James Tolkan

Biography

James S. Tolkan (born June 20, 1931) is an American actor, often cast as a strict, overbearing, bald-headed authority figure. Biography Personal Life He was born in Calumet, Michigan, the son of Ralph M. Tolkan, a cattle dealer, and attended the University of Iowa, Coe College, the Actors Studio and Eastern Arizona College. Tolkan currently lives in Lake Placid, New York and is an active participant in the Saranac Lake Pool League. Career Tolkan is known for his role in the 1985 film Back to the Future as the strict, disciplinarian Hill Valley High School principal Gerald Strickland. He referred to Marty McFly, his father, and Biff Tannen derisively as "slackers." He reprised the role in the 1989 sequel Back to the Future Part II, where unnamed gang members made a drive-by assault on him in a bleak alternate present (then 1985)-he also referred to these criminals as "slackers" as he shot back(The character of Principal Strickland is sometimes credited with coining the 1990s' slang term "Slacker"). In 1990, he played the part of Mr. Strickland's grandfather in Back to the Future Part III. Other well-known roles include a government agent in WarGames and Stinger, the no-nonsense officer in the 1986 box-office hit Top Gun. He portrayed the role of cold and determined District Attorney Polito in Sidney Lumet's Prince of the City. He also appeared in the 1987 film Masters of the Universe as Detective Lubic. He played a dual role in the Woody Allen comedy Love and Death, playing both Napoleon and a look-alike. He also appeared as Big Boy Caprice's accountant "Numbers" in the 1990 Warren Beatty film Dick Tracy. Tolkan has also made guest appearances on many TV shows, including Naked City, Remington Steele, Miami Vice and The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. A member of the repertory cast of A Nero Wolfe Mystery (2001–2002), he played more than a dozen varied roles in the A&E TV series and also directed two episodes ("Die Like a Dog" and "The Next Witness"). Filmography As Actor: 2012 Untitled Phil Spector Biopic (TV movie) (post-production) Judge Fidler 2011 Leverage (TV series) – The Cross My Heart Job (2011) … Dean Chesny 2006 Heavens Fall Thomas Knight, Sr. 2004 Seven Times Lucky Dutch 2001-2002 A Nero Wolfe Mystery (TV series) Avery Ballou / Benedict Aiken / Bernard Quest / … / ... 21 episodes 1999 Wings: Thrill of Flight Host 1997 The Pretender (TV series) – Dragon House: Part 1 (1997) … FBI Special Agent Korkos – Dragon House: Part 2 (1997) … FBI Special Agent Korkos 1997 Love in Ambush Agent Price 1997 Robo Warriors Quon 1996 Early Edition (TV series) – Hoops (1996) … Coach Philips 1996 Underworld Dan 'Iceberg' Eagan 1996 Nowhere Man (TV series) – Heart of Darkness (1996) … Commander Cyrus Quinn 1996 Top Gun: Fire at Will (Video Game) Commander Hondo 1995 Sketch Artist II: Hands That See (TV movie) Tonelli 1994 Beyond Betrayal (TV movie) Joe Maloney 1993-1994 Cobra (TV series) Dallas Cassel - 22 episodes » 1994 River of Stone 1993/I Boiling Point Levitt 1993 The Wonder Years (TV series) – Hulk Arnold (1993) … Coach Silva 1992-1993 The Hat Squad (TV series) Mike Ragland - 3 episodes 1992 Bloodfist IV: Die Trying (video) Agent Sterling 1992 Sketch Artist (TV movie) Lt. Tonelli 1992 Tequila and Bonetti (TV series) – Fetch This, Pal (1992) 1991 Problem Child 2 Mr. Thorn 1991 Tales from the Crypt (TV series) – The Trap (1991) … Sgt. McClaine 1991 Driving Me Crazy Vince 1991 Hangfire Patch 1990 The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (TV series) – Day Damn One (1990) … Dr. Oates 1990 Dick Tracy Numbers 1990 Back to the Future Part III Marshal James Strickland 1990 Sunset Beat (TV movie) Ray Parker 1990 Sunset Beat (TV series) – One Down, Four Up (1990) … Ray Parker 1990 Opportunity Knocks Sal 1989 Family Business Judge (as James S. Tolkan) 1989 Back to the Future Part II Strickland 1989 Second Sight Coolidge 1989 Ministry of Vengeance Col. Freeman 1989 True Blood Det. Joseph Hanley 1989 The Case of the Hillside Stranglers (TV movie) Lt. Ed Henderson 1989 The Equalizer (TV series) – The Visitation (1989) … Ruger 1988 Split Decisions Benny Pistone 1988 Leap of Faith (TV movie) Doctor Siegel 1988 Viper Col. William Tansey 1988 Weekend War (TV movie) Dr. Alex Thompson (as James B. Tolkan) 1987 Miami Vice (TV series) – Amen... Send Money (1987) … Mason Mather 1987 Made in Heaven Mr. Bjornstead 1987 Masters of the Universe Detective Lubic 1985-1987 Remington Steele (TV series) Norman Keyes - 5 episodes 1986 Disneyland (TV series) – Little Spies (1986) … The Kennel Master 1986 Armed and Dangerous Lou Brackman 1986 Top Gun Stinger 1986 Off Beat Harry 1985-1986 Mary (TV series) Lester Mintz - 13 episodes » 1985 Walls of Glass Turner 1985 Back to the Future Mr. Strickland 1985 Hill Street Blues (TV series) – Queen for a Day (1985) … Coach Beasley 1985 Turk 182! Hanley 1984 The River Howard Simpson 1984 Iceman Maynard 1983 Nightmares Voice of The Bishop (segment "Bishop of Battle") (voice) 1983 WarGames Nigan 1983 American Playhouse (TV series) – Wings (1983) … Billy 1982 Author! Author! Lt. Glass 1982 Hanky Panky Conferee 1981 Prince of the City District Attorney Polito 1981 Wolfen Baldy 1979 The Amityville Horror Coroner 1976 Independence (short) Tom Paine 1975 Love and Death Napoleon 1973 Serpico Steiger (as James Tolkin) 1973 The Werewolf of Washington Dark Glasses 1973 The Friends of Eddie Coyle The Man's contact man 1971 They Might Be Giants Mr. Brown 1969 Stiletto Edwards 1969 N.Y.P.D. (TV series) – The Night Watch (1969) 1966 The Three Sisters (as James Tolkin) 1962 Armstrong Circle Theatre (TV series) – Episode #12.22 (1962) … Stefan Malwitz – The Man Who Refused to Die (1962) … Stefan Malwitz 1960 Naked City (TV series) – The Man Who Bit a Diamond in Half (1960) … Mail Clerk (as Jim Tolkan)

