James B Sikking

Actor
This stern-featured veteran character actor excels at playing tightly wound and officious fathers, professionals, and other would-be martinets. James B. Sikking may have made his enduring impression on pop culture as ... Read more »
Born: 03/05/1934 in Los Angeles, California, USA

Filmography

Actor (78)

Boots Turner 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Made of Honor 2008 (Movie)

Reverend Foote (Actor)

Proud American 2008 (Movie)

Dr. Hanover (Actor)

American Primitive 2006 (Movie)

William (Actor)

Fever Pitch 2005 (Movie)

Doug Meeks (Actor)

Batman Beyond 1998 - 2002 (TV Show)

Voice

Behind the Fame: L.A. Law/Hill Street Blues 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Submerged 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Brooklyn South 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Invasion America 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Voice

Danielle Steel's 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Tyson 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Dead Badge 1994 (Movie)

(Actor)

Doogie Howser, M.D. 1989 - 1993 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Pelican Brief 1993 (Movie)

FBI Director F Denton Voyles (Actor)

Final Approach 1991 (Movie)

Colonel Jason J Halsey (Actor)

Narrow Margin 1990 (Movie)

Nelson (Actor)

The Hollywood Christmas Parade 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

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Golden Land 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Too Good to Be True 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

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Mad Avenue 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Hill Street Blues 1980 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Soul Man 1986 (Movie)

Bill Watson (Actor)

Battle of the Network Stars XVII 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

Morons From Outer Space 1985 (Movie)

Colonel Laribee (Actor)

Star Trek III 1984 (Movie)

Captain Styles (Actor)

M*A*S*H 1972 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

The Star Chamber 1983 (Movie)

Dr Harold Lewin (Actor)

Up the Creek 1983 (Movie)

Tozer (Actor)

Outland 1981 (Movie)

Deputy Montone (Actor)

Ordinary People 1980 (Movie)

Ray (Actor)

The Yeagers 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Actor

The Competition 1979 (Movie)

Brudenell (Actor)

The Electric Horseman 1979 (Movie)

Dietrich (Actor)

Turnabout 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

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The Last Hurrah 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

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Calling Dr. Storm 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

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Outrage! 1973 - 1974 (TV Show)

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The President's Plane Is Missing 1973 - 1974 (TV Show)

Actor

Scorpio 1973 (Movie)

Harris (Actor)

The Terminal Man 1973 (Movie)

(Actor)

Brother on the Run 1972 (Movie)

(Actor)

Man on a String 1971 - 1972 (TV Show)

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The Astronaut 1971 - 1972 (TV Show)

Actor

The Magnificent Seven Ride 1972 (Movie)

Hayes (Actor)

Inside O.U.T. 1970 - 1971 (TV Show)

Actor

The New Centurions 1971 (Movie)

(Actor)

Chandler 1970 (Movie)

Bogardy (Actor)

Charro! 1969 (Movie)

Gunner (Actor)

Point Blank 1967 (Movie)

Hired Gun (Actor)

The Strangler 1964 (Movie)

Artist (Actor)

Von Ryan's Express 1964 (Movie)

American Soldier (Actor)

A Woman Called Moses (TV Show)

Actor

Around the World in 80 Days (TV Show)

Actor

Bay Coven (TV Show)

Actor

Brotherhood of the Rose (TV Show)

Actor

Coffee, Tea or Me? (TV Show)

Actor

Dare to Love (TV Show)

Actor

Desperado: Badlands Justice (TV Show)

Actor

Doing Time on Maple Drive (TV Show)

Actor

Dress Gray (TV Show)

Actor

Family Flight (TV Show)

Actor

First Steps (TV Show)

Actor

In Pursuit of Honor (TV Show)

Actor

Kill Me If You Can (TV Show)

Actor

Mutiny (TV Show)

Actor

Nowhere to Land (TV Show)

Actor

Seduced By Evil (TV Show)

