THE QUIET ONES
A classically trained stage actor and former member of London's famed Royal
Shakespeare Company, JARED HARRIS'S (Professor Joseph Coupland)
prolific career continuously showcases his ability to easily transition from one
character to another, garnering him great praise and keeping him in the company
of some of today's most creative talent in film, television and stage projects.
Harris next appears in Guy Ritchie's Man from U.N.C.L.E., which stars Henry
Cavill, Armie Hammer, Alicia Vikander, and Luca Calvani. The Warner Bros. film,
a big-screen update of the 1960s TV series, will be released January 16, 2015.
Soon after that, he can be seen in Gil Kenan's Poltergeist, a contemporized
remake of the classic tale about a family whose suburban home is invaded by
angry spirits. The film, which also stars Sam Rockwell and Rosemarie DeWitt, is
set for a February 13, 2015 release.
Marking his foray into children's cinema, Harris voices a character in Focus
Features' new animated film The Boxtrolls. The 3D stop-motion and CG hybrid
animated feature is a comedic fable that takes place in in Cheesebridge, a posh
Victorian-era town obsessed with cheese by day; plagued by the mysterious
Boxtrolls by night.
Harris was most recently seen in Paul W.S. Anderson's action drama Pompeii,
and prior to that he starred in the young adult fantasy adaptation The Mortal
Instruments: City of Bones, opposite Lily Collins, Jamie Campbell Bower,
Jonathan Rhys Meyers and Lena Headey.
On television, Harris most recently starred as 1960's ad executive 'Lane
Pryce' in AMC's award winning drama Mad Men, for which he earned his first
Primetime Emmy nomination in the category of Outstanding Supporting Actor in a
Drama Series. The show itself garnered three consecutive Golden Globes for Best
Drama Series, the first and only series to ever do so, and four consecutive
Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Drama Series. Mad Men was nominated once
again for a 2012 and 2013 Primetime Emmy in the same category.
Harris' extensive film career includes Steven Spielberg's Academy Award
nominated biopic, Lincoln, opposite Daniel Day Lewis, as the iconic Civil War
hero General Ulysses S. Grant; his portrayal of the villain 'Professor Moriarty'
in Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows opposite Robert Downey Jr., Jude Law, and
Noomi Rapace; his appearance alongside Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett in David
Fincher's Academy Award nominated 2008 film, The Curious Case of Benjamin
Button; and a riveting portrayal of Andy Warhol in the acclaimed I Shot Andy
Harris made his film debut in 1989's The Rachel Papers, which was also the
directorial debut of his brother Damian, and has since gone on to appear in over
fifty films in a wide array of roles, including the sleazy Russian cab driver,
Vladimir, in Todd Solondz's Happiness, for which the cast received the 1999
National Board of Review Acting Ensemble Award. Additional credits include
Michael Mann's The Last of the Mohicans; Sylvia, Jim Jarmusch's Dead Man;
Jonathan Nossiter's Sunday, which won the Grand Jury Prize at the 1997 Sundance
Film Festival; Igby Goes Down; Mr. Deeds; Michael Radford's B. Monkey; Wayne
Wang's Smoke; and John Carpenter's The Ward, among others.
Harris has accumulated an impressive list of television credits in both
England and the U.S., including highly acclaimed performances as Henry VIII for
the BBC production of The Other Boleyn Girl, John Lennon in the 2000 television
drama and original VH1 film Two of Us, and the starring role in BBC's
dramatization of Simon Mann's failed attempt to overthrow the oil rich African
nation Equatorial Guinea in Coup! Additional BBC credits include the mini-series
To the Ends of the Earth, and The Shadow in the
North. Stateside, Harris has been seen in recurring roles for both The Riches,
in cult hit Fringe, and has guest-starred on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
and Without a Trace.
Harris has appeared with some of the most renowned theater companies in both
London and New York. His first theatre job at the Royal Shakespeare Company was
in Mark Rylance's Hamlet, which is considered to be the defining interpretation
of his generation. 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 both Tis Pity She's A Whore and King Lear. Additional stage
credits include 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 was born in London, and is the son of Irish actor, Richard Harris. He
attended North Carolina's Duke University, where he majored in drama and
literature and after graduation, studied at the Central School of Speech and
Drama in London. Harris currently resides in Los Angeles.
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