Hamlin at the 39th Emmy Awards, 1987
|Born||Harry Robinson Hamlin
October 30, 1951
Pasadena, California, U.S.
(m. 1997-present; 2 children)
(1978-1982; 1 child)
|Children||Dimitri Alexandre Hamlin
Delilah Belle Hamlin
Amelia Gray Hamlin
Harry Robinson Hamlin (born October 30, 1951) is an American film and television actor, known for his roles as Perseus in the 1981 fantasy film Clash of the Titans, Bart McGuire in the groundbreaking 1982 film on gay relationships, Making Love, and as Michael Kuzak in the legal drama series L.A. Law.
Hamlin was born in Pasadena, California, the son of Berniece (née Robinson), a socialite, and Chauncey Jerome Hamlin, Jr., an aeronautical engineer who once worked with scientist Wernher von Braun. As a teenager, he attended Flintridge Preparatory School, near Pasadena, and The Hill School, a private boarding school in Pennsylvania, where he played soccer and lacrosse and acted in the school's musicals and plays. Hamlin attended University of California, Berkeley and is an alumnus of the Theta Zeta chapter of the national fraternity Delta Kappa Epsilon, of which he was President in 1972. Hamlin graduated from Yale University with a BA in Drama and Psychology in 1974. Hamlin then attended the American Conservatory Theatre's Advanced Actor Training Program from which he was subsequently awarded a Master of Fine Arts degree in acting.
Hamlin appeared in the 1976 television production of Taming of the Shrew and also had the title role in the 1979 television miniseries Studs Lonigan. He had a role in Movie Movie with George C. Scott in 1978, but his big-screen break was a starring role in the 1981 Greek mythology fantasy epic Clash of the Titans. Afterwards, his career faltered somewhat with such controversial box office films as Making Love (1982) and Blue Skies Again (1983). He returned to television appearing in the miniseries Master of the Game in 1984 and Space (based on the novel by James A. Michener) in 1985.
Following this, Hamlin's popularity skyrocketed when he starred on the highly popular NBC legal drama series L.A. Law. Playing principled attorney Michael Kuzak, he remained on the series from 1986 to 1991, during which time he was voted as People magazine's "Sexiest Man Alive" in 1987. Hamlin decided to leave the series at the end of the fifth season and tried to revive his movie career. However, this was unsuccessful and so far he has only starred in B movies and direct-to-video features.
In early 1991, Hamlin appeared in the music video and sang in the choir on the song "Voices That Care", which was made in support of U.S. troops who were stationed in the Middle East and involved at that time in Operation Desert Storm. He then appeared in two 1992 episodes of Batman: The Animated Series, in each episode as a separate character. In the episode "Joker's Wild", Hamlin played the role of Cameron Kaiser, a ruthless businessman who sinks all his money into a casino, then counts on the Joker to destroy it in order to collect on the insurance policy from a reputable company, and in the other episode, "Moon of the Wolf", he provided the voice of Anthony Romulus, a greedy athlete who takes a potion to enhance his skills, only to realise too late that it has transformed him into a werewolf. In 1995, he participated in the documentary film, The Celluloid Closet where he discussed his role in the film Making Love.
In 2004, Hamlin began a recurring role on the television series Veronica Mars. He played fading action hero Aaron Echolls, father to central show character Logan Echolls. Hamlin's character states that he (like the real-life Hamlin) was People magazine's 'Sexiest Man Alive' in 1987. Aaron's wife, Lynn, was played by Hamlin's real-life wife, Lisa Rinna. In 2006, Hamlin took part in the third season of Dancing with the Stars with Ashly DelGrosso, but was voted off the show in the third week.
Hamlin reprised the role of Perseus in the 2007 video game God of War II. In the game, Perseus was trapped in a room while searching for the Sisters of Fate to revive his dead lover, and believes Kratos to be sent by the gods to test him.
In 2009, Hamlin starred in the series Harper's Island as Uncle Marty. He was killed abruptly in the first episode by being cut in half while he dangled from a broken wooden bridge.
On December 4, 2008, TV Guide reported that Hamlin and Rinna signed a deal to create a reality television series called Harry Loves Lisa that is based around their family life. The series was developed by TV Land and premiered on October 6, 2010.
In 2010, Hamlin published a book Full Frontal Nudity: The Making of an Accidental Actor wherein he shares stories of his career as an actor. (ISBN # 1439169993)
On April 15, 2012, he appeared in an adult diaper commercial with his wife during a primetime television program.
