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William Harrison (I) (1933–2013)

William Harrison was born on October 29, 1933 in Dallas, Texas, USA as William Neal Harrison. He was a writer and actor, known for Rollerball (1975), Rollerball (2002) and Mountains of the Moon (1990). He was married to Merlee Portman. He died on October 22, 2013 in Fayetteville, Arkansas, USA. See full bio »

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Rollerball Writer
Rollerball Writer


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 2002 Rollerball (1975 screenplay) / (short story "Roller Ball Murder")
 1998 Welcome to Paradox (TV Series) (1 episode)
- The Extra (1998)
 1990 Mountains of the Moon (novel "Burton and Speke") / (screenplay)
 1979 A Shining Season (TV Movie)
 1975 Rollerball (screenplay) / (short story "Roller Ball Murder" - uncredited)
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 1982 The Blue and the Gray (TV Mini Series)
- Part 1 (1982) ... Preacher (uncredited)
 1976 Fighting Mad
Henchman in black (uncredited)
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 2000 Return to the Arena: The Making of 'Rollerball' (Video short documentary)

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Other Works:

Story: "The Roller Ball Murders" (filmed as Rollerball (1975), Rollerball (2002))

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Merlee Portman  (his death)  (3 children)

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Personal Quote:

Talking to one of his writing classes about the director of Rollerball (circa 1989): "He did everything to my script except use it."


He wrote nine novels and dozens of short stories. Many of his stories are set in Africa, where he traveled extensively. See more »

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