Cast & Characters

Ajax – James Remar

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. 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, to his dismay, causing him to refer to them all as “faggots”. His appetite for women proves to be his downfall as he attempts to rape an undercover policewoman in a park on the way back to Coney Island. He doesn’t go down without a fight and attempts the fight the police despite being handcuffed to a park bench. He is eventually clubbed in the stomach by one of the cops and is then arrested.

Where Are They Now?

James RemarJames Remar 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 big 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. He is due to appear as Derrick Perrish in Horns (2013).

Cleon – Dorsey Wright

Cleon – Dorsey Wright

Cleon was the War Chief, or leader, of The Warriors. He selects 8 fellow Warriors from his street family of 120 (plus affiliates) to join him on his expedition to the Bronx to the meeting called by Cyrus. After Luther shoots Cyrus at the meet up, Luther frames Cleon and The Warriors for the crime. Despite being a solid fighter, he is not strong enough to fight off The Riffs and is killed. In the afternoon before The Warriors leave Coney Island for The Bronx, Cleon meets up with his girlfriend, Lincoln, who correctly predicts that something bad will happen to him.

Where Are They Now?

Dorsey WrightDorsey 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. Dorsey has also recently appeared in the VAMP Bikers movie.

Cochise – David Harris

Cochise – David Harris

Like Ajax, Cochise is a solid soldier who has to constantly fight on his way back to Coney Island. After being seduced by The Lizzies he is forced to dodge knives and gunfire to escape their apartment. He also handles himself well in the fight with The Punks. He is close friends with Rembrandt and Vermin and reflects on the big meeting and Cyrus’s plans with them on the way back to Coney.

Where Are They Now?

David HarrisDavid 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. His most recent appearance was in a 2012 episode of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit where he played a warden. David also voices his character Cochise in The Warriors video game (2005).

Cowboy – Tom McKitterick

Cowboy – Tom McKitterick

So called because he wears a cowboy hat (which is stolen by the other members on their way to The Bronx), Cowboy spends a lot of his time with Ajax. He’s not a great fighter and gets winded by the Baseball Furies after their chase through the streets of New York. After Ajax goes off to rape the woman in the park, Cowboy later decides to go back and look out for him and is distressed to see him being arrested and put in the back of a police car.

Where Are They Now?


Tom McKitterickThe 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 still producing in London and has recently worked on the production of Flare Path (2011) at Theatre Royal Haymarket starring Sienna Miller. Photo courtesy of Tantive7.

Fox – Thomas G Waites

Fox – Thomas G Waites

Fox is a smart and knowledgeable member of The Warriors who is cautious and has a good knowledge of the other gangs in New York City. 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 on to the tracks by a cop.

Where Are They Now?

Thomas G WaitesThomas 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. His latest appearances are in Pandora’s Box (2012) and Broadway’s Finest (2012). Tom also voiced Fox in The Warriors video game (2005).

Mercy – Deborah Van Valkenburgh

Mercy – Deborah Van Valkenburgh

Mercy is a prostitute who hangs out with The Orphans but who 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 then 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.

Where Are They Now?

Deborah Van ValkenburghDeborah has largely worked on TV projects since 1979 making appearances in Quantum Leap, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and The Event to name but a few. Her most recent projects include The Trials of Cate McCall (2013) and TV series Touch where 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

Rembrandt – Marcelino Sánchez

Rembrandt is the “artist” who is responsible for using spray-paint to leave The Warrior’s mark 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.

Where Are They Now?

Marcelino SánchezMarcelino 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. Marcelino sadly passed away from cancer on November 21st, 1986. Read our tribute to Marcelino here.

Snow – Brian Tyler

Snow – Brian Tyler

Snow is smart, cautious, and a 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 meeting. 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.

Where Are They Now?

Brian TylerBrian 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

Swan – Michael Beck

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 and Ajax reluctantly backs 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.

Where Are They Now?

Michael BeckMichael 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 filmography includes Murder She Wrote, Houston Knights, and Forest Warrior. Michael last appeared on screen in 2004 as Senator Carter Innes in TV series JAG. He’s now living in LA and has become an author, writing his first novel. He has also narrated several John Grisham audiobooks. 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

Vermin – Terry Michos

Always on edge, Vermin appears scared and complains a lot about getting “japped”. Vermin takes a lead when he, Rembrandt and Cochise get separated and run 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 a particularly great fighter and gets thrown into a restroom mirror by one of The Punks.

Where Are They Now?

Terry MichosTerry 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.

Apache (Orphan) – Apache Ramos

Apache (Orphan) – Apache Ramos

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.

Where Are They Now?

Apache RamosApache is now working for the social services in New York. He is originally from Tremont and is still recognised to this day in the area due to his part in the movie.

Apache appeared in a spin-off of The Warriors called Lost in Coney Island (2012).


Baseball Furies Leader – Jery Hewitt

Baseball Furies Leader – Jery Hewitt

Like the rest of the Baseball Furies, the leader doesn’t say anything. 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”.

Where Are They Now?

Jery HewittJery 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.

Jery has worked as stunt coordinator for movies including Tower Heist (2001), True Grit (2010) and No Country for Old Men (2007). His latest acting appearance was in 2001 in They Call Me Sirr.


Candy Store Girl – Ginny Ortiz

Candy Store Girl – Ginny Ortiz

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.