Beginning on April 28, 2013, Hamlin appeared in several episodes of season six (1968) of Mad Men as ad executive Jim Cutler after the merger of Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce and Cutler Gleason and Chaough. Hamlin was nominated for a 2013 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series for his appearance in "A Tale of Two Cities."
In 1980, Hamlin had a son (Dimitri Alexandre Hamlin) with Swiss actress Ursula Andress (some 15 years his senior), his co-star in the film Clash of the Titans. From 1985 to 1989, he was married to actress Laura Johnson and between 1991 and 1993 to actress Nicollette Sheridan.
Since 1997, Hamlin has been married to former Days of our Lives actress and television host Lisa Rinna. They have two daughters, Delilah Belle Hamlin and Amelia Gray Hamlin, who both featured in the reality show Harry Loves Lisa with the couple.
All three of Hamlin's wives have been prominent prime time soap-opera actresses: Rinna starred on Melrose Place, Sheridan was a regular on Knots Landing and more recently on Desperate Housewives, whereas Johnson was a regular on Falcon Crest (on which even Andress later made guest appearances).
- 2014 Shiva and May
- 2008 Strange Wilderness
- 2001 Roads to Riches (AKA: Strange Hearts)
- 2001 Perfume
- 2000 Shoot or Be Shot
- 1998 Frogs for Snakes
- 1997 Allie & Me
- 1994 Ebbtide (Australian)
- 1993 Under Investigation
- 1993 Save Me
- 1985 Maxie
- 1983 Blue Skies Again
- 1982 Making Love
- 1981 King of the Mountain
- 1981 Clash of the Titans
- 1978 Movie, Movie
- 1969 Hercules
Made for television films
- 2012 Shadow of Fear
- 2012 Christmas High School Reunion
- 2010 You Lucky Dog
- 2002 Disappearance
- 2001 Sex, Lies and Obsession
- 2000 Quarantine
- 1999 Silent Predators
- 1998 Stranger in Town
- 1998 The Hunted
- 1998 Like Father, Like Santa
- 1997 Time to Say Goodbye?
- 1997 Night Sins
- 1997 Badge of Betrayal
- 1995 Her Deadly Rival
- 1995 Tom Clancy's 'OP Center'
- 1994 In the Best of Families: Marriage, Pride & Madness
- 1993 Poisoned by Love: The Kern County Murders
- 1992 Deliver Them from Evil: The Taking of Alta View
- 1991 Deadly Intentions... Again?
- 1990 Deceptions
- 1989 Dinner at Eight
- 1988 Target: Favorite Son
- 1987 Laguna Heat
Made for television miniseries
- 2013 Mad Men
- 2012 Shameless
- 2011 Franklin & Bash
- 2011 Curb Your Enthusiasm
- 2010 Harry Loves Lisa
- 2010 Army Wives
- 2009 Harper's Island
- 2007 Law and Order episode 393: The Family Hour
- 2006 Dancing With the Stars
- 2004 Veronica Mars
- 1999 Movie Stars
- 1997 Ink
- 1992 Batman: The Animated Series
- 1986 L.A. Law
- 1983 The Hitchhiker
- 2007 God of War II
|Wikinews has related news: Hamlin on Dancing with the Stars|
- Harry Hamlin Biography (1951-)
- Harry Hamlin Biography - Yahoo! Movies
- "Exclusive: Harry Hamlin to Guest-Star on Army Wives". TVGuide.com.
- "Original Hallmark Movie You Lucky Dog". hallmarkchannelpress.com.
- Harry Hamlin, Lisa Rinna Snag TV Land Reality Show" TV Guide. December 4, 2008. Retrieved on December 5, 2008.
- "Hollywood, Silicon Valley and Russia Join Forces on Nuclear Fusion".March 11, 2013. Retrieved on October 30, 2013.
- "HARRY HAMLIN INTERVIEWED ON ENVIRONMENTALLY SAFE FUSION ENERGY TECHNOLOGY - Free Online Library". PRNewswire. September 29, 1993. Retrieved on October 30, 2013.
- Harry Hamlin at the Internet Movie Database
- Harry Hamlin at the Internet Broadway Database
- Harry Hamlin on Myspace
- Harry Hamlin at TV.com
- Dancing with the Stars page on Hamlin
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