James Olson

James Olson

Highest Rated: 92% Ragtime (1981)

Lowest Rated: 11% Amityville II: The Possession (1982)

Birthday: Oct 08, 1930

Birthplace: Evanston, Illinois, USA

Known for playing distant yet sensitive characters, James Olson began his acting career in the theater, eventually making his first on-screen impression with a stage adaptation, the bizarre military drama "The Strange One," which starred Ben Gazzara. Olson played Tuzenbach in a film version of the Lee Strasberg-directed Chekhov play "The Three Sisters," starring Geraldine Page and Kim Stanley. He also appeared in a television film version of Ibsen's "An Enemy of the People" before winning his best part, Nick Kazlik, the blunt childhood friend of Joanne Woodward's spinster schoolteacher, in Paul Newman's "Rachel, Rachel." In 1971, Olson played a banker in the Blake Edwards western "Wild Rovers," and following this role, he spent most of his career guest-starring on various television shows, mostly crime dramas like "The Streets of San Francisco" and "Police Woman." Olson also made several appearances on the police drama "Hawaii Five-O" in 1972 and "Murder, She Wrote" in 1990. Olson also made notable film performance as a priest in the horror sequel "Amityville II: The Possession" and as Major General Kirby in the Arnold Schwarzenegger action film "Commando."

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Credit
71% 67% Commando Major General Franklin Kirby (Character) $34.9M 1985
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Parade Andy Janacek (Character) - 1984
11% 35% Amityville II: The Possession Father Adamsky (Character) - 1982
92% 77% Ragtime Father (Character) - 1981
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Silent Lovers Victor Seastrom (Character) - 1980
No Score Yet 38% My Sister, My Love David (Character) - 1978
No Score Yet No Score Yet Operation: Runaway Burt Williams (Character) - 1978
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Court-Martial of George Armstrong Custer Gen. George A. Custer (Character) - 1977
No Score Yet 21% The Spell Glenn (Character) - 1977
No Score Yet No Score Yet Law and Order Insp. Ed Shea (Character) - 1976
No Score Yet No Score Yet Man on the Outside Gerald Griffin (Character) - 1975
No Score Yet 12% Strange New World Surgeon (Character) - 1975
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Family Nobody Wanted Carl Doss (Character) - 1975
No Score Yet 29% Someone I Touched Sam Hyatt (Character) - 1975
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Sex Symbol Calvin Bernard (Character) - 1974
No Score Yet No Score Yet Manhunter Walt Hovis (Character) - 1974
No Score Yet No Score Yet A Tree Grows in Brooklyn McShane (Character) - 1974
No Score Yet 20% Incident on a Dark Street Joe Dubbs (Character) - 1973
33% 62% The Groundstar Conspiracy Senator Stanton (Character) - 1972
No Score Yet 17% Crescendo Georges Ryman/Jacques Ryman (Character) - 1972
No Score Yet 20% Paper Man Art Fletcher (Character) - 1971
57% 44% Wild Rovers Joe Billings (Character) - 1971
67% 72% The Andromeda Strain Dr. Mark Hall (Character) - 1971
No Score Yet 4% Moon Zero Two Capt. William H. Kemp (Character) - 1970
86% 77% Rachel, Rachel Nick Kazlik (Character) - 1968
No Score Yet 20% The Sharkfighters Ens. Harold Duncan (Character) - 1956

TV

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet Murder, She Wrote Unknown (Guest Star) 1990
No Score Yet No Score Yet Jake and the Fatman Unknown (Guest Star) 1988
No Score Yet No Score Yet Little House on the Prairie Unknown (Guest Star) 1979
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Misadventures of Sheriff Lobo Unknown (Guest Star) 1979
No Score Yet No Score Yet B.J. and the Bear Unknown (Guest Star) 1979
33% 100% Battlestar Galactica Thane (Guest Star) 1978
No Score Yet No Score Yet Bionic Woman Unknown (Guest Star) 1977
No Score Yet No Score Yet Wonder Woman Unknown (Guest Star) 1977
No Score Yet No Score Yet Police Woman Curry (Guest Star) 1976
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Streets of San Francisco Dr. Jonas Rabb (Guest Star) 1975-1976 1972
No Score Yet No Score Yet Barnaby Jones Unknown (Guest Star) 1976 1973
No Score Yet No Score Yet Cannon Judge Norman Killian (Guest Star) 1975 1972
No Score Yet No Score Yet Maude Unknown (Guest Star) 1975
No Score Yet No Score Yet Harry O Unknown (Guest Star) 1974
No Score Yet No Score Yet Kung Fu Unknown (Guest Star) 1974
No Score Yet No Score Yet Mannix George Lassiter (Guest Star) 1974 1969
No Score Yet No Score Yet Police Story Sgt. Walters (Character) 1973
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Rookies Unknown (Guest Star) 1972
No Score Yet No Score Yet Bonanza Unknown (Guest Star) 1972 1969
No Score Yet No Score Yet Gunsmoke Bebe Stalcup (Guest Star) 1972
No Score Yet No Score Yet Columbo Paul Rifkin (Guest Star) 1972
No Score Yet No Score Yet McCloud Unknown (Guest Star) 1971
No Score Yet No Score Yet Route 66 Thad School (Guest Star) 1963
No Score Yet No Score Yet Have Gun -- Will Travel Unknown (Guest Star) 1958

QUOTES FROM James Olson CHARACTERS

Col. John Matrix says: This was the last time.

