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Brion James

Brion James
James in 48 Hrs, 1982
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Birth nameBrion Howard James
Birth dateFebruary 20, 1945
Place of birthRedlands, California, U.S.
Date of deathAugust 7, 1999(age 54)
Death placeMalibu, California, U.S.

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Brion Howard James (February 20, 1945 - August 7, 1999) was an American character actor. Known for playing the character of Leon Kowalski in the movie Blade Runner, James portrayed a variety of colorful roles in well-known films such as 48 Hrs., Another 48 Hours, Tango & Cash, Silverado, Red Heat, The Player and The Fifth Element. James' commanding screen presence and formidable physique at 6 ft 3 in (1.9 m) tall usually resulted in his casting as a heavy, appearing more frequently in lower budget horror and action films throughout the 1980s and 1990s. James appeared in more than 100 films before he died of a heart attack aged 54.

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