Remar at the 2010 Screen Actors Guild Awards
William James Remar
December 31, 1953
Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
William James Remar (born December 31, 1953) is an American actor. He has played Ajax in The Warriors (1979), Albert Ganz in 48 Hrs. (1982), Dutch Schultz in The Cotton Club (1984), Jack Duff in Miracle on 34th Street (1994), Richard in Sex and the City (2002–2004), and Harry Morgan, the father of the title character in Dexter (2006–2013). Since 2009 he has done voice-over work in ads for Lexus luxury cars. Remar studied acting at the Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre in New York City.
Remar has spent the majority of his film career playing villains. He portrayed the violent and sexually aggressive character Ajax in the cult film The Warriors (1979), and the murdering sociopath Albert Ganz in the hit 48 Hrs. (1982). Both films were directed by Walter Hill. Remar also played real-life 1930s-era gangster Dutch Schultz in The Cotton Club (1984).
In contrast to these roles, Remar starred in the film Windwalker (1980) as the young Cheyenne Windwalker, for which he spoke his lines in the Cheyenne language. He also portrayed a gay man in the film Cruising (1980). That same year, Remar had a cameo in the Western The Long Riders (1980) in a bar fight scene with David Carradine.
He was the star of the 1986 film Quiet Cool (1986) and was cast as Corporal Hicks in the science-fiction/horror film Aliens (1986), but was replaced by Michael Biehn shortly after filming began. 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. 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.
He played Quill, one of the main villains in The Phantom (1996). He appeared in Mortal Kombat: Annihilation (1997), the sequel to the film Mortal Kombat (1995), taking over the role of Raiden from Christopher Lambert. He then followed this with a role in the direct-to-video science fiction movie Robo Warriors (1996). Other films include Psycho (1998), in which he played the patrolman, Drugstore Cowboy (1989), Tales from the Darkside: The Movie (1990), Wedlock (1991), Boys on the Side (1995), The Quest (1996), Rites of Passage (1999), Hellraiser: Inferno (2000), 2 Fast 2 Furious (2003), Fear X (2003), Blade: Trinity (2004), The Girl Next Door (2004). He played a brief role as General Bratt in the prologue of Pineapple Express (2008). He also had a role in the horror movie The Unborn (2009), alongside C.S. Lee, who portrays Vince Masuka in Dexter. He also played the father of Olivia Grey in "Feed" (2017).
Remar was featured in the film X-Men: First Class (2011) and voiced the Autobot Sideswipe in the film Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011), replacing André Sogliuzzo. He was also cast in the heist film Setup (2011) and starred in the film Arena (2011).
Remar played two different, unrelated characters in Quentin Tarantino's film Django Unchained (2012): Ace Speck and Butch Pooch. He starred, alongside Emma Roberts, Lucy Boynton, and Lauren Holly, in the thriller film The Blackcoat's Daughter (2015).
Remar's television appearances include the series Miami Vice, Hill Street Blues, Sex and the City (as the on-again, off-again boyfriend of Kim Cattrall's character), Tales from the Crypt, Jericho, Third Watch, Justice League Unlimited, and Battlestar Galactica. He also appeared as a possessed mental patient in The X-Files ninth-season episode "Dæmonicus". He starred as Tiny Bellows on the short-lived television series The Huntress (2000–2001). He appeared in the miniseries The Grid (2004) as Hudson "Hud", the love interest of Julianna Margulies' character. He had a recurring guest role in the 2006 television series Jericho on CBS. Remar guest-starred in the CBS crime drama Numbers, playing a weapons dealer who later turns good and helps the FBI.
