Jack H. Harris

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Jack H. Harris
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Born Jack Henry Harris
(1918-11-28)November 28, 1918
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Died March 14, 2017(2017-03-14) (aged 98)
Beverly Hills, California, U.S.
Nationality American
Citizenship United States[1]
Occupation film producer, film distributor
Years active 1950s–1990s
Children Lynda Resnick
Family Stewart Resnick (son-in-law)

Jack Henry Harris (November 28, 1918 – March 14, 2017) was an American film producer and distributor. He produced The Blob (1958), 4D Man (1959), and Equinox (1970).[2]


Harris was born to a Jewish family[3] in Philadelphia, the son of Sara and Benny Ostravsky.[3] His mother was from Romania and his father from Poland.[3] His father changed the family surname to Harris.[3]

Harris began his career in the show business as a vaudeville performer in Gus Edwards' Kiddie Revue when he was six years old. He would later work in a theatre as an usher, in a publicity department, and in the distribution field, finally later taking up producing.[4] Harris is credited with coming up with the original motivation for his 1958 film, The Blob.[5] Harris has also done work for the TV series It's About Time and The Twilight Zone.

Harris was among the 22 people selected to be honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2014, in the motion pictures category.[6] 95 at the time of his unveiling ceremony held on February 4, 2014, he was the oldest person to be honored with a star on the Walk of Fame.[7][8]

Personal life[edit]

In 1988, he married Judith "Judy" Parker; the couple lived in Beverly Hills.[3]


Harris died March 14, 2017, at his home in Beverly Hills, surrounded by his family, aged 98; he is survived by his two children, Lynda Resnick and Anthony Harris.[9]



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