James Olson

James Olson

  • Highest Rated: 91% Ragtime (1981)
  • Lowest Rated: 11% Amityville II: The Possession (1982)
  • Birthday: Oct 8, 1930
  • Birthplace: Not Available
  • A graduate of Northwestern University, actor James Olson did stage work in and around Chicago before his 1956 film bow in The Sharkfighters. Angular and sandy-haired, Olson was well suited to classical stage roles. In films and on television, it was his lot to portray a long line of understanding husbands, doubting doctors, mystery killers and corporate bigwigs. James Olson garnered some of his best reviews for his performance as Joanne Woodward's autumn romance in Rachel, Rachel (1967), under the direction of Paul Newman.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Rating

Title

Credit

Box
Office

Year

No Score Yet Rachel River Jack Canon 1987
70% Commando Major Gen. Franklin Kirby 1985
11% Amityville II: The Possession Father Adamsky 1982
91% Ragtime Father 1981
No Score Yet My Sister, My Love David 1978
No Score Yet The Spell Actor 1977
No Score Yet Someone I Touched Actor 1975
No Score Yet Strange New World Actor 1975
No Score Yet Manhunter Actor 1974
83% The Missiles of October McGeorge Bundy 1974
40% The Groundstar Conspiracy Stanton 1972
No Score Yet Incident on a Dark Street Joe Dubbs 1972
No Score Yet Paper Man Art Fletcher 1971
50% Wild Rovers Joe Billings 1971
67% The Andromeda Strain Dr. Mark Hall 1971
No Score Yet Crescendo Georges/Jacques 1970
No Score Yet Moon Zero Two Bill Kemp 1969
86% Rachel, Rachel Nick Kazlik 1968
No Score Yet The Three Sisters Baron Tuzenbach 1965
No Score Yet The Strange One Roger Gatt 1957
No Score Yet The Sharkfighters Ens. Harold Duncan 1956
No Score Yet Manhunt in Space Actor 1954

TV

Rating

Title

Credit

Year

No Score Yet Murder, She Wrote
1984-1996
Clarence La Rue
  • 1990
No Score Yet Little House on the Prairie
1974-1984
Rev. Edward Danforth
  • 1983
  • 1979
33% Battlestar Galactica
1978-1980
Thane
  • 1978
No Score Yet The Bionic Woman
1976-1978
Rod Kyler
  • 1977
No Score Yet Maude
1972-1978
Sen. Myers
  • 1975
  • 1972
No Score Yet Kung Fu
1972-1975
Damion
  • 1974
No Score Yet Marcus Welby, M.D.
1969-1976
Baxter
  • 1974
No Score Yet Ironside
1967-1975
Wills
  • 1973
  • 1971
No Score Yet Columbo
1968-2003
Rifkin
  • 1972
No Score Yet Gunsmoke
1955-1975
Bede
  • 1972
No Score Yet Bonanza
1959-1973
Vance Kelly
  • 1972
  • 1969

