James Sikking

James Barrie Sikking (born March 5, 1934) is an American former actor known for his role as Lt. Howard Hunter on the 1980s TV series Hill Street Blues.[1][2]

James Sikking
Sikking at The Athenaeum Hotel, London, England
James Barrie Sikking

(1934-03-05) March 5, 1934
ResidenceBrentwood, California, U.S.
Years active1955–2012
Spouse(s)Florine Sikking

Early years

Sikking was born in Los Angeles. His mother, Sue Sikking (née Paxton), was a founder of Santa Monica's Unity-by-the-Sea Church. He graduated from UCLA in 1959[3] and attended the University of Hawaii. He has two brothers, Tom and Art, and a sister, Joy.


Sikking starred on the ABC TV series Doogie Howser, M.D. as Dr. David Howser[4]:278 and on the 1997 drama series Brooklyn South as Captain Stan Jonas.[4] He also portrayed Geoffrey St. James on the NBC comedy Turnabout[4]:1113 and did the voice of General Gordon on the short-lived 1998 cartoon series Invasion America. He is often credited as James B. Sikking.

His film work includes The Competition, Outland, Up the Creek, Star Trek III: The Search for Spock and Narrow Margin, as well as a minor (but crucial) part, as a cynical hitman, in the earlier Point Blank. Sikking's film career started in 1955. Sikking starred in the 1992 TV movie Doing Time on Maple Drive. He has made guest appearances on many TV series including Perry Mason, Rawhide, The Fugitive, Bonanza, The Outer Limits, General Hospital, The Rockford Files, The Bob Newhart Show, Hogan's Heroes, Rich Man, Poor Man Book II, Hunter and Batman Beyond.

Personal life

He is married to Florine Sikking, a cookbook author. They live in the Brentwood section of Los Angeles.


* - directed by Peter Hyams


  1. Bentley, Rick (April 23, 2014). "James Sikking talks 'Hill Street Blues' on release of box set". The Fresno Bee. Archived from the original on November 19, 2014.
  2. Berk, Dr. Nancy (May 8, 2014). "Showbiz Analysis with Hill Street Blues' James Sikking". Parade.
  3. "Notable Alumni Actors". UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television. Retrieved September 29, 2014.
  4. Terrace, Vincent (2011). Encyclopedia of Television Shows, 1925 through 2010 (2nd ed.). Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers. p. 139-140. ISBN 978-0-7864-6477-7.
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