James Tolkan - Rotten Tomatoes

James Tolkan

Highest Rated:   100% Love and Death (1975)
Lowest Rated:   0% Second Sight (1989)
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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

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
90% 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
20% 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
64% Dick Tracy
  • Numbers
1990
74% 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
63% 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
40% Made in Heaven
  • Mr. Bjornstead
1987
14% Armed and Dangerous
  • Brackman
1986
56% 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
17% Nightmares
  • Bishop [Bishop Of Battle]
1983
93% WarGames (War Games)
  • Wigan
1983
No Score Yet Author! Author!
  • Lt. Glass
1982
38% Hanky Panky
  • Conferee
1982
95% Prince of the City
  • D.P. Polito
1981
73% Wolfen
  • Baldy
1981
30% 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
78% They Might Be Giants
  • Mr. Brown
1971
No Score Yet Stiletto
  • Edwards
1969

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
1990-1996
  • Dr. Oates Dr. B. Langford Oates
  • 1990

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