James Remar

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James Remar
Born William James Remar
(1953-12-31) December 31, 1953 (age 65)
Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
Occupation Actor, voice actor
Years active 1978–present
Spouse(s) Atsuko Remar
Children 2

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., gangster Dutch Schultz in The Cotton Club, Lord Raiden in Mortal Kombat: Annihilation, Giuseppe Salvatore in The Vampire Diaries, Jack Duff in Miracle on 34th Street and Harry Morgan in Dexter. Since 2009, he has done voiceover work in ads for Lexus luxury cars.

Early life

Remar was born in Boston, Massachusetts, the son of Elizabeth Mary, a mental health state official, and S. Roy Remar, an attorney. His paternal grandparents were Russian Jewish immigrants (the family name was originally "Remarman"). His mother was from West Kirby, England.[citation needed]


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, and 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). Remar also played real-life 1930s-era gangster Dutch Schultz in the 1984 film The Cotton Club.

In contrast to these roles in 1980 Remar starred in the film Windwalker, as the young Cheyenne Windwalker, for which he spoke his lines in the Cheyenne language. In the same year he also portrayed a gay man in the film Cruising.

Remar was cast as Corporal Hicks in the 1986 science-fiction/horror film Aliens, 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.[2] 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.[3] 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. Remar guest-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.[4] 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.[5] 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 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.[6] 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 was cast in the 2011 heist film Setup and starred in the film Arena.

In 2012, Remar appeared in Quentin Tarantino's film Django Unchained, in which he portrayed two different, unrelated characters.[7] His first character, Ace Speck, is killed near the beginning of the film by lead character, King Schultz, played by Christoph Waltz. His second character, Butch Pooch, kills King Schultz near the end of the film. He is set to star along Emma Roberts, Lucy Boynton and Lauren Holly in the thriller film February.[8]

Personal life

Remar has two children with Atsuko Remar. Remar also speaks fluent Japanese.



Year Title Role Notes
1978 On the Yard Larson
1979 The Warriors Ajax
1979 Blond Poison
1980 The Long Riders Sam Starr
1980 Cruising Gregory
1981 Windwalker Young Windwalker
1982 48 Hrs. Albert Ganz
1982 Partners Edward K. Petersen
1984 The Cotton Club Dutch Schultz
1984 The Mystic Warrior Pesla Television film
1986 The Clan of the Cave Bear Creb
1986 Band of the Hand Nestor
1986 Quiet Cool Joe Dylanne
1987 Rent-A-Cop Dancer
1989 The Dream Team Gianelli
1989 Desperado: The Outlaw Wars John Sikes Television film
1990 Kojak: None So Blind Wolfgang Reiger Television film
1990 Night Visions Sergeant Thomas Mackey Television film
1991 Silent Like Glass Charly
1989 Drugstore Cowboy Gentry
1990 Tales from the Darkside: The Movie Preston Segment: "Lover's Vow"
1991 White Fang Beauty Smith
1991 Wedlock Sam
1991 Session Man McQueen Television film
1991 Brotherhood of the Gun Frank Weir Television film
1992 Strangers Bernard Television film
1992 Indecency Mick Clarkson Television film
1993 Fatal Instinct Max Shady
1994 Blink Thomas Ridgely
1994 Across the Moon Rattlesnake Jim
1994 Renaissance Man Captain Tom Murdoch
1994 Confessions of a Hitman Bruno Serrano
1994 Miracle on 34th Street Jack Duff
1995 Boys on the Side Alex
1995 The Quest Maxie Devine
1995 Judge Dredd Block Warlord
1995 Wild Bill Donnie Lonigan
1996 One Good Turn Simon Jury
1996 The Phantom Quill
1996 Cutty Whitman Cutty Whitman Television film
1996 Robo Warriors Ray Gibson
1997 Mortal Kombat: Annihilation Lord Raiden
1998 Psycho Patrolman
1998 Inferno Dr. Coleman West Television film
1999 Born Bad Sheriff Larabee
1999 Rites of Passage Frank Dabbo
2000 Hellraiser: Inferno Dr. Paul Gregory
2000 Blowback John Matthew Whitman / Schmidt
2000 Double Frame Det. Tim Follett
2000 What Lies Beneath Warren Feur
2000 The Base 2: Guilty as Charged Lt. Col. Strauss
2001 Dying on the Edge Jackie James
2001 Guardian Detective Carpenter
2003 Betrayal Alex Tyler
2003 Fear X Peter
2003 2 Fast 2 Furious Agent Markham
2003 Duplex Chick
2003 Down with the Joneses Vic
2004 Blade: Trinity Ray Cumberland
2004 The Girl Next Door Hugo Posh
2004 The Survivors Club Roan Griffin Television film
2004 Ike: Countdown to D-Day Gen. Omar Bradley Television film
2004 Meltdown Colonel Boggs Television film
2007 Sharpshooter Dillon Television film
2007 Ratatouille Larousse Voice
2008 Pineapple Express General Bratt
2009 The Unborn Bart Bork
2009 2B Tom Mortlake
2009 The Christmas Hope Mark Addison Television film
2009 Endless Bummer Gordon Beldon
2010 RED Gabriel Singer
2010 D.R.E.A.M. Team Shawn Murphy Television film
2011 X-Men: First Class US General
2011 Transformers: Dark of the Moon Sideswipe Voice
2011 Setup William Long
2011 Vs Rickshaw
2011 Arena Agent McCarty
2011 The FP Narrator Voice
2012 Django Unchained Butch Pooch / Ace Speck
2013 Horns Derrick Perrish
2014 Persecuted John Luther
2015 February
2015 The Land Before Time XIV: Journey of the Heart Topsy
TBA The Expendables 4 Unknown


