Profiles on key members of The Warriors cast including profiles of the character they played, actor biographies and information on where they are now.
Ajax – James Remar
Ajax, along with Cochise, is one of the “heavy muscle” members of The Warriors. Whilst a solid fighter who is good with his fists, he isn’t very smart and always tries to create unnecessary trouble and is the first to look for, or pick, a fight. He enjoys getting laid and is always on the look out for some “action”. The rest of the gang do not share his constant sexual appetite for women causing him to refer to them all as “faggots”. Unfortunately for Ajax, his appetite for women proves to be his downfall as he attempts to rape an undercover policewoman in Central Park who promptly arrests him. He doesn’t go down without a fight and attempts to fight off the police despite being handcuffed to a park bench.
James dropped out of his Boston high school at 15 to travel around the country with a rock band. He returned home to finish school, then migrated south to New York. He studied at the Neighborhood Playhouse and appeared in productions at the Ensemble Studio Theatre, the WPA Theatre and toured in the national company of Grease.
James has appeared in many TV shows and movies. Some of his higher profile appearances include his roles as Harry Morgan in Dexter and Richard Wright in Sex and The City. He has also had minor roles in blockbuster films like Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained (2012) where he plays Ace Speck, the US General in X-Men: First Class(2011) and General Bratt in Pineapple Express (2008). He has also lent his voice to TV projects including Ben 10; video games including Batman: The Brave and the Bold; and movies including Transformers: Dark of The Moon where he voices Sideswipe. He returned to voice Ajax in The Warriors video game in 2005.
Where Are They Now?
James Remar is still acting and is due to appear as David Marino in Decommissioned (2015).
Cleon was the leader of The Warriors. As the original “War Chief” he selected 8 fellow Warriors for the journey up to The Bronx to attend the conclave. Cleon was both smart and tough making him a good leader but he wasn’t strong enough to fight off The Riffs, after being accused of killing Cyrus, resulting in his death. Prior to leaving Coney Island, Cleon talks to his girlfriend, Lincoln, who has reservations about the conclave and rightly predicts that something bad will happen to him.
Dorsey was born in Philadelphia and raised in New York City. He enrolled at Pratt Institute to study scenic design. One day, he was asked to stand in for an actor who was sick. The actor never returned and so Dorsey’s career as an actor began. Around the time that The Warriors was released, Dorsey was also a disc jockey in several New York clubs.
Dorsey appeared in 3 movies after The Warriors which were Hair (1979), Ragtime (1981) and The Hotel New Hampshire(1984). He returned to voice Cleon in The Warriors video game in 2005. Dorsey now works for the New York Transit Authority and has been a voice actor in Spalding’s commercials. Dorsey has also checked in to this website from time to time and regularly appears at Warriors reunions.
Cochise is a rough and ready fighter and a good soldier who works well with Ajax as the fellow “heavy muscle”. He proves himself during fights with The Lizzies in their apartment and in the bathroom fight with The Punks. He is good friends with Rembrandt and Vermin and reflects on the big meeting and Cyrus’ plan with them on the way back to Coney Island.
David flew in to join The Warriors from Minneapolis where he was appearing in Streamers. Prior to joining the cast, he had a successful career in stage and television after graduating from the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. His stage work included the New York Shakespeare Festival production of Wedding Band, Ron Milner’s What the Wine Sellers Buy on Broadway and the Phoenix Repertory Company production Secret Service. On TV he appeared in the Emmy Award-winning Judge Horton and the Scottsboro Boys as well as Madigan and Kojak.
David appeared in many TV movies and films throughout the 70s, 80s and 90s as well as one-off appearances in TV shows like ER. He played recurring character Officer Donny Simmons in NYPD Blue until 2001. David also voices his character Cochise in The Warriors video game (2005).
So called because he wears a stetson cowboy hat (which is stolen by the other members of the gang on their way to The Bronx), Cowboy is a calm and friendly member of The Warriors who spends a lot of his time with Ajax. He’s not a great fighter and gets floored by the Baseball Furies during the fight in Central Park. Cowboy decides to go back and look out for Ajax, after he went to rape a woman in the park, and is distressed to see him being arrested and put in the back of a police car.
Tom was born in Cleveland and raised in the suburbs of New York. After receiving a BA from Amherst College he hitch-hiked around the US and Europe and then worked on the San Carlos Apache Reservation. Returning to New York, Tom intermittently worked as a Settlement House volunteer and taxi driver while studying acting and singing. He has appeared at Cafe La Mama, Actors Studio, the New York Shakespeare Festival and HB Playwrights Foundation as well as playing a continuing role in NBC-TV’s For Richer, For Poorer.
