James Remar is an American television, film and voice actor, best known for his roles in such movies as “The Warriors” (1979), “48 Hrs.” (1982), “The Cotton Club” (1984), “Mortal Kombat: Annihilation” (1997), and Jack Duff in “Miracle on 34th Street” (1994). He has latterly had notable roles in the TV shows “Sex and the City” (2001-2004) and “Dexter” (2006-2013), altogether over 150 on-screen credits to his name in the past 40 years.
So, do you want to find out more about the life and work of James Remar, from his early childhood to date, including his personal life? If yes, then stay with us for the length of the article as we bring you closer to the American actor.
James Remar Wiki: Early Life, Parents, and Education
Born William James Remar on the 31st December 1953, in Boston, Massachusetts USA, he is a son of S. Roy Remar, an attorney, and Elizabeth Mary, a mental health state official, while his paternal grandparents were Russian Jewish immigrants with the original surname Remarman. James went to John Ward Elementary School and then to the Newton North High School, and trained in acting at the Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre.
Early Career and Success
Remar decided to become an actor at the age of seven, after watching Stanley Kubrick’s Oscar-winning movie “Spartacus” (1960), starring Kirk Douglas, Laurence Olivier, and Jean Simmons, and got his first role in the drama “On the Yard” in 1978. James’ second film actually put him on the map when he played the sexually aggressive and violent and character Ajax in Walter Hill’s cult movie “The Warriors” (1979), which helped him to secure more roles, usually playing villains. Aside from portraying aggressive characters, Remar played a homosexual in William Friedkin’s “Cruising” (1980) alongside Al Pacino, and young Cheyenne Windwalker in “Windwalker” (1980).
In 1982, James had the role of sociopathic murderer Albert Ganz in Walter Hill’s Golden Globes Award-nominated film “48 Hrs.” starring Nick Nolte and Eddie Murphy, while he also played a supporting role alongside Richard Gere, Gregory Hines and Diane Lane in Francis Ford Coppola’s Oscar-nominated “The Cotton Club” (1984). Remar then starred in the action movie “Quiet Cool” (1986), and appeared in “The Dream Team” (1989) with Michael Keaton, Christopher Lloyd and Peter Boyle, while he ended the ‘80s with Gus Van Sant’s “Drugstore Cowboy” (1989) starring Matt Dillon and Kelly Lynch.
Creative Differences With James Cameron and Work in the 90s
James was cast as Corporal Hicks in the Oscar-winning science-fiction/horror film “Aliens” (1986) but was replaced by Michael Biehn because of Remar’s drug problem, director James Cameron stating that he dismissed Remar due to creative differences, and that was the story for several years, but the truth is that James struggled with addiction at the time. In 1990, James played Preston in “Tales from the Darkside: The Movie” segment “Lover’s Vow”, while he had a supporting role alongside Ethan Hawke in “White Fang” (1991).
He had numerous roles in the ‘90s but the most notable were in “Blink” (1993), starring Madeleine Stowe and Aidan Quinn, and “Renaissance Man” (1994) in which Remar played alongside Danny DeVito. In the mid-‘90s, James appeared in “Miracle on 34th Street” (1994), “Boys on the Side” (1995) and in Jean-Claude Van Damme’s “The Quest” (1996), while he portrayed Lord Rayden in “Mortal Kombat: Annihilation” (1997). Remar’s first serious involvement with TV shows occurred in 1997, when he starred alongside Jim Belushi in the crime series “Total Security”, playing in 13 episodes, and would later work on television more often than earlier in his career.
Sex and the City and Other Projects
From 2001 to 2004, Remar appeared in 12 episodes of Darren Star’s Golden Globes Award-winning series “Sex and the City”, playing Samantha Jones’ (Kim Cattrall) lover. In the meantime, he had supporting parts in John Singleton’s “2 Fast 2 Furious” (2003), and in Danny DeVito’s “Duplex” (2003), starring Ben Stiller and Drew Barrymore. He continued with TV shows, and played Vincent Colville in 21 episodes of “North Shore” (2004-2005) but also had roles in such movies as “The Girl Next Door” (2004), the Primetime Emmy Award-nominated “Ike: Countdown to D-Day” (2004), and “Blade: Trinity” (2004), starring Wesley Snipes. Between 2006 and 2008, Remar played Jonah Prowse in six episodes of the Primetime Emmy Award-nominated show “Jericho”, and appeared alongside Seth Rogen, James Franco and Gary Cole in the comedy “Pineapple Express” (2008).
Dexter and Recent Work
Besides “Sex and the City”, Remar’s work on television is also known for his role of Harry Morgan in the Golden Globes Award-winning show “Dexter”, playing in 96 episodes from 2006 to 2013. The success of the series and ensuing popularity helped James to earn a lot of money, but he also had parts in blockbuster movies such as “RED” (2010), starring Bruce Willis, Helen Mirren and Morgan Freeman, and “X-Men: First Class” (2011).
In 2012, Remar played alongside Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz, and Leonardo DiCaprio in Quentin Tarantino’s Oscar-winning “Django Unchained”, and appeared in six episodes of the Golden Globes Award-winning series “Grey’s Anatomy” (2013-2014). From 2014 to 2015, Remar worked on “State of Affairs”, and most recently played in the show “The Path” (2017-2018), while James is currently working on “Black Lightning” (2018- ), in which he plays Peter Gambi. At the moment, Remar is also involved with Quentin Tarantino’s “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” (2019).
James Remar Net Worth
Thanks to his work on both film and television with over 150 on-screen credits to his name, James Remar’s net worth has increased significantly over the years. So have you ever wondered how rich James Remar is, as of early 2019? According to authoritative sources, Remar’s net worth is as high as $6 million, which is more than enough for a comfortable life, and even if he retired now, he will still be a millionaire, don’t you agree? However, with 40 years of acting already behind him, Remar will certainly continue with his job, and is apparently looking forward to 50 years on the screen.
James Remar has been married to Atsuko Itsuki since 1984 and they have a son named Jason Remar, and a daughter Lisa Remar; although it seems that they are still married, he is apparently dating Yuka Kojima and has been seen with her in public. James enjoys photography, golf and scuba diving in his spare time, but he doesn’t have any social network accounts and tries to keep his personal affairs to himself.