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Overview (4)

Date of Birth 23 December 1925New York City, New York, USA
Date of Death 17 July 1995Palm Springs, California, USA  (lung cancer)
Birth NameHarry Vincent Guardino
Height 5' 10" (1.78 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Virile Brooklyn-born actor Harry Guardino, with dark, wavy hair and a perpetual worried look on his craggy-looking mug, started out in the acting school of hard knocks, slumming for nearly a decade in small, obscure 'tough guy' film parts in the early to mid 50s. A definite man's man, he finally attracted some attention on the Broadway stage with "A Hatful of Rain" (1956) and was nominated for a Tony for "One More River" in 1960. By then, juicier film roles began to gravitate his way, stealing the thunder out from under Cary Grant and Sophia Loren as a comic handyman in Houseboat (1958). Harry went on to play other brash guys with and without a comic edge to them in both crime and war stories such as Pork Chop Hill (1959), 5 Branded Women (1960), Hell Is for Heroes (1962), Madigan (1968), Dirty Harry (1971) and The Enforcer (1976), the last two pairing up with Clint Eastwood. He even played "Barabbas" in the classic bible epic King of Kings (1961) for a change of pace and scenery. More and more, however, TV became Harry's favorite medium. He portrayed district attorney "Hamilton Burger" in the 70s revival series of "Perry Mason" and co-starred in dozens of grim, rugged mini-movies often as a street-smart cop. Not so true to nature, he found an unlikely outlet in musical theatre in later years, going on to star in productions of "Woman of the Year" and "Chicago". A solid, durable, all-round actor, he died of lung cancer in 1995 at age 69.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Gary Brumburgh / gr-home@pacbell.net

Spouse (3)

Elyssa Paternoster (20 May 1985 - 17 July 1995) (his death)
Jennifer Revson (5 August 1973 - 29 May 1974) (divorced)
Ann Norwood (8 February 1958 - 15 August 1969) (divorced) (1 child)

Trivia (2)

Was nominated for Broadway's 1960 Tony Award as Best Supporting or Featured Actor (Dramatic) for "One More River."
Ex-boyfriend of Linda Thorson.

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