Dec. 31st, 1953
Boston, Massachusetts, USA
James Remar's Main TV Roles
Main Movie Roles
Guest TV Roles[none found]
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) 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'.
- Actor-trained at New York's Neighborhood Playhouse.
- Decided to become an actor at the age of seven years old after seeing the movie _Spartacus (1960)_ (qv).
- Gained a minor cult following after playing "Ajax" in _The Warriors (1979)_ (qv).
- 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.
- He has worked 4 times with actor 'Mario Van Peebles' (qv) in the movies: _The Cotton Club (1984)_ (qv), _Blowback (2000)_ (qv), _Guardian (2001)_ (qv) and _Sharpshooter (2007) (TV)_ (qv).
- He was given an honorary name "Standing 20" during the filming of _Windwalker (1981)_ (qv) by the Cheyenne.
- Was originally cast as "Hicks" in _Aliens (1986)_ (qv), 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.
- He enjoys photography, scuba diving, and tennis in his spare time.