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Ed Harris

Harris at the premiere of A History of Violence at the Toronto International Film Festival, 2005
Born Edward Allen Harris
November 28, 1950 (1950-11-28) (age 59)
Englewood, New Jersey, U.S.
Occupation Actor, director, screenwriter
Years active 1976–present
Spouse(s) Amy Madigan (1983-present)

Edward Allen "Ed" Harris (born November 28, 1950) is an American actor, writer and director, known for his performances in Appaloosa, Creepshow, The Rock, The Right Stuff, Enemy at the Gates, The Abyss, Glengarry Glen Ross, Apollo 13, Pollock, A Beautiful Mind, National Treasure: Book of Secrets, The Hours, Milk Money, and The Truman Show, among many others.

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Early and personal life

Harris was born in Englewood, New Jersey and raised in Tenafly,[1] 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.[2] He has an older brother, Robert, and a younger brother, Spencer. Harris was raised in a middle-class Presbyterian family.[3][4][5] 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.[6][7] 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 Oklahoma 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's wife is actress Amy Madigan. The couple married on November 21, 1983 while they were filming Places in the Heart in which they played an adulterous couple. They have a daughter named Lily Dolores Harris born on May 3, 1993.

Career

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 National Treasure: Book of Secrets 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 appointed himself president of Nicaragua, in the film Walker; Watergate figure E. Howard Hunt in the Oliver Stone biopic Nixon and composer Ludwig van 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.

Currently, Harris and wife Amy Madigan are starring together in Ash Adams' upcoming indie crime drama Once Fallen, alongside Brian Presley, Sharon Gless, Adams himself, and a large all-star cast. It is set for release in 2010.

Awards and nominations

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Academy Awards

BAFTA Awards

  • 1998: Best Supporting Actor (for playing "Christof" in The Truman Show, nominated)
  • 2002: Best Supporting Actor (for playing "Richard Brown" in The Hours, nominated)

Emmy Awards

  • 2005: Outstanding Actor - Miniseries or Movie (for playing "Miles Roby" in Empire Falls, nominated)

Golden Globe Awards

Film awards

  • 1989: Best Supporting Actor (for playing "David Flannigan" in Jacknife, nominated)
  • 1995: Best Supporting Actor (for playing Gene Kranz in Apollo 13, nominated)
  • 1998: Best Supporting Actor (for playing "Christof" in The Truman Show, won)
  • 2002: Best Supporting Actor (for playing "Richard Brown" in The Hours, nominated)

Television awards

  • 2006: Best Actor - Miniseries or TV Film (for playing "Miles Roby" in Empire Falls, nominated)

London Film Critics Circle

  • 2003: Actor of the Year (for playing "Richard Brown" in The Hours, nominated)

National Board of Review

  • 1998: Best Supporting Actor (for playing "Christof" in The Truman Show, won)

National Society of Film Critics

Online Film Critics Society

  • 1998: Best Supporting Actor (for playing "Christof" in The Truman Show, nominated)

Phoenix Film Critics Society

San Francisco International Film Festival

  • 2006: Harris received the Peter J. Owens Award,[8] which honors an actor whose work exemplifies brilliance, independence and integrity. A Flash of Green[9] was screened at the festival in his honor.

Satellite Awards

Film awards

Television awards

  • 2005: Outstanding Actor - Miniseries or TV Film (for playing "Miles Roby" in Empire Falls, nominated)

Screen Actors Guild

Film awards

  • 1995: Outstanding Supporting Actor (for playing Gene Kranz in Apollo 13, won)
  • 2001: Outstanding Cast (for A Beautiful Mind, nominated)
  • 2002: Outstanding Cast (for The Hours, nominated)
  • 2002: Outstanding Supporting Actor (for playing "Richard Brown" in The Hours, nominated)

Television awards

  • 1996: Outstanding Actor - Miniseries or TV Film (for playing "Jim Lassiter" in Riders of the Purple Sage, nominated)
  • 2005: Outstanding Actor - Miniseries or TV Film (for playing "Miles Roby" in Empire Falls, nominated)

Filmography

References

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