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Harris Yulin
Born (1937-11-05) November 5, 1937 (age 86)
Years active1963–present
(m. 1975; died 1993)
Kristen Lowman
(m. 2005)

Harris Yulin (born November 5, 1937) is an American actor who has appeared in over a hundred film and television series roles, such as Scarface (1983), Ghostbusters II (1989), Clear and Present Danger (1994), Looking for Richard (1996), The Hurricane (1999), Training Day (2001), and Frasier which earned him a Primetime Emmy Award nomination in 1996.[1]

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Early life

Yulin was born on November 5, 1937, in Los Angeles, California. He was raised in a Jewish home.[citation needed]


Yulin made his New York debut in 1963 in Next Time I'll Sing to You by James Saunders and continued to work frequently in theater throughout his career.[2][better source needed]

His Broadway debut came in the 1980s Watch on the Rhine. He returned to Broadway multiple times in productions of The Visit, The Diary of Anne Frank, The Price, and Hedda Gabler.[3] In 2010, he played Willy Loman in Death of A Salesman at the Gate Theatre in Dublin, Ireland.[4]

His first film role was his portrayal of Wyatt Earp in Doc (1971) starring Stacy Keach as Doc Holliday. He appeared in the Brian De Palma film Scarface (1983) as corrupt cop Mel Bernstein. In 1989, he played the role of Judge Stephen Wexler in Ghostbusters II. He portrayed a corrupt national security advisor in the 1994 Harrison Ford thriller Clear and Present Danger. In 1997, he played the role of George Grierson in Bean. He appeared as Leon Friedman, a lawyer of Rubin Carter, in the 1999 film, The Hurricane. In 2001, he portrayed Secret Service Agent Sterling in Rush Hour 2.

On television, Yulin appeared in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine in the episode "Duet". During the second season of the TV series 24, he played the Director of the National Security Agency, Roger Stanton. He was nominated for a 1996 Emmy for his portrayal of crime boss Jerome Belasco in the sitcom Frasier. In the series Buffy the Vampire Slayer, he played Quentin Travers, head of the Watchers' Council. Yulin also appeared in Season 3 of Entourage in the episode "Return of the King" as studio head Arthur Gadoff. In 2009, he performed in The People Speak, a documentary feature film that uses dramatic and musical performances of the letters, diaries, and speeches of everyday Americans, based on historian Howard Zinn's A People's History of the United States.[5][6] In 2010 he appeared in the AMC series Rubicon. In 2017 to 2018 he played in 12 episodes of Ozark.[7]

Yulin won the Lucille Lortel Award for directing The Trip to Bountiful at the Signature Theatre in New York with Lois Smith.[8]

Film critic Jim Emerson once quipped that Yulin "should be in every movie ever made".[9]

Personal life

Yulin dated Faye Dunaway from 1971 to 1972.[10] He was married to actress Gwen Welles until her death in 1993. His second marriage was to Kristen Lowman.[11]



