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Also Known As: Edward Allen Harris Died:
Born: November 28, 1950 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Tenafly, New Jersey, USA Profession: actor, director, producer

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miracles on behalf of the church in the little-seen drama, "The Third Miracle" (1999).In 2000, Harris realized a decade long dream, directing and starring in "Pollock," an independently financed drama about abstract painter Jackson Pollock. Ever since his own father had sent him two biographies of the artist, the actor harbored a desire to portray Pollock on screen. The resulting motion picture, which premiered at the 2000 Venice Film Festival and was selected as the centerpiece of the 2000 New York Film Festival, earned positive critical reviews and Harris' first Best Actor nod at the Academy Awards. Harris continued to add to his growing galaxy of film performances as the new millennium unfolded, portraying a German assassin sent to take out a Russian sharpshooter (Jude Law) in the WWII drama "Enemy of the Gates" (2001). After playing a high-ranking intelligence officer dealing with a schizophrenic mathematician (Russell Crowe) in "A Beautiful Mind" (2001), Harris co-starred opposite Meryl Streep in "The Hours" (2002) as an author dying of AIDS. In this film, Harris delivered another of his more riveting performances, as his character struggles with his disease, his relationships with the crucial...

miracles on behalf of the church in the little-seen drama, "The Third Miracle" (1999).

In 2000, Harris realized a decade long dream, directing and starring in "Pollock," an independently financed drama about abstract painter Jackson Pollock. Ever since his own father had sent him two biographies of the artist, the actor harbored a desire to portray Pollock on screen. The resulting motion picture, which premiered at the 2000 Venice Film Festival and was selected as the centerpiece of the 2000 New York Film Festival, earned positive critical reviews and Harris' first Best Actor nod at the Academy Awards. Harris continued to add to his growing galaxy of film performances as the new millennium unfolded, portraying a German assassin sent to take out a Russian sharpshooter (Jude Law) in the WWII drama "Enemy of the Gates" (2001). After playing a high-ranking intelligence officer dealing with a schizophrenic mathematician (Russell Crowe) in "A Beautiful Mind" (2001), Harris co-starred opposite Meryl Streep in "The Hours" (2002) as an author dying of AIDS. In this film, Harris delivered another of his more riveting performances, as his character struggles with his disease, his relationships with the crucial women in his life and his reasons for continuing to stay alive. His captivating turn was rewarded with an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor ¿ his third in that category and fourth nod overall.

The following year, he reunited with Nicole Kidman as her abusive ex-husband in a supporting role in "The Human Stain" (2003), then was seen as a southern football coach-turned-town hero in the feel-good hit "Radio" (2003), which starred Cuba Gooding, Jr. as a mentally challenged high school student who is allowed to help out with the team, but struggles to earn his welcome. Harris next appeared in the humorous, poignant HBO miniseries "Empire Falls" (HBO, 2005) as New England restaurateur Miles Roby, for whom the promising opportunities of youth have given way to the demands of family obligations, especially those concerning his cantankerous father (Paul Newman) and impressionable daughter (Danielle Panabaker). Unable to escape the town or the dominating shadow of his employer (Joanne Woodward), who owns the restaurant he runs, Miles copes with a recent divorce from his wife (Helen Hunt) while piecing together the shared events that shaped their lives. "Empire Falls" was nominated for a slew of Emmy Awards, including Harris for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Movie.

Harris delivered a standout supporting turn in director David Cronenberg's masterful thriller, "A History of Violence" (2005). Harris played the menacing and acerbic Carl Fogarty, a shadowy, scarred figure who arrives in small town Indiana to confront a loving, rock-solid father and husband (Viggo Mortensen) whose brief notoriety after foiling a violent robbery attracts Fogarty's attention and has him insisting he recognizes the man from a secret, bloody past 20 years earlier. Harris' perfectly measured mix of threat and gallows humor was one of the highlights of a superbly tense film. After depicting Ludwig von Beethoven at the time he composed his famed "Ninth Symphony" in "Copying Beethoven" (2006), Harris was a descendant of Lincoln assassin, John Wilkes Booth, who implicates treasure hunter Ben Gates' (Nicolas Cage) great-great grandfather after discovering missing pages from Booth's diary in the adventure sequel "National Treasure: Book of Secrets" (2007). He returned to the director's chair following an eight year absence to direct "Appaloosa" (2008), an old-school Western that showcased Harris as a U.S. marshal tasked to clean up a New Mexico territory city after a band of outlaws murdered the previous law enforcement.

