J. E. Freeman

Actor, Shrimp cleaner, Shipping clerk
Character player often in menacing or hard-bitten roles, J. E. Freeman worked on daytime soaps in New York and on stage in San Francisco -- winning praise for his performances in "American Buffalo" and "Getting Out" ... Read more »
Born: in New York City, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (37)

Heartland 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

NYPD Blue 1993 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Nip/Tuck 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Inside 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

Tremors 4: The Legend Begins 2004 (Movie)

(Actor)

ER 2000 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

Fallen Angels 1992 - 1993, 2000 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

Nash Bridges 1992 - 1993, 1996 - 1997, 2000 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Others 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Go 1999 (Movie)

Victor Sr (Actor)

Skeleton Woman 1999 (Movie)

Luigi (Actor)

Alien Resurrection 1997 (Movie)

Dr Wren (Actor)

Dream With the Fishes 1997 (Movie)

Joe--Nick's Father (Actor)

Fools Gold 1997 (Movie)

George (Actor)

The Man Who Knew Too Little 1997 (Movie)

CIA Man (Actor)

Copycat 1995 (Movie)

Lt Quinn (Actor)

It Could Happen to You 1994 (Movie)

Sal Bontempo (Actor)

There Goes My Baby 1994 (Movie)

George (Actor)

Aces: Iron Eagle III 1992 (Movie)

Ames (Actor)

Memphis 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Patriot Games 1992 (Movie)

Marty Cantor (Actor)

The Fifth Corner 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

The Doctor 1991 (Movie)

Ralph (Actor)

Miller's Crossing 1990 (Movie)

Eddie Dane (Actor)

Wild At Heart 1990 (Movie)

Marcello Santos (Actor)

The Couch Trip 1988 (Movie)

Unger (Actor)

Fresno 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Hard Traveling 1986 (Movie)

Ed Sloan (Actor)

Ruthless People 1986 (Movie)

Bedroom Killer (Actor)

Bitter Harvest 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

Actor

An Eye For an Eye 1980 (Movie)

Tow Truck Dude (Actor)

Chase (TV Show)

Actor

Mystery Woman (TV Show)

Actor

Till Death Us Do Part (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

Character player often in menacing or hard-bitten roles, J. E. Freeman worked on daytime soaps in New York and on stage in San Francisco -- winning praise for his performances in "American Buffalo" and "Getting Out" -- before moving to Los Angeles in the mid 80s and settling into continuous work in TV and films. Freeman started working in films around 1981, playing a small role in the Chuck Norris actioner, "An Eye for an Eye," and as the "Tow Truck Dude" in "Martial Arts." Although he won praise for his lead role as Ed Sloan, the uneducated man who commits murder to support his wife in "Hard Traveling" (1986), and was the serial killer in "Ruthless People" that same year, Freeman's feature career really took off in 1990. That year he co-starred for David Lynch in "Wild at Heart," was cast by the Coen Brothers as Dane, the homosexual hit man, in "Miller's Crossing." Solid co-starring roles in "Patriot Games" (1992) and "It Could Happen to You" (1994) followed. Freeman's TV career paralleled his feature film work. He had a bit part in the 1981 TV movie "Bitter Harvest," which starred Ron Howard as a farmer who realizes his cattle have been poisoned. Freeman also had a small role as a henchman in the 1986 miniseries "Fresno." In 1992, he had his first series role as Boone, the scruffy chauffeur in "The Fifth Corner," a short-lived NBC effort. He was the detective sure of Amy Fisher's guilt in "Casualties of Love: The Long Island Lolita Story," the CBS version of the scandal (1993).

EDUCATION

HB Studio

New York , New York

RCA Studio School

New York , New York

attended school in San Francisco; received degree in theatre and creative writing

Milestones

1992

Co-starred in series, "The Fifth Corner"

1990

Co-starred as Dane, the gay killer, in "Miller's Crossing"

1986

Played serial killer in "Ruthless People"; Lead in "Hard Traveling"

1985

Moved to Los Angeles

1981

Made film debut in "An Eye for an Eye"

1974

Moved to San Francisco, CA

Joined Marines after high school graduation

Appeared on Ted Mack Amateur Hour

Stage appearances included "Holy Ghosts", "Landscape of the Body", "Getting Out" and "American Buffalo"

Played roles on several daytime soaps including "The Edge of Night" and "One Life to Live"

Born and raised in NYC

Bonus Trivia

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Freeman did not plan on acting as a career: "I was taking a writing class called 'Reading, Writing and Printing the Goddamn Poem' with 15 women. I didn't want to be the only man in the class, so I took a drama class instead. They put me in front of the camera, I liked what I was doing so I've been an actor ever since."

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