Actor Bob L. Harris, Father of Ed Harris, Dies at 91

Bob L. Harris, an actor who appeared on stage and screen and was the father of actor Ed Harris, died February 14 in Walters, Oklahoma. He was 91.

Bob Harris appeared in a number of Ed Harris’ films, most recently “Pollock” in 2000 and “Appaloosa” in 2008. Others included “A Flash of Green,” which was presented on PBS’ “American Playhouse” in 1983; HBO telepic “The Last Innocent Man” in 1987; and TNT Western telepic “Riders of the Purple Sage” in 1996.

In 1985, while working in the bookstore of the Chicago Art Institute, Bob Harris sent Jeffrey Potter’s biography of Jackson Pollock “To a Violent Grave” to actor son Ed and suggested he make a film about Pollock. Fourteen years later, Ed directed and starred in the acclaimed film “Pollock.”

Decades earlier, Bob Harris had worked in early television, appearing on “The Fred Waring Show” (1950-1954) as a member of Fred Waring and the Pennsylvanians; on “The Perry Como Show
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