James B Harris

Producer, Director, Screenwriter
Veteran Hollywood industry figure who has served triple duty as a producer, director, and screenwriter. Harris' most notable contribution to American cinema was producing several seminal early films directed by Stanley ... Read more »
Born: 08/03/1928 in New York City, New York, USA

Filmography

Producer (9)

The Black Dahlia 2006 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Cop 1988 (Movie)

(Producer)

Fast Walking 1981 (Movie)

(Producer)

Telefon 1977 (Movie)

(Producer)

Some Call It Loving 1973 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Bedford Incident 1965 (Movie)

(Producer)

Lolita 1961 (Movie)

(Producer)

Paths of Glory 1958 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Killing 1956 (Movie)

(Producer)
Director (5)

Boiling Point 1993 (Movie)

(Director)

Cop 1988 (Movie)

(Director)

Fast Walking 1981 (Movie)

(Director)

Some Call It Loving 1973 (Movie)

(Director)

The Bedford Incident 1965 (Movie)

(Director)
Writer (2)

Boiling Point 1993 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Cop 1988 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Actor (1)

Biography

Veteran Hollywood industry figure who has served triple duty as a producer, director, and screenwriter. Harris' most notable contribution to American cinema was producing several seminal early films directed by Stanley Kubrick. The Harris-Kubrick Pictures Corporation turned out such provocative features as "The Killing" (1956), "Paths of Glory" (1957), and "Lolita" (1962).

Harris and Kubrick went their separate ways after "Lolita" with the producer venturing on to form James B. Harris Productions in 1963. As a producer-director, Harris's subsequent feature credits were relatively sparse: "The Bedford Incident" (1965), a Cold War naval drama starring Richard Widmark and Sidney Poitier; "Some Call It Loving" (1973), which marked his screenwriting debut, an uneven modern retelling of "Sleeping Beauty" set in southern California starring Zalman King, Tisa Farrow, and Richard Pryor; "Fast Walking" (1982), a prison drama starring James Woods; and "Cop" (1988), which he scripted, also starring Woods. He also produced the Don Siegel-directed Charles Bronson vehicle, "Telefon" (1977).

Harris returned to directing and writing with "Boiling Point" (1993), a dark cop drama starring Wesley Snipes, Lolita Davidovich, and Dennis Hopper. This was a surprisingly old-fashioned crime story featuring tough-guy dialogue and morally ambiguous characters.

EDUCATION

The Juilliard School

New York , New York

Milestones

1973

First screenplay credit (also produced and directed), "Some Call It Loving"

1965

Feature directorial debut (also produced), "The Bedford Incident"

1963

Formed James B. Harris Prods. Inc.

1955

Formed a partnership with director Stanley Kubrick, Harris-Kubrick Pictures Corporation

1953

Produced and directed "TV's Baseball Hall of Fame"

1949

Formed Flamingo Films, a TV distribution company, with high school friend David Wolper

1948

Worked for Realart Pictures

1947

Worked in US film export business

Served in the US Army Signal Corps as a cameraman

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