Film appearances of Harris Yulin
Year Title Role Notes
1970 Maidstone
End of the Road Joe Morgan
1971 Doc Wyatt Earp
1972 The Legend of Hillbilly John Zebulon Yandro
1974 The Midnight Man Casey
Watched! Gordon Rankey
1975 Night Moves Marty Heller
1976 St. Ives Detective Carl Oller
1977 American Raspberry Charles Conlin
1979 Steel Eddie Cassidy
1983 Scarface Chief Detective Mel Bernstein
1986 Short Fuse Chief Harrigan
1987 Candy Mountain Elmore Silk
The Believers Robert Calder
Fatal Beauty Conrad Kroll
1988 Bad Dreams Dr. Berrisford
Judgment in Berlin Bruno Ristau
Another Woman Paul
1989 Ghostbusters II Judge Stephen Wexler
1990 Narrow Margin Leo Watts
1992 Final Analysis Prosecuting Attorney Uncredited
There Goes the Neighborhood Marvin Goes
1994 Clear and Present Danger James Cutter
1995 Stuart Saves His Family Dad
The Baby-Sitters Club Harold
Cutthroat Island Black Harry
1996 Looking for Richard Himself / King Edward Documentary
Loch Ness Dr. Bob Mercer
Multiplicity Dr. Leeds
1997 Murder at 1600 General Clark Tully
Bean George Grierson
1999 Cradle Will Rock Chairman Martin Dies
The Hurricane Leon Friendman
2000 The Million Dollar Hotel Stanley Goldkiss
75 Degrees in July Rick Anderson
2001 Perfume Phillip
Rush Hour 2 U.S. Secret Service Special Agent Sterling
American Outlaws Thaddeus Rains, President Rock Northern Rail Road
Training Day Detective Doug Roselli
Chelsea Walls Bud's Editor
The Emperor's Club Senator Bell
2004 King of the Corner Peter Hargrove
2005 Game 6 Peter Redmond
2006 The Treatment Dr. Arnold Singer
Fur: An Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus David Nemerov
2009 The People Speak Himself
2010 My Soul to Take Dr. Blake
2012 The Place Beyond the Pines Judge Albert Cross
2014 A Short History of Decay Bob Fisher
2015 The Family Fang Hobart Waxman
2016 The American Side Tom Soberin
Norman Joe Wilf
2017 The Sounding Lionel
2018 All Square Bob
Wanderland Charles
2024 Omni Loop Post-production


Television appearances of Harris Yulin
Year Title Role Notes
1970 Neither Are We Enemies Barabbas Television film
1973 Incident at Vichy Doctor Leduc
The ABC Afternoon Playbreak John Connors Episode: "The Mask of Love"
1974 The American Short Story Parker Adderson Episode: "Parker Adderson, Philosopher"
Kojak Bert Podis Episode: "Die Before They Wake"
Barnaby Jones Porter Long Episode: "Conspiracy of Terror"
Melvin Purvis: G-Man George ‘Machine Gun’ Kelly Television film
The Greatest Gift Hog Yancy
The Missiles of October Alexander Fomin
1975 Ironside Sam North Episode: "A Matter of Life of Death"
The Trial of Chaplain Jensen Lieutenant Kastner Television film
Little House on the Prairie John Stewart Episode: "Child of Pain"
Caribe Peter Brady Episode: "The Assassin"
Baretta Detective Grissom Episode: "The Glory Game"
The Kansas City Massacre John Lazia Television film
S.W.A.T. Paul Julian Episode: "Vigilante"
Police Woman Benny Hummel Episode: "The Hit"
1976 Dynasty John Blackwood Television film
Insight Bradley Knight Episode: "His Feet Don't Stink"
Most Wanted Billy Wilcox Episode: "The Skykiller"
Victory at Entebbe General Dan Shomron Television film
1977 Wonder Woman Mark Bremer Episode: "Wonder Woman in Hollywood"
1978 When Every Day Was the Fourth of July Prosecutor Joseph T. Antonelli Television film
1978–1979 How the West Was Won Deek Peasley 6 episodes
1979–1981 Meeting of Minds Leonardo da Vinci/William Shakespeare 4 episodes
1984–1985 As the World Turns Michael Christopher
1985 Robert Kennedy and His Times Senator Joseph McCarthy Episode: "#1.1"
1986 Cagney & Lacey Ross O'Brien Episode: "Revenge"
1989 Tailspin: Behind the Korean Airliner Tragedy Gen. Tyson Television film
1990 Daughter of the Streets John Franco
1990–1991 WIOU Neal Frazier 16 episodes
1991 Face of a Strangers David Television film
1992 The Heart of Justice Keneally
Civil Wars Nicolo Nicolai Episode: "Dan Boat House"
1993 The Last Hit Wilbur Bryant Television film
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Aamin Marritza Episode: "Duet"
1994, 2008 Law & Order Stanley Devon / Edward Manning 2 episodes
1995 Truman General George Marshall Television film
1996 Frasier Jerome Belasco Episode: "A Word to the Wiseguy"
If These Walls Could Talk Professor Speras Segment "1974"
1997 Murphy Brown The Jackal Episode: "You Don't Know Jackal"
La Femme Nikita Gregory Kessler / Norris Gaines Episode: "Gambit"
Hostile Waters Admiral Quinn Television film
1997–2001 The American Experience Narrator Documentary; 2 episodes
1998 American Masters Episode: "Leonard Bernstein: Reaching for the Note"
1999 Vengeance Unlimited Judge Harold Wabash Episode: "Judgment"
1999–2002 Buffy the Vampire Slayer Quentin Travers 3 episodes
2000 The Virginian Judge Henry Television film
The X-Files Cardinal O'Fallon Episode: "Hollywood A.D."
2002–2003 24 Roger Stanton 9 episodes
2003 Mister Sterling Chairman Wilson 3 episodes
2005 Third Watch Jonathan Turner 2 episodes
2007 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Thomas M. Grady Sr. Episode: "Players"
Entourage Arthur Gatoff Episode: "The Return of the King"
2008 Cashmere Mafia Rafe Gropman 2 episodes
Canterbury's Law Chris Canterbury Episode: "Trade-Off"
2009 Loving Leah Rabbi Belsky Television film
Damages Claire's father Episode: "Uh Oh, Out Come the Skeletons"
2010 Rubicon Tom Rhumor 2 episodes
Madso's War Jim O'Connor Television film
2011 Pan Am Henry Belsen Episode: "Unscheduled Departure"
2011–2012 Nikita Admiral Bruce Winnick 3 episodes
2013 Muhammad Ali's Greatest Fight William O. Douglas Television film
2015 Forever Eli Swier Episode: "Hitler on the Half-Shell"
The Blacklist Sir Crispin Crandall 1 episode
2016 Veep James Whitman 2 episodes
2016–2017 Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Orson Snyder 5 episodes
2017–2018 Ozark Buddy Dieker 12 episodes
2018–2019 Billions Leonard Funt 3 episodes
2018 Murphy Brown Professor Talbot 2 episodes
2019 For the People Peter Daum Episode: "Minimum Continuing Legal Education"
Divorce Gordon 4 episodes
2020 I Know This Much Is True Father LaVie 1 episode
2022 FBI: Most Wanted Grant Moore Episode: "Karma"
2025 Daredevil: Born Again TBA Post-production


