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Jack Harris, who produced the 1958 horror classic “The Blob” and later became the oldest person to get his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, died Tuesday at age 98. He died of natural causes in Beverly Hills, his daughter, The Wonderful Company owner Lynda Resnick, told the Associated Press. A World War II veteran who worked in movie marketing, publicity and distribution, Harris went on to produce John Carpenter’s “Dark Star,” John Landis’ “Schlock” and the Irvin Kershner thriller “Eyes of Laura Mars,” starring Faye Dunaway and Tommy Lee Jones. Also Read: Rob Zombie Ditches 'Blob' Remake for 'Lords of. »
- Thom Geier
Harris was born in Philadelphia and performed in vaudeville as a child with the Cliff Edwards Kiddie Revue. After serving in the army during WWII, he worked in publicity and distribution before becoming a producer.
Before “The Blob,” Harris acquired the rights to “Jamboree” from the Boy Scouts of America, travelling the country to promote the film. During the trip, Harris and a Boy Scout exec spent hours discussing the ingredients necessary for a successful film and hatching a plan for a horror film.
He collaborated with Valley Forge, a Pennsylvania religious film studio, to make “The Blob,” and cast a little-known 27-year old Steve McQueen in the role of a town teenager who fights the red blob of muck. Methodist minister Irving S. »
- Pat Saperstein
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