Ed Harris

Ed Harris

Ed Harris
Born Edward Allen Harris
(1950-11-28) November 28, 1950
Englewood, New Jersey, U.S.
Occupation
  • Actor
  • producer
  • director
  • screenwriter
Years active 1967–present
Spouse(s) Amy Madigan (m. 1983)
Children 1

Edward Allen "Ed" Harris (born November 28, 1950) is an American actor, producer, director, and screenwriter. He is best known for his performances in films such as The Right Stuff (1983), The Abyss (1989), The Rock (1996), A Beautiful Mind (2001), Enemy at the Gates (2001), Radio (2003), A History of Violence (2005), and Gone Baby Gone (2007).

He is a three-time nominee of the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performances in Apollo 13 (1995), The Truman Show (1998), and The Hours (2002), along with an Academy Award for Best Actor nomination for playing artist Jackson Pollock in his directorial debut Pollock (2000). He also won a Golden Globe Award for playing Senator John McCain in Game Change (2012).

Contents

  • Early life 1
  • Career 2
  • Personal life 3
  • Filmography 4
    • Film 4.1
    • Television 4.2
    • Video games 4.3
  • References 5
  • External links 6

Early life

Harris was born at the Englewood Hospital in Englewood, New Jersey, and was raised in Tenafly, New Jersey,[1] the son of Margaret (née Sholl), a travel agent, and Robert Lee "Bob" Harris, who sang with the Fred Waring chorus and worked at the bookstore of the Art Institute of Chicago.[2][3] He has an older brother, Robert, and a younger brother, Spencer. His parents were originally from Oklahoma.[4] Harris was raised in a middle class Presbyterian family.[5][6][7] 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.[8][9]

A star athlete in high school,[1] Harris competed in athletics at Columbia University in 1969.[10] When his family moved to New Mexico two years later, Harris followed, 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 local theaters, he moved to Los Angeles and enrolled at the California Institute of the Arts, where he spent two years and graduated with a BFA.[1]

Career

Harris' 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 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] To prepare for the role, he built a small studio in which to copy the painter's techniques. He also threw a chair at Marcia Gay Harden, who played Lee Krasner to get a stronger reaction from her; she later thanked him.[10]

Harris 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 L.A. production, he won the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award. He and wife, Amy Madigan, starred together in Ash Adams' independent crime drama Once Fallen, released in 2010.

Personal life

Harris married actress Amy Madigan on November 21, 1983, while they were filming Places in the Heart together. They have a daughter named Lily Dolores Harris (born May 3, 1993).[11]

On March 20, 2012, the

External links

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  11. ^ The Lily Dolores Harris picture
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  13. ^ Actor Ed Harris speaks out against the SAG-AFTRA merger on YouTube.
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References

Year Title Role Notes
2010 Call of Duty: Black Ops Jason Hudson Voice

Video games

Year Title Role Notes
1976 Gibbsville Steve Episode: "Trapped"
1977 Delvecchio Davey Bresnihan Episode: "Cancelled Contract"
1977 The Amazing Howard Hughes Russ Television film
1978 The Rockford Files Rudy Kempner Episode: "Kill the Messenger"
1978 David Cassidy: Man Undercover Ben Episode: "Deadly Convoy"
1979 The Seekers Lt. William Clark Television film
1979 Barnaby Jones Glenn Morgan Episode: "School of Terror"
1979–81 Lou Grant Warren 3 episodes
1980 Paris John Dantley Episode: "America the Beautiful"
1980 The Aliens Are Coming Chuck Polcheck Television film
1981 CHiPs Lonny Episode: "Vegabonds"
1981 Hart to Hart Arnold Harmon Episode: "Hart of Darkness"
1984 American Playhouse Jimmy Wing Episode: "A Flash of Green"
1987 The Last Innocent Man Harry Nash Television film
1992 Running Mates Hugh Hathaway Television film
1994 The Stand General Starkey Miniseries, episode: "The Plague"
1995 Frasier Guest Caller Rob Episode: "Leapin' Lizards"
1996 Riders of the Purple Sage Jim Lassiter Television film; also executive producer
2005 Empire Falls Miles Roby Miniseries
Nominated – 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
2012 Game Change John McCain Television film
Golden 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
2015 The One Percent Nathaniel Cobb Upcoming series
2016 Westworld The Man in Black Upcoming series

