Ed Harris

Ed Harris

Infobox actor

imagesize = 240px
caption = Harris at the premiere of "A History of Violence" at the Toronto International Film Festival, 2005
birthdate = birth date and age|mf=yes|1950|11|28
birthplace = Tenafly, New Jersey, U.S.
birthname = Edward Allen Harris
spouse = Amy Madigan (1983-)
goldenglobeawards = Best Supporting Actor - Motion Picture
1998 "The Truman Show"
sagawards = Outstanding Cast in a Motion Picture
1995 "Apollo 13"
Outstanding Supporting Actor - Motion Picture
1995 "Apollo 13"
awards = Critics Choice Award for Best Supporting Actor
1996 "The Rock" ; "Eye for an Eye"
NBR Award for Best Supporting Actor
1998 "The Truman Show"
NSFC Award for Best Supporting Actor
2005 "A History of Violence"

Edward Allen "Ed" Harris (born November 28, 1950) is a four-time Academy Award-nominated and Golden Globe-winning American actor, writer and director, known for his performances in "The Rock", "The Right Stuff", "The Abyss", "Glengarry Glen Ross", "Apollo 13", "Pollock", "A Beautiful Mind", "", and "The Truman Show", among many others.


Early and personal life

Harris was born in Tenafly, New Jersey, the son of Margaret, a travel agent, and Robert L. Harris, who sang with the Fred Waring chorus and worked at the bookstore of the Art Institute of Chicago. [ [http://movies.yahoo.com/movie/contributor/1800012404/bio Ed Harris Biography - Yahoo! Movies ] ] He has an older brother, Robert, and a younger brother, Spencer. Harris was raised in a middle class Presbyterian family.cite news|last=Stein|first=Ruthe|coauthors=|title=Ed Harris Has the Righteous Stuff, Too: Actor plays a particularly convincing priest in `The Third Miracle'|pages=|publisher=San Francisco Chronicle|date=2000-01-09|url=http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/chronicle/archive/2000/01/09/PK101712.DTL|accessdate=2007-12-10] cite news|last=Pearlman|first=Cindy|coauthors=|title=Love the sinner: Harris repents for `money' roles|pages=|publisher=Chicago Sun-Times|date=2000-02-06|url=http://nl.newsbank.com/nl-search/we/Archives?p_product=CSTB&p_theme=cstb&p_action=search&p_maxdocs=200&p_topdoc=1&p_text_direct-0=0EB424609562EF70&p_field_direct-0=document_id&p_perpage=10&p_sort=YMD_date:D&s_trackval=GooglePM|accessdate=2007-12-10] [ [http://www.tiscali.co.uk/entertainment/film/biographies/ed_harris_biog/2 Ed Harris Biography ] ] He graduated from Tenafly High School in 1969, where he played on the football team, serving as the team's captain in his senior year. [Rohan, Virginia. [http://www.northjersey.com/page.php?qstr=eXJpcnk3ZjczN2Y3dnFlZUVFeXkxOTMmZmdiZWw3Zjd2cWVlRUV5eTcxNTE5NDcmeXJpcnk3ZjcxN2Y3dnFlZUVFeXk3 "North Jersey-bred and talented too"] , "The Record (Bergen County)", June 18, 2007. Accessed June 25, 2007. "Ed Harris: Class of 1969, Tenafly High School"] [Stein, Ruthe. [http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/chronicle/archive/2001/03/25/MN92739.DTL&type=movies They're Ready For Their Close-Ups: Camped out at Oscars, the starstruck wait to sneak a peek] , "San Francisco Chronicle", March 25, 2001. Accessed May 31, 2007. "She's hoping to score a seat near the front and catch the eye of Oscar nominee Ed Harris, who went to Tenafly High School in New Jersey with her mother."] He was a star athlete in high school and competed in athletics at Columbia University in 1969. Two years later his family moved to New Mexico and he followed after having discovered his interest in acting in various theater plays. He enrolled at the University of New Mexico to study drama. After several successful roles in the local theater, he moved to Los Angeles, California, and enrolled at the California Institute of the Arts.

Harris has been married to actress Amy Madigan since 1983. They have a daughter named Lily.


Harris's first important film role was in "Borderline" with Charles Bronson. In "Knightriders" he played the king of a motorcycle-riding renaissance-fair troupe in a role modeled after King Arthur.

In 1983, the actor became a star, playing astronaut John Glenn in "The Right Stuff". Twelve years later, a film with a similar theme led to Harris being nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal of NASA mission director Gene Kranz in "Apollo 13".

Further Oscar nominations arrived in 1999, 2001 and 2003, for "The Truman Show", "Pollock" and "The Hours", respectively. More recently, he appeared as a vengeful mobster in David Cronenberg's "A History of Violence" and as a police officer alongside Casey Affleck and Morgan Freeman in "Gone, Baby, Gone", directed by Ben Affleck. In 2007, he appeared in "" as Mitch Wilkinson.

