Brion James

Actor, Comic, Cook
A tall (6'3"), strapping and versatile character player of film and TV since the mid-1970s, Brion James, with his malicious smile and leering eyes, quickly became established playing oddball heavies, lowlifes and hicks ... Read more »
Born: 02/20/1945 in Beaumont, California, USA

Filmography

Actor (119)

Dirt Merchant 2001 (Movie)

Detective Harry Ball (Actor)

Snide and Prejudice 2001 (Movie)

Goering (Actor)

The King is Alive 2001 (Movie)

Ashley (Actor)

The Operator 2001 (Movie)

Vernon Woods (Actor)

Brown's Requiem 2000 (Movie)

Cathcart (Actor)

A Place Called Truth 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Arthur's Quest 1999 (Movie)

Trent (Actor)

Millennium 1997 - 1999 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Magnificent Seven 1997 - 1999 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Sentinel 1997 - 1999 (Tv Show)

Actor

Vengeance Unlimited 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Walker, Texas Ranger 1997 - 1999 (Tv Show)

Actor

Highlander: The Series 1992 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

In God's Hands 1998 (Movie)

Captain (Actor)

Deadly Ransom 1997 (Movie)

Joey Rico (Actor)

Heist 1997 (Movie)

Caz (Actor)

The Fifth Element 1997 (Movie)

General Munro (Actor)

American Strays 1996 (Movie)

Otis (Actor)

Evil Obsession 1996 (Movie)

(Actor)

Precious Find 1996 (Movie)

Sam Horton (Actor)

Pterodactyl Woman From Beverly Hills 1996 (Movie)

Sam (Actor)

Underground 1996 (Movie)

Captain Hilton (Actor)

Dominion 1995 (Movie)

(Actor)

M.A.N.T.I.S. 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Sketch Artist II: Hands That See 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

The Companion 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

The Killing Jar 1995 (Movie)

Dr Garrett (Actor)

Art Deco Detective 1994 (Movie)

Jim Wexler (Actor)

Cabin Boy 1994 (Movie)

Big Teddy (Actor)

Hong Kong '97 1994 (Movie)

Simon Alexander (Actor)

Radioland Murders 1994 (Movie)

Bernie King (Actor)

Savage Land 1994 (Movie)

Cyrus (Actor)

Steel Frontier 1994 (Movie)

General JW Quantrell (Actor)

The Companion 1994 (Movie)

Ron Cocheran (Actor)

The Dark 1994 (Movie)

Buckner (Actor)

The Last Ride 1994 (Movie)

Sheriff Rudy Morgan (Actor)

The Nature of the Beast 1994 (Movie)

(Actor)

Virtual Assassin 1994 (Movie)

Nassim (Actor)

Brain Smasher... A Love Story 1993 (Movie)

(Actor)

Future Shock 1993 (Movie)

(Actor)

Johnny Bago 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Nemesis 1993 (Movie)

Maritz (Actor)

Scanner Cop 1993 (Movie)

(Actor)

Showdown 1993 (Movie)

(Actor)

Striking Distance 1993 (Movie)

Detective Eddie Eiler (Actor)

Time Runner 1993 (Movie)

Neila (Actor)

Wishman 1993 (Movie)

Statton Jack Rose (Actor)

Black Magic 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

The Player 1992 (Movie)

Joel Levison (Actor)

Return to Frogtown 1991 (Movie)

(Actor)

Split Second 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Ultimate Desires 1991 (Movie)

Wolf (Actor)

Another 48 Hours 1990 (Movie)

Ben Kehoe (Actor)

Enid Is Sleeping 1990 (Movie)

Trucker (Actor)

Mom 1990 (Movie)

Nestor Duvalier (Actor)

Red Scorpion 1989 (Movie)

Krasnov (Actor)

Street Asylum 1989 (Movie)

(Actor)

Tango & Cash 1989 (Movie)

Courier (Actor)

The Horror Show 1989 (Movie)

Max Jenke (Actor)

Cherry 2000 1988 (Movie)

Stacy (Actor)

D.O.A. 1988 (Movie)

Detective Ulmer (Actor)

Mutator 1988 (Movie)

David Allen (Actor)

Red Heat 1988 (Movie)

Streak (Actor)

The Wrong Guys 1988 (Movie)

Glen Grunski (Actor)

Dead Man Walking 1987 (Movie)

Dekker (Actor)

Downtown 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Nightmare at Noon 1987 (Movie)

The Albino (Actor)

Steel Dawn 1987 (Movie)

Tark (Actor)

A Breed Apart 1986 (Movie)

Huey Miller (Actor)

Armed and Dangerous 1986 (Movie)

Anthony Lazarus (Actor)

