• William James Remar was born on December 31, 1953 in Boston, MA, USA.
• He gained recognition after portraying the lead character Ajax in the action crime thriller movie “The Warriors” in 1979.
• He studied at New York’s Neighborhood Playhouse and graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in theatre in 1975.
• He is famous for his roles in movies, TV series and video games such as “The Vampire Diaries”, “Dexter” and “The Epic Tales of Captain Underpants”.
• As of May 2020, his net worth is estimated at over $5 million.

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Short Info

Net Worth$6 million
Date Of BirthDecember 31, 1953
MarkDeep gravelly commanding voice
FactThe actress who handcuffed him to that park bench in The Warriors (1979) was Mercedes Ruehl, also in her second film. One of Reuhl's friends, who was a Washington Post Reporter, wrote about seeing the film and being disappointed at her friend's harsh role.

Who is James Remar? Wiki Bio

William James Remar was born in Boston, Massachusetts USA, on 31 December 1953 – his zodiac sign is Capricorn and he holds American nationality. James is an actor who gained recognition after portraying the lead character Ajax in the action crime thriller movie “The Warriors” in 1979, which also starred Michael Beck and Dorsey Wright. It follows the death of the leader of all gangs, for which The Warriors gang are blamed. Thanks to this role, William became known as the villain in movies, and would play one in nearly all of his later movies and TV series.

Early life and education

James was raised as a single child in Newton, Massachusetts, by his American father who was an accountant, and his British mother who was an attorney.


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James became interested in acting at the age of seve,n when he saw the adventure biography movie “Spartacus”, which starred Kirk Douglas and Laurence Olivier. He studied at John Ward Elementary School where he started working on his acting skills, and then enrolled at Newton North High School, where he was a member of the school’s drama club, and was also physically active playing a variety of sports such as soccer and football.

He went on to enroll at New York’s Neighborhood Playhouse, graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in theatre in 1975.

Roles in movies and theatre plays

James made his film debut in 1978, portraying Larson in the drama movie “On the Yard”, before making his debut Broadway play appearance in “Bent” in 1979, in which he portrayed the love interest of the famous American actor Richard Gere.

The year 1980 saw him play supporting characters in movies “Cruising” which starred Al Pacino, “The Long Riders”, and the Western film “Windwalker”.

In 1982, James portrayed Edward K. Petersen in the gay themed comedy movie “Partners”, before being praised for his portrayal of Albert Ganz in the police action comedy movie “48 Hrs.” which starred Roger Spottiswoode and Eddie Murphy, and which follows a police officer and a convict who have to work together to catch two murderers. James was also praised for his performance in the 1984 crime drama movie “The Cotton Club”, in which he played Dutch Schultz. The year 1986 saw him win three starring roles in the adventure movie “The Clan of the Cave Bear”, the action crime film “Band of the Hand”, and the action movie “Quiet Cool”.

James Remar

Through 2000, James starred in over 20 movies most of which were police crime films, while some of his most notable performances were in the comedy crime “Rent-a-Cop” in 1987 which starred Burt Reynolds and Liza Minnelli, the crime drama “Drugstore Cowboy” in 1989 which starred Matt Dillon and Kelly Lynch, and the sex comedy thriller movie “Fatal Instinct” in 1993 starring Armand Assante and Sean Young. James was also praised for his portrayal of Jack Duff in the Christmas comedy “Miracle on 34th Street” in 1994.

He started the 2000s by appearing in several movies, such as the thriller “Blowback”, the supernatural horror “What Lies Beneath”, and the action “The Base 2: Guilty as Charged” all released in 2000.

The year 2001 saw him win two lead roles, in “Guardian” and “Dying on the Edge”, followed by his appearances in the thriller “Fear X” and the action adventure “2 Fast 2 Furious” in 2003. He played a supporting character in the critically acclaimed romantic comedy film “The Girl Next Door” in 2004, and then voiced Larousse in the award-winning animated comedy film “Ratatouille” in 2007. Some of his following roles were in the stoner action comedy movie “Pineapple Express” in 2008, the comedy movie “National Lampoon Presents Endless Bummer” in 2009, and the action movie “Gun” in 2010.

The year 2011 saw James appear in six movies, starring alongside James McAvoy in the superhero film “X-Men: First Class”, and playing a supporting character in the action movie “Arena” which starred Kellan Lutz and Samuel L. Jackson.

James was praised for his performance as Ace Speck in Quentin Tarantino’s Western movie “Django Unchained” in 2012, which starred Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz and Leonardo DiCaprio, and which won two Oscars among 57 others awards, while it was nominated for 155 others.

James went on to play supporting roles in the drama film “Lap Dance” in 2014, the biographical film “Papa: Hemingway in Cuba” in 2015, and the war disaster movie “USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage” in 2016, among his other 10 appearances in those years.

Some of James latest performances in movies have been in the espionage thriller “The Saint” in 2017, the drama “Feed” in 2017 as well, and the comedy drama “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” in 2019.

