Julius Harris

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Julius Harris
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Harris is on the top left
Born (1923-08-17)August 17, 1923
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Died October 17, 2004(2004-10-17) (aged 81)
Woodland Hills, California, U.S.
Other names Julius W. Harris
Occupation Actor
Years active 1964–1997

Julius W. Harris (August 17, 1923 – October 17, 2004) was an American actor who appeared in more than 70 movies and numerous television series in a career that spanned four decades.

Early life and career[edit]

Born in Philadelphia, Harris worked as a nurse, and a bouncer in New York City Jazz clubs before he began acting. After hanging out with many struggling actors, he took a dare and auditioned for his first role and was cast as the father in Nothing But a Man, a critically acclaimed 1964 film about black life in the South starring Ivan Dixon and Abbey Lincoln.

Some of his most prominent roles included the villainous, steel-armed Tee Hee in the James Bond film Live and Let Die,[1] Scatter in Super Fly, Bubbletop Woodson in Let's Do It Again, Captain Bollin in Shaft's Big Score, Inspector Daniels in The Taking of Pelham One Two Three, Joseph in Islands in the Stream and Ugandan President Idi Amin in the TV movie Victory at Entebbe. He also appeared in Trouble Man, King Kong, Black Caesar, Hell Up in Harlem, Friday Foster, Shrunken Heads, Harley Davidson and the Marlboro Man, and in guest-starring roles on Sanford and Son, Good Times, and Love Boat among others. Harris was a member of the Negro Ensemble Company in New York City and appeared on Broadway in the Pulitzer Prize winning play, No Place to Be Somebody.

Death[edit]

On October 17, 2004, Harris died of heart failure at the age of 81.[2] He was cremated and interred in Philadelphia, his place of birth. He was survived by his daughter Kimberly and his son Gideon.

Filmography[edit]

Film
Year Film Role Notes
1964 Nothing But a Man Will Anderson Julius Harris' first movie role
1969 Slaves Shadrach
1972 Shaft's Big Score Capt. Bollin
Super Fly Scatter
Trouble Man Mr. Big
1973 Black Caesar Papa Gibbs
Live and Let Die Tee Hee Johnson
Hell Up in Harlem Papa Gibbs
1974 The Taking of Pelham One Two Three Inspector Daniels
1975 Friday Foster Monk Riley
Let's Do It Again Bubbletop Woodson
1976 King Kong Boan
1977 Islands in the Stream Joseph
Looking for Mr. Goodbar Black Cat
1980 First Family Ambassador Longo
1983 Going Berserk Judge
1984 The Enchanted Booker T.
1985 Crimewave Hardened Convict
My Chauffeur Johnson Alternative title: My Chauffeur: Licensed to Love
1988 Split Decisions Tony Leone
1990 To Sleep with Anger Herman
Darkman Gravedigger
Prayer of the Rollerboys Speedbagger
1991 Harley Davidson and the Marlboro Man Old Man, Jimmy Jiles's father
1993 Maniac Cop III: Badge of Silence Houngan Alternative titles: Maniac Cop 3
MC3: Maniac Cop 3
1994 Shrunken Heads Mr. Sumatra
Television
Year Title Role Notes
1969 N.Y.P.D. Hector 1 episode
1973 The Bob Newhart Show Mr. Billings 1 episode (“Blues for Mr. Borden”)
1975 Harry O Arthur "Art Sully" Daniels 1 episode
Cannon Milner 1 episode
Ellery Queen Doyle the Butler 1 episode
1976 Rich Man, Poor Man Augie Miniseries
Victory at Entebbe President Idi Amin Television movie
1977 Kojak Joe Addison 1 episode
1978 The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries Mr. Dove 2 episodes
1979 The Incredible Hulk Doc Alden 1 episode
1981 Thornwell Frisco Television movie
1982 The Blue and the Gray Swamp Preacher Miniseries
Voyagers! Auctioneer 1 episode
1983 St. Elsewhere Earl 1 episode
1983–1986 Cagney & Lacey Bardo
Sergeant Major Brennan
2 episodes
1984 Hart to Hart Krohn 1 episode
Gone Are the Dayes Man #1 Television movie
Benson Uncle Buster 1 episode
The Jeffersons Reverend Taylor 1 episode
1985 Hollywood Wives Reverend Daniel Miniseries
Amazing Stories Joe 1 episode
1986 Capitol Papa Nebo Unknown episodes
1987 Outlaws Butch 1 episode
A Gathering of Old Men Coot Television movie
Alternative title: Murder on the Bayou
1989 Friday the 13th: The Series Simpson 1 episode
1991 The Golden Girls Mr. Lewis 1 episode
Murder, She Wrote Jack Lee Johnson 1 episode
Civil Wars Judge Adams 1 episode
1992 Eerie, Indiana Prop Man 1 episode
1997 ER Gramps 1 episode

References[edit]

  1. ^ Jamesbondmm.co.uk
  2. ^ Heffernan, Virginia (2004-10-23). "Julius Harris, 81, Pioneering Black Actor, Dies". The New York Times. Retrieved 2008-02-13. 

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