesSargeVoice
Episode: "The K9 Kid"
2011–2012Ben 10: Ultimate AlienVilgax / Ultimate VilgaxVoice
6 episodes
2013Hatfields & McCoysJoe HatfieldMiniseries
2013Beware the BatmanSilver Monkey
Mr. Reese
3 episodes
2013The Legend of KorraTonraqVoice
8 episodes
2013–2014Grey's AnatomyJames Evans6 episodes
2013–2014WilfredHenry Newman5 episodes
2014From Dusk Till Dawn: The SeriesGecko FatherEpisode: "Boxman"

Video games[edit]

2005The WarriorsAjax
2010Batman: The Brave and the Bold – The Videogame
2011Killzone 3Jason Narville
2014DestinyExecutor Hideo[10]


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