Brad Harris

Brad Harris

Highest Rated: 25% Hercules (1983)

Lowest Rated: 25% Hercules (1983)

Birthday: Jul 16, 1933

Birthplace: St. Anthony, Idaho, USA

Like Clint Eastwood and numerous other rugged young American men in the 1960s, American bodybuilder turned actor Brad Harris found international fame playing men of action in dozens of European productions, including "Fury of Hercules" (1962), "Kiss Kiss Kill Kill" (1965) and "The Mutations" (1974). Born Bradford Jan Harris in St. Anthony, Idaho on July 16, 1933, he relocated with his family to California, where he attended Burbank High School before earning an athletic scholarship to the University of California Los Angeles. There, he studied economics and played football until a knee injury cut short the latter pursuit; advised to take up weightlifting as a means of rebuilding his strength, Harris soon made bodybuilding his primary focus. He soon parlayed his powerful build into work as a stuntman and extra or bit player in feature films and television, most as a muscleman in "Li'l Abner" (1959) and a gladiator in "Spartacus" (1960), both also featuring fellow future European action star Gordon Mitchell. Inspired by the then-recent success of Steve Reeves, another American bodybuilder who had risen to international fame as the star of "Hercules" (1957), he remained in Europe after the completion of "Spartacus" and delved into the Italian film industry. His powerful build and granite looks made him an ideal candidate to play larger-than-life, even mythological figures in the wave of "peplum" or sword-and-sandal films that sprung up to reap some of the box office dollars generated by "Hercules," and in 1960, Harris made his debut as a lead in "Goliath Against the Giants" (1961). With that film's screenwriter, Gianfranco Parolini, he made several additional historical adventures, including "Fury of Hercules," before wisely sensing audiences' waning interest in the subgenre and moving into other types of action films. He adapted smoothly to whatever style of film had captured Continental filmgoers' attentions: Westerns like the West German-produced "Pirates of the Mississippi" (1964), mysteries based on the novels of Edgar Wallace ("Secret of the Chinese Carnation," 1964) and most significantly, spy thrillers in the style of United Artists' James Bond films. With Parolini, he starred opposite Italian actor Tony Kendall as a pair of rugged American lawmen in a series of German-produced action films based on the "Kommissar X" novels by Paul Alfred Mueller. Seven films, beginning in 1965 with "Kommissar X - Jagd auf Unbekannt" ("Hunt for the Unknown"/"Kiss Kiss Kill Kill"), were released theatrically throughout the world, making Harris an international star, while in America, he became a favorite of late-night TV viewers and habitués of drive-ins and "grindhouse" theaters, which frequently played dubbed versions of international imports. Between these efforts, Harris appeared in virtually every other type of European genre films, from fantasy-adventures ("The Three Fantastic Supermen," 1967) to horror titles ("The Mad Butcher," 1971), while also producing and writing films for his own production company, Three Stars. The majority of these were European productions, though he did co-star in and produce "The Mutations," a grisly British horror film directed by Oscar-winning cinematographer Jack Cardiff. But with the collapse of the Italian film industry in the late 1970s, Harris, along with many other American expatriate actors, was forced to look outside of Europe for opportunities or return to the United States. Unlike many of his former co-stars and collaborators, Harris actually found steady work, though often in bit parts in American television, including recurring appearances on "Dallas" (CBS, 1978-1991) and "Falcon Crest" (CBS, 1981-1990). He also owned numerous exercise and fitness-related businesses, and enjoyed renewed recognition from a new generation of genre film fans who discovered his '60s titles through home video. Harris made his final film appearance in "Shiver" (2012), a horror film he also co-produced; though still fit and active into his eighth decade, Harris died after a short illness at the age of 84 on November 7, 2017.

Highest rated movies

Filmography

Movies

Credit
No Score Yet 15% Shiver Executive Producer - 2011
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Seven Magnificent Gladiators Scipio (Character) - 1984
25% 26% Hercules Augias (Character) - 1983
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Return of Superbug Don Fernando Hidalgo (Character) - 1979
No Score Yet 5% King of Kong Island Burt Dawson (Character) - 1978
No Score Yet 0% SS Hell Camp Don Lorenzo (Character) - 1977
No Score Yet 40% The Mutations Brian Redford (Character) - 1974
No Score Yet 22% The Girl in Room 2A Charlie (Character) - 1974
No Score Yet No Score Yet Zambo, the Forest Tamer George Ryon/Zambo (Character) - 1972
No Score Yet 42% The Mad Butcher Mike Lawrence (Character) - 1972
No Score Yet No Score Yet Durango Is Coming, Pay or Die Durango (Character) - 1971
No Score Yet No Score Yet When The Bell Tolls Don Vincenzo (Character) - 1970
No Score Yet No Score Yet Wanted Sabata Sabata (Character) - 1970
No Score Yet No Score Yet Kommissar X: Kill Panther Kill Captain Rowland (Character) - 1968
No Score Yet No Score Yet Rattler Kid Sheriff Bill Manners (Character) - 1968
No Score Yet No Score Yet Spy Today, Die Tomorrow Cliff (Character) - 1967
No Score Yet No Score Yet So Darling, So Deadly Captain Tom Rowland (Character) - 1967
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Three Fantastic Supermen Brad McCallum (Character) - 1967
No Score Yet No Score Yet Kommissar X - Death Trip, Kill me gently Captain Tom Rowland (Character) - 1967
No Score Yet No Score Yet Kiss Kiss, Kill Kill Captain Tom Rowland (Character) - 1966
No Score Yet No Score Yet Death Is Nimble, Death Is Quick Capt. Tom Rowland (Character) - 1966
No Score Yet No Score Yet Ten Million Dollar Grab Robert Colman (Character) - 1966
No Score Yet No Score Yet Massacre at Marble City Phil Stone (Character) - 1966
No Score Yet No Score Yet Black Eagle of Santa Fe Cliff McPherson (Character) - 1966
No Score Yet No Score Yet Our Man in Jamaica Captain Mike Jefferson (Character) - 1965
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Secret of the Chinese Carnation Donald Ramsey (Character) - 1965
No Score Yet No Score Yet Operation Hong Kong Larry McLean (Character) - 1964
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Old Testament Simone (Character) - 1963
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Black Panther of Ratana Larry Finch (Character) - 1962
No Score Yet No Score Yet Hong Kong Hot Harbor Polizeiinspektor McLean (Character) - 1962
No Score Yet 57% It Happened in Athens Garrett (Character) - 1962
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Fury of Hercules Hercules (Character) - 1961
No Score Yet No Score Yet Goliath Against the Giants Goliath (Character) - 1961
No Score Yet 40% Samson Samson (Character) - 1961
No Score Yet No Score Yet 13 Fighting Men Pvt. Fowler (Character) - 1960
No Score Yet No Score Yet 79 A.D. Marcus Tiberius (Character) - 1960

TV

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet Dallas Unknown (Guest Star) 1986
No Score Yet 56% Incredible Hulk Unknown (Guest Star) 1982

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