Roles in TV series

James made his debut TV series appearance portraying Cooper in the episode “Rites of Spring” of the serial police drama series “Hill Street Blues” in 1981, followed by his appearances in single episodes of several series such as the crime drama “Miami Vice” in 1985, another crime drama “The Equalizer” and the mystery horror “The Hitchhiker” both in 1987.

The year 1991 saw him portray Red Buckley in the episode “Dead Wait” of the horror series “Tales from the Crypt”, which starred John Kassir and Roy Brocksmith and which won 15 awards and was nominated for 34 others including seven Primetime Emmys.

He portrayed his first recurring character Frank Cisco in 13 episodes of the drama series “Total Security” in 1997, before in 1999 appearing in a single episode of the action crime series “Walker, Texas Ranger” which starred Chuck Norris, and the crime drama series “18 Wheels of Justice” in 2000 which starred Lucky Vanous.

His first main role came in 2011, when he portrayed Tiny Bellows in the crime drama “The Huntress”, which follows the widowed woman Dottie Thorson who goes on to fight crime following in her husband’s footsteps after he is murdered. In the same year, James guest starred in single episodes of several series including “Strong Medicine” and “The X-Files”.

Some of his following notable performances were in the superhero animated series “Justice League Unlimited” in 2001 (four episodes), the romantic comedy series “Sex and the City” between 2002 and 2004 (12 episodes), and the post-apocalyptic action drama series “Jericho” in 2006 (five episodes).

James became famous worldwide in 2006, after he began portraying Harry Morgan, one of the lead characters in the crime drama mystery series “Dexter”, which also starred Michael C. Hall, Jennifer Carpenter and David Zayas and which follows Dexter who is working for the Miami police as their blood analyst, but who becomes a serial killer at night killing other murderers. James appeared in all 96 episodes, and the series won 50 awards including two Golden Globes and was nominated for 194 others.

Concurrently, James guest-starred in a single episode of numerous series, such as the action drama “The Unit”, and the police procedural crime series “Criminal Minds”, the animated superhero series “Batman: The Brave and the Bold” and the animated series “Ben 10: Alien Force” all in 2009.

He went on to appear in single episodes of over 10 series in 2010 and 2011, with some of his most notable performance being in the crime drama series “Numb3rs”, the supernatural teen drama series “The Vampire Diaries”, and the superhero animated series “Young Justice”.

In 2013 and 2014, James voiced Tonraq in 14 episodes of the animated series “The Legend of Korra” and then appeared in six episodes of the medical drama “Grey’s Anatomy” and five episodes of the comedy series “Wilfred”. He went on to play supporting characters Syd Vaslo in the espionage thriller series “State of Affairs”, Cephalo in the fantasy drama series “The Shannara Chronicles” in 2016, and Admiral Sterling Bridges in the action series “NCIS: Los Angeles” in 2017.

Some of James’ latest appearances in TV series have been in the animated web series “The Epic Tales of Captain Underpants” and the crime drama “City on a Hill” in 2019, while he has been shooting for the superhero drama “Black Lightning” as the main character Peter Gambi since 2018.

Appearances in video games and awards

James lent his looks and voice to Ajax in the beat’em up video game “The Warriors” in 2005, followed by his appearances in games “Batman: The Brave and the Bold – The Videogame” in 2010, the first-person shooter “Killzone 3” in 2011, and the online multiplayer first-person shooter “Destiny” in 2014. His latest involvement in a video game has been in “Destiny 2” in 2017.

In 2007, he was nominated for ,a Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor on Television for his performance in “Dexter” and was jointly nominated for four Screen Actors Guild Awards for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series in each year from 2009 to 2012 for “Dexter”. He was also nominated for a San Diego Film Critics Society Award for Best Ensemble Performance for “Django Unchained”, and was rewarded with a Saturn Award for Lifetime Achievement in 2012.

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Love life and wife

James has been keeping the details of his love life hidden from the media’s attention since the launch of his acting career – he secretly married his girlfriend of two years Atsuko Itsuki in 1984, with only their best man and woman attending. Several months after the wedding, Atsuko gave birth to their son Jason Remar, while their daughter Lisa Remar followed a few years later. James and Atsuko are living together in Los Angeles, California – their children moved out over 10 years ago.

Before it was revealed that James was married, there were rumors circulating the internet about the famous actor being gay, due to the fact that he had never talked about any women he might have dated.

James Remar

He was allegedly in a long-term relationship with an actress while he was studying acting at New York’s Neighborhood Playhouse, and they were together for over four years before parting ways due to an inability to maintain a long-distance relationship.

Hobbies and other interests

James is interested in many things, and enjoys playing a variety of sports such as tennis and golf, while he has been a scuba diver since his early 20s. He became interested in photography sometime in his 20s as well, and has been taking photos as a hobby since then. The popular actor likes to travel, and has been to nearly all the US states during his career, while he has also travelled to several South American countries such as Argentina, Ecuador and Uruguay among others.

