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Having played key roles in over forty films, JARED HARRIS' chameleon-like ability to morph from one character to another has garnered him great praise and kept him in the company of some of today's most creative filmmakers. Some of his most notable roles include Captain Mike in David Fincher's critically acclaimed The Curious Case of Benjamin Button with Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett (the cast of the film was nominated for a 2009 Screen Actors Guild Award), Andy Warhol in I Shot Andy Warhol, and the guitar-playing lothario Russian cab driver in Todd Solondz's Happiness. Harris is currently starring on AMC's award-winning drama "Mad Men.” He recently wrapped the independent feature film The Ward directed by John Carpenter.

The son of famed Irish actor Richard Harris and the middle of three brothers, Harris was born in London. He was educated at Duke University where he majored in drama and literature. After graduation, he studied at the Central School of Speech and Drama and then went on to become a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company.

Harris' first screen appearance was in 1989's The Rachel Papers. He quickly went on to earn a reputation for playing a variety of unique and riveting characters including an intellectually-challenged street cleaner in Wayne Wang and Paul Auster's Smoke and Blue in the Face, a truculent fur trapper in Jim Jarmusch's Dead Man, Tom Cruise's boozing, n'er-do-well brother in Far And Away and a sleazy Russian cab driver in Todd Solondz's Happiness for which the cast received the 1999 National Board of Review Acting Ensemble Award.

Jared won critical recognition for his riveting portrayal of influential American Pop artist Andy Warhol in the acclaimed I Shot Andy Warhol. For his work in Michael Lindsay-Hogg's film Two Of Us, Harris received further critical acclaim. SOMA magazine reported that his performance as John Lennon opposite Aidan Quinn's Paul McCartney "is virtually impossible to think of as an act.” Telegraph Magazine raved "Jared Harris, portraying Henry VIII as a rock-star king, is an astonishingly powerful presence” in the BBC's improvised version of The Other Boleyn Girl. Anita Gates of the New York Times said "Jared Harris is becoming one of the most fascinating actors around” citing his performances as the unassuming school teacher in way over his head Michael Radford's B. Monkey opposite Asia Argento and as the flamboyant performance artist come drug dealer and in Burr Steers' Igby Goes Down with Kieran Culkin, Ryan Phillippe, Claire Danes and Jeff Goldblum. Commenting on Harris recent work as the wily Napoleonic-era Captain Anderson in the critically acclaimed BBC2's epic mini-series To The Ends of the Earth, The Independent's James Rampton states "he has the innate capacity to grab your attention without even speaking.”

Harris thrives on changing from character to character and period to period. He has gone from present day uber sleazy television tabloid journalist alongside Adam Sandler in Mr. Deeds to the 1960s, playing Al Alvarez in Catherine Jeff's Sylvia Plath biopic Sylvia opposite Gwyneth Paltrow and Daniel Craig, to 1950s in Mary Harron's The Notorious Betty Paige, where he plays an underground erotica pornographer to a present day partying rocker in M. Night Shyamalan's Lady in the Water. In the BBC film Coup!, Harris took on a more leading man look to play Simon Mann, a wealthy British aristocrat, who in true Ocean's Eleven-like fashion organized a coup to take over Equatorial Guinea in 2004. The case achieved notoriety because one of the innocent financial backers of the project was Sir Mark Thatcher, son of British ex-PM Margaret Thatcher.

Jared has performed in some of New York and London's most renowned theater companies including the New Group's Obie Award winning production of Mike Leigh's "Ecstasy,” the New Jersey Shakespeare Company's experimental production of "Hamlet,” in which he played the title role, the Almeida Theatre's production of Tennessee William's bittersweet comedy "A Period of Adjustment,” and the Vineyard Theater's production of "More Lies About Jerzy.” Harris made his American stage debut as Hotspur in the New York Shakespeare Festival's "Henry IV, Parts 1 & 2.” He then went on to perform with the company in the both the acclaimed version of "Tis Pity She's A Whore” and "King Lear.”


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