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 weightlifting 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. In 2015 he was awarded the University of Arizona College of Humanities’ Distinguished Lifetime Achievement Award in the Humanities.
- Monkey on My Back (1957)
- Samson (1961)
- Goliath Against the Giants (1961)
- The Fury Of Hercules (1962)
- Heißer Hafen Hongkong (1962)
- 79 A.D. (1962)
- The Old Testament (1962)
- Der schwarze Panther von Ratana (1963)
- The Pirates of the Mississippi (1963)
- Massacre at Marble City (1964)
- Mission to Hell (1964)
- Mystery of the Red Jungle (1964)
- Secret of the Chinese Carnation (1964)
- Black Eagle of Santa Fe (1965)
- Our Man in Jamaica (1965)
- Kiss Kiss, Kill Kill (1965)
- Kommissar X – Drei gelbe Katzen (aka Death is Nimble, Death is Quick) (1966)
- Kommissar X – In den Klauen des goldenen Drachen (aka So Darling So Deadly) (1966)
- Kommissar X – Drei grüne Hunde (aka Death Trip) (1967)
- The Three Fantastic Supermen (1967)
- Spy Today, Die Tomorrow (1967)
- King of Kong Island (1968)
- Poppea's Hot Nights (1969)
- Kommissar X – Drei goldene Schlangen (1969)
- Formula 1 - Nell'Inferno del Grand Prix (1970)
- Wanted Sabata (1970)
- The Mad Butcher (1971)
- Kommissar X jagt die roten Tiger (aka Tiger Gang) (1971)
- The Mutations (1974)
- The Girl in Room 2A (1974)
- Who Breaks... Pays (1975)
- The Beast in Heat (1977)
- Lady Dracula (1978)
- Brass Target (1978)
- Hercules (1983)
- The Seven Magnificent Gladiators (1983)
- Der Stein des Todes (1987)
- Brad Harris | IronOnline Health and Fitness Database Archived February 20, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.
- 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
- College of Humanities’ Distinguished Lifetime Achievement Award in the Humanities