Ed Harris

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Ed Harris
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Born Edward Allen Harris
(1950-11-28) November 28, 1950 (age 63)
Englewood, New Jersey, USA
Occupation Actor, film director, screenwriter
Years active 1978–present
Spouse(s) Amy Madigan (1983–present)

Edward Allen "Ed" Harris (born November 28, 1950) is an American actor, screenwriter, and director. He is best known for his performances in Pollock, Appaloosa, The Rock, The Abyss, A Beautiful Mind, A History of Violence, Enemy at the Gates, The Right Stuff, Gone Baby Gone, Radio, Paris Trout, Jackknife, Empire Falls, and Game Change. Harris has also narrated commercials for Home Depot and other companies. He is a three-time nominee of the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performances in Apollo 13, The Truman Show, and The Hours, along with an Academy Award for Best Actor nomination for his role in Pollock.

Early life[edit]

Harris was born in Englewood Hospital in Englewood, New Jersey, and was raised in Tenafly,[1] the son of Margaret, a travel agent, and Robert L. Harris, who sang with the Fred Waring chorus and worked at the bookstore of the Art Institute of Chicago.[2] He has an older brother, Robert, and a younger brother, Spencer. His parents were originally from Oklahoma.[3] Harris was raised in a middle class Presbyterian family.[4][5][6] He graduated from Tenafly High School in 1969, where he played on the football team, serving as the team's captain in his senior year.[7][8]

He was a star athlete in high school,[1] was recruited by[9] and competed in athletics at Columbia University in 1969. Two years later his family moved to New Mexico, and he followed, after having discovered his interest in acting in various theater plays. He enrolled at the University of Oklahoma to study drama.[1] After several successful roles in local theaters, he moved to Los Angeles and enrolled at the California Institute of the Arts. He spent two years there, and graduated with a BFA.[1]

Career[edit]

Harris at the premiere of A History of Violence at the Toronto International Film Festival, January 2005

Harris's first film role was in Borderline with Charles Bronson. In Knightriders (1981), he played the king of a motorcycle-riding renaissance-fair troupe in a role modeled after King Arthur. In 1983, Harris became well known after playing astronaut John Glenn in The Right Stuff.[1] Twelve years later, a film with a similar theme led to Harris being nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor, for his portrayal of NASA flight director Gene Kranz in Apollo 13.[1]

Further Oscar nominations arrived in 1999, 2001, and 2003, for The Truman Show, Pollock, and The Hours, respectively. Harris also portrayed a German Army sniper, Major Erwin König, in Enemy at the Gates (2001). He appeared as a vengeful mobster in David Cronenberg's A History of Violence (2005) and as a police officer alongside Casey Affleck and Morgan Freeman, in Gone Baby Gone (2007), directed by Ben Affleck. Also in 2007, he appeared in National Treasure: Book of Secrets as antagonist Mitch Wilkinson.

Along with theatrical films, he has starred in television adaptations of Riders of the Purple Sage (1996) and Empire Falls (2005). Harris made his cinema directing debut in 2000, with Pollock, in which he starred as the acclaimed American artist Jackson Pollock.[1] To prepare for the role, he built a small studio in which to copy the painter's techniques. He also threw a chair at Marcia Gay Harden, who played Lee Krasner to get a stronger reaction from her; she later thanked him.[9] (She won an Oscar for her role.)

He has also portrayed such diverse real-life characters as William Walker, a 19th-century American who appointed himself president of Nicaragua, in the film Walker, Watergate figure E. Howard Hunt in the Oliver Stone biopic Nixon, composer Ludwig van Beethoven in the film Copying Beethoven, and Senator John McCain in HBO's made-for-television drama Game Change.

Harris has directed a number of theater productions as well as having an active stage acting career. Most notably, he starred in the production of Neil LaBute's one-man play Wrecks at the Public Theater in New York City and later at the Geffen Theater in Los Angeles. For the LA production, he won the LA Drama Critics Circle Award. Wrecks premiered at the Everyman Theater in Cork, Ireland, and then in the US at the Public Theater in New York. Harris and wife Amy Madigan starred together in Ash Adams' indie crime drama Once Fallen, released in 2010.

