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Harold 'Happy' Hairston (1942–2001)

Harold 'Happy' Hairston was born on May 31, 1942 in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA. He was an actor, known for Brian's Song (1971), The Paper (1994) and The Concorde... Airport '79 (1979). He died on May 1, 2001 in Los Angeles, California, USA. See full bio »

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Known For

Brian's Song
Brian's Song Veteran Player #1
The Paper
The Paper James Hairston
The Concorde... Airport '79
The Concorde... Airport '79 American Olympic Team Coach
Sanford and Son


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 1994 The Paper
James Hairston (as Hap Hairston)
 1984 Fame (TV Series)
Kevin Taylor
- Heritage (1984) ... Kevin Taylor (as Happy Hairston)
 1981 Happy Days (TV Series)
Mr. Barnett
- Tall Story (1981) ... Mr. Barnett
 1980 Knots Landing (TV Series)
- Bottom of the Bottle: Part 2 (1980) ... Kahil
 1979 The Misadventures of Sheriff Lobo (TV Series)
- Panhandle Pussycats Come to Orly (1979) ... Harley (as Happy Hairston)
 1979 The Concorde... Airport '79
American Olympic Team Coach
 1978 James at 16 (TV Series)
- An Hour Before Midnight (1978) ... Moose (as Happy Hairston)
 1977 CPO Sharkey (TV Series)
 1977 Sanford and Son (TV Series)
- Fred Sings the Blues (1977) ... Man (as Happy Hairston)
 1977 Emergency! (TV Series)
- Firehouse Quintet (1977) ... Referee
 1976 Police Story (TV Series)
- Trash Detail, Front and Center (1976) ... Dunn (as Happy Hairston)
 1972 Columbo (TV Series)
Basketball Player
- The Most Crucial Game (1972) ... Basketball Player (uncredited)
 1971 Brian's Song (TV Movie)
Veteran Player #1 (as Happy Hairston)
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 2002 ESPN SportsCentury (TV Series documentary)
- 1999 (2002) ... Himself
 1981 This Is Your Life: 30th Anniversary Special (TV Movie documentary)
 1973 The Dean Martin Show (TV Series)
- Celebrity Roast: Wilt Chamberlain (1973) ... Himself
 1970 The 1970 NBA Finals (TV Mini-Series)
Himself - Los Angeles Lakers Forward

Personal Details

Alternate Names:

Happy Hairston | Hap Hairston


6' 7" (2.01 m)

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Forward for Cincinnati Royals (1964-1968), Detroit Pistons (1968-1969) and Los Angeles Lakers (1969-1975). See more »

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