Television

Year Title Role Notes
1978 Coma Pathology Resident
1980 Borderline Hotchkiss
1981 Knightriders Billy
1981 Dream On! Unknown
1982 Creepshow Hank Blaine
1983 The Right Stuff John Glenn
1983 Under Fire Oates
1984 Swing Shift Jack Walsh
1984 Places in the Heart Wayne Lomax
1985 Code Name: Emerald Gus Lang
1985 Alamo Bay Shang Pierce
1985 Sweet Dreams Charlie Dick
1987 Walker William Walker
1988 To Kill a Priest Stefan
1989 Jacknife David "Dave" Flannigan Nominated – Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture
1989 Field of Dreams The Voice Voice
1989 The Abyss Virgil "Bud" Brigman Nominated – Saturn Award for Best Actor
1990 State of Grace Frankie Flannery
1991 Paris Trout Harry Seagraves
1992 Glengarry Glen Ross Dave Moss Valladolid International Film Festival Award for Best Actor[15]
1993 The Firm Wayne Tarrance
1993 Needful Things Sheriff Alan Pangborn
1994 Milk Money Tom Wheeler
1994 China Moon Kyle Bodine
1995 Nixon E. Howard Hunt Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor (with Apollo 13 and Just Cause)
1995 Apollo 13 Gene Kranz Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor (with Just Cause and Nixon)
Screen 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
1995 Just Cause Blair Sullivan Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor (with Apollo 13 and Nixon)
1996 Eye for an Eye Mack McCann
1996 The Rock General Francis X. Hummel
1997 Absolute Power Seth Frank
1998 The Truman Show Christof Blockbuster 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
1998 Stepmom Luke Harrison
1999 The Third Miracle Frank Shore
2000 Pollock Jackson Pollock Also director and producer
Toronto Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor
Nominated – Academy Award for Best Actor
Nominated – Satellite Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama
2000 The Prime Gig Kelly Grant
2000 Waking the Dead Jerry Charmichael
2001 A Beautiful Mind William Parcher Nominated – Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture
Nominated – Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
2001 Buffalo Soldiers Colonel Berman
2001 Enemy at the Gates Major König
2002 The Hours Richard Brown Italian 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
Nominated – 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
2003 Masked and Anonymous Oscar Vogel
2003 Radio Coach Jones
2003 The Human Stain Lester Farley
2005 Winter Passing Don Holden
2005 A History of Violence Carl Fogarty National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actor
2006 Two Tickets to Paradise Melville
2006 Copying Beethoven Ludwig van Beethoven
2006 The Armenian Genocide Leslie Davis Documentary
2007 Gone Baby Gone Remy Bressant
2007 Cleaner Eddie Lorenzo
2007 National Treasure: Book of Secrets Mitch Wilkinson
2008 Touching Home Charlie Winston
2008 Appaloosa Virgil Cole Also writer, director and producer
Boston Film Festival Prize for Best Screenplay Adaptation (with Robert Knott)
2010 Once Fallen Liam
2010 The Way Back Mr. Smith
2010 Virginia Sheriff Tipton
2011 That's What I Am Mr. Simon
2011 Salvation Boulevard Peter Blaylock
2012 Man on a Ledge David Englander
2013 Phantom Navy Captain Demi
2013 Pain & Gain Ed Du Bois
2013 Snowpiercer Minister Wilford
2013 Sweetwater Sheriff Jackson
2013 The Face of Love Tom Young
2013 Gravity Mission Control Voice
2014 Planes: Fire & Rescue Blade Ranger Voice
2014 Frontera Roy
2015 Cymbeline Cymbeline
2015 Run All Night Shawn Maguire
2015 The Adderall Diaries Neil Elliott
2016 In Dubious Battle Joy Post-production
2016 Untitled Warren Beatty project Sarah's Father Completed
2017 Geostorm Dekkom Post-production

Film

Filmography

Harris has a reputation for being serious on the film set. He told a journalist in 2006: "I don't like bullshittin'... so, I guess that comes across as serious."[10] He received an honorary degree from Muhlenberg College on May 17, 2015.

[14] The lawsuit was dismissed on May 22, 2012.[13][12]