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Born: November 28, 1950 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Tenafly, New Jersey, USA Profession: Cast ...


"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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