He also voiced Vilgax in the animated television series Ben 10: Alien Force and Ben 10: Ultimate Alien, replacing Steve Blum. He guest-starred in Private Practice in 2010, playing a physician named Gibby, who works with Doctors Without Borders. On July 23, 2017, Remar was cast as Peter Gambi on the superhero drama Black Lightning.
|1978||On the Yard||Larson|
|Blond Poison||Eric Leeder|
|The Long Riders||Sam Starr|
|1982||Partners||Edward K. Petersen|
|48 Hrs.||Albert Ganz|
|1984||The Cotton Club||Dutch Schultz|
|1986||The Clan of the Cave Bear||Creb|
|Band of the Hand||Nestor|
|Quiet Cool||Joe Dylanne|
|1989||The Dream Team||Gianelli|
|Silent Like Glass||Charly|
|1990||Tales from the Darkside: The Movie||Preston||Segment: "Lover's Vow"|
|1991||White Fang||Beauty Smith|
|1993||Fatal Instinct||Max Shady|
|1994||Confessions of a Hitman||Bruno Serrano|
|Renaissance Man||Captain Tom Murdoch|
|Miracle on 34th Street||Jack Duff|
|1995||The Surgeon||Dr. Benjamin Hendricks|
|Boys on the Side||Alex|
|Across the Moon||Jim 'Rattlesnake Jim'|
|Judge Dredd||Block Warlord Monroe||Cameo|
|Wild Bill||Donnie Lonigan|
|1996||One Good Turn||Simon Jury|
|The Quest||Maxie Devine|
|Robo Warriors||Ray Gibson|
|1997||Born Bad||Sheriff Larabee|
|Mortal Kombat: Annihilation||Lord Raiden|
|1999||Rites of Passage||Frank Dabbo|
|2000||Blowback||John Matthew Whitman / Schmidt|
|What Lies Beneath||Warren Feur|
|The Base 2: Guilty as Charged||Lieutenant Colonel Strauss|
|Hellraiser: Inferno||Dr. Paul Gregory|
|Double Frame||Detective Tim Follett|
|Dying on the Edge||Jackie James|
|2 Fast 2 Furious||U.S. Customs Agent Markham|
|Down with the Joneses||Vic|
|2004||The Girl Next Door||Hugo Posh|
|Blade: Trinity||FBI Agent Ray Cumberland|
|2008||Pineapple Express||General Bratt|
|2009||The Unborn||Gordon Beldon|
|Endless Bummer||Sam Kramer|
|X-Men: First Class||U.S. General|
|Transformers: Dark of the Moon||Sideswipe||Voice|
|Arena||Agent Sam McCarty / Sam Lord|
|2012||Django Unchained||'Ace' Speck, Butch Pooch|
|Lap Dance||Patrick Moore|
|2015||The Blackcoat's Daughter||Bill|
|Papa: Hemingway in Cuba||Santo Trafficante Jr.|
|The Dog Lover||Daniel Holloway|
|USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage||Admiral William S. Parnell|
|2017||The Night Watchman||Randall|
|The Saint||Arnold Valecross|
|2018||Speed Kills||Meyer Lansky|
|All You Ever Wished For||Gordon Hutton|
|2019||Once Upon a Time in Hollywood||'Ugly Owl' Hoot|
|2020||Dead Reckoning||Agent Richard Cantrell|
|1981||Hill Street Blues||Cooper||Episode: "Rites of Spring"|
|1984||The Mystic Warrior||Pesla||Television film|
|1985||Miami Vice||Robbie Cann||Episode: "Buddies"|
|1987||The Equalizer||Tremayne||Episode: "High Performance"|
|Deadly Nightmares||Ron||Episode: "Homebodies"|
|Crime Story||Smilin' Jack||Episode: "Blast from the Past"|
|1989||Desperado: The Outlaw Wars||John Sikes||Television film|
|1990||Kojak: None So Blind||Wolfgang Reiger|
|Night Visions||Sergeant Thomas Mackey|
|Tales from the Crypt||Red Buckley||Episode: "Dead Wait"|
|Brotherhood of the Gun||Frank Weir||Television film|
|1996||Cutty Whitman||Cutty Whitman|
|1997||Total Security||Frank Cisco||13 episodes|
|1998||Inferno||Dr. Coleman West||Television film|
|1999||Walker, Texas Ranger||Keith Bolt||Episode: "The Principal"|
|2000||18 Wheels of Justice||Mitch Davis / "Gabriel"||Episode: "Wages of Sin"|
|2000-2001||The Huntress||Tiny Bellows||28 episodes|
|2001||Nash Bridges||Mark Lee Page||Episode: "Fair Game"|
|7th Heaven||James Carver||2 episodes|
|Strong Medicine||Guy Falls||Episode: "Systemic"|
|The X-Files||Professor Josef Kobold||Episode: "Dæmonicus"|
