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James Sikking

James B. Sikking was born on March 5, 1934 in Los Angeles, California, the son of Unity ministers. He is probably best known for his yeoman work as hard-charging--and hardheaded--SWAT leader Lt. Howard Hunter on the classic police drama Hill Street Blues (1981). His full name--James Barrie Sikking--was given to him as J.M. Barrie (of "Peter Pan" ... See full bio »

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The Pelican Brief
The Pelican Brief FBI Director Denton Voyles
Fever Pitch
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Hill Street Blues
Hill Street Blues Lt. Howard Hunter / Sgt. Howard Hunter


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 2012 Just an American
Dr. Hanover
 2012 The Closer (TV Series)
Judge Edward Crosby
 2009 Wild About Harry
William Cauldicott
 2008 Made of Honor
Reverend Foote (as James B. Sikking)
 2005 Fever Pitch
Doug Meeks (as James B. Sikking)
 2004 Curb Your Enthusiasm (TV Series)
Jim Remington
 2001-2002 The Guardian (TV Series)
Bill McGee / Bill Magee
 2001 Submerged (TV Movie)
Rear Admiral Cyrus Cole (as James B. Sikking)
 2000 Rocket Power (TV Series)
Vice Principal Healy
 2000 Nowhere to Land (TV Movie)
George Eller (as James B. Sikking)
 1999-2000 Batman Beyond (TV Series)
Foreman / Harry
 1999/I Mutiny (TV Movie)
Lt. Cmdr. Tynan (as James B. Sikking)
 1998 Invasion America (TV Series)
General Gordon
 1997-1998 Brooklyn South (TV Series)
Capt. Stan Jonas / Lt. Stan Jonas, IAB
 1997 Aaahh!!! Real Monsters (TV Series)
Dr. Carson
 1996 The Ring (TV Movie)
Sam Liebman (as James B. Sikking)
 1995 Dare to Love (TV Movie)
Ron Wells
 1995 Mimi wo sumaseba
Seiya Tsukishima (English version, voice, as James B. Sikking)
 1995 Tyson (TV Movie)
Bill Clayton
 1995 Dead Badge
Wheeler / Aaron Feld
 1995 In Pursuit of Honor (TV Movie)
Gen. Douglas MacArthur
 1995 Jake Lassiter: Justice on the Bayou (TV Movie)
Dr. Roger Salisbury (as James B. Sikking)
 1994 Seduced by Evil (TV Movie)
Nick Lindsay (as James B. Sikking)
 1993 The Pelican Brief
FBI Director Denton Voyles (as James B. Sikking)
 1989-1993 Doogie Howser, M.D. (TV Series)
Dr. David Howser
 1992 Doing Time on Maple Drive (TV Movie)
Phil Carter (as James B. Sikking)
 1991 Final Approach
Col. Jason Halsey
 1990 Cop Rock (TV Series)
Lt. Howard Hunter
 1990 Narrow Margin
Nelson (as James B. Sikking)
 1989 Brotherhood of the Rose (TV Mini-Series)
 1989 Desperado: Badlands Justice (TV Movie)
Kirby Clarke
 1989 The Final Days (TV Movie)
Elliot Richardson
 1989 Around the World in 80 Days (TV Mini-Series)
 1989 Hunter (TV Series)
Jack Small
 1988 Tales from the Hollywood Hills: Golden Land (TV Movie) (as James B. Sikking)
 1988 Too Good to Be True (TV Movie)
Russell Quinton (as James B. Sikking)
 1988 CBS Summer Playhouse (TV Series)
 1988 Ollie Hopnoodle's Haven of Bliss (TV Movie)
Old Man
 1987 Bay Coven (TV Movie)
Nicholas Kline
 1981-1987 Hill Street Blues (TV Series)
Lt. Howard Hunter / Sgt. Howard Hunter
 1987 Who's the Boss? (TV Series)
 1987 Police Story: The Freeway Killings (TV Movie)
Mayor Cameron
 1986 Soul Man
