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18 Ridiculous Facts About Ed Harris

1. Edward Allen “Ed” Harris is an American actor, producer, director, and screenwriter.

2. He is best known for his performances in films such as The Right Stuff .

3. He is a three-time nominee of the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performances in Apollo 13 .

4. He was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor for playing artist Jackson Pollock in his directorial debut Pollock .

5. He also won a Golden Globe Award for playing Senator John McCain in Game Change .

6. In 2015, Harris received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

7. A star athlete in high school, When his family moved to New Mexico two years later, Harris followed, having discovered his interest in acting in various theater plays.

8. His first major role in a film came two years later with Borderline , in which he starred alongside Charles Bronson.

9. In 1981, Harris played the lead, William “Billy” Davis, a king of a motorcycle-riding renaissance-fair troupe , in Knightriders.

10. The following year, he co-starred as Hank Blaine in the black comedy horror anthology film Creepshow, directed by George A. Romero.

11. In 1983, Harris became well-known after portraying astronaut John Glenn in The Right Stuff. In 1984, he co-starred in the Robert Benton-directed drama film Places in the Heart; during production of this film, Harris met and married his wife Amy Madigan.

12. He also won the Theatre World Award and Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actor in a Play for his performance. Harris then portrayed William Walker, a 19th-century American who appointed himself President of Nicaragua, in Walker .

13. That same year, he played the main role of Harry Nash in the HBO television thriller film The Last Innocent Man.

14. In 1989, his role as David “Dave” Flannigan in Jacknife earned him his first Golden Globe Award nomination, for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture. Also in 1989, he portrayed Virgil “Bud” Brigman in the sci-fi film The Abyss, directed by James Cameron.

15. In 1992, Harris co-starred as Dave Moss in the drama film Glengarry Glen Ross, based on the play of the same name by David Mamet.

16. He won the Valladolid International Film Festival Award for Best Actor for his performance in the film.

17. In 1995, Harris portrayed Watergate figure E. Howard Hunt in the Oliver Stone biopic Nixon, and received his first Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor nomination for his performance as NASA flight director Gene Kranz in Apollo 13. The following year, Harris starred in and executive produced the television adaptation of Riders of the Purple Sage.

18. Also in 1996, Harris returned to the Broadway stage, appearing as Major Steve Arnold in the Ronald Harwood play Taking Sides.

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