General Kirby says: Until a next time.

Col. John Matrix says: No chance.

Patricia Montelli says: (possessed) - Look at me. When I was making my confession, you thought about making love to me. Didn't you?

Patricia Montelli says: (possessed) Look at me. When I was making my confession, you thought about making love to me. Didn't you?

Father Adamsky says: No.

Patricia Montelli says: (possessed) - Look at me! Confess! Dirty priest. You wanted it. You wanted it!

Patricia Montelli says: (possessed) Look at me! Confess! Dirty priest. You wanted it. You wanted it!

Father Adamsky says: (answers the phone) - Hello?

Father Adamsky says: (answers the phone) Hello?

Patricia Montelli says: (who's already DEAD) - Hello?

Patricia Montelli says: (who's already DEAD) Hello?

Father Adamsky says: Who's this?

Patricia Montelli says: (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 says: (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 says: Is it your intention not to show yourself again?

Sonny Montelli says: (possessed) - I could.

Sonny Montelli says: (possessed) I could.

Father Adamsky says: When?

Sonny Montelli says: (possessed) - When I please.

Sonny Montelli says: (possessed) When I please.

Sonny Montelli says: (possessed, and laughing) - I told you you'd have to leave.

Sonny Montelli says: (possessed, and laughing) I told you you'd have to leave.

Father Adamsky says: You wanna destroy this boy's life?

Sonny Montelli says: (possessed) - I do what I want.

Sonny Montelli says: (possessed) I do what I want.

Father Adamsky says: You must leave this boy's body, what your follow presence occupies.

Sonny Montelli says: (possessed) - Why should I leave? I like it here.

Sonny Montelli says: (possessed) Why should I leave? I like it here.

Father Adamsky says: I will cast you out.

Sonny Montelli says: (possessed) - Oh...How?

Sonny Montelli says: (possessed) Oh...How?

Father Adamsky says: With an exorcism.

Sonny Montelli says: (possessed) - You can't do that. You're not authorized.

Sonny Montelli says: (possessed) You can't do that. You're not authorized.

Father Adamsky says: How do you know?

Sonny Montelli says: (possessed) - We know everything.

Sonny Montelli says: (possessed) We know everything.

Father Tom says: Frank, hold on for a minute. Would you least tell me where we're going?

Father Adamsky says: Amityville.

Father Tom says: Why?

Father Adamsky says: Something horrible has happened.

Father Tom says: Frank, you had a dream. I know it must've had a powerful effect on you, but it was just a dream.

Father Adamsky says: I pray to God you're right.

Father Adamsky says: (pulls out the holly sprinkler from his bag) - Now, here's that sprinkler.

Father Adamsky says: (pulls out the holly sprinkler from his bag) Now, here's that sprinkler.

Chancellor says: From which the blood emerged.

Father Adamsky says: That is correct.

Chancellor says: Well, what do you want of me?

Father Adamsky says: Well, I may need a proof for an exorcism.

Chancellor says: An exorcism?

Father Adamsky says: After what happened in that house--

Father Adamsky says: After what happened in that house?

Chancellor says: 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 says: 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 says: Frankly, I don't think we have time!Frankly, I don't think we have time!

Father Adamsky says: Frankly, I don't think we have time! Frankly, I don't think we have time!

Father Adamsky says: (while blessing the house, enters Sonny's room) - Why are you hiding?

Father Adamsky says: (while blessing the house, enters Sonny's room) Why are you hiding?

Sonny Montelli says: I'm not. I just don't wanna talk to anyone. This is my room. I wanna be alone.

Father Adamsky says: Your...your mother ask me to come.

Father Adamsky says: Your, your mother ask me to come.

Sonny Montelli says: So? Bless my mother's room.

Patricia Montelli says: (in the confession booth at church) - It is a big sin.

Patricia Montelli says: (in the confession booth at church) It is a big sin.

Father Adamsky says: Don't be afraid.

Patricia Montelli says: (talking about her brother) - I...went all the way...with...my friend.

Patricia Montelli says: (talking about her brother) I...went all the way...with...my friend.

Father Adamsky says: 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 says: 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 says: We do not love each other.

Father Adamsky says: You don't love each other? Then this is...This is only a sexual matter?

Father Adamsky says: You don't love each other? Then this is, this is only a sexual matter?

Patricia Montelli says: He does it...just...to hurt-

Patricia Montelli says: He does it, just...to hurt.

Father Adamsky says: Well...to hurt who? Hurt you?

Father Adamsky says: Well, to hurt who? Hurt you?

Patricia Montelli says: ...To hurt God.

Patricia Montelli says: To hurt God.