Where Are They Now?

Ginny OrtizGinny 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 since The Warriors.

Ginny is apparently still acting off-screen and is a drama teacher.


Cop – Irwin Keyes

Cop – Irwin Keyes

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.

Where Are They Now?

Irwin KeyesIrwin has appeared in many TV shows and movies and appears in many horror movies. His recent movie appearances include House of 1000 Corpses (2003) and Black Dynamite (2009). Irwin has also been kind enough to offer a short interview on this website.

His last appearance on screen was in TV series And You Know Who You Are (2012).


Cropsey (Rogue) – Joel Weiss

Cropsey (Rogue) – Joel Weiss

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.

Where Are They Now?

Joel WeissJoel’s been in many movies, including Another 48 Hrs (1990) and Brewster’s Millions (1985).

Joel has also appeared in TV shows including Dexter in 2010 and The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air in 1992/3.

Joel recently appeared as The Dude in It Can Be Arranged (2010).


Cyrus – Roger Hill

Cyrus – Roger Hill

Cyrus is the president of The Riffs, the largest gang in New York. It was Cyrus who called the meeting in New York where he wanted to share his plan about creating one large gang which 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 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.

Where Are They Now?

Roger HillRoger only appeared in TV shows after The Warriors including One Life To Live (1983/4) and The Leatherstocking Tales (1984).

Roger then went on to work in Yonkers Public Library. 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. Roger sadly passed away, age 65, on February 20th 2014.


DJ – Lynne Thigpen

DJ – Lynne Thigpen

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, she apologises and dedicates “In The City” by Joe Walsh to them which plays as The Warriors walk down the beach at Coney Island.

Where Are They Now?

Lynne ThigpenLynne appeared in many movies from Godspell (1973) to Bicentennial Man (1999) and Shaft (2000).

Unfortunately, Lynne passed away on March 12th 2003 just after filming took place for her last appearance as Judge Brenda Daniels in Anger Management (2003).


Lincoln – Pamela Poitier

Lincoln – Pamela Poitier

Lincoln is Cleon’s girlfriend and is only seen in a deleted scene from 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.

Where Are They Now?

Pamela PoitierPamela, daughter of Sidney Poitier, has only appeared in a few films and last appeared in The Jackal (1997) as the law clerk.

In 2012, she appeared in Islands of Life, a documentary about the ecology, life and environment of The Bahamas and has been showing it at schools in the USA.


Lizzies Leader – Kate Klugman

Lizzies Leader – Kate Klugman

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 with a gun but because she is a poor shot and fails to shoot them, the gang dodge the bullets and crash through their apartment door and make their escape.

Where Are They Now?

The Warriors was the only screen performance of Kate Klugman. We do not have any information on what happened to her after the movie.

Lizzie – Lisa Maurer

Lizzie – Lisa Maurer

This Lizzie tries to seduce Cochise, Rembrandt and Vermin before trying to kill them.

Where Are They Now?

Lisa went on from The Warriors to appear in Jaws 3-D (1983) and Hollywood Vice Squad (1986). She then became the Executive Producer for Valley of The Dolls (1994).

Lizzie – Dee Dee Benrey

Lizzie – Dee Dee Benrey

This Lizzie tries to seduce and kill The Warriors along with their leader. She hangs around by the door to make sure that they can’t escape.

Where Are They Now?

The Warriors was the only screen performance of Dee Dee Benrey. We do not have any information on what happened to her after the movie.

Luther – David Patrick Kelly

Luther – David Patrick Kelly

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 he 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, they kill Luther and the rest of the gang.

Where Are They Now?

David Patrick KellyDavid 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). David will appear as Gorman in Shoedog which is in pre-production. David has also released a CD called David Patrick Kelly: Rip Van Boy Man which can be downloaded at CDBaby or on iTunes, featuring songs from his CBGB days before filming for The Warriors began. Apparently Walter Hill liked the way David sang which is why he asked him to come up with the “Come Out To Play” chant.

Masai – Edward Sewer

Masai – Edward Sewer

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.

Where Are They Now?

Edward’s acting career start and finished with The Warriors. Edward passed away from prostate cancer in 2004.

Orphans Leader (Sully) – Paul Greco

Orphans Leader (Sully) – Paul Greco

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 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.

Where Are They Now?

Paul GrecoPaul’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).

Paul passed away on December 17th 2008 from lung cancer.


Policewoman – Mercedes Ruehl

Policewoman – Mercedes Ruehl

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”.

Where Are They Now?

Mercedes RuehlMercedes 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.

She will appear as Mrs Fefterg in Chu and Blossom (2013).


Prom Couples – Carl Brown, Gwynn Press, Jodi Price, Jeffrey Scott

Prom Couples – Carl Brown, Gwynn Press, Jodi Price, Jeffrey Scott

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.

Where Are They Now?

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).

Punks Leader – Konrad Sheehan

Punks Leader – Konrad Sheehan

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. Swan later uses his knife to stab Luther on the beach at Coney Island.

Where Are They Now?

Konrad SheehanKonrad is known for doing stunt work in movies, including Predator. 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 now lives in San Diego, CA


Riffs Informer

Riffs Informer

The Riff’s Informer regularly informs Masai on what he has heard from the street and how the gangs in the Riffs 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.


Witness

Witness

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.