James Tolkan

James Tolkan

Highest Rated: 98% The Friends of Eddie Coyle (1973)

Lowest Rated: Not Available

Birthday: Jun 20, 1931

Birthplace: Calumet, Michigan, USA

An immediately recognizable if not always identifiable character actor for over a half-century, James Tolkan provided volume and venom as hot-wired authority figures in such popular films as "Serpico" (1973), "WarGames" (1983), "Top Gun" (1986) and the "Back to the Future" trilogy (1985, 1989, 1990). Though frequently billed far down on the cast list, Tolkan immediately captured audiences' attention through his fire-breathing delivery and demeanor; actors ranging from Al Pacino and Tom Cruise to Joe Mantegna and J.T. Walsh did their best to stand toe-to-toe with him in a scene and not get singed. The 1980s were Tolkan's most prolific period, with "Top Gun" and the first two "Future" films introducing him to the widest audience. In subsequent years, he worked largely in television, though the small screen did little to reduce his outsized energy. One of Hollywood's busiest supporting players, James Tolkan was also one of its most formidable, and in turn, one of its most memorable.

Highest rated movies

The Friends of Eddie Coyle
Back to the Future
Prince of the City
Serpico Back to the Future Part III Back to the Future Part II Top Gun
Made in Heaven

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Filmography

Movies

Credit
50% 32% Phil Spector Judge Fidler (Character) - 2013
No Score Yet 62% Heavens Fall Thomas Knight, Sr. (Character) - 2006
No Score Yet 50% Seven Times Lucky Dutch (Character) - 2004
No Score Yet No Score Yet Love in Ambush Agent Price (Character) - 1997
No Score Yet 43% Underworld Dan "Iceberg" Eagan (Character) $12.6K 1996
No Score Yet No Score Yet Robo Warriors Quon (Character) - 1996
No Score Yet 57% Sketch Artist II: Hands That See Tonelli (Character) - 1995
No Score Yet No Score Yet Beyond Betrayal Joe Maloney (Character) - 1994
17% 21% Boiling Point Levitt (Character) $9.0M 1993
No Score Yet No Score Yet Cobra Dallas Cassel (Character) - 1993
No Score Yet 20% Sketch Artist Tonelli (Character) - 1992
No Score Yet 40% Hangfire Patch (Character) - 1991
No Score Yet 17% Driving Me Crazy Vince (Character) - 1991
80% 78% Back to the Future Part III Chief Marshal James Strickland (Character) - 1990
13% 47% Opportunity Knocks Sal (Character) $10.1M 1990
No Score Yet No Score Yet Sunset Beat Ray Parker (Character) - 1990
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Hillside Stranglers Lt. Ed Henderson (Character) - 1989
65% 85% Back to the Future Part II Mr. Strickland (Character) $116.4M 1989
0% 30% Second Sight Coolidge (Character) $5.3M 1989
No Score Yet 14% Ministry of Vengeance Col. Freeman (Character) - 1989
38% 28% Family Business Judge (Character) $11.1M 1989
No Score Yet 71% True Blood Det. Joseph Hanley (Character) - 1989
No Score Yet 11% The Case of the Hillside Stranglers Lt. Ed Henderson (Character) - 1989
No Score Yet 26% Split Decisions Benny Pistone (Character) $423.3K 1988
No Score Yet No Score Yet Viper Col. William Tansey (Character) - 1988
No Score Yet No Score Yet Weekend War Dr. Alex Thompson (Character) - 1988
53% 83% Made in Heaven Mr. Bjornstead (Character) $4.6M 1987
22% 41% Masters of the Universe Detective Lubic (Character) $16.3M 1987
58% 83% Top Gun Stinger (Character) $179.8M 1986
No Score Yet 78% Little Spies The Kennel Master (Character) - 1986
No Score Yet 25% Off Beat Harry (Character) $4.1M 1986
97% 94% Back to the Future Mr. Strickland (Character) $247.0K 1985
No Score Yet 48% Iceman Maynard (Character) - 1984
24% 49% The River Howard Simpson (Character) - 1984
92% 81% Prince of the City District Attorney Polito (Character) - 1981
98% 87% The Friends of Eddie Coyle The Man's Contact Man (Character) - 1973
91% 88% Serpico Lt. Steiger (Character) - 1973

TV

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet Expedition: Back to the Future Self 2021
92% 88% Leverage Unknown (Guest Star) 2011
No Score Yet No Score Yet Early Edition Unknown (Guest Star) 1996
No Score Yet No Score Yet Nowhere Man Unknown (Guest Star) 1996
No Score Yet 84% The Wonder Years Coach Silva (Guest Star) 1993
0% No Score Yet Tequila and Bonetti Unknown (Guest Star) 1992
No Score Yet 100% The Equalizer Unknown (Guest Star) 1989
71% 91% Miami Vice Unknown (Guest Star) 1987
No Score Yet No Score Yet Mary Lester Mintz (Character) 1985-1986
97% 100% Hill Street Blues Coach Beasley (Guest Star) 1985