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Also Known As: James Barrie Sikking, James Sikking, Jim Sikking Died:
Born: March 5, 1934 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Los Angeles, California, USA Profession: actor

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This stern-featured veteran character actor excels at playing tightly wound and officious fathers, professionals, and other would-be martinets. James B. Sikking may have made his enduring impression on pop culture as Lieutenant Howard Hunter, the pipe-smoking, somewhat prissy but still gung ho S.W.A.T. team leader, on the Steven Bochco-produced "Hill Street Blues" (NBC, 1981-87). Though initially depicted as fairly ridiculous, Hunter became more sympathetic and complex as the series progressed. Sikking enjoyed another healthy run as the kindly but no-nonsense doctor dad of a 16-year-old surgeon on Bochco's "Doogie Howser, M.D." (ABC, 1989-93) and returned to series TV as an internal affairs officer on Bochco's "Brooklyn South" (CBS, 1997-98. One of Sikking's earliest TV jobs was a stint on the ever popular ABC daytime serial "General Hospital", as Dr. James Hobart, the troubled physician in the life of Audrey (Rachel Ames). He went on to amass over 200 TV guest shots on a wide array of series and became a familiar face in TV-movies and miniseries. Notable among the latter were his performances as Attorney General Elliot Richardson in "The Final Days" (ABC, 1989), the stern patriarch in the superior...

This stern-featured veteran character actor excels at playing tightly wound and officious fathers, professionals, and other would-be martinets. James B. Sikking may have made his enduring impression on pop culture as Lieutenant Howard Hunter, the pipe-smoking, somewhat prissy but still gung ho S.W.A.T. team leader, on the Steven Bochco-produced "Hill Street Blues" (NBC, 1981-87). Though initially depicted as fairly ridiculous, Hunter became more sympathetic and complex as the series progressed. Sikking enjoyed another healthy run as the kindly but no-nonsense doctor dad of a 16-year-old surgeon on Bochco's "Doogie Howser, M.D." (ABC, 1989-93) and returned to series TV as an internal affairs officer on Bochco's "Brooklyn South" (CBS, 1997-98. One of Sikking's earliest TV jobs was a stint on the ever popular ABC daytime serial "General Hospital", as Dr. James Hobart, the troubled physician in the life of Audrey (Rachel Ames). He went on to amass over 200 TV guest shots on a wide array of series and became a familiar face in TV-movies and miniseries. Notable among the latter were his performances as Attorney General Elliot Richardson in "The Final Days" (ABC, 1989), the stern patriarch in the superior Fox drama "Doing Time on Maple Drive" (1992), and as General Douglas MacArthur in the 1995 HBO film "In Pursuit of Honor".

Sikking's feature career goes back to the mid-1960s. He can be glimpsed in "Von Ryan's Express" (1965) playing a soldier alongside Frank Sinatra. A notable early credit had him playing a hit man in John Boorman's classic gangster film "Point Blank" (1967). Sikking was also a supercilious starship captain cut down to size in "Star Trek III: The Search for Spock" (1984). His other film work includes "Charro!" (1969), "The Magnificent Seven Ride" (1972), "The Electric Cowboy" (1979). "Ordinary People" (1980), "Outland" (1981), "Narrow Margin" (1990), and "The Pelican Brief" (1993). In the latter blockbuster, he played the FBI director.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Proud American (2008)
2.
 Made of Honor (2008)
3.
4.
 Fever Pitch (2005) Cast
5.
 Submerged (2001) Rear Admiral Cyrus Cole
6.
 Nowhere to Land (2000) George Eller
7.
 Mutiny (1999) Lieutenant Commander Tynan
8.
 Jake Lassiter: Justice on the Bayou (1995) Dr Roger Salisbury
9.
 Dare to Love (1995) Ron Wells
10.
 In Pursuit of Honor (1995) General Douglas Macarthur
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1961:
Had first episodic credit on syndicated "Assingment: Underwater"
1964:
Film debut, "The Strangler", as an artist
1972:
Made TV movie debut in "The Astronaut"
1973:
Appeared as Dr. James Hobart on daytime drama "General Hospital" (ABC)
1979:
TV series debut as a regular, "Turnabout", a short-lived NBC comedy-fantasy
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Cast as an ensemble member, playing Lt. Howard Hunter, on "Hill Street Blues"
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During a hiatus from "Hill Street Blues", co-starred with Mariette Hartley in an LA production of "Put Them All Together"
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Starred in the London West End production of Clifford Odets's "The Big Knife"
1984:
Played St. Styles in "Star trek III: The Search for Spock"
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Cast as a regular on "Doogie Howser. M.D."
1992:
Played father in Fox Network's first TV movie to arn notice, "Doing Time On Maple Drive"
1995:
Played General Douglas MacArthur in "In Pursuit of Honor" (HBO)
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Returned to series TV in the CBS drama "Brooklyn South"
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Education

University of California at Santa Barbara: Santa Barbara , California -
University of Hawaii: Honolulu , Hawaii -
University of California at Los Angeles: Los Angeles , California -

Notes

Named after author-playwright Sir James M Barrie best known for "Peter Pan".

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wife:
Florine Sikking. Cookbook author.

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mother:
Sue Sikking. Minister. Was a founder of Unity-by-the-Sea; died in June 1993 at age 93.
brother:
Art Sikking Jr.
brother:
Tom Sikking. Minister.
sister:
Joy Sikking.
son:
Andrew Sikking. Chef, actor. Born in January 1969; acted on "NYPD Blue".
daughter:
Emily Sikking. Physician. Born in November 1970.
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