Harry Hamlin

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Harry Hamlin
Harry Hamlin.jpg
Hamlin in 1987
Harry Robinson Hamlin

(1951-10-30) October 30, 1951 (age 69)
EducationUniversity of California, Berkeley
Yale University (BA)
American Conservatory Theater (MFA)
OccupationActor, voice actor, writer, business investor
Years active1976–present
Known forL.A. Law
Clash of the Titans
Mad Men
(m. 1985; div. 1989)
(m. 1991; div. 1992)
(m. 1997)
Partner(s)Ursula Andress (1979–1983)

Harry Robinson Hamlin (born October 30, 1951) is an American actor, author, and entrepreneur. Hamlin is known for his roles as Perseus in the 1981 fantasy film Clash of the Titans and as Michael Kuzak in the legal drama series L.A. Law, for which he received three Golden Globe nominations.[1][2] For his recurring role on the AMC drama series Mad Men, Hamlin received a Primetime Emmy nomination for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series.

Early life[edit]

Hamlin was born October 30, 1951, in Pasadena, California, the son of Bernice (née Robinson), a socialite, and Chauncey Jerome Hamlin, Jr., an aeronautical engineer.[3][4] As a teenager, he attended Flintridge Preparatory School, near Pasadena, and The Hill School, a private boarding school in Pottstown, Pennsylvania, where he played soccer and lacrosse and acted in the school's musicals and plays. He also attended classes at the Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts. 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 in 1974 with dual Bachelor of Arts degrees in drama and psychology. He then attended the American Conservatory Theater's advanced actor training program, from which he was awarded a Master of Fine Arts degree in acting in 1976.[4] There, Hamlin starred in a production of Equus, attracting the attention of director Stanley Donen.[5]


Film and television[edit]

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 starred in Movie Movie with George C. Scott in 1978, for which he received his first Golden Globe Award nomination.[6] His big-screen break was a starring role in the 1981 Greek mythology fantasy epic Clash of the Titans.[5] Afterwards, his career faltered somewhat[7] with such controversial films as Making Love in 1982 (the first gay themed love story to be produced by a major studio, Twentieth Century Fox)[8] and Blue Skies Again (1983).[9] He returned to television appearing in the miniseries Master of the Game (based on the novel by Sidney Sheldon) in 1984 and Space (based on the novel by James A. Michener) in 1985.

Hamlin appeared on the NBC legal drama series L.A. Law, playing attorney Michael Kuzak. He remained on the series from 1986 to 1991 during which time he was voted People magazine's "Sexiest Man Alive" in 1987.[9] Hamlin left the series at the end of the fifth season having been nominated three times for Best Actor in a television series by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.[10]

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.[11] 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 realize 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.[12]

In 2001, he starred in the television comedy Bratty Babies, and in 2002 he reprised the role of Michael Kuzak in an L.A. Law reunion television movie.

In 2004, Hamlin began a recurring role on the television series Veronica Mars.[13] He played fading action hero Aaron Echolls, father to central show character Logan Echolls who had a turbulent relationship with him. Hamlin's character states that he (like the real-life Hamlin) was People magazine's 'Sexiest Man Alive' in 1987.[14][15] Aaron's wife, Lynn, was played by Hamlin's real-life wife, Lisa Rinna. Hamlin appeared beginning in the sixth episode of the first season, "Return of the Kane", and made his last appearance in the second season finale, "Not Pictured". 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.[16]

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.

In June 2010, Hamlin guest-starred in an episode of Army Wives and then became a recurring cast member.[17]

In June 2010, Hamlin starred in the Hallmark Channel movie You Lucky Dog.

On December 4, 2008, TV Guide reported that Hamlin and Rinna signed a deal to create a reality television series[18] 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 2012, Hamlin began playing Lloyd Lishman, an older lover to Ian Gallagher (Cameron Monaghan) on the U.S version of Shameless (7 episodes circa the end of Season 3). Hamlin appeared in an adult diaper commercial with his wife during a primetime television program.[19]

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 2016, Hamlin was cast in the EPIX comedy Graves[20] starring Nick Nolte, and in 2017, Hamlin was cast as Addison Hayes, a mysterious and powerful mastermind whose agenda will collide with Swagger in the new USA Network show Shooter.[21]


Hamlin made his Broadway debut in 1982 playing Moe Axelrod opposite Frances McDormand in the Broadway revival of Clifford Odets' Awake and Sing!.[22]

An avid Shakespearean actor, Hamlin played the title role in Hamlet at the famed McCarter Theater in Princeton, New Jersey, where he would go on to play Faust in Dr. Faustus the following year.[23]

In 1994, Hamlin received a Helen Hayes Award Nomination for his portrayal of Henry V, in the play of the same name, at the prestigious Shakespeare Theater Company in Washington, DC.[24]

In 1996, Hamlin returned to Broadway as Michael Buchanan in Tennessee Williams' Summer and Smoke at the Roundabout Theater.[25]

Video games[edit]

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 2010, Hamlin authored Full Frontal Nudity: The Making of an Accidental Actor, published by Scribner, wherein he shares stories of his career as an actor. (ISBN 1-4391-6999-3)[26]

Fusion power[edit]

Hamlin is an advocate for fusion power[27] and was an angel investor and co-founder of TAE Technologies,[28][29] formerly known as Tri Alpha Energy. TAE Technologies states that it is in the final stages of the research and development of a clean, non-radioactive fusion power generator.[30]

Hamlin delivered a talk on Fusion at the TEDX LA conference in 2016 entitled, "You Don't Have To Be A Rocket Scientist To Be A Futurist!"[31] Hamlin was also a board member of Advanced Physics Corporation.[32][33]

Hamlin with then-wife, Laura Johnson at the 1987 Emmy Awards.

