Famous Faces on "Red Heat" (1988)!

by gattonero975 | created - 13 Aug 2013 | updated - 13 Aug 2013 | Public

These are the stars I recognized on this classic film directed by the great Walter Hill...

1. Jenifer Lewis

Actress | The Princess and the Frog

Jenifer Lewis is one of Hollywood's most familiar faces, with more than 300 appearances in film and television. Dubbed a "national treasure" by TV Guide.com, Jenifer stars on the hit show Black-ish (ABC), where her hilarious portrayal of "Ruby Johnson" earned her a nomination for the 2016 Critics ...

Judge Jenifer Lewis (uncredited)

2. Michael Adams

Stunts | Commando

Michael Adams was born on March 22, 1950 in New Mexico, USA. He is known for his work on Commando (1985), No Way Out (1987) and In the Line of Fire (1993). He died on April 18, 2010 in Newhall, California, USA.

Railroad Engineer (as Mike Adams)

3. Joey D. Vieira

Actor | The Patriot

Joey D. Vieira has just celebrated 65 years in show business. As a child, he co-starred in the first version of Lassie (1954) to come to television, winning, in the years 1954 to 1958, two Emmy Awards for "Best Family Television show". Those four years of the long-running series, with Tommy Rettig ...

Man at Phone Booth

4. Luis Contreras

Actor | Pee-wee's Big Adventure

The son of actor Roberto Contreras, character actor Luis Contreras was born on September 18, 1950. Lean and wiry, often sporting a mass of curly hair and drooping mustache, with his piercing dark eyes and angular face Contreras was frequently cast as bums, bikers, criminals, or gang members. ...


The drug dealer wearing a white suit called 'Lupo' that Rostavili (Ed O'Ross) meets outside the bus station is the same 'Lupo' that appears in another Walter Hill film: "Extreme Prejudice" (also played there by Luis Contreras). He appears at the end after Nick Nolte has shot Powers Boothe, and tells him "now you get to wear the white suit".

5. Bruno Alexander

Actor | Big Stan

Bruno Alexander is known for his work on Big Stan (2007), Red Heat (1988) and Risky Business (1983).

Detective (as Bruno Acalinas)

6. Kurt Fuller

Actor | Midnight in Paris

Kurt Fuller was fortunate to launch his career with the movies "Ghostbusters 2" and "Wayne's World". This led to a role in "Anger Management" with Jack Nicholson and Adam Sandler and the opportunity to be part of the all-star cast of Woody Allen's "Midnight in Paris". Others may know him best as ...


7. Allan Graf

Stunts | Due Date

Graf is one of Hollywood's premier 2nd unit directors and stunt coordinators whose 35 year career behind the cameras includes the staging of stunts in over five dozen films while directing second unit action on three dozen features, including such recent films as Todd Phillips' comedy "Due Date, "...

Joliet Prison Guard

Also Stunts

8. Jason Ronard

Actor | Lethal Weapon

Jason Ronard is an actor, known for Lethal Weapon (1987), Red Heat (1988) and Escape from Alcatraz (1979).


9. Sven-Ole Thorsen

Actor | Gladiator

Born in Denmark, Sven-Ole Thorsen has a remarkable sporting background as a champion bodybuilder, champion power-lifter, and karate black belt that made him an obvious choice for movies roles as "muscle for hire." The hulking 6' 5" actor first came to attention as one of Thulsa Doom's bodyguards......


10. Tiger Chung Lee

Actor | Red Heat

Tiger Chung Lee was born on February 7, 1948 in Tokyo, Japan as Masanori Toguchi. He is an actor, known for Red Heat (1988), The Golden Child (1986) and AWA All-Star Wrestling (1960). He was previously married to Shou Li.

Mongol Hippie (as Masanori Toguchi)

11. Gábor Koncz

Actor | Red Heat

Gábor Koncz was born on July 8, 1938 in Mezökeresztes, Hungary. He is an actor, known for Red Heat (1988), Germinal (1963) and Metamorphosis (2007).

Vagran Rostavili

12. Roger Callard

Actor | UHF

Roger Callard started building his body at the age of five. He attended Michigan State University and then participated in bodybuilding championships. He won the 1977 title of Mr. America of the International Federation of Bodybuilders middleweight. At this time he was training with Arnold ...

Pytor Tatomovich

13. Oleg Vidov

Actor | Thirteen Days

Oleg Borisovich Vidov was born in the suburbs of Moscow on 11 June 1943 to Varvara Vidova, a teacher, and Boris Nikolaievich Garnevich, an economist. As a child he lived with his mother, who worked for the Soviet government in the field of education in Mongolia and East Germany. When his mother was...

Yuri Ogarkov

14. Peter Jason

Actor | 48 Hrs.

Excellent, prolific and versatile character actor Peter Jason was born on July 22, 1944, in Hollywood, CA, and grew up in Balboa. He attended Newport Beach Elementary School, Horace Ensign Junior High and Newport Harbor High School. He originally planned on being a football player, but fell in love...

TV Announcer

15. Brion James

Actor | Blade Runner

Brion James was born February 20, 1945, in Redlands, California, to Ida Mae (Buckelew) and Jimmy James. The family soon moved to Beaumont, California (between Los Angeles and Palm Springs), where his parents built and operated a movie theater, where stars such as Gene Autry would occasionally stop ...


16. Mike Hagerty

Actor | Overboard

Mike Hagerty was born on May 10, 1954 in Chicago, Illinois, USA as Michael Gerard Hagerty. He is an actor, known for Overboard (1987), Inspector Gadget (1999) and So I Married an Axe Murderer (1993).

