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James B. Sikking



James B. Sikking (the "B" stands for Barrie, as in James M. Barrie, his parents' favorite author) was active in student theatricals at the University of California-Santa Barbara, UCLA and the University of Hawaii. Sikking's first film was 1963's The Strangler; his subsequent movie work found him alternating between punkish villains and steely authority types. His earliest regular TV stint was as Dr. James Hobart, one of Rachel Ames' many amours, on the daytime drama General Hospital. If we bypass his brief stint as cosmetics executive Geoffrey St. James in the mercifully short-lived 1979 sitcom Turnabout, we can regard Lt. Howard Hunter on Hill Street Blues as Sikking's first recurring prime-time TV characterization. Looking like a cross between George C. Scott and Roy Scheider on both of their bad days, Lt. Hunter was Hill Street Station's gonzo SWAT team leader, eager to prove his worth by blowing a hole in anyone who looks at him cross-eyed. It is to Sikking's credit that he invested this initially two-dimensional character with depth and humanity, so much so that Hunter caused viewers' hearts to skip a beat or two when he attempted suicide in a 1984 episode. Sikking remained with H.S.B. until its cancellation in 1987, moving on to such assignments as "The Old Man" in the Jean Shepherd-inspired cable flick Ollie Hopnoodle's Haven of Bliss (1989). From 1989 to 1993, Sikking co-starred as Dr. David Howser, father of 16-year-old medical genius Neil Patrick Harris, on the weekly sitcom Doogie Howser MD. James B. Sikking's recent film credits include the pompous Captain Styles in Star Trek 3: The Search for Spock (1984) and FBI chief Denton Voglers in The Pelican Brief (1994).

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
10% Proud American
  • Actor
2008
14% Made of Honor
  • Reverend Foote
2008
65% Fever Pitch
  • Doug Meeks
2005
No Score Yet Nowhere to Land
  • George Eller
2000
No Score Yet Mutiny
  • Lt. Cmdr. Tynan
1999
No Score Yet Danielle Steel's 'The Ring'
  • Sam Liebman
1996
No Score Yet Tyson
  • Bill Clayton
1995
No Score Yet In Pursuit of Honor
  • General Douglas MacArthur
1995
No Score Yet Jake Lassiter: Justice on the Bayou
  • Dr. Roger Salisbury
1995
No Score Yet Dead Badge
  • Wheeler/ Feld
1994
No Score Yet Seduced by Evil
  • Nick Lindsay
1994
52% The Pelican Brief
  • Denton Voyles
1993
No Score Yet Doing Time on Maple Drive
  • Phil Carter
1992
No Score Yet Final Approach
  • Col. Jason Halsey
1991
58% Narrow Margin
  • Nelson
1990
No Score Yet The Final Days
  • Actor
1989
No Score Yet Desperado: Badlands Justice
  • Clarke
1989
No Score Yet Ollie Hopnoodle's Haven of Bliss
  • Old Man
1988
No Score Yet Bay Coven
  • Nicholas Kline
1987
14% Soul Man
  • Bill Watson
1986
No Score Yet Dress Gray
  • Major Bassett
1986
No Score Yet Morons from Outer Space
  • Col. Laribee
1985
79% Star Trek III - The Search for Spock
  • Capt. Styles
1984
No Score Yet Up the Creek
  • Tozer
1984
71% The Star Chamber
  • Dr. Harold Lewin
1983
58% Outland
  • Sgt. Montone
1981
100% The Competition
  • Brudnell
1980
93% Ordinary People
  • Ray
1980
68% The Electric Horseman
  • Dietrich
1979
No Score Yet A Woman Called Moses
  • Actor
1978
61% Capricorn One
  • Control Room Man
1978
No Score Yet Brother on the Run
  • Actor
1978
No Score Yet Kill Me If You Can
  • Mr. Lea
1977
58% The Terminal Man
  • Ralph Friedman
1974
No Score Yet The New Centurions
  • Sgt. Anders
1972
No Score Yet The Magnificent Seven Ride!
  • Hayes
1972
No Score Yet Chandler
  • Bogardy
1971
No Score Yet Man on a String
  • Actor
1971
No Score Yet The Night God Screamed
  • Actor
1971
No Score Yet Daddy's Gone A-Hunting
  • FBI Agent Menchell
1969
No Score Yet Charro!
  • Gunner
1969
97% Point Blank
  • Hired Gun
1967
91% Von Ryan's Express
  • American Soldier
1965
No Score Yet The Strangler
  • Artist
1964
No Score Yet Man on the Run
  • Actor
1949
No Score Yet Man on the Run
  • Actor

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
98% Curb Your Enthusiasm
2000-2011
  • WASPy interviewer #2
No Score Yet Little House on the Prairie
1974-1984
  • Franklin Mr. Franklin

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