J.E. Freeman

J.E. Freeman

Born: February 2, 1946
Died: August 9, 2014 (at age 68)
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States
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Biography

J. E. Freeman (February 2, 1946 - August 9, 2014) was an American actor, often cast in tough-guy roles.

He was perhaps best known for his menacing characters roles, such as the evil mobster Marcello Santos in David Lynch's Wild at Heart, the ferocious henchman Eddie Dane in Miller's Crossing, and the infamous scientist Mason Wren in Alien: Resurrection.

Acting career

Freeman trained as an actor with Jean Shelton at Shelton Studios in the San Francisco area in the 1970s. He was nominated for best actor for playing Teach in the West Coast premiere of David Mamet's American Buffalo, which also featured George Eckel and Charles Bouvier. After directing Look Back in Anger in 1979, Freeman moved to Los Angeles to pursue his film career. His first movie appearance was in the early 1980s action film An Eye for an Eye in which he played a tow-truck driver who minces words with Chuck Norris. His other notable films include Ruthless People, Patriot Games, Copycat, and Go.

Personal life

James E. Freeman attended Bishop Loughlin Memorial High School in Brooklyn, New York. He was a three-year member of the track team. He graduated from Bishop Loughlin in 1964. As a high school student, Jim was assertively conservative. Freeman was openly gay. At age 22, he revealed his sexuality to the United States Marine Corps, leading to his discharge. He had been HIV-positive since around 1984. In 2009, he published a letter to the editor on sfgate.com, describing his reminiscences of the 1969 Stonewall riots. He also wrote poetry and had a tumblr blog (Freedapoet) dedicated to his poetry.

Freeman retired from acting in 2004. He died in the evening of August 9, 2014. He was 68.

Filmography

  • 1981 : An Eye for an Eye : Tow Truck Dude
  • 1982 : Twice Upon a Time
  • 1986 : Hard Travelling : Ed Sloan
  • 1986 : Ruthless People : The Bedroom Killer
  • 1988 : Terrorist on Trial: The United States vs. Salim Ajami
  • 1988 : The Couch Trip : Unger
  • 1990 : Wild at Heart : Santos
  • 1990 : Miller's Crossing : Eddie Dane
  • 1991 : One Good Cop : Captain Shreiber
  • 1991 : The Doctor : Ralph
  • 1991 : Aces: Iron Eagle III : Ames
  • 1992 : Memphis (TV) : Podjo Harris
  • 1992 : Patriot Games : Marty Cantor
  • 1993 : Casualties of Love: The Long Island Lolita Story : Marty Algar
  • 1994 : Mother's Boys : Everett
  • 1994 : It Could Happen to You : Sal
  • 1994 : There Goes My Baby : George
  • 1995 : Copycat : Thomas Quinn
  • 1997 : Dream with the Fishes : Joe, Nick's father
  • 1997 : Alien: Resurrection : Wren
  • 1997 : The Man Who Knew Too Little : CIA Man
  • 1998 : Fool's Gold
  • 1998 : Dance with Me (uncredited)
  • 1999 : Go : Vic Sr
  • 2000 : Auggie Rose : Pawn Shop Owner
  • 2000 : Along for the Ride : Jake Cowens
  • 2000 : Skeleton Woman : Luigi
  • 2001 : Suspended Animation : Philip Boulette
  • 2003 : 44 Minutes: The North Hollywood Shoot-Out (TV) : Police commander
  • 2003 : Carolina
  • 2003 : Mystery Woman (TV) : Ian Philby
  • 2004 : Tremors 4: The Legend Begins : Old Fred

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