William James Remar: (born December 31, 1953) is an American actor. He has appeared in 98 different media projects, either movies, video games or TV shows. He is perhaps most familiar as Richard, the on-off tycoon boyfriend of Kim Cattrall's character in Sex and the City and as a homicidal maniac in the early 80s thriller / comedy 48 Hrs.
Remar's guest appearances range from Miami Vice, Hill Street Blues, Sex and the City, Jericho, Third Watch, Justice League Unlimited and Battlestar Galactica, as well as appearing as a possessed mental patient in the X-Files ninth season episode "Daemonicus".He was in the mini series "The Grid" (2004) as Hudson "Hud" the love interest of Julianna Margulie's character. He also starred as Tiny Bellows on the short-lived TV series, The Huntress. Since 2006, he has co-starred in Dexter on Showtime; James was nominated for a Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal of Dexter Morgan's adoptive father, Harry Morgan. James also has a recurring guest role in Jericho on CBS.
Harry Morgan was a Detective and highly-respected member of the Miami Police Department, and a close friend of his immediate superior Captain Tom Matthews. In the course of a high-stakes drug case, Harry began an illicit relationship with Laura Moser to gather information and evidence on the drug lords in question. As Laura feared, she was discovered and made an example of; she and three others were executed with chainsaws in a shipping container. Her sons Brian and Dexter were left in the container for several days, sitting in three inches of blood, until Harry and a police team recovered them. Emotionally rocked by what had transpired, Harry, regretting how he used Laura, adopted Dexter, while Brian was sent into care. At an early age, Harry realized that the experience had left Dexter with numerous sociopathic tendencies such as a fascination with blood, disassociation, and eventually zoosadism.
At first Harry attempted to treat these compulsions though normal psychological measures, but he eventually came to the conclusion that Dexter's increasingly sadistic nature couldn't be repressed or controlled. Instead, Harry decided to train the budding sociopath as a vigilante; to hunt and kill criminals who flaunted conventional justice without leaving clues that could lead to his discovery. Dexter prized these lessons as a means to fulfill his desires unmolested and with his father's approval, dubbing them the "Code of Harry". By Contrast, Harry's relationship with his biological daughter Deb was more complicated. She craved her father's approval desperately, but due to being excluded from the the father-son outings Harry used to cover his teaching Dexter about killing, grew up feeling unappreciated.
Harry was initially proud of Dexter's capabilities; he gave Dexter permission to take his first human life in his late teens when he discovered that one of his nurses was slowly poisoning him - and had killed other patients - with overdoses of morphine, and praised him afterward. However, when Juan Rinez, a pimp who was murdering his own prostitutes, was released due to a faulty(mistyped) search warrant, Harry lost his temper and told Dexter he was right in training him. When Dexter tracks down and kills Rinez, Harry is taken aback by the way Dexter proudly shows him the pimp's dismembered body; It is Harry's first actual view of Dexter's "work", and he finds himself horrified by what he has turned his son into. Harry commits suicide a few days later, by deliberately overdosing on his medication, but not before telling Matthews to look after his children. Dexter discovers this close to the show's second season, and the knowledge makes Dexter begin to question his father's motives.
Throughout Season 3 Harry appears frequently to Dexter in visions, giving him advice Dexter often willfully ignores. Harry, in these visions, continually advises Dexter not to get involved personally with people, because if he does, they will discover his secret. Harry is especially emphatic about Dexter abandoning his plans to teach Miguel Prado how to kill. Eventually, Dexter appears to come to an understanding with his father and the visions become less argumentative.