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Ed Harris

Ed HarrisAKA Edward Allen Harris

Born: 28-Nov-1950
Birthplace: Englewood, NJ

Gender: Male
Religion: Presbyterian
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Actor
Party Affiliation: Democratic

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: The Rock

Ed Harris is a bald, blue-eyed, dashingly handsome movie actor, known for memorable character roles in such films as Apollo 13 with Tom Hanks, Places in the Heart with Sally Field, and The Rock with Nicolas Cage and Sean Connery.

Harris grew up in a middle-class family in a middle-class town, and describes it as his Leave It to Beaver childhood. His father ran a bookstore, and had briefly been a singer with the Fred Waring chorus, and a background vocalist on TV's Perry Como Show. Young Harris was a two-sport star in high school, playing baseball and football, and he played both sports at Columbia University, but at only 5'9'' and unable to hit the fastball, he was no collegiate star. He studied drama and began his career as King Arthur in an Oklahoma City production of Camelot, while working day jobs as a house painter and service station attendant.

When he first came to Hollywood, he rented a garage and lived in it for $25 a month until he was evicted, unable to pay the rent. He worked in local plays, but the pay was minimal or less, and he auditioned for dozens of bit parts on television shows but was repeatedly rejected. When he was finally chosen for a small part on an episode of the now-forgotten 1976 series Gibbsville with Gig Young, he started crying as he left the audition. After a few small roles on television, he made his film debut in 1978, playing "Pathology Resident #2" in Coma with Geneviève Bujold and Michael Douglas. In his first substantial part he smuggled illegal immigrants across the Borderline with Charles Bronson. His first starring role was in the virtually unreleased 1981 drama Dream On! with Paul Reubens, and his breakthrough came playing John Glenn in The Right Stuff with Sam Shepard as Chuck Yeager.

Harris shifts nimbly from character actor to leading man, but has had more success in supporting roles, including Glengarry Glen Ross with Jack Lemmon, The Truman Show with Jim Carrey, A Beautiful Mind with Russell Crowe, The Hours with Nicole Kidman, and A History of Violence with Viggo Mortensen. As leading man, his best work includes the wet science fiction The Abyss with Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, the thriller Enemy at the Gates with Jude Law, the sainthood saga The Third Miracle with Anne Heche, and his own acclaimed directorial debut, the Jackson Pollock bio Pollock.

He has occasionally returned to the stage, winning an OBIE for his 1983 performance off-Broadway in Fool for Love with Kathy Baker, and he won Drama Desk and Theater World Awards for his 1986 Broadway turn in Precious Sons opposite Judith Ivey. He has been called one of the sexiest bald men alive, and he has been Oscar-nominated four times, but has not yet won.

He met his wife, actress Amy Madigan, in 1981, when they appeared together in a Los Angeles production of the play Prairie Avenue. They co-starred in the Vietnam survivors' drama Alamo Bay and an excellent western made for TV, Riders of the Purple Sage. They also worked together in Places in the Heart.

Father: Robert L. Harris (bookseller, singer)
Mother: Margaret Harris (travel agent)
Brother: Robert Harris (b. 1939)
Brother: Spencer Harris (b. 1956)
Wife: Amy Madigan (actress, m. 1983, one daughter)
Daughter: Lily Dolores Harris (b. 3-May-1993 with Madigan)

    High School: Tenafly High School, Tenafly, NJ (1968)
    University: Columbia University (transferred to UO)
    University: University of Oklahoma
    University: BFA Theater, California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, CA (1975)

    Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence
    Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee
    EMILY's List
    John Kerry for President
    Obama for America
    SAG-AFTRA Board of Directors
    Golden Globe Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture, The Truman Show 1998
    Risk Factors: Marijuana

    FILMOGRAPHY AS DIRECTOR
    Appaloosa (5-Sep-2008)
    Pollock (6-Sep-2000)

