Ed Harris

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Ed Harris
EdHarris10TIFF.jpg
BornEdward Allen Harris
(1950-11-28) November 28, 1950 (age 63)
Englewood, New Jersey, USA
OccupationActor, film director, screenwriter
Years active1978–present
Spouse(s)Amy Madigan (1983–present)
 
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Ed Harris
EdHarris10TIFF.jpg
BornEdward Allen Harris
(1950-11-28) November 28, 1950 (age 63)
Englewood, New Jersey, USA
OccupationActor, film director, screenwriter
Years active1978–present
Spouse(s)Amy Madigan (1983–present)

Edward Allen "Ed" Harris (born November 28, 1950) is an American actor, screenwriter, and director. He is best known for his performances in Pollock, Appaloosa, The Rock, The Abyss, A Beautiful Mind, A History of Violence, Enemy at the Gates, The Right Stuff, Gone Baby Gone, Radio, Paris Trout, Jackknife, Empire Falls, and Game Change. Harris has also narrated commercials for Home Depot and other companies. He is a three-time nominee of the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performances in Apollo 13, The Truman Show, and The Hours, along with an Academy Award for Best Actor nomination for his role in Pollock.

Early life[edit]

Harris was born in Englewood Hospital in Englewood, New Jersey, and was raised in Tenafly,[1] the son of Margaret, a travel agent, and Robert L. Harris, who sang with the Fred Waring chorus and worked at the bookstore of the Art Institute of Chicago.[2] He has an older brother, Robert, and a younger brother, Spencer. His parents were originally from Oklahoma.[3] Harris was raised in a middle-class Presbyterian family.[4][5][6] He graduated from Tenafly High School in 1969, where he played on the football team, serving as the team's captain in his senior year.[7][8]

He was a star athlete in high school,[1] and competed in athletics at Columbia University in 1969. Two years later his family moved to New Mexico, and he followed, after having discovered his interest in acting in various theater plays. He enrolled at the University of Oklahoma to study drama.[1] After several successful roles in the local theater, he moved to Los Angeles, and enrolled at the California Institute of the Arts. He spent two years there, and graduated with a BFA.[1]

Career[edit]

Harris at the premiere of A History of Violence at the Toronto International Film Festival, January 2005

Harris's first film role was in Borderline with Charles Bronson. In Knightriders (1981), he played the king of a motorcycle-riding renaissance-fair troupe in a role modeled after King Arthur. In 1983, Harris became well known after playing astronaut John Glenn in The Right Stuff.[1] Twelve years later, a film with a similar theme led to Harris being nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor, for his portrayal of NASA flight director Gene Kranz in Apollo 13.[1]

Further Oscar nominations arrived in 1999, 2001, and 2003, for The Truman Show, Pollock, and The Hours, respectively. Harris also portrayed a German Army sniper, Major Erwin König, in Enemy at the Gates (2001). He appeared as a vengeful mobster in David Cronenberg's A History of Violence (2005) and as a police officer alongside Casey Affleck and Morgan Freeman, in Gone Baby Gone (2007), directed by Ben Affleck. Also in 2007, he appeared in National Treasure: Book of Secrets as antagonist Mitch Wilkinson.

Along with theatrical films, he has starred in television adaptations of Riders of the Purple Sage (1996) and Empire Falls (2005). Harris made his cinema directing debut in 2000, with Pollock, in which he starred as the acclaimed American artist Jackson Pollock.[1] He has also portrayed such diverse real-life characters as William Walker, a 19th-century American who appointed himself president of Nicaragua, in the film Walker, Watergate figure E. Howard Hunt in the Oliver Stone biopic Nixon, composer Ludwig van Beethoven in the film Copying Beethoven, and Senator John McCain in HBO's made-for-television drama Game Change.

Harris has directed a number of theater productions as well as having an active stage acting career. Most notably, he starred in the production of Neil LaBute's one-man play Wrecks at the Public Theater in New York City and later at the Geffen Theater in Los Angeles. For the LA production, he won the LA Drama Critics Circle Award. Wrecks premiered at the Everyman Theater in Cork, Ireland, and then in the US at the Public Theater in New York. Harris and wife Amy Madigan starred together in Ash Adams' indie crime drama Once Fallen, released in 2010.

Personal life[edit]

Harris's wife is actress Amy Madigan. The couple married on November 21, 1983, while they were filming Places in the Heart in which they played an adulterous couple. They have a daughter, Lily Dolores Harris, born in 1993.[9]

On March 20, 2012, the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA) completed a merger of equals to form a new union SAG-AFTRA. Harris, along with Edward Asner, Martin Sheen, Valerie Harper, Michael Bell, and Wendy Schall (to name a few) are adamantly opposed to such a merger and filed a lawsuit against SAG President Ken Howard and several SAG Vice Presidents seeking to have the merger overturned and the two unions separated to their pre-merger organizations.[10][11] The lawsuit was dismissed on May 22, 2012.[12]

Filmography[edit]