  1. ^ "Awards for Harris Yulin". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 27 October 2020.
  2. ^ Hal Erickson (2016). "Harris Yulin biography". Movies & TV Dept. The New York Times. Archived from the original on March 5, 2016. Retrieved June 15, 2017.
  3. ^ "Harris Yulin". Internet Broadway Database. Retrieved June 15, 2017.
  4. ^ Jones, Kenneth (July 15, 2010). "Harris Yulin Is Salesman's Willy Loman in Ireland; David Esbjornson Directs". Archived from the original on September 20, 2013.
  5. ^ "The People Speak At MOMA. Special Sneak Preview Screening!". Voices of a People’s History. Retrieved March 19, 2015.
  6. ^ "The People Speak (2009)". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved March 19, 2015.
  7. ^ "Ozark season 2 cast: Who plays Buddy in Ozark? Who is actor Harris Yulin?". Retrieved March 30, 2020.
  8. ^ Brantley, Ben (December 5, 2005). "There's No Place Like an Imaginary Home". The New York Times.
  9. ^ Emerson, Jim (January 11, 2010). ""I Saw a Rohmer Film Once...": The Truth Behind the Night Moves Meme".
  10. ^ "Daily News 31 May 1971, page 116".
  11. ^ Warner, Georgia (June 26, 2018). "Harris Yulin Does Nixon At Bay Street". Dan's Papers.  ...Yulin, who shares a home in Bridgehampton with his wife, actress Kristen Lowman, ...

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