A BEAUTIFUL MIND
ED HARRIS portrays shadowy government agent William Parcher.
Harris recently earned an Academy Award® Best Actor nomination for Pollock, his acclaimed directorial debut, in which he starred as the pioneering Abstract Expressionist Jackson Pollock. The film had its world premiere the Venice Film Festival, followed by a North American debut at the Toronto Film Festival and the prestigious Centerpiece slot at the New York Film Festival. Pollock is based on the Pulitzer prize-winning biography Jackson Pollock: An American Saga by Steven Naifeh and Gregory White Smith. Pollock co stars Marcia Gay Harden, who won the Best Supporting Actress Oscar® for her portrayal of Pollock's wife Lee Krasner. The film also features Harris' wife, actress Amy Madigan, in the role of Peggy Guggenheim.
Since then, Harris starred opposite Jude Law in Jean-Jacques Annaud's Enemy at the Gate. He can also be seen in the independent feature Buffalo Soldiers opposite Joaquin Phoenix and alongside Meryl Streep in the upcoming The Hours, based on the Pulitzer Prize winning novel by Michael Cunningham.
Harris starred opposite Anne Heche in Agnieszka Holland's The Third Miracle and opposite Julia Roberts and Susan Sarandon in 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 Sean Connery and Nicolas Cage in the Simpson-Bruckheimer action blockbuster, Michael Bey's The Rock, as well as also appearing in the political thriller Absolute Power, opposite Clint Eastwood (who also directed) and Gene
Hackman. Harris portrayed Gene Kranz in Ron Howard's acclaimed Apollo 13, and 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, George
Romero's 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 and China Moon.
His television credits include HBO's The Last Innocent Man and Running Mates, and Showtime's Paris Trout. Harris and 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.
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 Yo
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