George Harris (judoka)
|Representing United States|
|1964 Olympics Finished Fourth|
|Pan American Championships|
|1958 Pan American Judo Championships||Heavyweight|
|1963 Pan American Judo Championships||Heavyweight|
George Lee Harris (January 15, 1933 – January 7, 2011) was a member of the first United States Olympic judo team. He was born in Kittrell, North Carolina. He was a 9th dan in Judo. Harris began his judo career after 1952. Harris while speaking at Jack Krystek’s School of Judo stated he was initially a boxer before becoming a Judoka. 
He was a two-time gold medalist in the Pan American Games (1960 and 1963), four-time United States National Champion (1957, 1958, ...), and six time Air Force Champion. He also trained at the Kodokan where he earned his blackbelt.
Harris starred in a feature film tiled "Judo's Gentle Tiger" and also known as "The Year of the Gentle Tiger". A forerunner to "The Karate Kid", it was shot in the late 1970s, and was later broadcast as a NBC daytime program. Harris also appeared on talk shows and was twice a guest on "To Tell the Truth".
- Ten Questions with George Harris - by Rebecca Barnett. Published in The Masters, Judo for Adults (2000)
- Nishioka, Hayward (2000) Judo: Heart and Soul Ohara Publications. ISBN 0-89750-137-3
- "George Harris". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Archived from the original on 2011-05-19.
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