Real Name: Edward Allen Harris Ed Harris
Oscar Nominations: 2: Apollo 13, The Truman show
(Both for Best supporting Actor)
Date of Birth: 28 November 1950
Place of Birth: Englewood, New Jersey, USA.

He was a real honest guy, very religious, a real good family man. We need those people. We can't all be moderately moral.

-Ed Harris, describing astronaut John Glenn, whom he portrayed in The Right Stuff

ED HARRIS recently completed filming opposite Jude Law in Paramount’s “Enemy at the Gates,” filmed by director Jean-Jacques Annaud on location in Germany, and due for a winter release.  He also appears opposite Vince Vaughn and Julia Ormond in director Greg Mosher’s independent feature, “Prime Gig.”   

Harris was last seen opposite Anne Heche in Agnieszka Holland’s “The Third Miracle” and opposite Julia Roberts and Susan Sarandon in Tri-Star’s “Stepmom” for director Chris Columbus.  For that performance, together with his performance in Peter Weir’s critically acclaimed “The Truman Show,” he won the 1998 National Board of Review award for Best Supporting Actor.  Harris also won a Golden Globe Award and received an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor for “The Truman Show.”

Harris starred opposite Clint Eastwood and Gene Hackman in the political thriller “Absolute Power” (which Eastwood also directed) and opposite Sean Connery and Nicolas Cage in the Simpson-Bruckheimer action blockbuster, “The Rock,” directed by Michael Bay.  Harris portrayed Gene Kranz in Ron Howard’s acclaimed “Apollo 13.”  For that performance, Harris won the Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Supporting Actor and was nominated for both an Academy Award and a Golden Globe.

Harris’ other films include “Borderline,” “Knightriders,” “The Right Stuff,” “The Firm,” “Just Cause,” “Glengarry Glen Ross,” “State of Grace,” “The Abyss,” “Jacknife,” “To Kill a Priest,” “Walker,” “Sweet Dreams,” “Alamo Bay,” “A Flash of Green,” “Swing Shift,” “Under Fire,” “Milk Money” and “China Moon.”

His television credits include HBO’s “The Last Innocent Man” and “Running Mates,” and Showtime’s “Paris Trout.”  Harris and his wife, actress Amy Madigan, co-produced and co-starred in a critically-acclaimed film adaptation of Zane Grey’s “Riders of the Purple Sage,” which premiered on TNT in January of 1996.  Harris was nominated for a Screen Actors Guild Award as Best Actor for his performance, and for their roles as both actors and producers of “Riders of the Purple Sage,” Harris and Madigan were presented with the prestigious Western Heritage Wrangler Award for “Outstanding Television Feature Film.”

Born in Tenafly, New Jersey, Harris attended Columbia University for two years and then attended the University of Oklahoma, where he began to study acting.  In 1973, Harris moved to California and entered the California Institute of the Arts, graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree.         

Harris made his New York stage debut in Sam Shepard’s “Fool for Love,” for which he earned the 1983 Obie Award for Outstanding Actor.  Harris earned a Tony nomination and the Drama Desk Award for his Broadway debut in George Furth’s “Precious Sons.”

Since then, Harris has won two Los Angeles Theater Critics Association Awards: The first for “Prairie Avenue” and the second for Murray Mednick’s “Scar.”  His other Los Angeles stage credits include “A Streetcar Named Desire,” “The Grapes of Wrath,” “Hamlet” and “Sweet Bird of Youth.”

In the Fall of 1994, Harris appeared off-Broadway in the New York Shakespeare Theater’s production of Sam Shepard’s “Simpatico” with James Gammon,  Beverly D’Angelo, Fred Ward and his future “Pollock” co-star, Marcia Gay Harden.  For his performance he won the Lucille Lortel Award for Best  Actor.  Harris returned to Broadway in the Fall of 1996 for a limited run engagement opposite Daniel Massey in Ronald Harwood’s  acclaimed drama “Taking Sides.” Harris portrayed Major Steve Arnold, an American officer heading a military investigation of Germany’s outstanding conductor Wilhelm Furtwangler (Massey), accused of being a Nazi sympathizer.