Ricky Harris

If it hadn't been for V. I.P. Records, a hip-hop record store in Long Beach, California, Ricky Harris might never have become a successful comedian and actor with ties to the biggest names in 1990s West Coast rap. The ... Read more »

Filmography

Actor (25)

Mr. Sadman 2014 (Movie)

Whitey (Actor)

Raising the Bar 2008 (Tv Show)

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Russell Simmons' Def Comedy Jam 1991 - 2008 (TV Show)

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CSI: Miami 2007 (Tv Show)

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This Christmas 2007 (Movie)

Cousin Fred (Actor)

ER 2005 (Tv Show)

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Woman Thou Art Loosed 2004 (Movie)

Eli (Actor)

Bones 2001 (Movie)

Eddie Mack (Actor)

NYPD Blue 1995 - 1998, 2000 - 2001 (Tv Show)

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The District 1995 - 1998, 2000 - 2001 (Tv Show)

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CSI: Crime Scene Investigation 2000 (Tv Show)

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Kings 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

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Simon Sez 1999 (Movie)

Micro (Actor)

Hard Rain 1998 (Movie)

Ray (Actor)

Millennium 1995 - 1998 (Tv Show)

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Fathers' Day 1997 (Movie)

Bellhop (Actor)

Moesha 1995 - 1997 (Tv Show)

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High School High 1996 (Movie)

DJ (Actor)

Def Comedy Jam: Prime Time 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

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Heat 1995 (Movie)

Albert Torena (Actor)

Sweet Justice 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

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The Watcher 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

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Danger Theatre 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

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Poetic Justice 1993 (Movie)

Gangsta (Actor)

Thick As Thieves (TV Show)

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Music (1)

Something Wild 1986 (Movie)

("Co-Il") (Song)

Biography

If it hadn't been for V. I.P. Records, a hip-hop record store in Long Beach, California, Ricky Harris might never have become a successful comedian and actor with ties to the biggest names in 1990s West Coast rap. The shop was a magnet in the early '90s for aspiring rappers like Snoop Dogg, who quickly become one of Harris' closest friends. When owner Kelvin Anderson turned half of the shop into a music recording studio, Harris wound up writing and performing the short comedic sketches that populated Snoop and rapper Warren G's early albums. Soon after, Harris moved to Los Angeles and began acting in films like the Oscar-winning drama "Poetic Justice", starring Tupac Shakur as a socially-conscious postal worker. 1995 proved a pivotal year for Harris: he served as a host and writer on the influential HBO sketch comedy series "Def Comedy Jam"; starred as Snoop's father in the music video for the laidback rapper's wildly successful single "Gin and Juice" and directed the short film "Murder was the Case", which accompanied Snoop's chart-topping concept album about his death and resurrection. Harris starred on two seasons of the primetime network sitcom "Moesha" as J.W., a streetwise car mechanic, and appeared in films like the horror anthology "Tales from the Hood" and the high-profile cop drama "Heat", starring Al Pacino and Robert DeNiro. Since then Harris has co-starred with Snoop in the 2010 revenge flick "Bones" and portrayed a petty thief in the Emmy-nominated sitcom "Everybody Hates Chris".

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