Brion James

Brion Howard James (February 20, 1945 – August 7, 1999) was an American character actor. Known for playing the character of Leon Kowalski in the movie Blade Runner, James portrayed a variety of colorful roles in well-known American films such as 48 Hrs., Another 48 Hours, Tango & Cash, Silverado, Red Heat, The Player and The Fifth Element. James' commanding screen presence and formidable physique at 6 feet 3 inches (1.91 m) tall usually resulted in his casting as a heavy, appearing more frequently in lower budget horror and action films throughout the 1980s and 1990s. James appeared in more than 100 films before he died of a heart attack aged 54. Description above from the Wikipedia article Brion James, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.

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Blade Runner (1982)

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In the smog-choked dystopian Los Angeles of 2019, blade runner Rick Deckard is called out of retirement to terminate a quartet of replicants who have escaped to Earth seeking their creator for a way to extend their short life spans.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ridley Scott
CAST:  Harrison Ford  •  Rutger Hauer  •  Sean Young  •  Edward James Olmos

In the smog-choked dystopian Los Angeles of 2019, blade runner Rick Deckard is called out of retirement to terminate a quartet of replicants who have escaped to Earth seeking their creator for a way to extend their short life spans.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ridley Scott
CAST:  Harrison Ford  •  Rutger Hauer  •  Sean Young  •  Edward James Olmos

The Fifth Element (1997)

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In 2257, a taxi driver is unintentionally given the task of saving a young girl who is part of the key that will ensure the survival of humanity.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Luc Besson
CAST:  Bruce Willis  •  Milla Jovovich  •  Gary Oldman  •  Ian Holm

In 2257, a taxi driver is unintentionally given the task of saving a young girl who is part of the key that will ensure the survival of humanity.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Luc Besson
CAST:  Bruce Willis  •  Milla Jovovich  •  Gary Oldman  •  Ian Holm

48 Hrs. (1982)

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A hard-nosed cop reluctantly teams up with a wise-cracking criminal temporarily paroled to him, in order to track down a killer.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Walter Hill
CAST:  Nick Nolte  •  Eddie Murphy  •  Annette O'Toole  •  Frank McRae

A hard-nosed cop reluctantly teams up with a wise-cracking criminal temporarily paroled to him, in order to track down a killer.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Walter Hill
CAST:  Nick Nolte  •  Eddie Murphy  •  Annette O'Toole  •  Frank McRae

Another 48 Hrs. (1990)

For the past four years, San Francisco cop Jack Cates has been after an unidentified drug kingpin who calls himself the Ice Man. Jack finds a picture that proves that the Ice Man has put a price on the head of Reggie Hammond, who is scheduled to be released from ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Walter Hill
CAST:  Eddie Murphy  •  Nick Nolte  •  Brion James  •  Kevin Tighe

For the past four years, San Francisco cop Jack Cates has been after an unidentified drug kingpin who calls himself the Ice Man. Jack finds a picture that proves that the Ice Man has put a price on the head of Reggie Hammond, who is scheduled to be released from ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Walter Hill
CAST:  Eddie Murphy  •  Nick Nolte  •  Brion James  •  Kevin Tighe

Armed and Dangerous (1986)

After policeman Frank Dooley is framed for theft and loses his job on the force, he joins a security guard agency and teams up with inept former defense lawyer Norman Kane. When the two botch a job guarding a local warehouse, they begin to uncover corruption within ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mark L. Lester
CAST:  John Candy  •  Eugene Levy  •  Robert Loggia  •  Meg Ryan

After policeman Frank Dooley is framed for theft and loses his job on the force, he joins a security guard agency and teams up with inept former defense lawyer Norman Kane. When the two botch a job guarding a local warehouse, they begin to uncover corruption within ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mark L. Lester
CAST:  John Candy  •  Eugene Levy  •  Robert Loggia  •  Meg Ryan

Back in Business (1997)

An ex-cop gets pulled back in an undercover mission for the FBI by his former partner. The mission is to catch drug runners, but it is also sting operation against dirty cops, some of whom set up the ex-cops' dismissal from the force.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Philippe Mora
CAST:  Brian Bosworth  •  Joe Torry  •  Dara Tomanovich  •  Alan Scarfe

An ex-cop gets pulled back in an undercover mission for the FBI by his former partner. The mission is to catch drug runners, but it is also sting operation against dirty cops, some of whom set up the ex-cops' dismissal from the force.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Philippe Mora
CAST:  Brian Bosworth  •  Joe Torry  •  Dara Tomanovich  •  Alan Scarfe

Bound for Glory (1976)

A biography of Woody Guthrie, one of America's greatest folk singers. He left his dust-devastated Texas home in the 1930s to find work, discovering the suffering and strength of America's working class.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Hal Ashby
CAST:  David Carradine  •  Ronny Cox  •  Melinda Dillon  •  Gail Strickland