Along with theatrical films, he has starred in television adaptations of "Riders of the Purple Sage" (1996) and "Empire Falls" (2005).

Harris made his cinema directing debut in 2000 with "Pollock", in which he starred as the acclaimed American artist Jackson Pollock. He also has portrayed such diverse real-life characters as William Walker, a 19th Century American who became president of Nicaragua in the film "Walker"; Watergate figure E. Howard Hunt in the Oliver Stone biopic "Nixon" and composer Ludwig von Beethoven in the film "Copying Beethoven".

Harris has directed a number of theater productions as well as having an active stage acting career. Most notably, he starred in the production of Neil LaBute's one-man play "Wrecks" at the Public Theater in New York City. "Wrecks" premiered at the Everyman Theater in Cork, Ireland and then in the US at the Public Theater in New York. He has been nominated for several major awards for this role.fact|date=March 2008

Currently, Harris and wife Amy Madigan are starring together in Ash Adams' upcoming indie crime drama "Once Fallen", alongside Michael Madsen and Dennis Hopper. It is set for release in 2009.

Awards and nominations

Academy Award
* Nominated: Best Supporting Actor, "Apollo 13" (1995)
* Nominated: Best Supporting Actor, "The Truman Show" (1998)
* Nominated: Best Actor, "Pollock" (2000)
* Nominated: Best Supporting Actor, "The Hours" (2002)

* Nominated: Best Supporting Actor, "The Truman Show" (1999)
* Nominated: Best Supporting Actor, "The Hours" (2003)

Primetime Emmy Award
* Nominated: Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie, "Empire Falls" (2005)

Golden Globe
* Nominated: Best Supporting Actor - Motion Picture, "Jacknife" (1990)
* Nominated: Best Supporting Actor - Motion Picture, "Apollo 13" (1996)
* Won: Best Supporting Actor - Motion Picture, "The Truman Show" (1999)
* Nominated: Best Supporting Actor - Motion Picture, "The Hours" (2003)
* Nominated: Best Actor in a Mini-Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television, "Empire Falls" (2006)


* "Coma" (1978)
* "Borderline" (1980)
* "Knightriders" (1981)
* "Dream On!" (1981)
* "Creepshow" (1982)
* "The Right Stuff" (1983)
* "Under Fire" (1983)
* "Swing Shift" (1984)
* "Places in the Heart" (1984)
* "A Flash of Green" (1984)
* "" (1985)
* "Alamo Bay" (1985)
* "Sweet Dreams" (1985)
* "Walker" (1987)
* "The Last Innocent Man" (1987)
* "To Kill a Priest" (1988)
* "Jacknife" (1989)
* "The Abyss" (1989)
* "State of Grace" (1990)
* "Paris Trout" (1991)
* "Glengarry Glen Ross" (1992)
* "The Firm" (1993)
* "Needful Things" (1993)
* "Milk Money" (1994)
* "China Moon" (1994)
* "The Stand" (1994)
* "Nixon" (1995)
* "Apollo 13" (1995)
* "Just Cause" (1995)
* "The Rock" (1996)
* "Eye for an Eye" (1996)
* "Absolute Power" (1997)
* "Stepmom" (1998)
* "The Truman Show" (1998)
* "The Third Miracle" (1999)
* "Pollock" (2000)
* "The Prime Gig" (2000)
* "Waking the Dead" (2000)
* "A Beautiful Mind" (2001)
* "Buffalo Soldiers" (2001)
* "Enemy at the Gates" (2001)
* "The Hours" (2002)
* "Radio" (2003)
* "The Human Stain" (2003)
* "Masked and Anonymous" (2003)
* "Empire Falls" (2005)
* "Winter Passing" (2005)
* "A History of Violence" (2005)
* "Copying Beethoven" (2006)
* "Gone Baby Gone" (2007)
* "Cleaner" (2007)
* "" (2007)
* "Touching Home" (2008)
* "Appaloosa" (2008)
* "Once Fallen" (2009)


External links

*imdb name|0000438|Ed Harris
*tcmdb name|81668|Ed Harris
*ibdb name|44228|Ed Harris
* [http://blog.paran.com/harris Ed Harris clippings]

succession box
title=Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actor in a Play
for "Precious Sons"
before=John Lithgow
for "Requiem for a Heavyweight"
after=James Earl Jones
for "Fences"
succession box
title = Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Supporting Actor - Motion Picture
years = 1995
for "Apollo 13"
before= Martin Landau
for "Ed Wood"
after = Cuba Gooding Jr.
for "Jerry Maguire"
succession box
title = Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor - Motion Picture
years = 1999
for "The Truman Show"
before= Burt Reynolds
for "Boogie Nights"
after = Tom Cruise
for "Magnolia"

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