Ed Harris

Actor, Producer, Director
Largely associated with stoic, hardened characters, actor Ed Harris went on to impress with a wide array of diverse performances in dozens of acclaimed films. Following a series of low-budget genre movies, Harris gained ... Read more »
Born: 11/27/1950 in Tenafly, New Jersey, USA

Filmography

Actor (102)

The One Percent 2015 - 2016 (TV Show)

Actor

Anarchy 2015 (Movie)

Cymbeline (Actor)

Cymbeline 2015 (Movie)

Cymbeline (Actor)

Run All Night 2015 (Movie)

Shawn Maguire (Actor)

The Adderall Diaries 2015 (Movie)

(Actor)

Westworld 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Actor

Frontera 2014 (Movie)

Roy (Actor)

Once Fallen 2014 (Movie)

Father (Liam Ryan) (Actor)

Planes: Fire and Rescue 2014 (Movie)

Blade Ranger (Voice)

Snowpiercer 2014 (Movie)

Wilford (Actor)

The Face of Love 2014 (Movie)

Garrett Mathis/Tom Young (Actor)

The Geography of Hope 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Gravity 2013 (Movie)

Mission Control (Voice)

Pain & Gain 2013 (Movie)

Ed Du Bois (Actor)

Phantom 2013 (Movie)

Demi (Actor)

Sweetwater 2013 (Movie)

Sheriff Jackson (Actor)

Man on a Ledge 2012 (Movie)

David Englander (Actor)

Virginia 2012 (Movie)

Sheriff Richard Tipton (Actor)

Rising: Rebuilding Ground Zero 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Narrator

Salvation Boulevard 2011 (Movie)

Dr. Paul Blaylock (Actor)

That's What I Am 2011 (Movie)

Mr. Simon (Actor)

The Way Back 2010 (Movie)

Mr. Smith (Actor)

Touching Home 2010 (Movie)

Charlie Winston (Actor)

Appaloosa 2008 (Movie)

Virgil Cole (Actor)

Cleaner 2007 (Movie)

Eddie Lorenzo (Actor)

Gone Baby Gone 2007 (Movie)

Remy Bressant (Actor)

National Treasure: Book of Secrets 2007 (Movie)

Mitch Wilkinson (Actor)

Two Tickets to Paradise 2007 (Movie)

Melville (Actor)

Budd Boetticher: A Man Can Do That 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Narrator

Copying Beethoven 2006 (Movie)

Ludwig van Beethoven (Actor)

Winter Passing 2006 (Movie)

Don Holdin (Actor)

A History of Violence 2005 (Movie)

Carl Fogarty (Actor)

Empire Falls 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Buffalo Soldiers 2003 (Movie)

Colonel Wallace Berman (Actor)

Masked & Anonymous 2003 (Movie)

(Actor)

Radio 2003 (Movie)

Coach Harold Jones (Actor)

The 9th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

The Human Stain 2003 (Movie)

Lester Farley (Actor)

Tibet: Cry of the Snow Lion 2003 (Movie)

Voice-over (Actor)

The Hours 2002 (Movie)

Richard Brown (Actor)

The Prime Gig 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

A Beautiful Mind 2001 (Movie)

William Parcher (Actor)

Enemy At the Gates 2001 (Movie)

Major Konig (Actor)

Inside the Actors Studio 2000 (Tv Show)

Interviewee

Pollock 2000 (Movie)

Jackson Pollock (Actor)

Waking the Dead 2000 (Movie)

Jerry Carmichael (Actor)

Blast Off: True Stories From the Final Frontier 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Narrator

The Third Miracle 1999 (Movie)

Father Frank Shore (Actor)

Stepmom 1998 (Movie)

Luke Harrison (Actor)

The Truman Show 1998 (Movie)

Christof (Actor)

Absolute Power 1997 (Movie)

Seth Frank (Actor)

Big Guns Talk: The Story of the Western 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

The Screen Actors Guild Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Eye for An Eye 1996 (Movie)

Mack McCann (Actor)

The Rock 1996 (Movie)

General Francis X Hummel (Actor)

Apollo 13 1995 (Movie)

Gene Kranz (Actor)

Baseball 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Voice

Frasier 1995 (Tv Show)

Actor

Just Cause 1995 (Movie)

Blair Sullivan (Actor)

Nixon 1995 (Movie)

Howard Hunt (Actor)

The Wild Bunch: An Album in Montage 1995 (Movie)

of Sam Peckinpah (Voice)

China Moon 1994 (Movie)

Kyle Bodine (Actor)

Milk Money 1994 (Movie)

Tom Wheeler (Actor)

Stephen King's The Stand 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Needful Things 1993 (Movie)

Sheriff Alan Pangborn (Actor)

The Firm 1993 (Movie)

Wayne Tarrance (Actor)

Glengarry Glen Ross 1992 (Movie)

Dave Moss (Actor)

State of Grace 1990 (Movie)

Frankie (Actor)

Jacknife 1989 (Movie)

Dave (Actor)

