Creator / Ed Harris

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"I chose films made by people I wanted to work with, about subject matter I thought was intriguing."

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 13, The Truman Show, and The Hours, along with an Academy Award for Best Actor nomination for his role in Pollock.

Tropes

  • Badass Grandpa: At age 66, did his own stunt in Westworld where his character is dragged across the ground with a noose around his neck and nearly hanged. This took several takes, and Jonathan Nolan was quite impressed.
  • 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". His eyes were even given a Shout-Out in Archer
  • 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 in the Trivia tab) or Elia Kazan (for whom he refused to applaud when the latter received an Honorary Oscarnote ).

Film Roles

Television Roles

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