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Harris Shore takes his place in American Pop Culture as the original, live-action Mario of the Donkeykong and Donkeykong Junior commercials for Coleco, circa 1982; and as Mr. Lippman in the hit comedy series, Seinfeld. Born Harold L. Cherashore in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania on September 22, 1946, he attended local schools, excelled as a natural athlete and ultimately distinguished himself acting in school plays and musicals. In his senior year, Harris won a position as first tenor in the Pennsylvania State Chorus in Philadelphia. At Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, Pa., Harris was Glee Club soloist for four years, serving as President for two years. Upon graduation, he taught high school in his home town for a year before becoming a leading salesman with the Commercial Collection Divison of Dun & Bradstreet, Philadelphia where he excelled, becoming one of the youngest salesmen in the history of the company to lead the region in sales. The next year he left to New York City, where he immediately garnered a spot as singing waiter at the famed Pig N' Whistle Restaurant in mid Manhattan. There he met and joined a troupe of talented, young hopefuls with whom he created the show group "Four On The Town." They soon began headlining at some of the finest hotels throughout the Eastern Seaboard, and performed on cruise ships and countless club dates. "Perhaps the greatest moment in my career," stated Shore, "was the five weeks we spent entertaining our troops in Vietnam and Thailand in the Spring of 1972."

When "Four On The Town" disbanded in the Fall of that year, Harris continued as an emcee and solo act before starting his formal acting studies with the legendary Michael Howard in New York. Thus began a decades long love affair with the craft of acting and the joy of creating a myriad of characters for stage and screen. For the next fourteen years, the young actor worked under nearly every Equity contract in New York and throughout the United States. Working extensively in experimental theatre, he played Frederick of Hollywood in Wendy Wasserstein's "Montpelier Pazzazz" at Playwrights Horizons and won accolades for his portrayal of our thirty-third President, Harry S. Truman in the musical "The Buck Stops Here," the latter created at AMAS Repertory Theatre and culminating at the Smithsonian Institution as part of the centennial celebration of President Truman's birth. Shortly thereafter Harris landed the TV series, "Just For Laughs," for which he created over a dozen comedic characters. He guest starred on every New York based Daytime Television show, and has performed in over 200 television commercials and voice overs. He is the original, live-action Mario of the Donkey Kong and Donkey Kong, Junior video game commercials. Harris moved to Los Angeles in 1989, where he continued to develop a considerable resume in Television and Film. In 2000, he produced and starred in Tom Cole's searing drama about a Vietnam vet with PTSD, "Medal of Honor Rag" at the Wadsworth Theater. As a writer, Harris is developing the screenplay, "Mickey Monroe" and his play, "Killing Klaus," based on a true account of the attempted assassination of infamous Nazi, Klaus Barbie. Harris' favorite recurring role is as Dad to his 16-year-old daughter, with whom he lives in a neat old Craftsman house in Hollywood, California.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Stonegame Media

Spouse (1)

Nora Gaffin (November 1998 - ?) (divorced)

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