George E. Harris II

Actor, director and bandleader

Actor, director and bandleader George E. Harris II, died Dec. 29 in Margaretville, N.Y. from complications of pancreatic cancer. He was 84.

Born in Bronxville, NY, he attended Columbia University. He began his theater career in New York in 1963 where he became involved as an actor and director in the early experimental Off-Off-Broadway movement.

In 1968 he made his Broadway debut in “The Great White Hope” alongside James Earl Jones and Jane Alexander. He worked in movies, including “Superman,” on TV and radio and in summer stock. He appeared in shows including “No Place to Be Somebody” and “The Trial of A. Lincoln” with Henry Fonda.

A lifelong musician and lover of big band music, Harris became a bandleader during the 1970s in New York, where he led the “Ninth Street Stompers.” He worked on staff for the Musician’s Union Local 802 in New York until his retirement.

He is survived by his wife Ann, an actress; six children, all actors: George III, Walter Michael, Frederic, Jayne Anne, Eloise and Mary Lou; a sister and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Donations may be made to Catskill Area Hospice Hope Foundation, 116 Main Street, Delhi, NY, 13753.

Want to read more articles like this one? SUBSCRIBE TO VARIETY TODAY.
Post A Comment 0

Leave a Reply

No Comments

Comments are moderated. They may be edited for clarity and reprinting in whole or in part in Variety publications.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

More Scene News from Variety