The Warriors was the only movie that Tom appeared in but he did some stage acting until 1981 before he went on to become a photojournalist specialising in news and sport. He later produced theatre productions including a play called Period of Adjustment which ran at the Almeida Theatre in London, UK in 2006. Tom also starred on stage in Fathers and Sons (Public Theatre NY and Los Angeles), Salt Lake City Skyline (Public Theatre NY), Say Goodnight Gracie (Off-Broadway) and Holiday (Los Angeles).
Tom is a theatre producer who has been working in London. One of his most recent productions was Flare Path (2011) at Theatre Royal Haymarket starring Sienna Miller. You can read our interview with Tom here.
The Fox is a smart and knowledgeable scout who is cautious and has a good knowledge of the other gangs in New York. He is also the only member of the gang to see Luther kill Cyrus. He himself was almost shot by Luther and only manages to escape when a bright searchlight temporarily blinds Luther. Fox backs up Swan in the parlé with The Orphans by keeping cool and thinking on his feet. Unfortunately, Fox is killed in a scuffle in the subway after he is thrown in front of a train by a cop.
Thomas is a graduate of the Drama Division of the Juilliard School of Music. The Warriors was his third film having appeared in On The Yard and Pity the Poor Soldier. Tom’s stage work includes appearances at the O’Neill Foundation in Waterford, Connecticut, the Spoletto Festival in Charleston and Baltimore’s Center Stage.
Thomas appeared in many films and TV movies after The Warriors and is still acting for screen today. Movie appearances include The Thing (1982) whilst recurring appearances in TV shows include Oz where he played Henry Stanton until 2003 and Law & Order where he played various roles until 2009. Tom also voiced Fox in The Warriorsvideo game (2005).
Lincoln is Cleon’s girlfriend and is only seen in a deleted scene from the opening of the movie. Lincoln and Cleon sit together outside the bath house in Coney Island where she tells Cleon that she doesn’t like the fact that he is heading up to The Bronx and doesn’t want him getting into anything heavy. She follows behind Cleon and the other Warriors as they walk up the boardwalk on their way out of Coney Island.
Mercy is a prostitute who hangs around with The Orphans but decides to tag along with The Warriors after looking for “some real action”. She takes a shine to Swan and walks with him on their way to Coney Island. She talks about her life as they walk through a subway tunnel where they share a kiss. Swan instantly regrets this and ditches her. They meet up again right before the fight with The Punks where they make up. On their arrival back to Coney Island she takes off with Swan and the other Warriors.
Deborah favourably compared shooting The Warriors to her stint in the Broadway hit Hair. “There’s a tribal feeling about both. When I got to the set, I felt I’d known everyone for years though I didn’t know their last names”. Deborah was raised in upstate New York and attended the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn where she studied various aspects of entertainment from acting to puppet production with Jim Hensen and Kermit Love.
Deborah has largely worked on TV projects since 1979 making appearances in Quantum Leap, Star Trek: Deep Space Nineand The Event to name but a few. Her most recent projects include The Trials of Cate McCall (2013) and TV series Touchwhere she played a character called Dee Dee in one episode in 2012. Deborah also provides the voice for Mercy in The Warriors video game (2005).
Rembrandt is the artist who is responsible for using spray-paint to leave The Warrior’s tag across the city. He’s not a particularly strong fighter but is smart and cautious. He uses his spray-paint as a weapon in the fight with The Punks before he gets taken down and has to sit out the rest of the fight with Mercy. Despite being the only member of the gang to suspect The Lizzies, he is also their only casualty after one of them cuts his arm with a switchblade. He also learns from The Lizzies that The Warriors were framed for the murder of Cyrus and correctly deduces that every gang in the city must be looking for them.
It is fitting that painter Marcelino should play Rembrandt, the graffiti artist of The Warriors given that he attended the High School of Art and Design to study painting, but joined the Drama Club and found his attention being diverted to acting instead. He joined the 13th Street Theatre and later studied at the HB Studio. The Puerto-Rican born actor toured in Spain for several months in Hair.
Marcelino appeared in several TV shows and movies after appearing in The Warriors including 48 Hrs(1982) as the parking lot attendant, Hill Street Blues and the CBS Schoolbreak Special (1986) and is often credited as James Marcelino. He also appeared in several episodes of Unicorn Tales.
