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Also Known As: Died:
Born: August 24, 1961 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: London, England, GB Profession: actor, boxer

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A versatile character actor, equally adept at thugs and ne'er-do-wells as he was with businessmen and artists, Jared Harris contributed memorable performances to such films as "I Shot Andy Warhol" (1995), "Happiness" (1998) and "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" (2008), as well as television programs like "Mad Men" (AMC, 2007- ). The son of volatile Irish actor Richard Harris, he shared none of his father's penchant for theatrical performances, preferring instead for thoughtful, carefully controlled turns. He soon garnered a reputation for near-complete transformations for each role; from the ethereal Warhol to a scheming Russian cabdriver in "Happiness" and a mercurial John Lennon in "Two of Us" (VH1, 2001) to the buttoned-down English financial officer on "Mad Men." Harris' breadth of talent made him one of the most capable character actors in the business.

A versatile character actor, equally adept at thugs and ne'er-do-wells as he was with businessmen and artists, Jared Harris contributed memorable performances to such films as "I Shot Andy Warhol" (1995), "Happiness" (1998) and "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" (2008), as well as television programs like "Mad Men" (AMC, 2007- ). The son of volatile Irish actor Richard Harris, he shared none of his father's penchant for theatrical performances, preferring instead for thoughtful, carefully controlled turns. He soon garnered a reputation for near-complete transformations for each role; from the ethereal Warhol to a scheming Russian cabdriver in "Happiness" and a mercurial John Lennon in "Two of Us" (VH1, 2001) to the buttoned-down English financial officer on "Mad Men." Harris' breadth of talent made him one of the most capable character actors in the business.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Poltergeist (2015)
2.
 Boxtrolls, The (2014)
3.
 Pompeii (2014)
4.
 Quiet Ones, The (2014)
7.
 Lincoln (2012)
8.
 Ward, The (2011)
10.
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Milestones close milestones

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After graduation from Duke returned to Britain and joined the Royal Shakespeare Company
1989:
Made film debut in "The Rachel Papers" directed by his brother Damian
1990:
Played Hotspur in off-Broadway production of "Henry IV"; moved to New York City
1992:
Co-starred as Tom Cruise's brother in Ron Howard's "Far and Away"
1994:
Played vampire twin in "Nadja"
1996:
Starred as the artist in "I Shot Andy Warhol"
1998:
Appeared as a sexy Russian cab driver in "Happiness"
1999:
Co-starred in "B. Monkey" (filmed in 1996)
2001:
Starred as an early 20th Century filmmaker in China in "Shadow Magic"
2001:
Appeared in the off-Broadway play "More Lies About Jerzy"
2001:
Tackled "Hamlet" at the New Jersey Shakespeare Festival in a multimedia production that saw Richard Harris play the ghost of Hamlet's father via digital technology
2002:
Played smack-dealing performance artists Russel in the indie film "Igby Goes Down"
2003:
Appeared in the biopic "Sylvia," starring Gwyneth Paltrow
2006:
Cast in the HBO original film "The Notorious Bettie Page," starring Gretchen Mol as the 1950s pinup
2006:
Co-starred in M. Night Shyamalan's "Lady in the Water"
2008:
Appeared opposite Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett in "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button"
2008:
Landed a recurring guest role on "Fringe" (Fox)
2009:
Cast as a straight-laced ad agency CFO Lane Price on "Mad Men" (AMC); character committed suicide during fifth season
2010:
Played a supporting role opposite Harrison Ford and Brendan Fraser in "Extraordinary Measures"
2011:
Cast as the villain Moriarty opposite Robert Downey, Jr. and Jude Law in Guy Ritchie's "Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows"
2012:
Portrayed Ulysses S. Grant opposite Daniel Day-Lewis in Steven Spielberg's "Lincoln"
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Education

Duke University: Durham , North Carolina - 1984

Notes

On Playing Andy Warhol: "There was nothing written on the page about him--who he was, what sort of man. He was just a blank. So I had to fill him in. It was strange--all his feelings had been taken away for some reason ... something was causing him pain ... you have to find out what ... quite a job." --Harris to Daily News, January 22, 1996.

"I don't care who I get lumped with as long as I get a chance to work." --Jared Harris in People, November 5, 1995.

Family close complete family listing

father:
Richard Harris. Actor. Divorced from Harris' mother.
mother:
Elizabeth Harris. Divorced from Harris' father; daughter of Labor peer Lord Ogmore.
step-father:
Rex Harrison. Actor. Married to Elizabeth Harris from 1971 to c. 1977.
uncle:
Dermot Harris. Record and film producer. Died in 1986.
brother:
Damien Harris. Director. Born c. 1958.
brother:
Jamie Harris. Actor. Born c. 1963.
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