James Sikking Biography

Birthday: 1934-03-05
Place of Birth: Los Angeles, California USA
Height: 6' 1" (1.85 m)
Wiki Biography: James B. Sikking is probably best known for his yeoman work as hard-charging--and hard-headed--SWAT leader Lt. Howard Hunter on the classic police drama "Hill Street Blues" (1981). The Los Angeles native was born in 1934, the son of Unity ministers. His full name--James Barrie Sikking--was given to him as J.M. Barrie (of "Peter Pan" fame) was his parents' favorite author at the time. Graduating from El Segundo High School, Sikking's interest in acting started after participating in various college plays while a student at the University of California-Santa Barbara, UCLA and the University of Hawaii. He made his professional stage debut with a production of "Damn Yankees" and broke into films with unbilled work in Five Guns West (1955) and The Revolt of Mamie Stover (1956). He finally started receiving billing in the 1960s, albeit bit parts in films and TV, as minor villains or in-charge types with such roles as a professional assassin in Point Blank (1967), the head of vice squad in The New Centurions (1972) and a CIA agent in Scorpio (1973) coming his way. Sikking's first steady TV job was playing Dr. James Hobart for three years on the daytime soap "General Hospital" (1963) during the 1970s. Moving into "Grade A" quality films in the early 1980s, he still stayed pretty much in the background with little chance to shine, such as his playing of Donald Sutherland's white-collar business buddy in the Oscar-winning Ordinary People (1980). It took his scene-stealing role as the gung-ho, often volatile and emotionally unpredictable Lt. Hunter on "Hill Street Blues," however, to alter the course of his career. Following the show's demise after six seasons, Sikking continued to move around in the top supporting ranks, finding steady work on TV as David Howser, Neil Patrick Harris' doctor dad on "Doogie Howser, M.D." (1989) and in important roles in such mini-movies as Doing Time on Maple Drive (1992) (TV). Continuing in such movies as Star Trek III: The Search for Spock (1984), Narrow Margin (1990) and The Pelican Brief (1993), typically playing various authoritarians, he had a rare movie co-lead in Final Approach (1991). Long married to wife Florine, whom he met while at UCLA, his son Andrew Sikking is also an actor.

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TV Title Appeared As Year Genre
The Outer Limits (1963) Botany / ... 1963 - 1965
Hill Street Blues Lt. Howard Hunter 1985 - 1986 Drama
Soul Man 1986 Comedy
Doogie Howser, M.D. Dr. David Howser 1989 - 1993 Comedy
Brooklyn South Capt. Stan Jonas 1997 - 1998 Crime
Final Approach 2004 Sci Fi
Movies Title Appeared As Year Genre
The Magnificent Seven Ride Captain Andy Hayes 1972
Family Flight 1972 Drama
The New Centurions 1972 Crime, Drama
The Terminal Man 1975 Sci Fi, Thriller
Capricorn One 1977 0, 0, Game Show
The Electric Horseman 1979 Comedy, Drama
Ordinary People 1980 0
Outland 1981 Sport, Game Show, 0, 0
The Star Chamber 1983 0, Comedy, 0
Up the Creek 1984
Morons from Outer Space 1985 Comedy, Sci Fi
Soul Man 1986 Comedy, Romance
Narrow Margin 1990 0, Game Show
Final Approach Col. Jason Halsey 1991 Thriller
The Pelican Brief FBI Director Denton Voyles 1993 Crime, Drama, Mystery
Made of Honor Reverend Foote 2008 0
American Primitive William Cauldicott 2013 Drama, Family
The Competition 2018 0