Pat Nunn (as Michael Hagerty)

17. Pruitt Taylor Vince

Actor | Identity

Vince first started to get noticed for his excellent performances at the start of his career in Shy People (1987) and Mississippi Burning (1988). In both these films he played something of a blathering redneck idiot, although there was a streak of pathos in both performances which made it ...

Night Clerk

18. Gretchen Palmer

Actress | Red Heat

Gretchen Palmer was born on December 16, 1961 in Chicopee, Massachusetts, USA as Gretchen Frances Palmer. She is known for her work on Red Heat (1988), When Harry Met Sally... (1989) and Wishmaster (1997). She has been married to Blake Adams since December 12, 1998. They have one child.


19. Brent Jennings

Actor | Witness

Brent Jennings was born in Little Rock, Arkansas, USA. He is an actor, known for Witness (1985), Red Heat (1988) and Moneyball (2011). He has been married to Juanita Mahone since August 8, 1985. They have three children.

Abdul Elijah

20. J.W. Smith

Actor | The Warriors

J.W. Smith is a producer and actor with more than 40 years of entertainment experience in motion pictures and television. J.W. grew up in Cleveland, Ohio, where he began his acting career at The Karamu House Community Theater. In the early 1970s, J.W. moved to New York City where he became a ...


21. Richard Bright

Actor | Once Upon a Time in America

Fair complexioned, cold-eyed actor Richard Bright has notched up an impressive array of character performances of often shifty, or deadly characters on the wrong side of the law. First came to attention as a burglar in the engrossing The Panic in Needle Park (1971), and then followed it the ...

Det. Sgt. Gallagher

22. Gina Gershon

Actress | Bound

Since making her uncredited debut as a dancer in Beatlemania (1981), Gina Gershon has established herself as a character actress and one of the leading icons of American camp. For it was fourteen years after her movie debut that Gina made movie history as the predatory bisexual who was the leading ...

Catherine 'Cat' Manzetti

23. Laurence Fishburne

Actor | The Matrix

One of Hollywood's most talented and versatile performers and the recipient of a truckload of NAACP Image awards, Laurence John Fishburne III was born in Augusta, Georgia on July 30, 1961, to Hattie Bell (Crawford), a teacher, and Laurence John Fishburne, Jr., a juvenile corrections officer.

His ...

Lt. Charlie Stobbs (as Larry Fishburne)

24. Ed O'Ross

Actor | Red Heat

Rough'n'tumble character actor Ed O'Ross was born as Ed Oross on July 4, 1946 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He was an altar boy as a kid and graduated from Munhall High in 1964. Following graduation O'Ross attended both Point Park College and Carnegie Tech. He was an amateur Golden Gloves boxing ...

Viktor 'Rosta' Rostavili

25. Peter Boyle

Actor | Everybody Loves Raymond

A bold, blunt instrument of hatred and violence at the onset of his film career, Peter Boyle recoiled from that repugnant, politically incorrect "working class" image to eventually play gruff, gentler bears and even comedy monsters in a career that lasted four decades.

He was born on October 18, ...

Cmdr. Lou Donnelly

26. Jim Belushi

Actor | Red Heat

James Adam Belushi was born June 15, 1954, in Chicago, to Agnes Demetri (Samaras) and Adam Anastos Belushi, a restaurant owner. His father was an Albanian immigrant, from Qytezë, and his mother was also of Albanian descent. The third of four children - his brother was comedian John Belushi - he ...

Det. Sgt. Art Ridzik

27. Arnold Schwarzenegger

Actor | Predator

With an almost unpronounceable surname and a thick Austrian accent, who would have ever believed that a brash, quick talking bodybuilder from a small European village would become one of Hollywood's biggest stars, marry into the prestigious Kennedy family, amass a fortune via shrewd investments and...

Capt. Ivan Danko

28. Walter Hill

Writer | 48 Hrs.

Hill was born in Long Beach, California and educated at Mexico City College and Michigan State University. He worked in oil drilling and construction in the 60s before becoming a 2nd assistant director in 1967. He has written and co-written screenplays, including several uncredited works. He has ...

Director, Producer, Story and Screenplay

29. James Horner

Music_department | Titanic

James Horner began studying piano at the age of five, and trained at the Royal College of Music in London, England, before moving to California in the 1970s. After receiving a bachelor's degree in music at USC, he would go on to earn his master's degree at UCLA and teach music theory there. He ...

Original Music by James Horner

30. Mario Kassar

Producer | Total Recall

At 18 years old, Mario Kassar made his first film. Shortly thereafter, he moved to Los Angeles in the mid 1970s to begin his career as filmmakers. Kassar quickly became known as a creative producer in the L.A. motion pictures industry; also noted as one of the inventors of the foreign market and ...

Executive Producer

31. Andrew G. Vajna

Producer | Evita

Andy Vajna was born in Budapest. In 1956 at the age of 12, he fled from Hungary and with the support of Red Cross he made his way alone to Canada. Vajna launched his career in the entertainment industry with his purchase of motion picture theaters in the Far East. He founded Panasia Films Limited ...

Executive Producer (as Andrew Vajna)

32. Bennie E. Dobbins

Stunts | The Running Man

Bennie E. Dobbins was born on November 16, 1932 in Los Angeles County, California, USA. He is known for his work on The Running Man (1987), Weird Science (1985) and Red Heat (1988). He died on February 5, 1988 in Vienna, Austria.

Stunt Coordinator (as Bennie Dobbins)

Film is dedicated to him as he passed away during filming..

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