Premiere: Inside the Summer Blockbusters 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

The Abyss 1989 (Movie)

Virgil 'Bud' Brigman (Actor)

To Kill a Priest 1989 (Movie)

Stefan (Actor)

Walker 1987 (Movie)

William Walker (Actor)

A Flash of Green 1985 (Movie)

Jimmy Wing (Actor)

Alamo Bay 1985 (Movie)

Shang Pierce (Actor)

Code Name: Emerald 1985 (Movie)

Gus Lang (Actor)

Sweet Dreams 1985 (Movie)

Charlie Dick (Actor)

Places in the Heart 1984 (Movie)

Wayne Lomax (Actor)

Swing Shift 1984 (Movie)

Jack Walsh (Actor)

The Right Stuff 1983 (Movie)

John Glenn (Actor)

Creepshow 1982 (Movie)

Hank Blaine (Actor)

Under Fire 1982 (Movie)

Oates (Actor)

Knightriders 1981 (Movie)

Billy (Actor)

Borderline 1980 (Movie)

Hotchkiss (Actor)

Coma 1978 (Movie)

Pathology Resident (Actor)

CHiPs (TV Show)

Actor

Game Change (TV Show)

Actor

Just a Dream (TV Show)

Actor

Mantle (TV Show)

Actor

Paris Trout (TV Show)

Actor

Riders of the Purple Sage (TV Show)

Actor

Running Mates (TV Show)

Actor

The Aliens Are Coming (TV Show)

Actor

The Amazing Howard Hughes (TV Show)

Actor

The Last Innocent Man (TV Show)

Actor

The Seekers (TV Show)

Actor
Producer (3)

Sweetwater 2013 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Appaloosa 2008 (Movie)

(Producer)

Pollock 2000 (Movie)

(Producer)
Director (2)

Appaloosa 2008 (Movie)

(Director)

Pollock 2000 (Movie)

(Director)
Music (2)

Appaloosa 2008 (Movie)

"You'll Never Leave My Heart" (Song Performer)

Appaloosa 2008 (Movie)

"You'll Never Leave My Heart" (Song)
Writer (1)

Appaloosa 2008 (Movie)

(adaptation) (Screenplay)

Biography

Largely associated with stoic, hardened characters, actor Ed Harris went on to impress with a wide array of diverse performances in dozens of acclaimed films. Following a series of low-budget genre movies, Harris gained notoriety with his turn as legendary astronaut John Glenn in "The Right Stuff" (1983). Despite the accolades, it took several years before the actor landed another memorable role, which finally came when he was cast in James Cameron's ambitious undersea adventure "The Abyss" (1989). Reaping the rewards of his new A-list status, Harris vacillated between literary character work in such acclaimed endeavors as "Glengarry Glenn Ross" (1992) and rousing crowd-pleasers like the NASA docudrama "Apollo 13" (1995). The versatile actor proved just as at home with pyrotechnic blockbusters like Michael Bay's actioner "The Rock" (1996) as he was in more heady material, such as the Jim Carrey vehicle "The Truman Show" (1998). Harris later astounded audiences as both the director and star of the enthralling biopic "Pollock" (2000), which he followed with equally heralded supporting work in the dramas "A Beautiful Mind" (2001) and "The Hours" (2002). Incredibly dexterous, he played wildly divergent characters in the small town drama "Empire Falls" (HBO, 2005) and the shocking "A History of Violence" (2005). He returned to the director's chair once more to helm the sweeping western "Appaloosa" (2008), cementing his reputation as a deft cinematic storyteller. One of the finest American actors of his generation, Harris' artistic reputation and professional résumé knew few equals.

Relationships

Robert Harris

Father

Margaret Harris

Mother

Lily Harris

Daughter
Born May 3, 1993; mother, Amy Madigan

Robert Harris

Brother
Born c. 1939

Spencer Harris

Brother
Born c. 1956

Amy Madigan Actor

Wife
Met during a production of "Prairie Avenue" at the Lee Strasberg Institute in 1981 Married Nov. 21, 1983 in Waxahachie, TX during filming of "Places in the Heart" (1984) Also worked together in "Alamo Bay" (1985), "Riders of the Purple Sage" (TNT, 1996), and "Pollock" (2000)

EDUCATION

California Institute of the Arts

Valencia , California 1975

Columbia University

New York , New York 1969 - 1971
Dropped out after two years; played football

Tenafly High School

Tenafly , New Jersey
Played baseball and football

Oklahoma State University

Norman , Oklahoma 1972 - 1973
Acted in summer stock

Milestones

2010

Played an American inmate in Peter Weir's "The Way Back"

2008

Directed and co-wrote the Western "Appaloosa"; also co-starred with Viggo Mortensen

2007

Played a Boston detective in Ben Affleck's feature directing debut "Gone, Baby, Gone"

2006

Portrayed Ludwig van Beethoven in Agnieszka Holland's "Copying Beethoven"