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Birth Name

James Stewart Tolkan

Birth Place

Calumet, Michigan, USA

Birth Date

6/20/1931
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Wolfen

Baldy

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Robo Warriors

Quon

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True Blood

Det. Joseph Hanley

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Cobra

Dallas Cassel (22 episodes, 1993-1994)

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7 Times Lucky

Dutch

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Beyond Betrayal

Joe Maloney

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The Case of the Hillside Stranglers

Lt. Ed Henderson

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Hangfire

Patch

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Sketch Artist II: Hands That See

Tonelli

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Sketch Artist

Tonelli

Starring In
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Bone Tomahawk

Pianist

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Back In Time

Himself

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Phil Spector

Judge Fidler

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Heavens Fall

Thomas Knight, Sr.

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7 Times Lucky

Dutch

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Ministry of Vengeance

Col. Freeman

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Robo Warriors

Quon

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Underworld

Dan 'Iceberg' Eagan

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Sketch Artist II: Hands That See

Tonelli

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Beyond Betrayal

Joe Maloney

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Boiling Point

Levitt

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Cobra

Dallas Cassel (22 episodes, 1993-1994)

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Sketch Artist

Tonelli

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Bloodfist IV: Die Trying

Agent Sterling

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Problem Child 2

Mr. Thorn

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Hangfire

Patch

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Driving Me Crazy

Vince

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Dick Tracy

Numbers

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Back to the Future Part III

Marshal Strickland

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Opportunity Knocks

Sal

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Family Business

Judge (as James S. Tolkan)

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Back to the Future Part II

Strickland

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The Case of the Hillside Stranglers

Lt. Ed Henderson

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True Blood

Det. Joseph Hanley

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Second Sight

Coolidge

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Split Decisions

Benny Pistone

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Masters of the Universe

Detective Lubic

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Made in Heaven

Mr. Bjornstead

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Top Gun

Stinger

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Off Beat

Harry

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Armed and Dangerous

Lou Brackman

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Back to the Future

Mr. Strickland

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Turk 182!

Hanley

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The River

Howard Simpson

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Iceman

Maynard

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Nightmares

Voice of The Bishop (segment "Bishop of Battle") (voice)

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WarGames

Nigan

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Hanky Panky

Conferee

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Author! Author!

Lt. Glass

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Wolfen

Baldy

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Prince of the City

Assistant U.S. Atty. George Polito

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The Amityville Horror

Coroner

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Love and Death

Napoleon Bonaparte

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Serpico

Steiger (as James Tolkin)

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Werewolf of Washington

Dark Glasses

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The Friends of Eddie Coyle

The Man's contact man

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They Might Be Giants

Mr. Brown

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Stiletto

Edwards

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