BRION JAMES

 

 

The late Brian James was in a number of films with Rutger Hauer, including Flesh and Blood and Blade Runner

 

Born 20 February 1945 - Beaumont, California

Died: 7 August 1999

 

Brion James was a formidable person both on and off screen.  He was 6ft 3inches tall with blond hair, easy to recognize.   Brian played very many villains in his career, he was very good in this sort of role, although he has been in a number westerns he has been in horror films and science fiction films - notably Blade Runner with Rutger Hauer.

Brion was born in February 1945, in Redlands, California.  The family moved to Beaumont, California, where his parents owned and operated a movie theatre.  He loved the theatre life and eventually studied in San Diego State University's Theatre Arts program.

But it was in BLADE RUNNER, the Ridley Scott version of the Phillip K. Dick science fiction novel "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep", that Brion James finally got the recognision he deserved. He played the part of 'Leon' the replicant who escaped from the 'Off World' to find a (substantially longer) life cycle for himself and his companions on Earth, along side Rutger Hauer. During the course of the film, James' character, a villainous foe of Harrison Ford's heroic Blade Runner (a futuristic policeman) can be heard uttering several lines of dialogue that have become ingrained into the catchphrase-crazy subconscious that some science fiction fans thrive on. "I'll tell you about my Mother!" and "Wake up. Time to die!" are just two of 'Leon's' phrases that have become synonymous with Brion James' interpretation of this role.

Brion James died on August 7th, 1999. He had been suffering chest pains the previous day at his home in Malibu, California and was under medical care at the UCLA Medical Centre when he died of a heart attack.

 

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