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

Edward Allen Harris (born November 28, 1950 in Englewood, New Jersey) is an American actor, screenwriter, and director.

A chameleon who's as comfortable playing ruthless villains as he is playing tortured, sensitive heroes, he 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 (which he also directed).



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Tropes in his works:

  • Enforced Method Acting: During The Abyss, when James Cameron almost drowned him. Harris responded by punching Cameron in the face.
  • Happily Married: He and Amy Madigan have been married since 1983, an extraordinarily long time for a Hollywood marriage.
  • 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
  • Lovable Jock: Played these quite often.
  • Method Acting:
    • He's such a professional that he'll stay in character even when flubbing a take. While shooting The Rock he was so deep into the character of General Hummel that he started calling Michael Bay "Sir" because that was the only way a military man like Hummel would have addressed someone giving him orders.
    • He spent 10 years prior to filming Pollock learning to paint like Jackson Pollock himself, to the point that most, if not all of the artwork that appears as Pollock's was actually painted by Harris himself. He also gained 30 pounds and grew a beard just to play a middle-aged Pollock for the last 20 minutes of the film, taking 6 weeks out of the shooting schedule to do so.
  • Romance on the Set: Met his wife Amy Madigan while filming Places in the Heart.


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