Robin Harris

Comedian, Actor
This large-eyed African-American stand-up comedian's churlish brand of humor and quick put-downs briefly found a place in screen comedies during the late 1980s and early 90s. Harris made a promising feature debut ... Read more »
Born: 08/30/1953 in Chicago, Illinois, USA

Filmography

Actor (8)

One-Night Stand 1988 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

House Party 2 1991 (Movie)

cameo appearance (Actor)

House Party 1990 (Movie)

Pop (Actor)

Mo' Better Blues 1990 (Movie)

Butterbean Jones (Actor)

Do the Right Thing 1989 (Movie)

Sweet Dick Willie (Actor)

Harlem Nights 1989 (Movie)

Jerome (Actor)

I'm Gonna Git You Sucka 1988 (Movie)

Bartender at Sam's (Actor)
Writer (1)

One Mile from Heaven (Movie)

(Screenwriter)

Biography

This large-eyed African-American stand-up comedian's churlish brand of humor and quick put-downs briefly found a place in screen comedies during the late 1980s and early 90s. Harris made a promising feature debut playing a smart-ass bartender in Keenan Ivory Wayan's sendup of 1970s Blaxploitation movies, "I'm Gonna Get You Sucka" (1988). But it was his next feature, Spike Lee's sweltering "Do the Right Thing" (1989), where he first stood out. As Sweet Dick Willie, Harris served as part of the neighborhood "Greek chorus" that commented on the events of an increasingly tense day. The producing/directing team of Reginald and Warrington Hudlin found Harris a perfect platform when they cast him as Pop, the no-nonsense, quick-witted father of Kid in the agreeably raucous comedy "House Party" (1990). He followed up later that year with a small turn as a jazz club MC in Lee's "Mo' Better Blues." The film was dedicated to Harris who died after production wrapped.

Relationships

Exeta Harris

Wife

EDUCATION

Ottawa University

Ontario
graduated

Milestones

1992

Credited with character creation for the animated film "Bebe's Kids"

1991

Final film appearance, cameo role in "House Party 2"

1989

First film with director Spike Lee, "Do the Right Thing"

1989

TV debut on HBO's "One-Night Stand" series (date approximate)

1988

Feature acting debut, "I'm Gonna Get You Sucka"

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