James has vacationed in Europe on several occasions too, staying in Greece, Montenegro and Italy. His paternal grandparents came from Russia before his father was born, and James has visited Russia on several occasions learning about his roots.

He enjoys watching movies late at night, and some of his favorite actors and actresses are Eddie Murphy, Russell Crowe and Anne Hathaway, while some of the movies he enjoys watching the most are “Meet Dave”, “Gladiator” and “Les Miserables”.

Appearance and net worth

James is 66 years old. He has short brown hair and blue eyes, is 5ft 10ins (1.78m) tall, and weighs around 160lbs (73kgs). As of May 2020, his net worth is estimated at over $5 million.

General Info

Full NameJames Remar
Net Worth$6 million
Date Of BirthDecember 31, 1953
Height1.79 m
ProfessionVoice Actor
EducationNeighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre


ChildrenJason Remar, Lisa Remar
ParentsElizabeth Mary Remar, S. Roy Remar


NominationsScreen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
MoviesThe Warriors, Django Unchained, The Girl Next Door, 48 Hrs., Mortal Kombat: Annihilation, 2 Fast 2 Furious, The Cotton Club, Pineapple Express, Tales from the Darkside: The Movie, The Unborn, What Lies Beneath, Boys on the Side, Horns, White Fang, Fear X, Hellraiser: Inferno, The Phantom, Drugstore ...
TV ShowsThe Legend of Korra, Dexter, The Batman, North Shore, The Grid, Sex and the City, The Huntress, Gotham, Total Security

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#Marks / Signs
1Often plays supporting villains
2Deep gravelly commanding voice


1I was really thrilled and honored and wanted to do the best job I could. But afterwards, I started getting a lot of bad guy offers and became concerned about being typecast. I did not want to be seen as that kind of guy all the time because a lot of those roles are not well written. They're there merely to drive the action and give the protagonist something to do. So it becomes incredibly repetitive and boring. (On 48 Hours)
2That's why I take on a variety of roles. I've played everything from a gay dancer in Cruising (1980) to Dutch Schultz in The Cotton Club (1984). James Remar is a student of life. I'm expressing myself by acting. I'm learning about myself and making a living. I hope to do much more of it, so I can contribute my share to the world.
3Any good actor is a character actor.


1His family surname was originally "Remarman". His paternal grandparents were Russian Jewish immigrants, while his mother was English.
2Attended Newton North High School.
3Grew up in Newton, Mass. Attended John Ward Elementary School,.
4Was the voice in the 2009-2010 Lexus car commercials.
5He was given an honorary name "Standing 20" during the filming of Windwalker (1980) by the Cheyenne.
6He has worked 4 times with actor Mario Van Peebles in the movies: The Cotton Club (1984), Blowback (2000), Guardian (2001) and Sharpshooter (2007).
7He enjoys photography, scuba diving, and golf in his spare time.
8Decided to become an actor at the age of seven years old after seeing the movie Spartacus (1960).
9Most of Remar's characters are vicious and cocky, if not evil; in real life, however, he is a proud father and a loving husband.
10The actress who handcuffed him to that park bench in The Warriors (1979) was Mercedes Ruehl, also in her second film. One of Reuhl's friends, who was a Washington Post Reporter, wrote about seeing the film and being disappointed at her friend's harsh role.
11Probably best known for the recurring TV role of "Richard," the compulsively philandering jet-set boyfriend of Kim Cattrall, in Sex and the City (1998).
12Gained a minor cult following after playing "Ajax" in The Warriors (1979).
13Made an impressive Broadway debut playing Richard Gere's lover in "Bent" in 1979.
14Actor-trained at New York's Neighborhood Playhouse.
15Was originally cast as "Hicks" in Aliens (1986), 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.




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Won Awards

2014BTVA People's Choice Voice Acting AwardBehind the Voice Actors AwardsBest Vocal Ensemble in a Television Series - Action/DramaThe Legend of Korra (2012)
2012Life Career AwardAcademy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA

Nominated Awards

2014BTVA Television Voice Acting AwardBehind the Voice Actors AwardsBest Vocal Ensemble in a Television Series - Action/DramaThe Legend of Korra (2012)
2014Prism AwardPrism AwardsMale Performance in a Drama Series Multi-Episode StorylineGrey's Anatomy (2005)
2013Gold Derby AwardGold Derby AwardsEnsemble CastDjango Unchained (2012)
2012SDFCS AwardSan Diego Film Critics Society AwardsBest Ensemble PerformanceDjango Unchained (2012)
2012ActorScreen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama SeriesDexter (2006)
2011ActorScreen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama SeriesDexter (2006)
2010ActorScreen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama SeriesDexter (2006)
2009ActorScreen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama SeriesDexter (2006)
2007Saturn AwardAcademy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USABest Supporting Actor in a Television ProgramDexter (2006)

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