Know the Cast & Characters: ‘Heat’

Heat Cast - Every Actor and Character in the 1995 Movie on Netflix

The Heat cast features Al Pacino, Robert De Niro and Val Kilmer. This info article contains minor spoilers and character details for Michael Mann’s 1995 movie on Netflix. Check out more streaming guides in Vague Visages’ Know the Cast section.

Heat follows a Los Angeles police lieutenant who tracks down a criminal mastermind. When Vincent Hanna meets his target for the first time, he learns to appreciate the man’s code of honor. The narrative follows the main players as they strategize against each other. Here’s every actor and character in Heat.

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Heat Cast: Al Pacino as Vincent Hanna

Heat Cast on Netflix - Al Pacino as Vincent Hanna

Character Profile: A Los Angeles police lieutenant. He is a charismatic man with a Marine Corps background. Vincent pursues a career criminal while trying to repair his marriage.

Pacino’s Resume: Michael Corleone in The Godfather (1972), Serpico in Serpico (1973), Sonny in Dog Day Afternoon (1975), Tony Montana in Scarface (1983), Lt. Col. Frank Slade in Scent of a Woman (1992)

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Heat Cast: Robert De Niro as Neil McCauley

Heat Cast on Netflix - Robert De Niro as Neil McCauley

Character Profile: A criminal mastermind. He maintains a romantic relationship and pretends to be a salesman. Neil dreams of an idealistic life but can’t stay away from street action.

De Niro’s Resume: Vito Corleone in The Godfather Part II (1974), Travis Bickle in Taxi Driver (1976), Michael in The Deer Hunter (1978), Jake La Motta in Raging Bull (1980), Max Cady in Cape Fear (1991)

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Heat Cast: Val Kilmer as Chris Shiherlis

Heat Cast on Netflix - Val Kilmer as Chris Shiherlis

Character Profile: Neil’s right-hand man. He is a gambler who loses the respect of his wife. Chris gets injured during a shootout and tries to avoid Vincent’s crew.

Kilmer’s Resume: Madmartigan in Willow (1988), Jim Morrison in The Doors (1991), Gay Perry in Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2005), Stewart in Palo Alto (2013), Bluntman in Jay and Silent Bob Reboot (2019)

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Heat Cast: Jon Voight as Nate

Heat Cast on Netflix - Jon Voight as Nate

Character Profile: Neil’s fixer. He helps with drug transactions and passports. Nate hosts Chris after a heist gone wrong.

Voight’s Resume: Ed in Deliverance (1972), Joe Buck in Midnight Cowboy (1969), Manny in Runaway Train (1985), Paul Serone in Anaconda (1997), Mickey Donovan in Ray Donovan (2013-20)

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Heat Cast: Tom Sizemore as Michael Cheritto

Heat Cast on Netflix - Tom Sizemore as Michael Cheritto

Character Profile: A career criminal. He is security expert who gets tailed by Vincent’s crew. Michael gets shot after a heist.

Sizemore’s Resume: Cody Nicholson in True Romance (1993), Lt. Vincent D’Agosta in The Relic (1997), Sergeant Horvath in Saving Private Ryan (1998), Burchenal in Red Planet (2000), McKnight in Black Hawk Down (2001)

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Heat Cast: Diane Venora as Justine

Heat Cast on Netflix - Diane Venora as Justine

Character Profile: Neil’s wife. She gets upset about her husband’s inconsistent moods. Justine’s teenage daughter tries to kill herself.

Venora’s Resume: Chan Parker in Bird (1988), Gloria Capulet in Romeo + Juliet (1996), Valentina Koslova in The Jackal (1997), Janice Rizzo in All Good Things (2010), Aunt Irene in First Love (2022)

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Heat Cast: Amy Brenneman as Eady

Heat Cast on Netflix - Amy Brenneman as Eady

Character Profile: Neil’s love interest. She is a graphic designer who works at Hennessey + Ingalls. Eady plans to begin a new life with Neil.

Brenneman’s Resume: Amy Gray in Judging Amy (1999-2005), Laurie Garvey in The Leftovers (2014-17), Diana Blackwood in Goliath (2019-), Diana Morgan in Sweet Girl (2021), Zoe McDonald in The Old Man (2022-)

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Heat Cast: Ashley Judd as Charlene

Heat Cast on Netflix - Ashley Judd as Charlene

Character Profile: Chris’ wife. She is business-savvy woman with a son named Dominik. Charlene lies to federal agents about Chris’ whereabouts.

Judd’s Resume: Norma Jean Dougherty in Norma Jean & Marilyn (1996), Kate Mctiernan in Kiss the Girls (1997), Libby in Double Jeopardy (1999), Agnes White in Bug (2006), BB Yates in Berlin Station (2017-19)

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The Heat cast also includes:

  • Mykelti Williamson as Drucker
  • Wes Studi as Casals
  • Ted Levine as Bosko
  • Dennis Haysbert as Breedan
  • William Fichtner as Van Zant
  • Natalie Portman as Lauren
  • Tom Noonan as Kelso
  • Kevin Gage as Waingro
  • Hank Azaria as Marciano
  • Susan Traylor as Elaine Cheritto
  • Kim Staunton as Lillian
  • Danny Trejo as Trejo
  • Henry Rollins as Hugh Benny
  • Jerry Trimble as Schwartz
  • Marty Ferrero as Construction Clerk
  • Ricky Harris as Albert Torena
  • Tone Loc as Richard Torena
  • Begonya Plaza as Anna Trejo
  • Hazelle Goodman as Hooker’s Mother
  • Ray Buktenica as Timmons
  • Jeremy Piven as Dr. Bob
  • Xander Berkeley as Ralph

Q.V. Hough (@QVHough) is Vague Visages’ founding editor.