Bill Watson (as James B. Sikking)
 1986 L.A. Law (TV Series)
Party Guest
 1986 Dress Gray (TV Mini-Series)
Maj. Clifford Bassett
 1985 First Steps (TV Movie)
Jim Davis (as James B. Skiking)
 1985 Morons from Outer Space
Col. Raymond Laribee, CIA (as James B. Sikking)
 1984 The Jesse Owens Story (TV Movie)
Avery Brundage
 1984 Star Trek III: The Search for Spock
Captain Styles (as James B. Sikking)
 1984 Up the Creek
Tozer (as James B. Sikking)
 1983 The Star Chamber
Dr. Harold Lewin (as James B. Sikking)
 1981 Outland
Sgt. Montone (as James B. Sikking)
 1980 The Competition
Brudenell (as James B. Sikking)
 1980 Ordinary People
Ray (as James B. Sikking)
 1980 Trouble in High Timber Country (TV Movie)
Roger Lomax (as James B. Sikking)
 1979 The Electric Horseman
Dietrich (as James B. Sikking)
 1979 Paris (TV Series)
Lew Castle
 1979 The Misadventures of Sheriff Lobo (TV Series)
Jack Wiley
 1979 Turnabout (TV Series)
Geoffrey St. James
 1977-1979 Charlie's Angels (TV Series)
Harrison Wellman / Miller
 1978 A Woman Called Moses (TV Series)
 1978 Hawaii Five-O (TV Series)
Oscar Ross / George Cameron
 1978 Lucan (TV Series)
Jerry Hultz
 1977-1978 The Rockford Files (TV Series)
Jeff Seales / John Hicklin
 1978 Operation Petticoat (TV Series)
Lt. O'Reilly
 1978 The Incredible Hulk (TV Series)
Cliff McConnell
 1978 The Bionic Woman (TV Series)
Ray Burns
 1978 Starsky and Hutch (TV Series)
Ted McDermott
 1977 Capricorn One
Control Room Man (as Jim Sikking)
 1977 The Last Hurrah (TV Movie)
Monsignor Killian
 1977 Kill Me If You Can (TV Movie)
Mr. Lea
 1977 Young Joe, the Forgotten Kennedy (TV Movie)
Commander Devril
 1977 Rafferty (TV Series)
 1977 Calling Doctor Storm, M. D. (TV Movie)
Bart Burton
 1977 Man from Atlantis (TV Series)
Captain Manzone
 1977 Never Con a Killer (TV Movie)
 1977 The Feather and Father Gang (TV Series)
 1977 Eight Is Enough (TV Series)
Mr. French
 1977 Delvecchio (TV Series)
Ned Wagner
 1977 Little House on the Prairie (TV Series)
Mr. Franklin
 1977 Police Story (TV Series)
 1976 Rich Man, Poor Man - Book II (TV Series)
Matthew Downey
 1976 Ellery Queen (TV Series)
Mike Hewitt
 1972-1974 Cannon (TV Series)
Clint / Lloyd
 1974 The Terminal Man
Ralph Friedman
 1965-1974 The F.B.I. (TV Series)
Hair and Fibers Expert / SA Ed Spanger / SRA Herbert Withers / ...
 1974 Columbo (TV Series)
Policeman in office
 1973 Outrage (TV Movie)
Officer Geary
 1972-1973 Room 222 (TV Series)
Albert Kramer / Albert Cramer
 1973 The President's Plane Is Missing (TV Movie)
Aide to Dunbar
 1970-1973 Mannix (TV Series)
Sketchley / Mark Langdon
 1973 The Alpha Caper (TV Movie)
Henry Kellner
 1973 Coffee, Tea or Me? (TV Movie)
 1972-1973 The Rookies (TV Series)
Captain Gentry / Defense Attorney
 1973 Brother on the Run
Lt Summers
 1973 Scorpio
 1973 Search (TV Series)
 1970-1973 Mod Squad (TV Series)
Dr. Webber / Major Bernard / Political Science Professor
 1973 The Streets of San Francisco (TV Series)
Major Frank Kramer, US Army Doctor
 1973 M*A*S*H (TV Series)
Finance Officer
 1970-1973 The Doris Day Show (TV Series)
Detective Charles / Fred Sutton / Horace Bowers
 1972 Banyon (TV Series)
 1972 Family Flight (TV Movie)
