Brad Harris (2004)
July 16, 1933 |
St. Anthony, Idaho, U.S.
|Occupation||Film actor, stuntman, executive producer|
Bradford Harris (born July 16, 1933) is an American actor, stuntman, and executive producer. He appeared in a variety of roles in over 50 films, mostly in European productions. He is a member of the Stuntman's Hall of Fame.
Life and career
Born in St. Anthony, Idaho, his family moved to California where he attended Burbank High School  then received an athletic scholarship to UCLA where he studied economics. When he injured his knee playing football he was advised to take up weight lifting to strengthen the injury that developed his interest in bodybuilding.
Harris entered films as a stand-in, stuntman, and later an actor. His first roles were in André de Toth's Monkey on My Back and Li'l Abner. With his athletic physique, Harris travelled to Rome to watch the 1960 Summer Olympics and perform stunts in Stanley Kubrick's Spartacus. He stayed in Europe for the boom in European sword and sandal, Eurospy, and spaghetti western genres. Harris discovered, when working in Germany, that stunt coordinators were nonexistent in that country and he often did extra duties as a stuntman, stunt coordinator, and second unit director as well as an actor.
Harris made his debut as a leading man in 1961 in the title role of Gianfranco Parolini's Goliath Against the Giants and Samson. He would have a long, continuing relationship in several films written and directed by Parolini. Harris also began to be teamed with Tony Kendall starting with the Western Black Eagle of Santa Fe, and he later married his co-star in that film, Czech actress Olga Schoberová. They were married on November 16, 1967 and divorced in 1969. They had a daughter named Babrinka (Sabrina).
He also served as executive producer on several of his films including King of Kong Island (which he also starred in) and Jack Cardiff's The Mutations. He later made seven appearances on the American soap opera Falcon Crest as "Deputy Duffy". His most recent film was the Andrea Zaccariello's comedy Boom, released in 1999,
Harris invented and markets exercise products called "AB-OrigOnals." He owns a company called Modern Body Design.
- The Fury Of Hercules (1962)
- Heißer Hafen Hongkong (de) (1962)
- Der schwarze Panther von Ratana (de) (1963)
- Secret of the Chinese Carnation (Das Geheimnis der chinesischen Nelke) (1964)
- Black Eagle of Santa Fe (Die schwarzen Adler von Santa Fe) (1965)
- Our Man in Jamaica (1965)
- Wanted Sabata (1970)
- The Mutations (1974)
- Hercules (1983)
- Death Stone (Der Stein des Todes) (1985)
- Brad Harris | IronOnline Health and Fitness Database
- Matt Blake and David Deal, The Eurospy Guide, Luminary Press 2004, p.279
- Tim Bergfelder, International Adventures:German Popular Cinema and European Co-Productions Berghahn Books 2006
- Brad Harris at the Internet Movie Database
- Brad Harris at AllMovie
- Brad Harris bio on (re)Search my Trash