Edward Allen "Ed" Harris (born November 28, 1950) is an American actor, screenwriter, and director. Harris is a chameleon who's as comfortable playing ruthless villains as he is playing tortured, sensitive heroes, and is instantly recognisable due to his deep voice and undeniable screen presence.
With four Academy Award
nominations under his belt, Harris is widely considered one of the most captivating and talented character actors to have ever lived. His Academy Award
nominations were for Best Supporting Actor for his performances in Apollo Thirteen
, The Truman Show
, and The Hours
, along with an Academy Award for Best Actor nomination for his role in Pollock
- Enforced Method Acting: During The Abyss, when James Cameron almost drowned him. Harris responded by punching Cameron in the face.
- Icy Blue Eyes: Jean-Jacques Annaud, director of Enemy at the Gates, said he wanted Harris specifically for the part of the villain because his eyes were so striking. One reviewer of The Rock said he "has a glare that could give Clint Eastwood chills".
- Mean Character, Nice Actor: Though he's played a lot of villains, by all accounts he's a nice guy. That is, unless you're James Cameron (but see the "almost drowning" incident above) or Elia Kazan (for whom he refused to applaud when the latter received an Honorary Oscar).
- Romance on the Set: Met his wife Amy Madigan while filming Places in the Heart.