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
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.
Cleon – Dorsey Wright
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 – David Harris
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).
Cowboy – Tom McKitterick
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).
Fox – Thomas G Waites
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 – Pamela Poitier
Mercy – Deborah Van Valkenburgh
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 – Marcelino Sánchez
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 – Brian Tyler
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 – Michael Beck
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).
Vermin – Terry Michos
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.
The Gramercy Riffs
Cyrus – Roger Hill
Masai – Edward Sewer
Luther – David Patrick Kelly
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.
Cropsey – Joel Weiss
Orphan’s Leader (Sully) – Paul Greco
Orphan – Apache Ramos
The Baseball Furies
Baseball Furies Leader – Jery Hewitt
Lizzie’s Leader – Kate Klugman
Lizzie – Lisa Maurer
Lizzie – Dee Dee Benrey
Punks Leader – Konrad Sheehan
Candy Store Girl – Ginny Ortiz
Cop who clubs Ajax – Irwin Keyes
DJ – Lynne Thigpen
Policewoman – Mercedes Ruehl
Prom Couples – Carl Brown, Gwynn Press, Jodi Price, Jeffrey Scott