    FILMOGRAPHY AS ACTOR
    The Face of Love (12-Sep-2013)
    Gravity (28-Aug-2013) [VOICE]
    Pain & Gain (11-Apr-2013)
    Phantom (1-Mar-2013)
    Game Change (28-Feb-2012) · John McCain
    Man on a Ledge (26-Jan-2012) · David Englander
    That's What I Am (Apr-2011) · Mr. Simon
    Salvation Boulevard (24-Jan-2011) · Peter Blaylock
    Virginia (15-Sep-2010)
    The Way Back (3-Sep-2010) · Mr. Smith
    Once Fallen (Apr-2010) · Liam
    Appaloosa (5-Sep-2008)
    Touching Home (29-Apr-2008) · Charlie Winston
    National Treasure: Book of Secrets (13-Dec-2007)
    Cleaner (11-Sep-2007) · Eddie Lorenzo
    Gone Baby Gone (5-Sep-2007)
    Copying Beethoven (30-Jul-2006) · Ludwig van Beethoven
    Winter Passing (10-Sep-2005)
    Empire Falls (28-May-2005)
    A History of Violence (16-May-2005)
    Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson (4-Sep-2004) [VOICE]
    Radio (24-Oct-2003) · Coach Jones
    The Human Stain (29-Aug-2003)
    Masked and Anonymous (22-Jan-2003) · Oscar Vogel
    The Hours (18-Dec-2002) · Richard Brown
    Just a Dream (16-Mar-2002) [VOICE]
    A Beautiful Mind (13-Dec-2001)
    Buffalo Soldiers (8-Sep-2001) · Col. Berman
    Enemy at the Gates (7-Feb-2001)
    Pollock (6-Sep-2000) · Jackson Pollock
    The Prime Gig (1-Sep-2000) · Kelly Grant
    Waking the Dead (22-Jan-2000) · Jerry Charmichael
    The Third Miracle (13-Sep-1999)
    Stepmom (15-Dec-1998) · Luke Harrison
    The Truman Show (5-Jun-1998)
    Absolute Power (14-Feb-1997) · Seth Frank
    The Rock (7-Jun-1996) · Gen. Francis X. Hummel
    Riders of the Purple Sage (21-Jan-1996) · Jim Lassiter
    Eye for an Eye (12-Jan-1996) · Mack McCann
    Nixon (20-Dec-1995) · E. Howard Hunt
    Apollo 13 (30-Jun-1995) · Gene Kranz
    Just Cause (17-Feb-1995) · Blair Sullivan
    Baseball (18-Sep-1994) · Himself
    Milk Money (31-Aug-1994)
    China Moon (4-Mar-1994) · Kyle Bodine
    Needful Things (27-Aug-1993)
    The Firm (30-Jun-1993)
    Running Mates (4-Oct-1992)
    Glengarry Glen Ross (29-Sep-1992) · Dave Moss
    Paris Trout (20-Apr-1991)
    State of Grace (14-Sep-1990)
    The Abyss (9-Aug-1989) · Bud Brigman
    Jacknife (10-Mar-1989)
    To Kill a Priest (7-Sep-1988)
    Walker (4-Dec-1987) · William Walker
    The Last Innocent Man (19-Apr-1987)
    Sweet Dreams (2-Oct-1985) · Charlie Dick
    Code Name: Emerald (27-Sep-1985)
    Alamo Bay (3-Apr-1985)
    A Flash of Green (15-Sep-1984)
    Places in the Heart (11-Sep-1984) · Wayne Lomax
    Swing Shift (13-Apr-1984)
    Under Fire (21-Oct-1983) · Oates
    The Right Stuff (9-Sep-1983) · John Glenn
    Creepshow (12-Nov-1982) · Hank Blaine
    Knightriders (10-Apr-1981)
    Borderline (31-Oct-1980)
    The Aliens Are Coming (2-Mar-1980)
    Coma (6-Jan-1978) · Pathology Resident
    The Amazing Howard Hughes (13-Apr-1977)


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