Humphries (right) with Bruce Willis c.2002
November 17, 1940 |
Kearny, New Jersey
|Service/branch||United States Navy|
|Years of service||1958–1971|
|Rank||Petty Officer First Class|
Navy Commendation Medal
|Other work||Owner/Operator of Global Studies Group Inc., Owner/Operator of International Security Solutions LLC, consultant/advisor, actor|
Harry Humphries (born November 17, 1940) is a former United States Navy SEAL who currently works as a consultant and actor on Hollywood films. After graduating from Admiral Farragut Academy and attending Rutgers University in New Jersey, Humphries joined the Navy, where he was assigned to UDT 22 and SEAL Team 2. In 1971, Humphries left the Navy with an Honorable Discharge. After a career with Henkel KGaA, the German Multi National Chemical Company, he moved to California where he started Global Study Group, Inc. ("GSGI"). Humphries currently resides in Huntington Beach, California where he works full-time as a Security Consultant and Entertainment Technical Adviser/Actor.
Soon after joining the Navy, Humphries completed UDTR (Underwater Demolition Team Replacement) Class 29 and graduated as Honor man of the platoon. This was before BUD/S was created. After working on UDT 22 for some time, Humphries volunteered and was accepted into SEAL Team Two alongside Richard Marcinko, who would later in life go on to write The New York Times best selling book Rogue Warrior, an autobiographical account of his life in the Navy (Humphries is mentioned numerous times throughout the book). Humphries was involved in over 200 combat missions and served two tours in Vietnam, first as a member of SEAL Team TWO under Marcinko, and then later as a "PRU Advisor" with Phoenix Program's Counter-Terrorism unit. It was during this second tour of duty when he was severely wounded. One of Humphries' most famous operations was during the Tet Offensive when he and other SEALs drove into Chau Doc to rescue medical personnel trapped in a crossfire. It was for this action that Humphries was awarded a Bronze Star. In 1969, after being promoted to petty officer first class, Harry Humphries left the Navy.
GSGI (Global Study Group Inc.)
While GSGI mostly works within the film industry, they formerly offered tactical training to police and military units. Humphries was a tactical instructor with the Advanced HRT (Hostage Rescue Team) Instructors program at Eastern Michigan University and at Gunsite Training Center near Paulden, Arizona. He participated in the Illinois University Police Training Institute Master Instructor program. He still does some training for Law Enforcement, Military and qualified civilians.
With GSGI, Humphries has for the last few years focused on consulting for Hollywood movies. Humphries acts as tactical consultant/advisor, technical advisor, script consultant, military advisor, stuntman and producer. Humphries has worked with numerous directors on many different movies. He has done several movies with Michael Bay, Tony Scott, Antoine Fuqua and Ridley Scott. He has also worked with other well-known directors such as John Woo and Brian De Palma. He has an extensive resume of consulting credits.
- Prime Directive: Directed by Michael Bay – Tactical Consultant
- Déjà Vu: Directed by Tony Scott – Tactical Consultant
- Domino: Directed by Tony Scott – Tactical Consultant
- The Island: Directed by Michael Bay – Tactical Advisor
- XXX: State of the Union: Directed by Lee Tamahori – Technical Advisor
- National Treasure: Directed by John Turtletaub – Script Development
- Sahara: Directed by Breck Eisner – Supervising Technical Advisor
- King Arthur: Directed by Antoine Fuqua – Military Advisor
- Bad Boys 2: Directed by Michael Bay – Supervising Technical Advisor
- Tears of the Sun: Directed by Antoine Fuqua – Supervising Military Advisor
- Black Hawk Down: Directed by Ridley Scott – Associate Producer / Military Department Head
- Pearl Harbor: Directed by Michael Bay – Technical Advisor
- Gone in 60 Seconds: Directed by Dominic Sena – Technical Advisor
- Mission: Impossible 2: Directed by John Woo – Script / Technical Consultant
- Enemy of the State: Directed by Tony Scott – Technical Advisor
- Armageddon: Directed by Michael Bay – Technical Advisor
- Snake Eyes: Directed by Brian De Palma – Technical Advisor / Script Consultant
- The Peacemaker: Directed by Mimi Leder – Technical Advisor / Script Development
- Con Air: Directed by Simon West – Technical Advisor / Stunt Work
- GI Jane: Directed by Ridley Scott – Technical Advisor / Script Consultant
- The Rock: Directed by Michael Bay – Technical Advisor / Script Development
- Soldier of Fortune, Inc.- Technical Advisor
In addition to consulting and advising, Humphries occasionally works as an actor. He has been given small but memorable roles in a few of the movies he's done consulting work for.
- GI Jane: Directed by Ridley Scott – played the role of "Warrant Officer Fenton – SEAL Instructor"
- Armageddon: Directed by Michael Bay – played the role of "Chuck Jr – Senior NASA Astronaut Instructor"
- The Rock: Directed by Michael Bay – played the role of "Admiral Williams – Commander Naval Special Warfare"
ISS (International Security Solutions LLC)
While most of his work is with GSGI, Humphries also owns and operates ISS, a security consulting firm specializing in government contracts related to domestic counter-terrorism preparedness with a focus on Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD's).
Humphries is a graduate of various tactical/military/law enforcement programs in several states and countries. A former Navy SEAL, he also earned these qualifications:
- Military and Police Special Operations – Humphries has a working relationship with the Criminal Justice and Special Forces communities, and
- Engineer – As an engineer he has operational and consulting experience in various countries, including Russia, CIS States, Albania, Kosovo, the Middle East, Latin America and of course the U.S.
- Waterman, Steve. "Brown Water to Silver Screen: Story & Photos". Soldier of Fortune Magazine,54–57, 67–69. July 1997.
- Roat, John Carl (10 December 2008). Class-29: The Making of U.S. Navy SEALs. New York: Random House Publishing Group. p. 221. ISBN 978-0-307-48300-3.
- Marcinko, Richard; Weisman (1999). The Real Team. New York: Pocket. ISBN 0-671-02465-5.
- Lewis, Jack (28 February 2011). "The Shooting Schools". Assault Weapons. Iola, Wisconsin: Gun Digest Books. pp. 77–80. ISBN 1-4402-2629-6.
- Murray, Kenneth R. (1 January 2004). Training at the Speed of Life, Volume One: The Definitive Textbook for Military and Law Enforcement Reality Based Training. Armiger Publications. p. 73. ISBN 978-0-9761994-0-3.
- Raw, Laurence (28 September 2009). The Ridley Scott Encyclopedia. Scarecrow Press. pp. 133–135. ISBN 978-0-8108-6952-3.
- Hunter, Stephen (1 December 2005). Now Playing at the Valencia: Pulitzer Prize-Winning Essays on Movies. Simon and Schuster. p. 188. ISBN 978-0-7432-8201-7.
- Nolan, Ken; Zaillian, Steve (25 March 2002). Black Hawk down: the shooting script. Newmarket Press. p. 159. ISBN 978-1-55704-530-0.
- Rubin, Steven Jay (1 January 1981). Combat Films: American Realism, 1945-2010, 2d ed. McFarland. p. 253. ISBN 978-0-7864-8613-7.
- Brown, Robert K. (12 July 2013). I Am Soldier of Fortune: Dancing with Devils. Boulder: Casemate. p. 309. ISBN 978-1-61200-193-7.
- Silverstein, Ken; Burton-Rose, Daniel (2001). Private Warriors. Verso. pp. 154–155. ISBN 978-1-85984-325-3.