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ED HARRIS (Virgil Cole/Director/Screenwriter/Producer) is an award-winning actor, who has also received acclaim for his work behind the camera.

A four-time Academy Award nominee, he garnered his most recent Oscar nod, for Best Supporting Actor, for his performance in Stephen Daldry's 2002 drama "The Hours,” also earning Golden Globe, BAFTA and Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Award nominations in the same category. In 2001, he earned a Best Actor Oscar nomination for his portrayal of artist Jackson Pollock in "Pollock,” which also marked his widely praised directorial debut. The film co-starred Marcia Gay Harden, who won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress. Harris had earlier received Academy Award nominations as Best Supporting Actor for his work in Ron Howard's "Apollo 13,” also gaining a Golden Globe nomination and a SAG Award; and Peter Weir's "The Truman Show,” for which he won a Golden Globe and a National Board of Review Award and earned a BAFTA Award nomination.

Harris more recently co-starred with Nicolas Cage in the 2007 holiday season's blockbuster thriller "National Treasure 2: Book of Secrets.” He also joined the ensemble cast of "Gone Baby Gone,” the critically lauded directorial debut of screenwriter/actor Ben Affleck, based on the novel by Dennis Lehane. Harris's other recent film credits include the title role in Agnieszka Holland's "Copying Beethoven,” and David Cronenberg's critically acclaimed drama "A History of Violence,” for which he won a National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actor.

In 2005, Harris starred with Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward in the acclaimed HBO miniseries "Empire Falls,” directed by Fred Schepisi. Harris was nominated for Emmy, Golden Globe and SAG Awards for Best Actor for his work in the project, based on Richard Russo's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel.

Harris includes among his additional film credits "Winter Passing”; "Radio”; Ron Howard's Oscar-winning Best Picture "A Beautiful Mind”; "Buffalo Soldiers”; "Stepmom”; Sydney Pollack's "The Firm”; Phil Joanou's "State of Grace”; Agnieszka Holland's "The Third Miracle” and "To Kill a Priest”; Louis Malle's "Alamo Bay”; Karel Reisz's "Sweet Dreams”; Robert Benton's "The Human Stain” and "Places in the Heart”; and Philip Kaufman's epic "The Right Stuff.”

On the small screen, Harris has been seen in such longform projects as "The Last Innocent Man,” "Running Mates,” "Paris Trout,” and "Riders of the Purple Sage,” for which he and his wife, Amy Madigan, as executive producers and stars of the film, were presented with the Western Heritage Wrangler Award for Outstanding Television Feature Film.

An accomplished stage actor, Harris made his New York stage debut in Sam Shepard's "Fool for Love,” for which he earned the 1984 Obie Award for Outstanding Lead Actor. For his performance in the 1986 Broadway production of George Furth's "Precious Sons,” Harris won a Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Lead Actor. He later starred in the 1996 Broadway premiere of Ronald Harwood's "Taking Sides.” His other stage credits include productions of "Prairie Avenue,” "Scar,” "A Streetcar Named Desire,” "The Grapes of Wrath,” "Sweet Bird of Youth,” and "Simpatico,” for which he received the Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Actor.

In 2006, Harris returned to the New York stage to star in Neil LaBute's onecharacter play "Wrecks,” at the Joseph Papp Public Theater. The production marked the play's U.S. debut, with Harris reprising the role he created for its world premiere at the Everyman Palace Theatre in Ireland.

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