Snow (short for Snowball) is a smart, cautious, and good fighter making him a solid and respected member of The Warriors. He’s also the “music man” and carries the gang’s boom box on the way to the conclave. Snow puts in some good moves in the fights with The Baseball Furies in the park and with The Punks in the restroom. Snow keeps a clear head and spends most of his time with Cowboy and Ajax.
Brian made his professional acting debut in The Warriors. He was a member of American Community Theatre, which is part of the Theatre for the Forgotten. Brian planned to return to school after filming to study engineering before settling on acting as a long-term career.
Brian starred in The Warriors in 1979 and only reappeared on screen in 2013 in Vamp Bikers. Brian went on to work as a New York State Trooper and retired in December 2004. Brian has said that he was never recognised from the movie whilst he was doing his job and also that he studied Tae-Kwon-Do and Judo which he was able to use in the movie. Brian has also made appearances at some Warriors reunions and signings where he has posed for photos with fans.
Swan assumes the position of War Chief after Cleon gets killed by The Riffs. This causes some consternation with Ajax who wants to be the leader and squares up to fight him. Not afraid, Swan tells Ajax to make his move but the other members of the gang cool the situation and indicate that Cleon’s choice for leader would have been Swan causing Ajax to reluctantly back down. Swan is a good leader who makes plans and contingencies for when things go wrong. He fights well against The Baseball Furies but gets a good beating by The Punks before retaliating and throwing one of them through one of the stall doors. On their return to Coney Island, Swan leads The Warriors out to face The Punks and despite bringing a knife to a gunfight he still ends up victorious.
Michael was raised on a farm along the banks of the Mississippi River. He attended Millsap College on a football scholarship and then went to London to study at the Central School of Speech and Drama. Finding England a rewarding training ground for his craft, he remained there, performing in various repertory companies and in several BBC productions. The Warriors was Michael’s fourth feature and he also appeared in NBC-TV’s Holocaust.
Michael went on from The Warriors to star in Xanadu alongside Olivia Newton John which Michael later claimed brought a close to his acting career! His credits include Murder She Wrote, Houston Knights, and Forest Warrior. Michael’s voice also features in The Warriors video game (2005). Michael also appears, and is referenced, in a fake movie watched by the characters in Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2005).
Michael last appeared on screen in 2014 as Henry Haynes in The Grace of Jake. He’s now living in LA and has become an author, writing his first novel. He has also narrated several John Grisham audiobooks.
Always on edge, Vermin appears scared and complains a lot about getting “japped”. Vermin takes a lead when he gets separated from the rest of the gang with Rembrandt and Cochise before running into The Lizzies. He is not very smart and gets seduced by The Lizzies where he uses lines like “hurt me hurt me” and “when I got off that subway and I saw you, I thought oh baby throw it my way”. Vermin is not only comic relief but a decent brawler though he does get thrown into a restroom mirror by one of The Punks.
With a slight grin, Terry admitted that the boy he portrayed in The Warriors was somewhat familiar to him. Born in Poughkeepsie, he spent his youth playing football and then turned to acting. “I was starved emotionally, so it was a natural course to take. I had so many suppressed emotions, unleashing them brought me great joy”. Terry attended the American Academy of Dramatic Art and appeared in The New York City Street Show and Grease.
Terry was last seen on screen starring in the US TV show Simon and Simon (1981), as the character Roger, under the name of Terence Michos.
Terry is now a news anchor in a town just outside of New York and can sometimes be seen on MSNBC. Terry has also made appearances at several Warriors reunions and autograph signing events and has also posed for photos with fans of the movie.
Cyrus is the president of The Riffs, the largest gang in New York. It was Cyrus who called the conclave in New York where he wanted to share his plan about creating one large gang that could take over the city and outnumber the cops. He rouses the crowd by shouting “can you dig it?” causing everyone to cheer and scream their support. However, as he does this, Luther takes aim and shoots him in the chest with a gun causing him to fall backwards through the wooden stage he was standing on. After the death of Cyrus, Masai takes over as the leader of The Riffs.
Roger only appeared in TV shows after The Warriors including One Life To Live (1983/4) and The Leatherstocking Tales (1984). Roger was not initially cast to play Cyrus, but filled in the role after the original actor failed to turn up on the night of the shoot.
After the death of Cyrus, Masai takes over as leader of The Riffs and speaks to the rest of the gang asking them for more information on The Warriors and that he wants them “alive if possible, if not wasted”. He gets regular updates from across The Riff’s network of gangs on where The Warriors are and on the other gang’s attempts at stopping them. Eventually, someone comes forward with information on who really shot Cyrus causing Masai to later say to Swan that “you Warriors are good, real good” after being impressed with how they handled themselves fighting their way home to Coney Island.
