Mel Harris

Actor, Model
A dark, striking leading lady of TV, Mel Harris is a former model who, after a few false starts in feature films ("Wanted: Dead or Alive" 1986, "Cameron's Closet" 1988) and TV ("Harry's Hong Kong" 1987), lent an ... Read more »
Born: 07/12/1956 in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA

Filmography

Actor (62)

Crazy Ex-Girlfriend 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

ARC 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit 2013 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Close to Home 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

Dawson's Creek 1996 - 2000, 2006 - 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

Saints and Sinners 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Naked Brothers Band 1996 - 1998, 2006 - 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Naked Brothers Band 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

Touched By an Angel 1996 - 2001, 2006 - 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

CSI: New York 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

Cold Case 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

Criminal Minds 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

House 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

Purple Heart 2006 (Movie)

Harrison (Actor)

JAG 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

Stargate SG-1 2002, 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

North Shore 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Veritas Project: Hangman's Curse 2003 (Movie)

Sarah Springfield (Actor)

Strong Medicine 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

Family Under Siege 2001 (Movie)

Fay Baxter (Actor)

Firetrap 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Inside "thirtysomething" 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Madigan Men 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Out of Time 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Sonic Impact 1999 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Pet Shop 1997 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Something So Right 1996 - 1998 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Secretary 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Broken Lullaby 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

The Women of Spring Break 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Suture 1994 (Movie)

Renee Descartes (Actor)

The Pagemaster 1994 (Movie)

Claire Tyler (Actor)

Wind Dancer 1993 (Movie)

(Actor)

Desperate Motive 1992 (Movie)

Kate Sullivan (Actor)

Raising Cain 1992 (Movie)

Sarah (Actor)

Thirtysomething 1987 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

2nd Annual Valvoline National Driving Test 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

My Brother's Wife 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Cameron's Closet 1989 (Movie)

Nora Haley (Actor)

Hush Little Baby: The Challenge of Child Care 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

K-9 1989 (Movie)

Tracy (Actor)

The 15th Annual People's Choice Awards 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Performer

Harry's Hong Kong 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Wanted Dead or Alive 1987 (Movie)

Terry (Actor)

M*A*S*H 1972 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

A Case For Life (TV Show)

Actor

Another Pretty Face (TV Show)

Actor

Child of Rage (TV Show)

Actor

Cross of Fire (TV Show)

Actor

Grass Roots (TV Show)

Actor

Out of the Woods (TV Show)

Actor

Sharon's Secret (TV Show)

Actor

The Burden of Proof (TV Show)

Actor

The Retrievers (TV Show)

Actor

The Spider and the Fly (TV Show)

Actor

Ultimate Betrayal (TV Show)

Actor

With Hostile Intent (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

A dark, striking leading lady of TV, Mel Harris is a former model who, after a few false starts in feature films ("Wanted: Dead or Alive" 1986, "Cameron's Closet" 1988) and TV ("Harry's Hong Kong" 1987), lent an understated sincerity and authority to the role of Hope, a woman attempting to juggle marriage, children and a career, in ABC's acclaimed, not-for-yuppies-only serial "thirtysomething. " Harris tried a change of pace with her next series, the sitcom "Something So Right" (NBC, 1996-97; ABC, 1997-1998), in which she played a thrice-married woman coping with her new husband and their respective children.

Relationships

Warren Harris

Father
coached defensive line of team at Princeton University

Mary Harris

Mother

David Hume Kennerly Executive Producer

Husband

Byron Kennerly

Son
born in 1984 father, David Hume Kennerly

Brian Kilclinic

Husband
Married June 1980

David Silbergeld

Husband

Cotter Smith Actor

Husband
Met 1987 on set of "Cameron's Closet" (1988)

Madeline Smith

Daughter
born on April 3, 1990 father, Cotter Smith

Mike Toomey

Husband

EDUCATION

studied with Lee Strasberg, Betty Cashman, Milton Katselas

Milestones

1992

Made NYC stage debut at the Circle Repertory Company in "Empty Hearts"; played opposite then-husband Cotter Smith

1989

Played Madge Oberholtzer in NBC miniseries about the Ku Klux Klan, "Cross of Fire"

1987

Appeared in first TV-movie, "Harry's Hong Kong", opposite David Soul

1986

Made film debut in "Wanted: Dead or Alive" opposite Rutger Hauer

1986

Played bit parts in TV series, "Rags to Riches" and "The Wizard"

1984

Gave up modeling to pursue acting studies and career

Grew up in North Brunswick, New Jersey

Accepted at Barnard College of Columbia University; intended to pursue studies leading to a career in law, but modeling opportunities kept taking her to France and Italy; withdrew after deferring studies for two years

Starred in sitcom "Something So Right" (NBC, 1996-1997; ABC, 1997-1998)

Portrayed Hope Stedman on ABC's primetime serial, "thirtysomething"

Bonus Trivia

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The name "Mel" comes from Harris's childhood. Her sister was unable to say "Mary Ellen" and kept saying "Melon", a nickname which was shortened to "Mel".

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