Year Title Role Notes
1981 Hill Street Blues Cooper Episode: "Rites of Spring"
1985 Miami Vice Robbie Cann Episode: "Buddies"
1987 The Equalizer Tremayne Episode: "High Performance"
1987 Deadly Nightmares Ron Episode: "Homebodies"
1987 Crime Story Smilin' Jack Episode: "Blast from the Past"
1991 Tales from the Crypt Red Buckley Episode: "Dead Wait"
1997 Total Security Frank Cisco
1999 Walker, Texas Ranger Keith Bolt Episode: "The Principal"
2000 18 Wheels of Justice Mitch Davis / "Gabriel" Episode: "Wages of Sin"
2001 7th Heaven James Carver 2 episodes
2001 The Huntress Tiny Bellows 29 episodes
2001 Strong Medicine Guy Falls Episode: "Systemic"
2001 The X-Files Josef Kobold Episode: "Dæmonicus"
2001–2006 Justice League Hawkman
Carter Hall
Shadow Thief
Katar Hol
Lead Manhunter
4 episodes
2002 The Twilight Zone Alois Hitler Episode: "Cradle of Darkness"
2002 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"
2003 Without a Trace Lucas Vohland Episode: "Confidence"
2004 The Grid Hudson "Hud" Benoit Miniseries
2005 Battlestar Galactica Meier 2 episodes
2006 CSI: Miami Capt. Quentin Taylor Episode: "Open Water"
2006 Thief Agent Patterson Miniseries
2006–2007 Eli Stone Salinsky Episode: "Praying for Time"
2006–2007 Jericho Jonah Prowse 5 episodes
2006–2008 The Batman Black Mask Voice
3 episodes
2006–2013 Dexter Harry Morgan 96 episodes
2009 The Unit Reece Episode: "Hero"
2009 Criminal Minds Tom Benton Episode: "Demonology"
2009 The Spectacular Spider-Man Walter Hardy / The Cat Burglar Voice
Episode: "Opening Night"
2009–2010 Batman: The Brave and the Bold Two-Face Voice
2 episodes
2009–2010 Ben 10: Alien Force Vilgax
Alien #2
7 episodes
2010 FlashForward James Ermine Episode: "Blowback"
2010 The Vampire Diaries Giuseppe Salvatore 2 episodes
2010 Private Practice Gibby Episode: "Playing God"
2011 Human Target Warden Cole Episode: "Warden Cole"
2011 Hawaii Five-0 Elliott Connor Episode: "Ua Hiki Mai Kapalena Pau"
2011 Young Justice Joar Mahkent
Icicle Sr.
Episode: "Terrors"
2011 Pound Puppies Sarge Voice
Episode: "The K9 Kid"
2011–2012 Ben 10: Ultimate Alien Vilgax / Ultimate Vilgax Voice
6 episodes
2013 Hatfields & McCoys Joe Hatfield Miniseries
2013 Beware the Batman Silver Monkey
Mr. Reese
3 episodes
2013 The Legend of Korra Tonraq Voice
8 episodes
2013–2014 Grey's Anatomy James Evans 6 episodes
2013–2014 Wilfred Henry Newman 5 episodes
2014 From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series Gecko Father Episode: "Boxman"

Video games

Year Title Role
2005 The Warriors Ajax
2010 Batman: The Brave and the Bold – The Videogame Two-Face
2011 Killzone 3 Jason Narville
2014 Destiny Executor Hideo[9]


  1. Maslin, Janet (February 10, 1979). "The Warriors (1979) Movie: 'Warriors' Creates Visual Style That Is Stark: The Cast". The New York Times.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. "SiDEBAR Podcast Episode 128: 'Dexter' Star JAMES REMAR Gets in Character". 2012.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. Making of Aliens. 2003.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. "Paleyfest 2010: Dexter Panel Reveals a Few Clues for Season Five".<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. Keck, William (November 20, 2009). "Dexter's Dad Does Vampire Diaries". TV Guide Magazine. Retrieved May 17, 2010.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. "James Remar to star in Private Practice season 4".<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  7. "Django Unchained". The New York Times.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  8. "James Remar Gets Possessed In 'February'". The New York Times.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  9. Destiny - End Credits - IGN Video. IGN Video. 2014-09-11. Retrieved 2014-12-04.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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