The Riff’s Informer regularly informs Masai on what he has heard from the street and how the gangs in the Riff’s network are, unsuccessfully, trying to stop The Warriors. He can be seen getting updates from The Riff’s network from a phone in their underground bunker during a deleted scene in the movie.
Luther is the leader of The Rogues and is a bit of a loose cannon as he is the one responsible for shooting Cyrus which he appears to do on a whim. After killing Cyrus he successfully frames The Warriors and joins in the hunt with the other gangs in the city to find them. Whilst stopping off in a candy store, he speaks to his “mentor” on the phone who provides him with updates and guidance. After arriving in Coney Island, Luther chants “Warriors, come out to play” whilst clinking glass bottles together on his fingers. Despite having a gun and coming face-to-face with Swan on the beach at Coney Island, he fails to kill him after Swan dodges his bullet and throws a knife into Luther’s arm. The Riffs suddenly appear on the beach, and after learning that The Rogues are the real culprits responsible for the death of Cyrus, it is assumed that they kill Luther and the rest of the Rogues on the beach.
David has appeared in numerous programmes and movies including The Crow (2004) where he played T-Bird, Last Man Standing and 48 Hrs (another movie directed by Walter Hill where David plays a character called Luther). He also appeared as Sully in Commando (1985), President Truman in Flags Of Our Fathers (2006) and Howie in K-PAX (2001).
Walter Hill liked the way David sang which is why he asked him to improvise the “Come Out To Play” chant in the movie.
David is still acting and appeared in John Wick (2014) as Charlie. David has also released a CD called “David Patrick Kelly: Rip Van Boy Man” which can be downloaded at CD Baby or on iTunes, featuring songs from his CBGB days before filming for The Warriors began. You can read our interview with David here.
Shadowing Luther, Cropsey questions Luther about his motives and fails to see the logic in killing Cyrus and going after The Warriors. Cropsey expresses his dismay at this plan as he believes that The Riffs will eventually come after them once they learn who really killed Cyrus. Acting as Luther’s right-hand-man, Cropsey is responsible for driving The Rogues around the city in an old Cadillac hearse.
Sully is the leader of The Orphans. He is a walkover for The Warriors as they make peace with him and get his permission to walk through their territory. He is keen to show The Warriors that The Orphans are tough and calls upon Apache, his second-in-command, to show a newspaper clipping that mentions one of their raids. It is only when Mercy stirs up trouble that Sully tells The Warriors to take off their colours or fight. The Warriors ignore him and march through The Orphan’s territory. Sully later appears with his gang brandishing a razor blade shouting “you see what you get when you mess with The Orphans”. Unfortunately, Sully’s razor blade is no match for the Molotov cocktail which is thrown by Swan that takes out a number of The Orphans.
Paul’s last acting appearance was in The Miracle of Bern (2003). Prior to that, he appeared in several films in 1996 and 1997, including The Cable Guy (1996) as Raul (who sings karaoke). He was also seen as a New Yorker in Crocodile Dundee (1986).
Apache is second-in-command to Sully, the leader of The Orphans. Toting a large Afro, he wields a newspaper clipping with a story about one of their raids. After Fox lies about their youth worker talking about The Orphans, Apache exclaims that The Orphans “haven’t got one”. Fox, thinking on his feet, replies by saying that it must be because the youth workers are afraid of The Orphans, which impresses the leader, Sully. Apache joins the rest of the gang later on to fight The Warriors and looks surprised when The Warriors produce a flaming Molotov cocktail.
Apache was originally from Tremont and is still recognised to this day in the area due to his part in the movie. He appeared in a fan-made spin-off of The Warriors called Lost in Coney Island (2012) and another called Vamp Bikers.
Like the rest of the Baseball Furies, the leader doesn’t speak. Dressed up with yellow and black face-paint he squares up against Ajax who utters the famous line “I’ll shove that bat up your ass and turn you into a Popsicle”. He’s a good fighter who has some classy moves with a baseball bat but is eventually taken out by Ajax.
Jery has had a very successful career since he has worked on over 180 movies and TV shows since The Warriors, largely as a stunt coordinator. He has worked as stunt coordinator for movies including Tower Heist (2001), True Grit (2010), No Country for Old Men (2007) and Inside Llewyn Davis (2013). His latest acting appearance was in 2005 in Get Rich or Die Tryin’.
Jery is still working as a Stunt Coordinator for the TV and movie industry and is currently working on an episode of Flesh & Bone (2015). You can watch his showreel on YouTube here where he recreates his scene in The Warriors.
