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Bradford Harris
Brad Harris.jpg
Brad Harris (2004)
Born(1933-07-16)July 16, 1933
DiedNovember 7, 2017(2017-11-07) (aged 84)
OccupationFilm actor, stuntman, executive producer

Bradford Harris (July 16, 1933 – November 7, 2017) was an American actor, stuntman, and executive producer. He appeared in a variety of roles in over 50 films, mostly in European productions. He was an inductee in the Stuntman's Hall of Fame.

Life and career

Born in St. Anthony, Idaho, Harris' family moved to California, where he attended Burbank High School,[1] then received an athletic scholarship to UCLA where he studied economics. When he injured his knee playing football he was advised to take up weightlifting to strengthen the injury that developed his interest in bodybuilding.[2]

Harris entered films as a stand-in, stuntman, and later an actor. His first roles were in André de Toth's Monkey on My Back and Li'l Abner. With his athletic physique, Harris travelled to Rome to watch the 1960 Summer Olympics and perform stunts in Stanley Kubrick's Spartacus. He stayed in Europe for the boom in European sword and sandal, Eurospy, and Spaghetti Western genres.[3]

Harris discovered, when working in Germany, that stunt coordinators were nonexistent in that country and he often did extra duties as a stuntman, stunt coordinator, and second unit director as well as an actor.[citation needed]

Harris made his debut as a leading man in 1961 in the title role of Gianfranco Parolini's Goliath Against the Giants and Samson. He would have a long, continuing relationship in several films written and directed by Parolini. Harris also began to be teamed with Tony Kendall, starting with the Western Pirates of the Mississippi. He later married his co-star in Black Eagle of Santa Fe, the sequel to that film.[citation needed]

He married Czech actress Olga Schoberová on November 16, 1967 and divorced in 1969. They had a daughter named Babrinka (Sabrina).[citation needed]

Harris teamed again with Kendall and Parolini in the Kommissar X series,[4] and The Three Fantastic Supermen/I Fantastici Tre Supermen (1967) series.

He served as executive producer on several of his films including King of Kong Island (which he also starred in) and Jack Cardiff's The Mutations. He later made seven appearances on the American soap opera Falcon Crest as "Deputy Duffy". His most recent film was the Andrea Zaccariello's comedy Boom, released in 1999.[citation needed]

Harris invented and marketed exercise products called "AB-OrigOnals." He owned a company called Modern Body Design. In 2015 he was awarded the University of Arizona College of Humanities’ Distinguished Lifetime Achievement Award in the Humanities.[5] He died on November 7, 2017, at the age of 84.[6]

Selected filmography

References

  1. ^ http://imbodybuilding.com/articles/brad-harrisvery-alive-at-75/
  2. ^ Brad Harris | IronOnline Health and Fitness Database Archived February 20, 2008, at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ Matt Blake and David Deal, The Eurospy Guide, Luminary Press 2004, p. 279
  4. ^ Tim Bergfelder, International Adventures: German Popular Cinema and European Co-Productions Berghahn Books, 2006.
  5. ^ College of Humanities’ Distinguished Lifetime Achievement Award in the Humanities
  6. ^ Brad Harris, Actor in Sword-and-Sandal Movies, Dies at 84, variety.com; accessed November 11, 2021.

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