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James Remar

Sexy, charismatic, handsome... these are words used to describe James Remar (as Richard Wright in Sex and the City)... Mysterious, intelligent, forceful... words also used to describe James Remar (What Lies Beneath-Robert Zemeckis-Dir.). When audiences and critics use such diverse words to describe one mans work you know they are talking about an actor who completely transforms himself into whatever character he is called upon to play. Powerful screen presence has always been the hallmark of James' career, a career of amazing versatility and longevity he has had critical and box office hits throughout the course of his remarkable entertainment adventure.

Whether he is playing a streetwise gang kid (Ajax, The Warriors, 1979-Dir.-Walter Hill), or a billionaire playboy (Richard Wright, Sex and the City 2001-2003) James' impact on the character he is playing is so complete that these characters have become memorable icons of American movie history.

Remar's early training with Sanford Meisner at the Neighborhood Playhouse and later with Stella Adler helped give him a tremendous dedication to authenticity in his work. This dedication led to James playing parts so truthfully that while the characters (Ganz, in director Walter Hill's 48HRs) are extremely vivid, James Remar himself remains something of a mystery. Having played a gay Nazi hustler opposite Richard Gere in Bent on Broadway, a hard, yet sympathetic narcotics detective opposite Matt Dillon in Gus Van Sant's independent classic Drugstore Cowboy, all the way to the tough customs agent in Jon Singleton's smash hit 2Fast 2Furious it's hard to believe they are the same guy! They are the same guy.

James' physical presence and dedication to a truthful performance has given him the pleasure of appearing in over 50 feature films, numerous television projects (both episodic and long form) and the NY stage. He has played historical figures, Gen. Omar Bradley opposite Tom Selleck (2004) and Dutch Schultz in The Cotton Club-Dir.-Francis Coppola (1983). Whether fictional or historical James will bring a wonderful watchability to whatever he does.

James work has been honored with an Academy Award as the star of the 1991 recipient of Best Live Action short subject Session Man, and a SAG award for best ensemble comedy cast Sex and the City 2001.

James is currently working with Showtime on their new dark comedy DEXTER. He will be playing the compassionate but tough ex-cop adoptive Father to Dexter (Michael C. Hall). As with every role, James considers DEXTER to be a subtle and demanding challenge to his craft, and as with every role he has ever embraced his dedication to it will be complete.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2007.
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James Remar Facts

BirthdayDecember 31, 1953 (70)
BirthplaceBoston, Massachusetts, USA
Height5' 10½" (1m79)  How tall is James Remar compared to you?

Selected Filmography

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