The Lizzies are an all-female gang based at Union Square. The leader decides to seduce The Warriors, taking them back to their apartment where she knows that she stands a better chance of killing The Warriors after hearing that they supposedly killed Cyrus. She attempts to kill The Warriors but has poor aim allowing The Warriors to dodge the bullets and crash through their apartment door and make their escape.
The leader of The Punks wears roller skates and follows Swan as he makes his way through Union Square station looking for the other members of his gang. After The Warriors enter the restroom, he leads the other Punks in and positions them in front of the stall doors. As he opens his door armed with a knife, Rembrandt sprays paint in his eyes before punching him in the face. Swan later uses the Leader of the Punks’ knife to stab Luther on the beach at Coney Island. Like the leader of The Baseball Furies, the leader of The Punks doesn’t say anything but has a menacing look on his face.
Konrad is known for doing stunt work in movies, including Raging Bull (1980) though Konrad’s most famous role is probably from The Warriors. Konrad also appeared in 1979’s other big gang movie, The Wanderers, where he played the Ducky Boy who was second in command.
He no longer appears on screen, with his last movie role credited as stunts in Ishtar (1987). He now lives in San Diego, California where he paints and writes poetry. Autographs are available online here and you can buy his book “The Tao of Mindful Being…” here.
Working late on her own in a candy shop/news kiosk, she faces The Rogues who steal candy from the store. After she says “what about the money you owe?” to Luther, he shouts “FOR WHAT?” and throws the candy back at her before leaving the store.
Ginny appeared with Marcelino Sánchez (Rembrandt) in the TV series 3-2-1 Contact (1980). In 1980 she played the Puerto Rican girl in Willie And Phil. Other than these two appearances in 1980, she has not been seen on screen since The Warriors.
After the undercover policewoman handcuffs Ajax to the park bench, she blows her whistle to attract the rest of the squad. Ajax, who isn’t going down without a fight, takes a swing at this cop who gets his own back by clubbing Ajax in the stomach.
Irwin has appeared in many TV shows and movies and appears in many horror movies. His movie appearances include House of 1000 Corpses (2003) and Black Dynamite (2009). He is perhaps best known as Hugo in The Jeffersons. Irwin passed away on July 8th 2015 aged 63.
Only seeing her lips in the movie, the gangs of New York listen to the radio DJ to get updates on the whereabouts of The Warriors to assist with the city-wide hunt to find them. For example, she says “The Baseball Furies have dropped the ball, made an error, our friends are on second base and are trying to make it all the way home”. After learning that the The Warriors were innocent all along, she apologises and dedicates “In The City” by Joe Walsh to them which plays as The Warriors walk down the beach at Coney Island.
Lynne passed away on March 12th 2003 just after filming took place for Anger Management. She was also starring in TV Show The District as Ella Farmer at the time and had appeared in 66 episodes. After she passed away the show’s producers explained her absence by stating that her character had died.
Posing as a helpless woman sitting on a bench in the park at night, she is really an undercover cop hoping to entrap gang members who happen to be passing through. Ajax falls for her ruse and attempts to rape her after she says how she is impressed by his muscles and asks him to show her how he “plays with the chicks”. She handcuffs him to the bench, arrests him and tells him how his “nights in the park are over for a while”.
Mercedes has appeared in Frasier (as Kate Costas), in the movie Big (1988) (as Mrs. Baskin), Last Action Hero (1993) and The Fisher King (1991) which won Mercedes an Academy Award as best supporting actress. Mercedes was involved in the production of the album Haunted by Poe, though she herself is not a singer.
During the final leg of their subway journey to Coney Island and as the sun begins to rise, The Warriors encounter two couples who are on their way back from prom. They appear wealthy and well-dressed in stark contrast to The Warriors who are poor, bloody and covered in dirt. After an uncomfortable ride staring at The Warriors, the prom couple decide to get off the train to get some breakfast. One of the prom girls drops her corsage which Swan later picks up and gives to Mercy when they arrive at Coney Island.
Carl last appeared in The Marksmen (1997) as one of the regulars in the bar. Gwynn became the Creative Co-ordinator for TV series Monsters until 1991. Jodi has not been seen since The Warriors and Jeffrey last appeared as a character called George in Future-Kill (1985).
After The Warriors have battled their way across New York, a witness comes forward to The Riffs to tell Masai that he saw Luther shoot Cyrus and that The Warriors are innocent. It is not clear which gang the witness belongs to.