Cynthia Harris

Actor, Theater company director, Theatrical producer
Stage-trained supporting actor Cynthia Harris has lent her reddish-brown hair and green eyes to a variety of projects in the theater and for the screen. She made her NYC debut with The Premise, an acclaimed ... Read more »
Born: 08/08/1934 in New York City, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (37)

I Do & I Don't 2014 (Movie)

Emily Murphy (Actor)

Rescue Me 2004 - 2005, 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

Pickles, Inc. 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Voice

The Geena Davis Show 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

An American Daughter 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Now and Again 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

L.A. Law 1986 - 1987, 1993 - 1999 (Tv Show)

Actor

Law & Order 1986 - 1987, 1990 - 1999 (Tv Show)

Actor

Mad About You 1993 - 1999 (Tv Show)

Actor

Murder, She Wrote 1986 - 1987, 1990 - 1991, 1993 - 1999 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Distinguished Gentleman 1992 (Movie)

Vera Johnson (Actor)

Mannequin Two: on the Move 1991 (Movie)

Mom (Actor)

Ann Jillian 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Ask Me Again 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Three Men and A Baby 1987 (Movie)

Mrs Hathaway (Actor)

The Women's Club 1986 (Movie)

Club Woman (Actor)

Allison Sidney Harrison 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

Archie Bunker's Place 1979 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

Reuben, Reuben 1983 (Movie)

Bobby Springer (Actor)

Tempest 1982 (Movie)

Cynthia (Actor)

Breaking Up 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

Actor

Husbands, Wives and Lovers 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

Actor

Husbands and Wives 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Actor

Sirota's Court 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Actor

On the Rocks 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

Actor

Isadora 1968 (Movie)

Mary Desti (Actor)

A Special Friendship (TV Show)

Actor

Coffee, Tea or Me? (TV Show)

Actor

Doctor Franken (TV Show)

Actor

Harrison: Cry of the City (TV Show)

Actor

Izzy and Moe (TV Show)

Actor

Pancho Barnes (TV Show)

Actor

Passion's Way (TV Show)

Actor

The Princess and the Cabbie (TV Show)

Actor
Casting (1)

Remembering Mel 1985 (Movie)

(Casting)
Production Management (1)

Remembering Mel 1985 (Movie)

(Continuity)
Editor (1)

Higher Learning 1995 (Movie)

apprentice editor (Editor)
Other (4)

The 18th Annual Soul Train Music Awards 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Coordinator

The 14th Annual Soul Train Music Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Other

47th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Assistant

Biography

Stage-trained supporting actor Cynthia Harris has lent her reddish-brown hair and green eyes to a variety of projects in the theater and for the screen. She made her NYC debut with The Premise, an acclaimed improvisational group, and spent eight years as a resident member of the OBIE-winning Open Theater's avant-garde ensemble, performing in such memorable works as "America Hurrah" (which led to her first film work as Mary Desti in "Isadora" 1968) and the "The Serpent". On Broadway, she has appeared in "Natural Affection", "Company" and "Bad Habits", among others. On TV, her performance as Wallis Simpson in the miniseries "Edward and Mrs Simpson" (Thames TV and PBS, 1978) earned her a BAFTA nomination as Best Actress. Harris was a regular on two short-lived series, "Sirota's Court" (NBC, 1976-77) and "Husbands, Wives and Lovers" (CBS, 1978) before playing the recurring part of a secretary turned law student during the first season (1986-87) of NBC's "L.A. Law". While many may recall the actress as 'Mrs. B' in a series of TV and radio commercials for Bradlee's department stores, she is perhaps best remembered as Sylvia Buchman, the sometimes overbearing mother to Paul (Paul Reiser) on the NBC sitcom "Mad About You". After four seasons (1993-97) as a recurring character, the role was upgraded to regular as of the 1997-98 season.

Relationships

Saul Harris

Father

EDUCATION

studied acting with Lee Strasberg and George Morrison

Smith College

Northampton , Massachusetts

Smith College

Northampton , Massachusetts

Milestones

1993

Joined cast of NBC's "Mad About You", playing recurring character of Sylvia Buchman, Paul's mother; made series regular as of the 1997-1998 season

1987

Portrayed a babysitter in "Three Men and A Baby"

1983

Co-produced theatrical workshop production of "Honky Tonk Nights"

1979

Portrayed Bobby Spriner, one of Tom Conti's sexual conquests, in "Reuben, Reuben"

1978

Was a regular on short-lived CBS series, "Husbands, Wives and Lovers"

1978

Received BAFTA nomination as Best Actress for her performance as Wallis Warfield Simpson in the miniseries "Edward and Mrs. Simpson"; aired in the USA on PBS' "Masterpiece Theatre"

1975

Had recurring role on the ABC sitcom "On the Rocks"

1974

Returned to Broadway in Terrence McNally's "Bad Habits"

1970

Appeared on Broadway in the landmark Stephen Sondheim-George Furth musical "Company"

1968

Reprised "America Hurrah" for London debut

1968

First feature film, "Isadora"; played Mary Desti, the mother of writer-director Preston Sturges

1966

Performed in the Open Theatre's NYC production of "America Hurrah"

1963

Broadway debut, William Inge's "Natural Affection"

1961

NYC acting debut, "The Premise"

Appeared in radio and TV commercials for Bradlee's department stores, portraying Mrs. B

Played recurring character Iris Hubbard, a secretary-turned-law student, during first season of NBC's "L.A. Law"

Co-starred on the NBC sitcom "Ann Jillian"

Professional stage debut as Lizzie in "The Rainmaker" at Williamstown Theatre Festival

Debut as series regular on NBC's short-lived "Sirota's Court"

Bonus Trivia

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Harris is the co-director of a NYC theater company, TACT (The Actor's Company Theater), which produces five shows a year for the New York Historical Society.

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