John Harris

Film producer

Film producer John C. Harris, an annual participant at Cannes Film Fest the past four decades, died in his sleep Sunday at the Veterans Hospital in Honolulu. He was 85.

He received the Harrison Carroll Achievement Award in 1971 for 1970’s John Carr film “The Star Maker,” starring Wendel Corey (one of his last) and featuring Barbara Valentin and Troy Cory, who became German film and TV personalities.

Harris co-produced indie films from the late 1960s and into this decade, including “Christmas Around the World,” starring Troy Cory and Priscilla Cory; he also had a hand in “Blue Hawaii,” starring Elvis Presley Jr.; and worked on Ron Rice’s Hawaiian Tropic Beauty Pageant as well as Hawaiian Tropic docu segs for Troy Cory’s TV show as well as Miss Film World.

He served in the Merchant Marines during World War II and began his film career as an extra at Culver City Studios, then moved on to publicity and film marketing before becoming a producer.

Although he he had no living relatives, he is survived by business associates including those at his 35-year-old-company United American Pictures, including producer Safa Al-Bayati, as well as at DVD Video distributor VRA TelePlay Pictures.

Memorial services are 10 a.m. July 31 at Our Lady Chapel of St. Charles Catholic Church, 10800 Moorpark St., North Hollywood.

Donations can be made to the Motion Picture & Television Fund.

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