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Julius Harris Poster

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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 17 August 1923Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Date of Death 17 October 2004Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California, USA  (heart failure)
Height 6' 3½" (1.92 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Prior to breaking into films, Philadelphia native Julius Harris worked as a bouncer in New York City.

It was due to his many associations with struggling actors, that on a dare, Harris auditioned for his first role, in the well-received picture Nothing But a Man (1964), in which he played a father in the South, alongside Ivan Dixon and Abbey Lincoln.

After, this, the 40+ year old Harris' impressive physique and deep voice helped enable him to rack up numerous appearances in the then popular blaxploitation genre.

It was Harris' strong appearance in supporting roles in such low-budget films as Shaft's Big Score! (1972), Super Fly (1972), and Black Caesar (1973), which helped springboard him into better quality productions.

Harris scored a co-starring role in the first Roger Moore James Bond film Live and Let Die (1973), in which his portrayal of the bald-headed, grinning villain "Tee Hee", with the menacing artificial arm, has been one of the more fondly remembered heavies of the entire Bond series.

More work quickly followed for Harris, including NYPD "Inspector Daniels" in the original The Taking of Pelham One Two Three (1974), King Kong (1976), and Looking for Mr. Goodbar (1977).

In addition to his film work, he was guest-starring in numerous TV shows, including Harry O (1973), Sanford and Son (1972), Cannon (1971), Good Times (1974), and Kojak (1973).

Harris continued working throughout the 1980s in a mixture of different character roles, although the 1990s proved to be a leaner period for him.

Julius Harris passed away on 17th October 2004 from heart failure, at the age of 81. He was cremated and then interred in his hometown, and is survived by his daughter Kimberly, and son Gideon.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: firehouse44@hotmail.com, U.N. Owen

Trade Mark (1)

Deep voice and menacing appearance.

Trivia (4)

Did the train fight in Live and Let Die (1973) without a stuntman double.
Prior to acting, he worked as an orderly, then as a nurse before moving to New York City.
Has two children - Kimberly and Gideon.
Was an Army Medic during World War II.

Personal Quotes (1)

In an interview for the inside making of Live and Let Die. "I was going meet Guy Hamilton. At the meeting he said to me. "What kind of a weapon would you like to have in the movie?" "I knew there at the time that I had it. I used so many guns, so many knives so why don't you give me something unusual like a hook."

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