Style[edit]

He has a reputation for being serious on the set. He told a journalist in 2006 "I don't like bullshittin'.... So, I guess that comes across as serious."[9]

Personal life[edit]

Harris's wife is actress Amy Madigan. The couple married on November 21, 1983, while they were filming Places in the Heart in which they played an adulterous couple. They have a daughter, Lily Dolores Harris, born in 1993.[10] Harris built a double-brick clubhouse for her.[9]

On March 20, 2012, the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA) completed a merger of equals to form a new union SAG-AFTRA. Harris, along with Edward Asner, Martin Sheen, Valerie Harper, Michael Bell, and Wendy Schall (to name a few) are adamantly opposed to such a merger and filed a lawsuit against SAG President Ken Howard and several SAG Vice Presidents seeking to have the merger overturned and the two unions separated to their pre-merger organizations.[11][12] The lawsuit was dismissed on May 22, 2012.[13]

Filmography[edit]

Film and television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1978 The Rockford Files Officer Rudy Kempner
1978 Coma Pathology resident
1979 Lou Grant Warren / Mechanic
1980 Borderline Hotchkiss
1980 The Aliens Are Coming Chuck Polcheck
1981 Knightriders Billy
1981 Dream On!
1982 Creepshow Hank Blaine
1983 The Right Stuff John Glenn
1983 Under Fire Oates
1984 Swing Shift Jack Walsh
1984 Places in the Heart Wayne Lomax
1984 A Flash of Green Jimmy Wing
1985 Code Name: Emerald Gus Lang
1985 Alamo Bay Shang
1985 Sweet Dreams Charlie Dick
1987 Walker William Walker
1987 The Last Innocent Man Harry Nash
1988 To Kill a Priest Stefan
1989 Jacknife David "High School" Flannigan Nominated – Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture
1989 The Abyss Virgil "Bud" Brigman Nominated – Saturn Award for Best Actor
1990 State of Grace Frankie Flannery
1991 Paris Trout Harry Seagraves
1992 Glengarry Glen Ross Dave Moss Valladolid International Film Festival Award for Best Actor[14]
1992 Running Mates Hugh Hathaway
1993 The Firm Wayne Tarrance
1993 Needful Things Sheriff Alan Pangborn
1994 Milk Money Tom Wheeler
1994 China Moon Kyle Bodine
1994 The Stand General Starkey
1995 Nixon E. Howard Hunt
1995 Apollo 13 Gene Kranz Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role
Southeastern Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated – Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated – Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated – Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture
1995 Just Cause Blair Sullivan
1996 The Rock Brigadier General Francis X. Hummel
1996 Eye for an Eye Mack McCann
1996 Riders of the Purple Sage Jim Lassiter
1997 Absolute Power Seth Frank
1998 Physical Graffiti
1998 Stepmom Luke Harrison
1998 The Truman Show Christof Blockbuster Entertainment Award for Favorite Supporting Actor — Drama
Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor - Motion Picture
National Board of Review Award for Best Supporting Actor
Southeastern Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated – Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated – BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role
Nominated – Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated – Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor
1999 The Third Miracle Frank Shore
2000 Pollock Jackson Pollock Director
Toronto Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor
Nominated – Academy Award for Best Actor
Nominated – Satellite Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama
2000 The Prime Gig Kelly Grant
2000 Waking the Dead Jerry Charmichael
2001 A Beautiful Mind Parcher Nominated – Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture
Nominated – Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
2001 Buffalo Soldiers Colonel Berman
2001 Enemy at the Gates Major König
2002 The Hours Richard Brown Italian Online Movie Award for Best Cast
Italian Online Movie Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated – Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated – BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role
Nominated – Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Acting Ensemble
Nominared – Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated – Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture
Nominated – London Film Critics Circle Award for Actor of the Year
Nominated – Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Cast
Nominated – Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Nominated – Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role
2003 Radio Coach Jones
2003 The Human Stain Lester Farley
2003 Masked and Anonymous Oscar Vogel
2005 Empire Falls Miles Roby Nominated – Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Miniseries or Television Film
Nominated – Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie
Nominated – Satellite Award for Best Actor – Miniseries or Television Film
Nominated – Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Miniseries or Television Movie
2005 Winter Passing Don Holden
2005 A History of Violence Carl Fogarty National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actor
2006 Two Tickets to Paradise Melville
2006 Copying Beethoven Ludwig van Beethoven
2006 The Armenian Genocide US Consul Leslie Davis Documentary
2007 Gone Baby Gone Remy Bressant
2007 Cleaner Eddie Lorenzo
2007 National Treasure: Book of Secrets Mitch Wilkinson
2008 Touching Home Charlie Winston
2008 Appaloosa Virgil Cole Writer, director
Boston Film Festival Prize for Best Screenplay Adaptation (with Robert Knott)
2009 Once Fallen Liam
2010 The Way Back Mr. Smith
2010 Virginia Sheriff Tipton
2011 That's What I Am Mr. Simon
2011 Salvation Boulevard Dr. Paul Blaylock
2012 Man on a Ledge David Englander
2012 Game Change John McCain Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film
Nominated – Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie
Nominated – Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Miniseries or Television Movie
2013 Phantom Demi
2013 Pain & Gain Ed Du Bois
2013 Snowpiercer Wilford
2013 Sweet Vengeance Sheriff Jackson Also known as Sweetwater
2013 The Face of Love Tom
2013 Gravity Mission Control (voice)
2014 Planes: Fire & Rescue Blade Ranger Voice
2014 Cymbeline Cymbeline Post-production
2014 Frontera Completed
2015 Run All Night Shawn Maguire Post-production

