James Harder (actor)

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James Harder
Born(1931-11-19)November 19, 1931
DiedJanuary 9, 2009(2009-01-09) (aged 77)
Years active1971–2001

James Harder (November 19, 1931 – January 9, 2009) was an American actor.

Born to Titanic survivor George Achilles Harder and Elizabeth Peebles Rhodes, he was a graduate of Buckley School, St. Mark's School, and Princeton University.

He appeared in over 130 stage productions, as well as small roles in films like The Telephone Book, Paternity, and Author! Author!, and TV series like Spin City and Ed. He also appeared in commercials, most notably playing Big Fig in 1970s Fig Newton commercials,[1][2] and appearing in several of CTW's "Betcha Don't Know[3]" PSAs in the 1980s.

He died of natural causes on January 9, 2009. He is survived by his wife Dorothy and his daughter.


  1. ^ Fig Newton, YouTube
  2. ^ Nabisco Fig Newtons 1977 TV commercial, YouTube
  3. ^ SatAMBrainFood (2010-11-18), Why's the sky blue?, retrieved 2016-05-30

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