Second Controller
 1972 The Bob Newhart Show (TV Series)
 1972 The New Centurions
Sgt. Anders
 1972 The Magnificent Seven Ride!
Andy Hayes
 1972 Man on a String (TV Movie)
Pipe Smoker
 1970-1972 Mission: Impossible (TV Series)
Wilson / Corrigan
 1972 The Astronaut (TV Movie)
Astronaut Higgins
 1972 Gidget Gets Married (TV Movie)
Jim Johnson
 1971 The Night God Screamed
Deacon Paul
 1971 Longstreet (TV Series)
Lt. Madison
 1971 Chandler
Bogardy (scenes deleted)
 1971 Ironside (TV Series)
Voice Print Officer
 1971 Cade's County (TV Series)
Harold Hopkins
 1970-1971 Night Gallery (TV Series)
State Trooper (segment "Death in the Family") / 1st Reporter (segment "The Nature of the Enemy")
 1971 Escape from the Planet of the Apes
Control Room Officer (uncredited)
 1971 Inside O.U.T. (TV Short)
Patrolman (as James B. Sikking)
 1971 The Name of the Game (TV Series)
Police Lieutenant
 1971 The Immortal (TV Series)
 1971 The Bold Ones: The New Doctors (TV Series)
1st Reporter
 1968-1970 Hogan's Heroes (TV Series)
Hercules / Gestapo Officer / Private Berger
 1970 Love, American Style (TV Series)
Leonard (segment "Love and the Intruder")
 1970 The Young Lawyers (TV Series)
Joe Daley
 1969-1970 Here Come the Brides (TV Series)
Jenkins / Capt. Hale
 1969 The Survivors (TV Series)
 1969 Daddy's Gone A-Hunting
Joe Menchell
 1969 Charro!
 1968 Adam-12 (TV Series)
 1967-1968 Bonanza (TV Series)
Kevin Maco / Jack Rimbau
 1967 Sail to Glory
George Steers
 1967 Gomer Pyle: USMC (TV Series)
Colonel Richardson
 1967 The Invaders (TV Series)
Human Capt. William Taft
 1967 Point Blank
Hired Gun
 1967 In Like Flint
Secret Service Man (uncredited)
 1966-1967 Run for Your Life (TV Series)
Nugent / Doctor
 1966 12 O'Clock High (TV Series)
Captain Rand
 1964-1966 The Fugitive (TV Series)
Deputy Marsh / Bert / Leonard Taft
 1965-1966 My Mother the Car (TV Series)
Sergeant Riddle / Doctor
 1965 My Favorite Martian (TV Series)
 1965 Honey West (TV Series)
 1965 The Virginian (TV Series)
 1965 The Long, Hot Summer (TV Series)
 1965 O.K. Crackerby! (TV Series)
Mr. Joe Malone
 1965 The Loner (TV Series)
Confederate Captain
 1965 Von Ryan's Express
American Soldier (uncredited)
 1963-1964 The Outer Limits (TV Series)
Botany / Orderly
 1964 The Carpetbaggers
Reporter (uncredited)
 1964 The Strangler
Police Sketch Artist
 1963 Rawhide (TV Series)
Luke Harger
 1963 Combat! (TV Series)
 1963 General Hospital (TV Series)
Dr. James Hobart (1973-1976) (as James B. Sikking)
 1961 Perry Mason (TV Series)
Civilian Engineer Bert Springer
 1961 Assignment: Underwater (TV Series)
Dave Quinto
 1955 Five Guns West
Union Sergeant (uncredited)
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Alternate Names:

James B. Sikking | Jim Sikking | James B. Skiking | James B. Sikking uncredited


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His mom Sue, dad Andy, brother Tom, and brother Bob were ordained ministers in the Unity Church. Mom Sue led Unity by the Sea in Santa Monica for decades, and brother Bob served as president of the Assn. of Unity Churches for years. See more »

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