Film and television[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
1978The Rockford FilesOfficer Rudy Kempner
1978ComaPathology resident
1979Lou GrantWarren / Mechanic
1980BorderlineHotchkiss
1980The Aliens Are ComingChuck Polcheck
1981KnightridersBilly
1981Dream On!
1982CreepshowHank Blaine
1983The Right StuffJohn Glenn
1983Under FireOates
1984Swing ShiftJack Walsh
1984Places in the HeartWayne Lomax
1984A Flash of GreenJimmy Wing
1985Code Name: EmeraldGus Lang
1985Alamo BayShang
1985Sweet DreamsCharlie Dick
1987WalkerWilliam Walker
1987The Last Innocent ManHarry Nash
1988To Kill a PriestStefan
1989JacknifeDavid "High School" FlanniganNominated – Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture
1989The AbyssVirgil "Bud" BrigmanNominated – Saturn Award for Best Actor
1990State of GraceFrankie Flannery
1991Paris TroutHarry Seagraves
1992Glengarry Glen RossDave MossValladolid International Film Festival Award for Best Actor[13]
1992Running MatesHugh Hathaway
1993The FirmWayne Tarrance
1993Needful ThingsSheriff Alan Pangborn
1994Milk MoneyTom Wheeler
1994China MoonKyle Bodine
1994The StandGeneral Starkey
1995NixonE. Howard Hunt
1995Apollo 13Gene KranzScreen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role
Southeastern Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated – Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated – Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated – Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture
1995Just CauseBlair Sullivan
1996The RockBrigadier General Francis X. Hummel
1996Eye for an EyeMack McCann
1996Riders of the Purple SageJim Lassiter
1997Absolute PowerSeth Frank
1998Physical Graffiti
1998StepmomLuke Harrison
1998The Truman ShowChristofBlockbuster Entertainment Award for Favorite Supporting Actor — Drama
Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor - Motion Picture
National Board of Review Award for Best Supporting Actor
Southeastern Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated – Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated – BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role
Nominated – Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated – Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor
1999The Third MiracleFrank Shore
2000PollockJackson PollockDirector
Toronto Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor
Nominated – Academy Award for Best Actor
Nominated – Satellite Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama
2000The Prime GigKelly Grant
2000Waking the DeadJerry Charmichael
2001A Beautiful MindParcherNominated – Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture
Nominated – Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
2001Buffalo SoldiersColonel Berman
2001Enemy at the GatesMajor König
2002The HoursRichard BrownItalian Online Movie Award for Best Cast
Italian Online Movie Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated – Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated – BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role
Nominated – Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Acting Ensemble
Nominared – Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated – Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture
Nominated – London Film Critics Circle Award for Actor of the Year
Nominated – Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Cast
Nominated – Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Nominated – Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role
2003RadioCoach Jones
2003The Human StainLester Farley
2003Masked and AnonymousOscar Vogel
2005Empire FallsMiles RobyNominated – Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Miniseries or Television Film
Nominated – Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie
Nominated – Satellite Award for Best Actor – Miniseries or Television Film
Nominated – Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Miniseries or Television Movie
2005Winter PassingDon Holden
2005A History of ViolenceCarl FogartyNational Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actor
2006Two Tickets to ParadiseMelville
2006Copying BeethovenLudwig van Beethoven
2006The Armenian GenocideUS Consul Leslie DavisDocumentary
2007Gone Baby GoneRemy Bressant
2007CleanerEddie Lorenzo
2007National Treasure: Book of SecretsMitch Wilkinson
2008Touching HomeCharlie Winston
2008AppaloosaVirgil ColeWriter, director
Boston Film Festival Prize for Best Screenplay Adaptation (with Robert Knott)
2009Once FallenLiam
2010The Way BackMr. Smith
2010VirginiaSheriff Tipton
2011That's What I AmMr. Simon
2011Salvation BoulevardDr. Paul Blaylock
2012Man on a LedgeDavid Englander
2012Game ChangeJohn McCainGolden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film
Nominated – Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie
Nominated – Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Miniseries or Television Movie
2013PhantomDemi
2013Pain & GainEd Du Bois
2013SnowpiercerWilford
2013Sweet VengeanceSheriff JacksonAlso known as Sweetwater
2013The Face of LoveTom
2013GravityMission Control (voice)
2014Run All NightShawn MaguirePost-production
2014FronteraCompleted
2014CymbelineCymbelinePost-production

Video games[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
2010Call of Duty: Black OpsJason HudsonVoice

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g "Ed Harris". Inside the Actors Studio. Bravo.; can be viewed at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D2yOnnva6G0
  2. ^ Ed Harris Biography – Yahoo! Movies
  3. ^ Koenenn, Joseph C. (March 16, 1986). "Ed Harris: Inhabiting his characters". 
  4. ^ Stein, Ruthe (January 9, 2000). "Ed Harris Has the Righteous Stuff, Too: Actor plays a particularly convincing priest in `The Third Miracle'". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved December 10, 2007. 
  5. ^ Pearlman, Cindy (February 6, 2000). "Love the sinner: Harris repents for `money' roles". Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved December 10, 2007. 
  6. ^ Ed Harris Biography
  7. ^ Rohan, Virginia. "North Jersey-bred and talented too", The Record (Bergen County), June 18, 2007. Accessed June 25, 2007. "Ed Harris: Class of 1969, Tenafly High School"
  8. ^ Stein, Ruthe. They're Ready For Their Close-Ups: Camped out at Oscars, the starstruck wait to sneak a peek, San Francisco Chronicle, March 25, 2001. Accessed May 31, 2007. "She's hoping to score a seat near the front and catch the eye of Oscar nominee Ed Harris, who went to Tenafly High School in New Jersey with her mother."
  9. ^ The Lily Dolores Harris picture
  10. ^ Hollywood Reporter - SAG/AFTRA Anti Merger Lawsuit Drops Demands.
  11. ^ Actor Ed Harris speaks out against the SAG-AFTRA merger on YouTube.
  12. ^ Dismissal Formalized in SAG-AFTRA Merger Lawsuit (Exclusive)
  13. ^ "Ed Harris-Awards". http://www.imdb.com. Retrieved 06-03-2011. 

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