As an actor Harris continued to deliver impressive work in a plethora of distinct and varied films. In the based-on-fact sports drama "Touching Home" (2010) he played a stern patriarch trying to reconnect with his adult sons, while in the WWII adventure "The Way Back" (2010), he played a cynical American attempting to escape from an isolated Siberian gulag. He then reteamed with his "Beautiful Mind" co-star Jennifer Connelly for a pair of ventures, starting with the religious satire "Salvation Boulevard" (2011) and followed by the psychological-drama "Virginia" (2012). Although the mainstream heist-thriller "Man on a Ledge" (2012) failed to set the box office on fire, Harris¿ uncanny turn as 2008 Republican presidential candidate John McCain in "Game Change" (HBO, 2012) proved to be one of the more talked-about cable events of the year. Co-starring Julianne Moore as Sarah Palin, the telefilm was based on the political tell-all by John Heilemann and Mark Halperin and focused on the ultimately unsuccessful McCain-Palin ticket run for the White House. Harris' exemplary performance was widely hailed by all and earned him a Golden Globe win and an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie.ulted in widespread repression. The actor offered an intense portrait of a real-life soldier of fortune who bore more than a passing resemblance to Oliver North, who was then dominating the news.

In James Cameron's big-budgeted underwater spectacle "The Abyss" (1989), Harris provided the anchor as the foreman of a civilian crew ¿ which includes his estranged wife (Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio) ¿ tapped to rescue a U.S. nuclear submarine, only to discover the crash was caused by an extraterrestrial spacecraft containing an alien species. It was during this very difficult shoot, where the actors and crew were often submerged for hours underwater, that Harris famously declared he would never again work with Cameron, after the two butted heads more than once. In a return to the small screen, Harris starred in "Paris Trout" (Showtime, 1991), playing a lawyer hired to defend an unrepentant racist (Dennis Hopper) who finds himself drawn to his client's wife (Barbara Hershey). In "Running Mates" (HBO, 1992), Harris was a bachelor presidential candidate who romances a widowed children's author (Diane Keaton) who hates politics. Both projects allowed Harris to demonstrate a light, almost playful side that enhanced his standing as an unlikely comedic actor. Harris was firing on all cylinders in "Glengarry Glen Ross" (1992), the big screen adaptation of David Mamet's incendiary play about a group of low-rent real estate agents. Harris played David Moss, a loudmouth who tells his down-and-out colleague (Alan Arkin) about his plan to steal the coveted Glengarry leads from their office, only to discover that an older, more desperate coworker (Jack Lemmon) beat him to it. Though the accolades went in large part to co-star Al Pacino for his fiery performance, Harris more than held his own in a cast that also included Kevin Spacey, Jonathan Pryce and Alec Baldwin.

After playing a frustrated FBI agent smoking out corruption in "The Firm" (1993), Harris was on the other side of the law as a creepy serial killer in "Just Cause" (1995). He then stood out in the ensemble of Ron Howard's "Apollo 13" (1995), playing NASA mission control flight director Gene Krantz, a performance that earned him his first Oscar nomination. A turn as Watergate co-conspirator E. Howard Hunt in "Nixon" (1995) was followed by playing a military hero who precipitates a hostage crisis at Alcatraz in "The Rock" (1996). Following a performance as a homicide detective investigating a murder involving the president (Gene Hackman) in "Absolute Power" (1997), he received nearly unanimous praise and a second Best Supporting Actor Oscar nomination as the God-like creator-director of a popular 24-hour-a-day TV series in "The Truman Show" (1998). Harris again showed his softer side as a man caught between his ex-wife (Susan Sarandon) and his new girlfriend (Julia Roberts) in the comedy-drama "Stepmom" (1998), which he followed by playing a charismatic priest who investigates reported

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DIRECTOR:

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  Appaloosa (2008)
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  Pollock (2000) Director

CAST: (feature film)

