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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 American 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 feet 3 inches (1.91 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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|Corvette Summer||Wayne's Car Wash Henchman||1978|
|Blade Runner||Leon Kowalski||1982|
|48 Hrs.||Ben Kehoe||1982|
|Flesh + Blood||Karsthans||1985|
|Tango & Cash||Requin||1989|
|Another 48 Hrs.||Ben Kehoe||1990|
|The Player||Joel Levison||1992|
|Striking Distance||Det. Eddie Eiler||1993|
|Steel Frontier||General J.W. Quantrell||1995|
|The Fifth Element||General Munro||1997|
|Back in Business||Emery Ryker||1997|