Leonard Harris (actor)
Leonard Harris (September 27, 1929 – August 28, 2011) was an American critic, author, and actor. He played Senator Charles Palantine in the Martin Scorsese film Taxi Driver and the mayor in Hero at Large.
Leonard Jerome Harris was born in the Bronx on Sept. 27, 1929. He graduated from City College and served in the Army at Fort Dix during the Korean War. In 1961 he married Mary Ann Wurth. They divorced in 1973. He also had homes in Stanfordville, N.Y., and West Palm Beach, Fla.
Mr. Harris began his career writing obituaries and book reviews for The Hartford Courant in 1958. In 1966 he became a culture critic at WCBS-TV in New York City, a position he held until 1974. He had three novels published and worked as a television writer later in his career. He served on the Tony Award Nominating Committee in the later 1980s and early 1990s.
Mr. Harris also played the mayor in a 1980 romantic comedy, “Hero at Large.” He wrote three novels published in his lifetme. His first, “The Masada Plan,” was called “gripping, fast-moving, expertly engineered” by the novelist Meyer Levin in The New York Times Book Review. A fourth novel was published posthumously.
|1976||Taxi Driver||Senator Charles Palantine|
|1980||Hero at Large||Mayor|
- The Masada Plan. 1976. ISBN 0517527995.
- Don't Be No Hero. 1978. ISBN 0517532506.
- The Hamptons. 1981. ISBN 0671610007.
- War Songs. 2014. ISBN 978-0-9914438-0-2.
- Leonard Harris at the Internet Movie Database
- William Goldman's comments on Harris' role as theater critic