A biography of Woody Guthrie, one of America's greatest folk singers. He left his dust-devastated Texas home in the 1930s to find work, discovering the suffering and strength of America's working class.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Hal Ashby
CAST:  David Carradine  •  Ronny Cox  •  Melinda Dillon  •  Gail Strickland

Cherry 2000 (1987)

When successful businessman Sam Treadwell finds that his android wife, Cherry model 2000 has blown a fuse, he hires sexy renegade tracker E. Johnson to find her exact duplicate. But as their journey to replace his perfect mate leads them into the treacherous and ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Steve De Jarnatt
CAST:  David Andrews  •  Jennifer Balgobin  •  Marshall Bell  •  Harry Carey, Jr.

When successful businessman Sam Treadwell finds that his android wife, Cherry model 2000 has blown a fuse, he hires sexy renegade tracker E. Johnson to find her exact duplicate. But as their journey to replace his perfect mate leads them into the treacherous and ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Steve De Jarnatt
CAST:  David Andrews  •  Jennifer Balgobin  •  Marshall Bell  •  Harry Carey, Jr.

Corvette Summer (1978)

Ken loves to design and build exotic cars. When the High School shop class project car, a fully tricked out dream Corvette, is stolen, he begins searching for it. His search leads him to Las Vegas, where Vanessa, a teenaged prostitute wannabe, helps him try to ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Matthew Robbins
CAST:  Mark Hamill  •  Annie Potts  •  Eugene Roche  •  William Bryant

Ken loves to design and build exotic cars. When the High School shop class project car, a fully tricked out dream Corvette, is stolen, he begins searching for it. His search leads him to Las Vegas, where Vanessa, a teenaged prostitute wannabe, helps him try to ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Matthew Robbins
CAST:  Mark Hamill  •  Annie Potts  •  Eugene Roche  •  William Bryant

F.T.W. (1994)

A man and a woman running from their pasts are trapped on a collision course with the future. Frank T. Wells, a newly-released ex-con looking for a few acres of freedom on the rodeo circuit. Scarlett Stuart, a wild beautiful woman on the run from a bank robbery ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Karbelnikoff
CAST:  Mickey Rourke  •  Aaron Neville  •  Peter Berg  •  Brion James

A man and a woman running from their pasts are trapped on a collision course with the future. Frank T. Wells, a newly-released ex-con looking for a few acres of freedom on the rodeo circuit. Scarlett Stuart, a wild beautiful woman on the run from a bank robbery ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Karbelnikoff
CAST:  Mickey Rourke  •  Aaron Neville  •  Peter Berg  •  Brion James

Flesh + Blood (1985)

A band of medieval mercenaries take revenge on a noble lord who decides not to pay them by kidnapping the betrothed of the noble's son. As the plague and warfare cut a swathe of destruction throughout the land, the mercenaries hole up in a castle and await their fate.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Paul Verhoeven
CAST:  Rutger Hauer  •  Jennifer Jason Leigh  •  Tom Burlinson  •  Jack Thompson

A band of medieval mercenaries take revenge on a noble lord who decides not to pay them by kidnapping the betrothed of the noble's son. As the plague and warfare cut a swathe of destruction throughout the land, the mercenaries hole up in a castle and await their fate.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Paul Verhoeven
CAST:  Rutger Hauer  •  Jennifer Jason Leigh  •  Tom Burlinson  •  Jack Thompson

KISS Meets the Phantom of the Park (1978)

The tale of rock band KISS and their efforts to thwart a diabolical plan by mad scientist Abner Devereaux. Devereaux has found a way to clone humans into robots in his laboratory at an amusement park. It just so happens that he plans to uses the KISS concert as a ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gordon Hessler
CAST:  Paul Stanley  •  Gene Simmons  •  Ace Frehley  •  Peter Criss

The tale of rock band KISS and their efforts to thwart a diabolical plan by mad scientist Abner Devereaux. Devereaux has found a way to clone humans into robots in his laboratory at an amusement park. It just so happens that he plans to uses the KISS concert as a ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gordon Hessler
CAST:  Paul Stanley  •  Gene Simmons  •  Ace Frehley  •  Peter Criss

Radioland Murders (1994)

In 1939, WBN, a fourth radio network, is about to take to America's airwaves. As if the confusion of the premiere night wasn't enough, Penny Henderson, the owner's secretary, must deal with an unhappy sponsor, an overbearing boss and a soon-to-be ex-husband who ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mel Smith
CAST:  Brian Benben  •  Mary Stuart Masterson  •  Ned Beatty  •  George Burns