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 Geostorm (2017)
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 Kodachrome (2017)
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 Run All Night (2015)
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 Cymbeline (2015)
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 Frontera (2014)
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 Snowpiercer (2014)
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Professional stage debut as King Arthur in "Camelot" at the Jewel Box Theater in Oklahoma City
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Appeared in the West Coast productions, "A Streetcar Named Desire" and "The Grapes of Wrath"
1977:
TV-movie debut, "The Amazing Howard Hughes" (CBS)
1978:
Feature acting debut, "Coma"
1981:
First feature lead role, "Knightriders"
1983:
NY stage debut in the Off-Broadway production of Sam Shepard's "Fool for Love"
1984:
Credited as script consultant on the independent feature "A Flash of Green"; also starred
1984:
Met future wife Amy Madigan, starring opposite her in "Places in the Heart"
1985:
Delivered solid turn as Charlie Dick, husband of Patsy Cline in "Sweet Dreams"
1986:
Broadway debut in "Precious Sons"; received Tony nomination
1989:
First lead in a major feature, "The Abyss"; directed by James Cameron
1991:
Appeared in the Showtime movie "Paris Trout"
1992:
Co-starred opposite Diane Keaton in the poitically-themed "Running Mates" (HBO)
1992:
Co-starred in the feature version of David Mamet's "Glengarry Glen Ross"
1994:
Appeared in the ABC miniseries "Stephen King's 'The Stand'"
1994:
Returned to the New York stage in the Off-Broadway staging of Sam Shepard's "Simpatico"; co-starred Beverly D'Angelo and Marcia Gay Harden
1995:
Received Best Supporting Actor Oscar nomination for his performance as NASA mission control flight director Gene Krantz in "Apollo 13"
1996:
Producing debut (as executive producer) of the TNT movie "Riders of the Purple Sage"; also co-starred with Madigan
1996:
Returned to Broadway in "Taking Sides"
1998:
Received critical acclaim and his second Best Supporting Actor Oscar nomination for his performance as the God-like Christof, the creator and director of "The Truman Show"
1998:
Co-starred with Susan Sarandon and Julia Roberts in "Stepmom"
1999:
Cast as a disillusioned priest sent to investigate claims of miracles performed by a woman proposed for sainthood in "The Third Miracle"
2000:
Feature directorial debut, "Pollock"; also portrayed the artist; received first Best Actor Oscar nomination
2001:
Played a German assassin sent to kill a Russian marksman in "Enemy at the Gates"; premiered at the Berlin Film Festival
2001:
Cast as an American battalion commander in 1980s Germany in "Buffalo Soldiers"; (released theatrically in USA in 2002)
2001:
Had featured role opposite Russell Crowe in "A Beautiful Mind"; directed by Ron Howard
2002:
Co-starred with Meryl Streep in "The Hours"; received supporting role nominations for a Golden Globe, a BAFTA, a SAG and an Oscar
2003:
Portrayed the ex-husband of Nicole Kidman's character in the film adaptation of Philip Roth's novel "The Human Stain"
2003:
Starred as a football coach in the southern drama "Radio"
2005:
Starred as Miles Roby in the HBO film adaptation of "Empire Falls," based on Richard Russo's Pulitzer Prize winning novel; earned Emmy, Golden Globe and SAG nominations for Best Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries
2005:
Co-starred with Viggo Mortensen in David Cronenberg's "A History of Violence"
2006:
Portrayed Ludwig van Beethoven in Agnieszka Holland's "Copying Beethoven"
2007:
Played a Boston detective in Ben Affleck's feature directing debut "Gone, Baby, Gone"
2008:
Directed and co-wrote the Western "Appaloosa"; also co-starred with Viggo Mortensen
2010:
Played an American inmate in Peter Weir's "The Way Back"
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Education

Tenafly High School: Tenafly , New Jersey -
Columbia University: New York , New York - 1969 - 1971
Oklahoma State University: Norman , Oklahoma - 1972 - 1973
California Institute of the Arts: Valencia , California - 1975

Notes

"If the best acting is seamless, than Ed is one of the best." --Louis Malle

"My career has been based on playing characters, I don't have that star persona. I like to think of myself as an actor, not a personality." --Ed Harris quoted in Empire. November 1998.

"When I realized I couldn't play football, I was pretty lost. I needed something I could be good at. I wasn't even thinking about making a living. It was about survival. I was becoming an adult and I didn't have a way in. I needed to feel I belonged in the world. ...

"It was the closest thing I could think of to scoring a touchdown! Acting. It was physical and required great concentration and meant working with others in public. It was challenging, like sports. What was new was the creative and emotional side, because that hadn't been part of my life before. ... I wasn't thinking about making money. I was concentrating on what I would become, an actor, and I just got lost in it." --Harris to Parade Magazine, June 21, 1998.

"My motto is, 'If there is a problem, figure it out!'" --Ed Harris to Cindy Pearlman in the Chigago Sun-Times, May 31, 1998.

"Ed has this deeply moral, middle-American core. It's not an accident that he plays American icons." --Charles Haid who directed Harris and Madigan in the 1996 TNT movie "Riders of the Purple Sage" to Premiere, July 1998.

"He has this funny background, both New Jersey and Oklahoma. Which is a very odd discrepancy. So he has the kind of toughness of Oklahoma and, at the same time, this sort of intellectual bent of the East Coast." --Sam Shepard to Premiere, July 1998.

"I think that as the years go by I might want to direct, but I like acting. Being on location is a little less thrilling than it used to be. You get a little frozen in time and wonder if you're really maturing ... I'm not trying to discover new ways to act. I'm just trying, as my life goes on, to tell the truth better." --Ed Harris quoted in Premiere, August 1995.

"I didn't get into acting until I was twenty-one. By that time I didn't have any problem with it being a masculine thing or not. People whose work I admired seemed to be pretty secure in their manhood. It was interesting getting involved in the theater world and metting the kind of people that, five years prior in high school, you laughed at. And realizing that they were usually pretty cool people." --Harris quoted in Interview, March 1995.

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wife:
Amy Madigan. Actor. Met during a production of "Prairie Avenue" at the Lee Strasberg Institute in 1981; married in 1983 in Waxahachie, Texas during the filming of "Places in the Heart" (1984); also worked together in "Alamo Bay" (1985), "Riders of the Purple Sage" (TNT, 1996), and "Pollock" (2000).

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father:
Robert L Harris. Bookseller, former singer. Sang with the Fred Waring chorus; while working in the bookstore at the Art Institute of Chicago in the mid-1980s, sent son two biographies of painter Jackson Pollock.
mother:
Margaret Harris. Travel agent.
brother:
Robert Harris. Older; born c. 1939.
brother:
Spencer Harris. Younger; born c. 1956.
daughter:
Lily Dolores Harris. Born on May 3, 1993; mother, Amy Madigan.
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