2005

Starred as Miles Roby in the HBO film adaptation of "Empire Falls," based on Richard Russo's Pulitzer Prize winning novel; earned Emmy, Golden Globe and SAG nominations for Best Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries

2005

Co-starred with Viggo Mortensen in David Cronenberg's "A History of Violence"

2003

Portrayed the ex-husband of Nicole Kidman's character in the film adaptation of Philip Roth's novel "The Human Stain"

2003

Starred as a football coach in the southern drama "Radio"

2002

Co-starred with Meryl Streep in "The Hours"; received supporting role nominations for a Golden Globe, a BAFTA, a SAG and an Oscar

2001

Had featured role opposite Russell Crowe in "A Beautiful Mind"; directed by Ron Howard

2001

Played a German assassin sent to kill a Russian marksman in "Enemy at the Gates"; premiered at the Berlin Film Festival

2001

Cast as an American battalion commander in 1980s Germany in "Buffalo Soldiers"; (released theatrically in USA in 2002)

2000

Feature directorial debut, "Pollock"; also portrayed the artist; received first Best Actor Oscar nomination

1999

Cast as a disillusioned priest sent to investigate claims of miracles performed by a woman proposed for sainthood in "The Third Miracle"

1998

Co-starred with Susan Sarandon and Julia Roberts in "Stepmom"

1998

Received critical acclaim and his second Best Supporting Actor Oscar nomination for his performance as the God-like Christof, the creator and director of "The Truman Show"

1996

Producing debut (as executive producer) of the TNT movie "Riders of the Purple Sage"; also co-starred with Madigan

1996

Returned to Broadway in "Taking Sides"

1995

Received Best Supporting Actor Oscar nomination for his performance as NASA mission control flight director Gene Krantz in "Apollo 13"

1994

Appeared in the ABC miniseries "Stephen King's 'The Stand'"

1994

Returned to the New York stage in the Off-Broadway staging of Sam Shepard's "Simpatico"; co-starred Beverly D'Angelo and Marcia Gay Harden

1992

Co-starred in the feature version of David Mamet's "Glengarry Glen Ross"

1992

Co-starred opposite Diane Keaton in the poitically-themed "Running Mates" (HBO)

1991

Appeared in the Showtime movie "Paris Trout"

1989

First lead in a major feature, "The Abyss"; directed by James Cameron

1986

Broadway debut in "Precious Sons"; received Tony nomination

1985

Delivered solid turn as Charlie Dick, husband of Patsy Cline in "Sweet Dreams"

1984

Credited as script consultant on the independent feature "A Flash of Green"; also starred

1984

Met future wife Amy Madigan, starring opposite her in "Places in the Heart"

1983

NY stage debut in the Off-Broadway production of Sam Shepard's "Fool for Love"

1981

First feature lead role, "Knightriders"

1978

Feature acting debut, "Coma"

1977

TV-movie debut, "The Amazing Howard Hughes" (CBS)

Professional stage debut as King Arthur in "Camelot" at the Jewel Box Theater in Oklahoma City

Appeared in the West Coast productions, "A Streetcar Named Desire" and "The Grapes of Wrath"

Bonus Trivia

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"My career has been based on playing characters, I don't have that star persona. I like to think of myself as an actor, not a personality." - Ed Harris quoted in Empire, November 1998

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"When I realized I couldn't play football, I was pretty lost. I needed something I could be good at. I wasn't even thinking about making a living. It was about survival. I was becoming an adult and I didn't have a way in. I needed to feel I belonged in the world."It was the closest thing I could think of to scoring a touchdown! Acting. It was physical and required great concentration and meant working with others in public. It was challenging, like sports. What was new was the creative and emotional side, because that hadn't been part of my life before. I wasn't thinking about making money. I was concentrating on what I would become, an actor, and I just got lost in it." - Harris to Parade magazine, June 21, 1998

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"My motto is, 'If there is a problem, figure it out!'" - Ed Harris to Cindy Pearlman in the Chigago Sun-Times, May 31, 1998

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"Ed has this deeply moral, middle-American core. It's not an accident that he plays American icons." - Charles Haid who directed Harris and Madigan in the 1996 TNT movie "Riders of the Purple Sage" to Premiere, July 1998

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"He has this funny background, both New Jersey and Oklahoma. Which is a very odd discrepancy. So he has the kind of toughness of Oklahoma and, at the same time, this sort of intellectual bent of the East Coast." - Sam Shepard to Premiere, July 1998

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"I think that as the years go by I might want to direct, but I like acting. Being on location is a little less thrilling than it used to be. You get a little frozen in time and wonder if you're really maturing. I'm not trying to discover new ways to act. I'm just trying, as my life goes on, to tell the truth better." - Ed Harris quoted in Premiere, August 1995

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"I didn't get into acting until I was twenty-one. By that time I didn't have any problem with it being a masculine thing or not. People whose work I admired seemed to be pretty secure in their manhood. It was interesting getting involved in the theater world and metting the kind of people that, five years prior in high school, you laughed at. And realizing that they were usually pretty cool people." - Harris quoted in Interview, March 1995

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