In 1939, WBN, a fourth radio network, is about to take to America's airwaves. As if the confusion of the premiere night wasn't enough, Penny Henderson, the owner's secretary, must deal with an unhappy sponsor, an overbearing boss and a soon-to-be ex-husband who ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mel Smith
CAST:  Brian Benben  •  Mary Stuart Masterson  •  Ned Beatty  •  George Burns

Red Heat (1988)

A tough Russian policeman is forced to partner up with a cocky Chicago police detective when he is sent to Chicago to apprehend a Georgian drug lord who killed his partner and fled the country.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Walter Hill
CAST:  Arnold Schwarzenegger  •  Jim Belushi  •  Ed O'Ross  •  Peter Boyle

A tough Russian policeman is forced to partner up with a cocky Chicago police detective when he is sent to Chicago to apprehend a Georgian drug lord who killed his partner and fled the country.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Walter Hill
CAST:  Arnold Schwarzenegger  •  Jim Belushi  •  Ed O'Ross  •  Peter Boyle

Silverado (1985)

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Four unwitting heroes cross paths on their journey to the sleepy town of Silverado. Little do they know the town where their family and friends reside has been taken over by a corrupt sheriff and a murderous posse. It's up to the sharp-shooting foursome to save the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Lawrence Kasdan
CAST:  Kevin Kline  •  Scott Glenn  •  Kevin Costner  •  Danny Glover

Four unwitting heroes cross paths on their journey to the sleepy town of Silverado. Little do they know the town where their family and friends reside has been taken over by a corrupt sheriff and a murderous posse. It's up to the sharp-shooting foursome to save the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Lawrence Kasdan
CAST:  Kevin Kline  •  Scott Glenn  •  Kevin Costner  •  Danny Glover

Southern Comfort (1981)

A squad of National Guards on an isolated weekend exercise in the Louisiana swamp must fight for their lives when they anger local Cajuns by stealing their canoes. Without live ammunition and in a strange country, their experience begins to mirror the Vietnam ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Walter Hill
CAST:  Keith Carradine  •  Powers Boothe  •  Fred Ward  •  Franklyn Seales

A squad of National Guards on an isolated weekend exercise in the Louisiana swamp must fight for their lives when they anger local Cajuns by stealing their canoes. Without live ammunition and in a strange country, their experience begins to mirror the Vietnam ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Walter Hill
CAST:  Keith Carradine  •  Powers Boothe  •  Fred Ward  •  Franklyn Seales

Steel Dawn (1987)

In a post-apocalyptic world, a warrior wandering through the desert comes upon a group of settlers who are being menaced by a murderous gang that is after the water they control.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Lance Hool
CAST:  Patrick Swayze  •  Lisa Niemi  •  Anthony Zerbe  •  Christopher Neame

In a post-apocalyptic world, a warrior wandering through the desert comes upon a group of settlers who are being menaced by a murderous gang that is after the water they control.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Lance Hool
CAST:  Patrick Swayze  •  Lisa Niemi  •  Anthony Zerbe  •  Christopher Neame

The Jazz Singer (1980)

Jess Robin dreams of a career in popular music, but his father, Cantor Rabinovitch, forbids it, insisting Jess live as a traditional Jew and inherit his position at the synagogue. With the help of friend and professional musician Bubba, Jess gets a chance to go to ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Richard Fleischer
CAST:  Neil Diamond  •  Laurence Olivier  •  Lucie Arnaz  •  Catlin Adams

Jess Robin dreams of a career in popular music, but his father, Cantor Rabinovitch, forbids it, insisting Jess live as a traditional Jew and inherit his position at the synagogue. With the help of friend and professional musician Bubba, Jess gets a chance to go to ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Richard Fleischer
CAST:  Neil Diamond  •  Laurence Olivier  •  Lucie Arnaz  •  Catlin Adams

The Player (1992)

A Hollywood studio executive is being sent death threats by a writer whose script he rejected - but which one?  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Altman
CAST:  Tim Robbins  •  Greta Scacchi  •  Fred Ward  •  Whoopi Goldberg

A Hollywood studio executive is being sent death threats by a writer whose script he rejected - but which one?  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Altman
CAST:  Tim Robbins  •  Greta Scacchi  •  Fred Ward  •  Whoopi Goldberg

The Postman Always Rings Twice (1981)

The sensuous wife of a lunch wagon proprietor and a rootless drifter begin a sordidly steamy affair and conspire to murder her Greek husband.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Bob Rafelson
CAST:  Jack Nicholson  •  Jessica Lange  •  John Colicos  •  Michael Lerner

The sensuous wife of a lunch wagon proprietor and a rootless drifter begin a sordidly steamy affair and conspire to murder her Greek husband.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Bob Rafelson
CAST:  Jack Nicholson  •  Jessica Lange  •  John Colicos  •  Michael Lerner
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