Hamlin is also on the Board of Governors of the National Space Society.[34]

Personal life[edit]

Hamlin was in a relationship with Ursula Andress after meeting on the set of Clash of the Titans in 1979.[35] She gave birth to their son in 1980.[36][37] Although an engagement was announced,[38] the couple never married.[36] In 1983, Hamlin broke up with her.[39]

From 1985 to 1989, he was married to actress Laura Johnson and between 1991 and 1992, to actress Nicollette Sheridan.[40][41]

Since 1997 Hamlin has been married to Days of Our Lives actress and television host Lisa Rinna. They have two daughters born 1998[42] and 2001,[43] who both appeared in the reality show Harry Loves Lisa with the couple. The couple also starred in the first season of Veronica Mars as Aaron and Lynn Echolls, a married couple. They also starred as a married couple in the 2001 Lifetime Movie Sex, Lies, and Obsession.

Hamlin's wives have each been prominent prime time soap-opera actresses: Rinna starred on Melrose Place,[44] Sheridan was a regular on Knots Landing, Desperate Housewives, and the Dynasty reboot. Johnson was a regular on Falcon Crest (on which Andress later made guest appearances).



Year Title Role Notes
1978 Movie Movie Joey Popchik Nominated—Golden Globe Award for New Star of the Year – Actor
1981 Clash of the Titans Perseus
1981 King of the Mountain Steve
1982 Making Love Bart McGuire
1983 Blue Skies Again Sandy Mendenhall
1985 Maxie Himself
1993 Save Me Jim Stevens
1993 Under Investigation Detective Harry Keaton
1994 Ebbtide Jeff Warren
1997 Allie & Me Dustin Halaburton
1998 Frogs for Snakes Klench
2000 Shoot or Be Shot Jack Yeager
2001 Perfume Hancock
2002 Roads to Riches Dan Smith
2008 Strange Wilderness Sky Pierson
2013 Bleeding Heart Ed
2015 The Meddler TV Dad
2016 Director's Cut Godfrey Winters
2016 Rebirth Gabe


Year Title Role Notes
1979 Studs Lonigan Bill 'Studs' Lonigan 3 episodes
1984 Master of the Game Anthony James 'Tony' Blackwell 3 episodes
1985 Space John Pope 5 episodes
1986–91 L.A. Law Michael Kuzak 102 episodes
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Television Series Drama (1988–90)
1987 Laguna Heat Tom Shephard Television movie
1988 Favorite Son Senator Terry Fallon Episode: "Part One"
1989 Dinner at Eight Larry Renault Television movie
1990 Deceptions Nick Gentry Television movie
1991 Deadly Intentions... Again? Charles Raynor Television movie
1992 Deliver Them from Evil: The Taking of Alta View Richard Worthington Television movie
1992 Batman: The Animated Series Anthony 'Tony' Romulus (voice) Episode: "Moon of the Wolf"
1992 Batman: The Animated Series Cameron Kaiser (voice) Episode: "Joker's Wild"
1992 The Legend of Prince Valiant Sir Lymon (voice) Episode: "The Traitor"
1993 Poisoned by Love: The Kern County Murders Steve Catlin Television movie, also known as Murder So Sweet
1994 In the Best of Families: Marriage, Pride & Madness Fritz Klenner Television movie, renamed to original
1995 Tom Clancy's 'OP Center' Paul Hood Television movie
1995 Her Deadly Rival Jim Lansford Television movie
1997 Ink Brian 4 episodes
1997 The Nanny Professor Steve Episode: "Educating Fran"
1997 Badge of Betrayal Sheriff Dave Ward Television movie
1997 Night Sins Chief Mitch Holt Television movie
1998 Like Father, Like Santa Tyler Madison Television movie
1998 The Hunted Doc Kovac Television movie
1998 Stranger in Town Jack Television movie
1999 Silent Predators Vic Rondelli Television movie
1999–2000 Movie Stars Reese Hardin 21 episodes
2000 Quarantine President Kempers Television movie
2001 Sex, Lies and Obsession Cameron Thomas Television movie
2001 Touched by an Angel Liam Episode: "Winners, Losers & Leftovers"
2002 Disappearance Jim Henley Television movie
2002 L.A. Law: The Movie Michael Kuzak Television movie
2004–06 Veronica Mars Aaron Echolls 12 episodes
2005 Arrested Development Himself Episode: "For British Eyes Only"
2007 Law & Order Randall Bailey Episode: "The Family Hour"
2009 Harper's Island Uncle Marty Dunn 2 episodes
2010–11 Army Wives Professor Chandler 8 episodes
2010 Harry Loves Lisa Himself 2 episodes
2010 You Lucky Dog Jim Rayborn Television movie
2011 Curb Your Enthusiasm Dino Episode: "The Smiley Face"
2011 Celebrity Ghost Stories Season 3, episode 1
2011 Franklin & Bash Rick Paxton Episode: "Bro-Bono"
2012 Christmas High School Reunion Mr. Taylor Television movie
2012 Shadow of Fear Richard Steele Television movie
2012–14 Shameless Lloyd 'Ned' Lishman 8 episodes
2013–14 Mad Men Jim Cutler 15 episodes
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series
2014 Rush Dr. Warren Rush 4 episodes
2014–15 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Chief Charles Patton 2 episodes
2015 Glee Walter 4 episodes
2016 Mom Fred Hayes 2 episodes
2016–17 Graves Jonathan Dalton 5 episodes
2017–18 Shooter Addison Hayes 3 episodes
2017 Law & Order True Crime Barry Levin 2 episodes
2018 Angie Tribeca Leonard Scholls Episode: "Heading to the Legal Beagle"

Video games[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2007 God of War II Perseus


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