|Justice League||Lead Manhunter||Voice; 2 episodes|
|2002||The Twilight Zone||Alois Hitler||Episode: "Cradle of Darkness"|
|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"|
|Without a Trace||Lucas Vohland||Episode: "Confidence"|
|2004||The Grid||Hudson "Hud" Benoit||Miniseries|
|The Survivors Club||Roan Griffin||Television film|
|Ike: Countdown to D-Day||Gen. Omar Bradley|
|2005||Battlestar Galactica||Meier||2 episodes|
|2005–2006||Justice League Unlimited||Hawkman, Shadow Thief||Voices; 2 episodes|
|2006||CSI: Miami||Capt. Quentin Taylor||Episode: "Open Water"|
|2006–2007||Eli Stone||Salinsky||Episode: "Praying for Time"|
|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"|
|Criminal Minds||Tom Benton||Episode: "Demonology"|
|The Spectacular Spider-Man||Walter Hardy||Voice; Episode: "Opening Night"|
|The Christmas Hope||Mark Addison||Television film|
|2009–2010||Batman: The Brave and the Bold||Two-Face||Voice; 2 episodes|
|Ben 10: Alien Force||Vilgax, Additional Voices||7 episodes|
|2010||D.R.E.A.M. Team||Shawn Murphy||Television film|
|Numb3rs||Randall Priest||Episode: "Arm in Arms"|
|FlashForward||James Ermine||Episode: "Blowback"|
|The Vampire Diaries||Giuseppe Salvatore||2 episodes|
|Private Practice||Gibby||Episode: "Playing God"|
|2011||Human Target||Warden Cole||Episode: "Warden Cole"|
|Hawaii Five-0||Elliott Connor||Episode: "Ua Hiki Mai Kapalena Pau"|
|Young Justice||Joar Mahkent / Icicle Sr., Wilcox||Voices; Episode: "Terrors"|
|Pound Puppies||Sarge||Voice; Episode: "The K9 Kid"|
|2011–2012||Ben 10: Ultimate Alien||Vilgax||Voice; 5 episodes|
|2012||Hatfields & McCoys||Joe Hatfield||Miniseries|
|2013–2014||Beware the Batman||Mr. Reese / Silver Monkey||Voices; 3 episodes|
|The Legend of Korra||Tonraq||Voice; 14 episodes|
|Grey's Anatomy||James Evans||6 episodes|
|Wilfred||Henry Newman||5 episodes|
|2014||From Dusk till Dawn: The Series||Gecko Father||Episode: "Boxman"|
|2014–2015||State of Affairs||Syd Vaslo||9 episodes|
|2016||The Shannara Chronicles||Cephalo||7 episodes|
|2017||Gotham||Frank Gordon||3 episodes|
|2017–2018||NCIS: Los Angeles||Admiral Sterling Bridges||3 episodes|
|The Path||Kodiak||9 episodes|
|2018–present||Black Lightning||Peter Gambi||45 episodes|
|Magnum P.I.||Captain Buck Greene||3 episodes|
|2019||The Epic Tales of Captain Underpants||Additional Voices||Uncredited|
|Animal Kingdom||Detective Andre||4 episodes|
|City on a Hill||Richy Ryan||Recurring role|
|2010||Batman: The Brave and the Bold – The Videogame||Two-Face|
|2011||Killzone 3||Captain Jason Narville|
|2014||Destiny||Executor Hideo, New Monarchy Merchant|
|2017||Destiny 2||Executor Hideo|
Awards and nominations
- 2007 Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor on Television: Dexter (nominated)
- 2009–12 Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: Dexter (nominated)
- 2012 San Diego Film Critics Society Award for Best Ensemble Performance: Django Unchained (nominated)
- 2012 Saturn Award for Lifetime Achievement (won)
James is married to Atsuko Remar. They have two children.
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- Making of Aliens. 2003.
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- "James Remar to star in Private Practice season 4". Archived from the original on August 6, 2010. Retrieved September 18, 2010.
- Petski, Denise (July 23, 2017). "'Black Lightning' Casts James Remar & Damon Gupton As Series Regulars, Watch Trailer – Comic-Con". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved November 26, 2017.
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