Actor

The Alpha Caper (TV Show)

Actor

The Final Days (TV Show)

Actor

The Jesse Owens Story (TV Show)

Actor

Too Good to Be True (Movie)

(Actor)

Biography

This stern-featured veteran character actor excels at playing tightly wound and officious fathers, professionals, and other would-be martinets. James B. Sikking may have made his enduring impression on pop culture as Lieutenant Howard Hunter, the pipe-smoking, somewhat prissy but still gung ho S.W.A.T. team leader, on the Steven Bochco-produced "Hill Street Blues" (NBC, 1981-87). Though initially depicted as fairly ridiculous, Hunter became more sympathetic and complex as the series progressed. Sikking enjoyed another healthy run as the kindly but no-nonsense doctor dad of a 16-year-old surgeon on Bochco's "Doogie Howser, M.D." (ABC, 1989-93) and returned to series TV as an internal affairs officer on Bochco's "Brooklyn South" (CBS, 1997-98. One of Sikking's earliest TV jobs was a stint on the ever popular ABC daytime serial "General Hospital", as Dr. James Hobart, the troubled physician in the life of Audrey (Rachel Ames). He went on to amass over 200 TV guest shots on a wide array of series and became a familiar face in TV-movies and miniseries. Notable among the latter were his performances as Attorney General Elliot Richardson in "The Final Days" (ABC, 1989), the stern patriarch in the superior Fox drama "Doing Time on Maple Drive" (1992), and as General Douglas MacArthur in the 1995 HBO film "In Pursuit of Honor".

Sikking's feature career goes back to the mid-1960s. He can be glimpsed in "Von Ryan's Express" (1965) playing a soldier alongside Frank Sinatra. A notable early credit had him playing a hit man in John Boorman's classic gangster film "Point Blank" (1967). Sikking was also a supercilious starship captain cut down to size in "Star Trek III: The Search for Spock" (1984). His other film work includes "Charro!" (1969), "The Magnificent Seven Ride" (1972), "The Electric Cowboy" (1979). "Ordinary People" (1980), "Outland" (1981), "Narrow Margin" (1990), and "The Pelican Brief" (1993). In the latter blockbuster, he played the FBI director.

Relationships

Art Sikking Jr

Brother

Joy Sikking

Sister

Florine Sikking

Wife

Sue Sikking

Mother
was a founder of Unity-by-the-Sea died in June 1993 at age 93

Emily Sikking

Daughter
born in November 1970

Andrew Sikking

Son
born in January 1969 acted on "NYPD Blue"

Tom Sikking

Brother

EDUCATION

University of Hawaii

Honolulu , Hawaii

University of California at Los Angeles

Los Angeles , California
met his future wife, Florine, while studying there

University of California at Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara , California

Milestones

1995

Played General Douglas MacArthur in "In Pursuit of Honor" (HBO)

1992

Played father in Fox Network's first TV movie to arn notice, "Doing Time On Maple Drive"

1984

Played St. Styles in "Star trek III: The Search for Spock"

1979

TV series debut as a regular, "Turnabout", a short-lived NBC comedy-fantasy

1973

Appeared as Dr. James Hobart on daytime drama "General Hospital" (ABC)

1972

Made TV movie debut in "The Astronaut"

1964

Film debut, "The Strangler", as an artist

1961

Had first episodic credit on syndicated "Assingment: Underwater"

During a hiatus from "Hill Street Blues", co-starred with Mariette Hartley in an LA production of "Put Them All Together"

Returned to series TV in the CBS drama "Brooklyn South"

Cast as a regular on "Doogie Howser. M.D."

Starred in the London West End production of Clifford Odets's "The Big Knife"

Cast as an ensemble member, playing Lt. Howard Hunter, on "Hill Street Blues"

Bonus Trivia

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Named after author-playwright Sir James M Barrie best known for "Peter Pan".

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