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William James Remar is an American actor and voice-over artist who has featured in numerous roles in film, television, and video games throughout his thirty-five year career. He provided the voice for Tonraq from Book Two onward in The Legend of Korra, taking over the role from Carlos Alazraqui.

The Legend of Korra credits

Tonraq

Character information: Tonraq

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Television work

Filmography

Other credits

Life and career

Remar was born in Boston, Massachusetts, the son of Elizabeth Mary, a state mental health official, and S. Roy Remar, an attorney.

He has spent a good portion of his film career portraying antagonists. He first gained notoriety for playing the aggressively sexual and violent character Ajax in Walter Hill's 1979 cult classic film The Warriors and the murdering sociopath Albert Ganz in the 1982 hit 48 Hrs. In 1980, he starred in the film Windwalker as a youthful version of the eponymous character and later played real-life 1930s-era gangster Dutch Shultz in the 1984 film The Cotton Club.

Remar was originally cast as Corporal Hicks in the 1986 science-fiction/horror film Aliens but was replaced by Michael Biehn shortly after filming began due to "creative differences" with director James Cameron. In 1996, Remar played Quill, one of the primary antagonists in The Phantom, opposite Billy Zane, and he inherited the role of Lord Raiden from Christopher Lambert in the 1997 film Mortal Kombat: Annihilation.

Remar's television work includes roles in Miami Vice, Hill Street Blues, Sex and the City, Tales from the Crypt, Jericho, Third Watch, Battlestar Galactica, The X-Files, and The Grid. He starred as Tiny Bellows on the short-lived television series The Huntress and voiced Katar Hol/Hawkman in the animated series Justice League Unlimited. Remar co-starred in the popular Showtime series Dexter as Dexter Morgan's adoptive father, Harry Morgan, for which he received a Saturn Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor. In 2010, he guest-starred as Giuseppe Salvatore in The Vampire Diaries and in Flash Forward as James Ermine. He voiced the villainous Vilgax in Ben 10: Alien Force and Ben 10: Ultimate Alien, replacing Steve Blum. He guest starred in Private Practice as Gibby, a physician who works with Doctors Without Borders, and has a recurring role in the FX series Wilfred as Henry Newman, the father of the protagonist.

Awards

  • 2012: Won an Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films Lifetime Career Award
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