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James Tolkan


Fiery, forceful and intimidating character actor James Tolkan has carved out a nice little niche for himself in both movies and television alike as a formidable portrayer of fierce and flinty hard-boiled tough guy types. James Stewart Tolkan was born on June 20, 1931 in Calumet, Michigan. His father, Ralph M. Tolkan, was a cattle dealer. James ... See full bio »
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 2013 Phil Spector (TV Movie)
Judge Fidler
 2011 Leverage (TV Series)
Dean Chesny
- The Cross My Heart Job (2011) ... Dean Chesny
 2006 Heavens Fall
Thomas Knight, Sr.
 2004 Seven Times Lucky
Dutch
 2001-2002 A Nero Wolfe Mystery (TV Series)
FBI Agent Richard Wragg / Benedict Aiken / Leo Bingham / ...
- Cop Killer (2002) ... Ed Graboff
- The Silent Speaker: Part 2 (2002) ... FBI Agent Richard Wragg
- The Silent Speaker: Part 1 (2002) ... FBI Agent Richard Wragg
- Help Wanted, Male (2002) ... Ben Jenson
- Too Many Clients: Part 2 (2002) ... Benedict Aiken
 1997 The Pretender (TV Series)
FBI Special Agent Korkos
- Dragon House: Part 2 (1997) ... FBI Special Agent Korkos
- Dragon House: Part 1 (1997) ... FBI Special Agent Korkos
 1997 Love in Ambush (TV Movie)
Agent Price
 1996 Early Edition (TV Series)
Coach Philips
- Hoops (1996) ... Coach Philips
 1996 Robo Warriors
Quon
 1996 Underworld
Dan 'Iceberg' Eagan
 1996 Nowhere Man (TV Series)
Commander Cyrus Quinn
- Heart of Darkness (1996) ... Commander Cyrus Quinn
 1995 Sketch Artist II: Hands That See (TV Movie)
Tonelli
 1994 Beyond Betrayal (TV Movie)
Joe Maloney
 1993/I Boiling Point
Levitt
 1993 The Wonder Years (TV Series)
Coach Silva
- Hulk Arnold (1993) ... Coach Silva
 1992 Bloodfist IV: Die Trying (Video)
Agent Sterling
 1992 Sketch Artist (TV Movie)
Tonelli
 1992 Tequila and Bonetti (TV Series)
- Fetch This, Pal (1992)
 1991 Problem Child 2
Mr. Thorn
 1991 Tales from the Crypt (TV Series)
Sgt. McClaine
- The Trap (1991) ... Sgt. McClaine
 1991 Hangfire
Patch
 1990 The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (TV Series)
Dr. Oates
- Day Damn One (1990) ... Dr. Oates
 1990 Dick Tracy
Numbers
 1990 Sunset Beat (TV Series)
Ray Parker
 1990 Sunset Beat (TV Movie)
Ray Parker
 1990 Opportunity Knocks
Sal
 1989 Family Business
Judge (as James S. Tolkan)
 1989 Second Sight
Coolidge
 1989 Ministry of Vengeance
Col. Freeman
 1989 True Blood
Det. Joseph Hanley
 1989 The Case of the Hillside Stranglers (TV Movie)
Lt. Ed Henderson
 1989 The Equalizer (TV Series)
Ruger
- The Visitation (1989) ... Ruger
 1988 Split Decisions
Benny Pistone
 1988 Leap of Faith (TV Movie)
Doctor Siegel
 1988 Viper
Col. William Tansey
 1988 Weekend War (TV Movie)
Dr. Alex Thompson (as James B. Tolkan)
 1987 Miami Vice (TV Series)
Mason Mather
- Amen... Send Money (1987) ... Mason Mather
 1987 Made in Heaven
Mr. Bjornstead
 1986 Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color (TV Series)
The Kennel Master
- Little Spies (1986) ... The Kennel Master
 1986 Armed and Dangerous
Lou Brackman
 1986 Top Gun
Stinger
 1986 Off Beat
Harry
 1985 Flanagan
Turner
 1985 Hill Street Blues (TV Series)
Coach Beasley
- Queen for a Day (1985) ... Coach Beasley
 1985 Turk 182!
Hanley
 1984 The River
Howard Simpson
 1984 Iceman
Maynard
 1983 Nightmares
Voice of The Bishop (segment "Bishop of Battle") (voice)
 1983 WarGames
Wigan
 1983 American Playhouse (TV Series)
Billy
- Wings (1983) ... Billy
 1982 Author! Author!
Lt. Glass
 1982 Hanky Panky
Conferee
 1981 Prince of the City
District Attorney Polito
 1981 Wolfen
Baldy
 1979 The Amityville Horror
Coroner
 1976 Independence (Short)
Tom Paine
 1973 Serpico
Steiger (as James Tolkin)
 1973 The Werewolf of Washington
Dark Glasses
 1973 The Friends of Eddie Coyle
The Man's contact man
 1971 They Might Be Giants
Mr. Brown
 1969 Stiletto
Edwards
 1969 N.Y.P.D. (TV Series)
- The Night Watch (1969)
 1966 The Three Sisters (as James Tolkin)
 1960 Naked City (TV Series)
Mail Clerk
- The Man Who Bit a Diamond in Half (1960) ... Mail Clerk (as Jim Tolkan)
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Played Katz in a Broadway revival of "Full Circle" which ran from November 7, 1973 to November 24, 1973 See more »

Alternate Names:

James B. Tolkan | James S. Tolkan | Jim Tolkan | James Tolkin

Height:

5' 6" (1.68 m)
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Studied with Stella Adler in New York and was an understudy to Robert Duvall in the 1965 production of Arthur Miller's "A View from the Bridge". See more »

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Often plays strict, overbearing authority figures See more »

Star Sign:

Gemini

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