Crimewave 1986 (Movie)

Arthur Coddish (Actor)

The Annihilator 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

Enemy Mine 1985 (Movie)

Stubbs (Actor)

Flesh + Blood 1985 (Movie)

Karsthans (Actor)

Hear No Evil 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

Lone Star 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

48 HRS. 1982 (Movie)

Kehoe (Actor)

Blade Runner 1982 (Movie)

Leon (Actor)

Moving Out 1982 (Movie)

Mr Aitkens (Actor)

The Ballad of Gregorio Cortez 1982 (Movie)

Captain Rogers (Actor)

Southern Comfort 1981 (Movie)

Trapper (Actor)

The Postman Always Rings Twice 1981 (Movie)

Crapshooter (Actor)

Joshua's World 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Actor

The Jazz Singer 1980 (Movie)

Man in Bar (Actor)

The Yeagers 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Actor

Wholly Moses! 1980 (Movie)

Guard at Banquet (Actor)

Attack of the Phantoms 1979 (Movie)

Guard (Actor)

Blue Sunshine 1979 (Movie)

Tony (Actor)

Conquest of the Earth 1979 (Movie)

Willy (Actor)

KISS Meets the Phantom of the Park 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

Actor

Corvette Summer 1978 (Movie)

Jeff (Actor)

Flying High 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

Actor

Goober and the Truckers' Paradise 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

Actor

The Driver 1978 (Movie)

(Actor)

Harry and Walter Go to New York 1976 (Movie)

Hayseed (Actor)

Marathon Man 1976 (Movie)

(Actor)

Nickelodeon 1976 (Movie)

Bailiff (Actor)

The McLean Stevenson Show 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

Actor

Treasure of Matecumbe 1976 (Movie)

Roustabout (Actor)

Hard Times 1975 (Movie)

(Actor)

Assault on Dome 4 (TV Show)

Actor

Back in Business (TV Show)

Actor

Black Magic (Movie)

Tom (Actor)

Black Sea 213 (TV Show)

Actor

Bombshell (TV Show)

Actor

Desperado: The Outlaw Wars (TV Show)

Actor

Diplomatic Siege (TV Show)

Actor

Killing at Hell's Gate (TV Show)

Actor

Knight Rider 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

Love Among Thieves (TV Show)

Actor

Precious Victims (TV Show)

Actor

Rio Diablo (TV Show)

Actor

The Annihilator (Movie)

Alien Leader (Actor)

The Kansas City Massacre (TV Show)

Actor
Producer (1)

Pterodactyl Woman From Beverly Hills 1996 (Movie)

(Associate Producer)

Biography

A tall (6'3"), strapping and versatile character player of film and TV since the mid-1970s, Brion James, with his malicious smile and leering eyes, quickly became established playing oddball heavies, lowlifes and hicks in genre fare, notably in collaboration with action guru Walter Hill in "Hard Times" (1975), "The Driver" (1978), "Southern Comfort" (1981), "48 Hours" (1982) and "Another 48 Hours" (1990). He may be best known as Leon, a memorably murderous replicant who gives Harrison Ford a hard time in Ridley Scott's "Blade Runner" (1982). James uttered one of the films most memorable lines: "Wake up ... time to die!"

Relationships

Father
was a Doctor of Education ran local movie theater in Beaumont, California

Chester James

Brother
born in 1947 survived him

Craig James

Brother
born in 1942 survived him

EDUCATION

studied acting in L.A.

studied acting with Stella Adler; as he could not afford the lessons, earned them by working as her live-in cook/butler

San Diego State College

San Diego, California

Milestones

2001

Last released film, the Dogme 95 feature "The King Is Alive"

1997

Portrayed General Munro in Luc Besson's "The Fifth Element"

1992

Chosen by Robert Altman to essay the studio head in "The Player"

1990

Reprised role in "Another 48 Hrs." which caused him to quip, "This is the first sequel I've ever because I rarely live through a film"

1982

Co-starred in "48 Hrs.", directed by Hill

1982

Cast as the replicant Leon in "Blade Runner"

1975

Made feature debut in Walter Hill's directorial debut, "Hard Times"

1975

TV debut, one of the last episodes of "Gunsmoke"

1974

Decided to act full-time

1973

Returned to L.A.

Moved from California to New York

Appeared in over 100 TV guest spots

Worked as a live-in cook/butler for Stella Adler in return for acting lessons

Received positive notices for his performance in L.A. production of "The Basic Training of Pavlo Hummel"

Performed standup comedy at the Improv in NYC

Appeared in Off-Broadway productions

Bonus Trivia

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James was a recovering alcoholic and former drug abuser who became clean c. 1985.

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