QUOTES FROM James Olson CHARACTERS

Col. John Matrix
This was the last time.
General Kirby
Until a next time.
Col. John Matrix
No chance.
Patricia Montelli
(possessed) - Look at me. When I was making my confession, you thought about making love to me. Didn't you?
Patricia Montelli
(possessed) Look at me. When I was making my confession, you thought about making love to me. Didn't you?
Father Adamsky
No.
Patricia Montelli
(possessed) - Look at me! Confess! Dirty priest. You wanted it. You wanted it!
Patricia Montelli
(possessed) Look at me! Confess! Dirty priest. You wanted it. You wanted it!
Father Adamsky
(answers the phone) - Hello?
Father Adamsky
(answers the phone) Hello?
Patricia Montelli
(who's already DEAD) - Hello?
Patricia Montelli
(who's already DEAD) Hello?
Father Adamsky
Who's this?
Patricia Montelli
(who's already DEAD) - Father Adamsky? Father? I'm worried...I'm worried about Sonny...Afraid of him. I don't know why, but...I think he wants to kill us.
Patricia Montelli
(who's already DEAD) Father Adamsky? Father? I'm worried. I'm worried about Sonny. Afraid of him. I don't know why, but, I think he wants to kill us.
Father Adamsky
Is it your intention not to show yourself again?
Sonny Montelli
(possessed) - I could.
Sonny Montelli
(possessed) I could.
Father Adamsky
When?
Sonny Montelli
(possessed) - When I please.
Sonny Montelli
(possessed) When I please.
Sonny Montelli
(possessed, and laughing) - I told you you'd have to leave.
Sonny Montelli
(possessed, and laughing) I told you you'd have to leave.
Father Adamsky
You wanna destroy this boy's life?
Sonny Montelli
(possessed) - I do what I want.
Sonny Montelli
(possessed) I do what I want.
Father Adamsky
You must leave this boy's body, what your follow presence occupies.
Sonny Montelli
(possessed) - Why should I leave? I like it here.
Sonny Montelli
(possessed) Why should I leave? I like it here.
Father Adamsky
I will cast you out.
Sonny Montelli
(possessed) - Oh...How?
Sonny Montelli
(possessed) Oh...How?
Father Adamsky
With an exorcism.
Sonny Montelli
(possessed) - You can't do that. You're not authorized.
Sonny Montelli
(possessed) You can't do that. You're not authorized.
Father Adamsky
How do you know?
Sonny Montelli
(possessed) - We know everything.
Sonny Montelli
(possessed) We know everything.
Father Tom
Frank, hold on for a minute. Would you least tell me where we're going?
Father Adamsky
Amityville.
Father Tom
Why?
Father Adamsky
Something horrible has happened.
Father Tom
Frank, you had a dream. I know it must've had a powerful effect on you, but it was just a dream.
Father Adamsky
I pray to God you're right.
Father Adamsky
(pulls out the holly sprinkler from his bag) - Now, here's that sprinkler.
Father Adamsky
(pulls out the holly sprinkler from his bag) Now, here's that sprinkler.
Chancellor
From which the blood emerged.
Father Adamsky
That is correct.
Chancellor
Well, what do you want of me?
Father Adamsky
Well, I may need a proof for an exorcism.
Chancellor
An exorcism?
Father Adamsky
After what happened in that house--
Father Adamsky
After what happened in that house?
Chancellor
Wait a minute...Do you believe in ghost strength? - I saw a ghost once. Or at least...what appeared to be a ghost. Although I thought I saw a ghost, there may have been another explanation; likewise in the matter at hand. We must start with you. Make sure, you're seeing what you think you are...The worst thing in this whole area...and you know this, father...is to rush into anything.
Chancellor
Wait a minute...Do you believe in ghost strength? I saw a ghost once. Or at least, what appeared to be a ghost. Although I thought I saw a ghost, there may have been another explanation; likewise in the matter at hand. We must start with you. Make sure, you're seeing what you think you are. The worst thing in this whole area, and you know this father, is to rush into anything.
Father Adamsky
Frankly, I don't think we have time!Frankly, I don't think we have time!
Father Adamsky
Frankly, I don't think we have time! Frankly, I don't think we have time!
Father Adamsky
(while blessing the house, enters Sonny's room) - Why are you hiding?
Father Adamsky
(while blessing the house, enters Sonny's room) Why are you hiding?
Sonny Montelli
I'm not. I just don't wanna talk to anyone. This is my room. I wanna be alone.
Father Adamsky
Your...your mother ask me to come.
Father Adamsky
Your, your mother ask me to come.
Sonny Montelli
So? Bless my mother's room.
Patricia Montelli
(in the confession booth at church) - It is a big sin.
Patricia Montelli
(in the confession booth at church) It is a big sin.
Father Adamsky
Don't be afraid.
Patricia Montelli
(talking about her brother) - I...went all the way...with...my friend.
Patricia Montelli
(talking about her brother) I...went all the way...with...my friend.
Father Adamsky
You must...resist this temptation. One day perhaps you'll...meet someone. Marry. Raise a family. Even if you love him very much, you must resist.
Father Adamsky
You must resist this temptation. One day perhaps you'll...meet someone. Marry. Raise a family. Even if you love him very much, you must resist.
Patricia Montelli
We do not love each other.
Father Adamsky
You don't love each other? Then this is...This is only a sexual matter?
Father Adamsky
You don't love each other? Then this is, this is only a sexual matter?
Patricia Montelli
He does it...just...to hurt-
Patricia Montelli
He does it, just...to hurt.
Father Adamsky
Well...to hurt who? Hurt you?
Father Adamsky
Well, to hurt who? Hurt you?
Patricia Montelli
...To hurt God.
Patricia Montelli
To hurt God.