Video games[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2010 Call of Duty: Black Ops Jason Hudson Voice

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g "Ed Harris". Inside the Actors Studio. Bravo.; can be viewed at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D2yOnnva6G0
  2. ^ Ed Harris Biography – Yahoo! Movies
  3. ^ Koenenn, Joseph C. (March 16, 1986). "Ed Harris: Inhabiting his characters". Newsday. 
  4. ^ Stein, Ruthe (January 9, 2000). "Ed Harris Has the Righteous Stuff, Too: Actor plays a particularly convincing priest in `The Third Miracle'". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved December 10, 2007. 
  5. ^ Pearlman, Cindy (February 6, 2000). "Love the sinner: Harris repents for `money' roles". Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved December 10, 2007. 
  6. ^ Ed Harris Biography
  7. ^ Rohan, Virginia. "North Jersey-bred and talented too", The Record (Bergen County), June 18, 2007. Accessed June 25, 2007. "Ed Harris: Class of 1969, Tenafly High School"
  8. ^ Stein, Ruthe. They're Ready For Their Close-Ups: Camped out at Oscars, the starstruck wait to sneak a peek, San Francisco Chronicle, March 25, 2001. Accessed May 31, 2007. "She's hoping to score a seat near the front and catch the eye of Oscar nominee Ed Harris, who went to Tenafly High School in New Jersey with her mother."
  9. ^ a b c d Kachka, Boris (Oct 9, 2006). "Man, Oh, Man Ed Harris is not a control freak. Got that?". New York. 
  10. ^ The Lily Dolores Harris picture
  11. ^ Hollywood Reporter - SAG/AFTRA Anti Merger Lawsuit Drops Demands.
  12. ^ Actor Ed Harris speaks out against the SAG-AFTRA merger on YouTube.
  13. ^ Dismissal Formalized in SAG-AFTRA Merger Lawsuit (Exclusive)
  14. ^ "Ed Harris-Awards". http://www.imdb.com. Retrieved 06-03-2011. 

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