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

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      MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE, James Tolkan, Chelsea Field, Dolph Lundgren, 1987. BACK TO THE FUTURE, Crispin Glover, James Tolkan, 1985. (c) MCA/Universal Pictures -. BACK TO THE FUTURE PART III, James Tolkan, Michael J. Fox, 1990, (c) Universal LOVE AND DEATH, James Tolkan, Diane Keaton, Woody Allen, 1975 TOP GUN, James Tolkan, 1986

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      50% 32% Phil Spector Judge Fidler (Character) - 2013
      No Score Yet 63% 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% 22% 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
      11% 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
      62% 85% Back to the Future Part II Mr. Strickland (Character) $116.4M 1989
      0% 30% Second Sight Coolidge (Character) $5.3M 1989
      35% 28% Family Business Judge (Character) $11.1M 1989
      No Score Yet 71% True Blood Det. Joseph Hanley (Character) - 1989
      No Score Yet 14% Ministry of Vengeance Col. Freeman (Character) - 1989
      No Score Yet 11% The Case of the Hillside Stranglers Lt. Ed Henderson (Character) - 1989
      No Score Yet 24% 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
      56% 82% Made in Heaven Mr. Bjornstead (Character) $4.6M 1987
      21% 41% Masters of the Universe Detective Lubic (Character) $16.3M 1987
      57% 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
      93% 94% Back to the Future Mr. Strickland (Character) $247.0K 1985
      No Score Yet 48% Iceman Maynard (Character) - 1984
      24% 50% The River Howard Simpson (Character) - 1984
      92% 82% Prince of the City District Attorney Polito (Character) - 1981
      93% 88% Serpico Lt. Steiger (Character) - 1973
      98% 87% The Friends of Eddie Coyle The Man's Contact Man (Character) - 1973

      TV

      Credit
      No Score Yet 80% Expedition: Back to the Future Self 2021
      92% 89% Leverage Dean Chesny (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 87% The Wonder Years Coach Silva (Guest Star) 1993
      0% No Score Yet Tequila and Bonetti Unknown (Guest Star) 1992
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Equalizer Ruger (Guest Star) 1989
      71% 85% Miami Vice Mason Mather (Guest Star) 1987
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Mary Lester Mintz (Character) 1985-1986
      97% No Score Yet Hill Street Blues Coach Beasley (Guest Star) 1985