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Birth Place: New York City, New York, USA Profession: actor, shipping clerk, pollster, salesman, truck driver, ditch digger, store buyer, shrimp cleaner, cab driver

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Character player often in menacing or hard-bitten roles, J.E. Freeman worked on daytime soaps in New York and on stage in San Francisco -- winning praise for his performances in "American Buffalo" and "Getting Out" -- before moving to Los Angeles in the mid 80s and settling into continuous work in TV and films. Freeman started working in films around 1981, playing a small role in the Chuck Norris actioner, "An Eye for an Eye," and as the "Tow Truck Dude" in "Martial Arts." Although he won praise for his lead role as Ed Sloan, the uneducated man who commits murder to support his wife in "Hard Traveling" (1986), and was the serial killer in "Ruthless People" that same year, Freeman's feature career really took off in 1990. That year he co-starred for David Lynch in "Wild at Heart," was cast by the Coen Brothers as Dane, the homosexual hit man, in "Miller's Crossing." Solid co-starring roles in "Patriot Games" (1992) and "It Could Happen to You" (1994) followed. Freeman's TV career paralleled his feature film work. He had a bit part in the 1981 TV movie "Bitter Harvest," which starred Ron Howard as a farmer who realizes his cattle have been poisoned. Freeman also had a small role as a henchman in the...

Character player often in menacing or hard-bitten roles, J.E. Freeman worked on daytime soaps in New York and on stage in San Francisco -- winning praise for his performances in "American Buffalo" and "Getting Out" -- before moving to Los Angeles in the mid 80s and settling into continuous work in TV and films. Freeman started working in films around 1981, playing a small role in the Chuck Norris actioner, "An Eye for an Eye," and as the "Tow Truck Dude" in "Martial Arts." Although he won praise for his lead role as Ed Sloan, the uneducated man who commits murder to support his wife in "Hard Traveling" (1986), and was the serial killer in "Ruthless People" that same year, Freeman's feature career really took off in 1990. That year he co-starred for David Lynch in "Wild at Heart," was cast by the Coen Brothers as Dane, the homosexual hit man, in "Miller's Crossing." Solid co-starring roles in "Patriot Games" (1992) and "It Could Happen to You" (1994) followed. Freeman's TV career paralleled his feature film work. He had a bit part in the 1981 TV movie "Bitter Harvest," which starred Ron Howard as a farmer who realizes his cattle have been poisoned. Freeman also had a small role as a henchman in the 1986 miniseries "Fresno." In 1992, he had his first series role as Boone, the scruffy chauffeur in "The Fifth Corner," a short-lived NBC effort. He was the detective sure of Amy Fisher's guilt in "Casualties of Love: The Long Island Lolita Story," the CBS version of the scandal (1993).

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CAST: (feature film)

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 Go (1999) Victor Sr
3.
 Fools Gold (1998) George
4.
 Man Who Knew Too Little, The (1997) Cia Man
5.
 Alien Resurrection (1997) Dr Wren
6.
 Dream With the Fishes (1997) Joe--Nick'S Father
7.
 Copycat (1995) Lt Quinn
8.
 There Goes My Baby (1994) George
9.
 It Could Happen to You (1994) Sal Bontempo
10.
 Casualties of Love: Long Island Lolita Story (1993) Detective Marty Alger
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Born and raised in NYC
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Joined Marines after high school graduation
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Appeared on Ted Mack Amateur Hour
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Played roles on several daytime soaps including "The Edge of Night" and "One Life to Live"
1974:
Moved to San Francisco, CA
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Stage appearances included "Holy Ghosts", "Landscape of the Body", "Getting Out" and "American Buffalo"
1981:
Made film debut in "An Eye for an Eye"
1985:
Moved to Los Angeles
1986:
Played serial killer in "Ruthless People"; Lead in "Hard Traveling"
1990:
Co-starred as Dane, the gay killer, in "Miller's Crossing"
1992:
Co-starred in series, "The Fifth Corner"
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Education

RCA Studio School: New York , New York -
HB Studio: New York , New York -

Notes

Freeman did not plan on acting as a career: "I was taking a writing class called 'Reading, Writing and Printing the Goddamn Poem' with 15 women. I didn't want to be the only man in the class, so I took a drama class instead. They put me in front of the camera, I liked what I was doing so I've been an actor ever since."

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