James Tolkan

Highest Rated: 100% Love and Death (1975)
Lowest Rated: 0% Second Sight (1989)
Birthday: Jun 20, 1931
Birthplace: Calumet, Michigan, USA
Upon leaving the Midwest where he was born, raised, and educated (University of Iowa), James Tolkan headed for New York, where he studied acting with Stella Adler. In movies since 1969, Tolkan has been seen in gritty urban character roles in such films as The Friends of Eddie Coyle (1973), Author! Author! (1981), Off Beat (1985), and Made in Heaven (1987). In the first two Back to the Future films, Tolkan appeared as acerbic high school teacher Strickland; in Top Gun (1986), he was seen as Stinger; and in Dick Tracy (1990), he showed up as minor criminal Numbers. On television, James Tolkan appeared on the short-lived 1985 Mary Tyler Moore sitcom Mary as mobster Lester Mintz, and on both installments of the two-episode Sunset Beat (1990), in which he played Captain Parker.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
91% Bone Tomahawk Pianist 2015
No Score Yet Back In Time Actor 2015
50% Phil Spector Judge Fidler 2013
No Score Yet Heavens Fall Thomas Knight Sr. 2006
No Score Yet Seven Times Lucky Dutch 2004
No Score Yet Underworld Dan 'Iceberg' Eagan 1996
No Score Yet Robo Warriors Quon 1996
No Score Yet Sketch Artist II Dave 1995
No Score Yet Beyond Betrayal Joe Maloney 1994
18% Boiling Point Levitt 1993
No Score Yet Bloodfist IV: Die Trying Actor 1992
No Score Yet Sketch Artist Tonelliu 1992
No Score Yet Driving Me Crazy Vince 1991
7% Problem Child 2 Thorn 1991
No Score Yet Hangfire Patch 1991
63% Dick Tracy Numbers 1990
75% Back to the Future Part III Marshal Strickland 1990
13% Opportunity Knocks Sal Nichols 1990
38% Family Business Judge 1989
0% Second Sight Coolidge 1989
No Score Yet Ministry of Vengeance Col. Freeman 1989
No Score Yet True Blood Lt. Joe Hanley 1989
No Score Yet The Case of the Hillside Stranglers Lt. Ed Henderson 1989
65% Back to the Future Part II Strickland 1989
No Score Yet Viper Col. William Tansey 1988
No Score Yet Split Decisions Benny Platone 1988
No Score Yet Leap of Faith Dr. Siegel 1988
No Score Yet Weekend War Col. Thompson 1988
17% Masters of the Universe Detective Lubic 1987
45% Made in Heaven Mr. Bjornstead 1987
11% Armed and Dangerous Brackman 1986
55% Top Gun Stinger 1986
No Score Yet Off Beat Harry 1986
No Score Yet Little Spies Actor 1986
96% Back to the Future Strickland $3M 1985
No Score Yet Walls Of Glass Turner 1985
20% Turk 182! Hanley 1985
No Score Yet The River Howard Simpson 1984
No Score Yet Iceman Maynard 1984
29% Nightmares Bishop [Bishop Of Battle] 1983
93% WarGames (War Games) Wigan 1983
No Score Yet Author! Author! Lt. Glass 1982
33% Hanky Panky Conferee 1982
91% Prince of the City D.P. Polito 1981
75% Wolfen Baldy 1981
29% The Amityville Horror Coroner 1979
No Score Yet Independence Tom Paine 1976
100% Love and Death Napoleon 1975
90% Serpico Steiger 1973
100% The Friends of Eddie Coyle The Man's Contact Man 1973
73% They Might Be Giants Mr. Brown 1971
No Score Yet Stiletto Edwards 1969

TV

CREDIT
No Score Yet The Wonder Years
1988-1993
Silva
  • 1993
No Score Yet The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
1990-1996
Dr. Oates Dr. B. Langford Oates
  • 1990
No Score Yet The Equalizer
1985-1989
Ruger
  • 1989
No Score Yet Miami Vice
1984-1990
Mason Mather
  • 1987
No Score Yet Remington Steele
1982-1987
Norman Keyes Keyes
  • 1987
  • 1986
  • 1985
No Score Yet Hill Street Blues
1981-1987
  • 1985
No Score Yet Cobra
1994
Dallas Cassel
50% Sunset Beat
1992
Ray Parker

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