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Mel Harris is a Actor American born on 12 july 1956 at Bethlehem (USA)

Mel Harris

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Birth name Mary Ellen Harris
Nationality USA
Birth 12 july 1956 (67 years) at Bethlehem (USA)
Death at Bethlehem (USA)

Mary Ellen "Mel" Harris (born July 12, 1956) is an American actress.
Beyond film roles, Mel Harris is well known for roles in several TV series, including thirtysomething (1987–1991), Something So Right (1996–1998) and Stargate SG-1. She has also been a guest star in several other productions.


Personal life
Harris was born in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, the daughter to Mary Michael "Mike", a high school science teacher, and Warren Harris, football coach at Bethlehem High School and Princeton University. Harris grew up in North Brunswick, New Jersey and graduated from New Brunswick High School in 1974.

Her five marriages (in chronological order) include: David Silbergeld (1978–79), Brian Kilcommons (1980–82), photographer David Hume Kennerly (1983–88) (with whom she had son Byron in 1984), actor Cotter Smith (1988–96) (with whom she had daughter Madeline in April 1990) and investment banker Michael Toomey. Harris and Toomey were married May 26, 2001, but he filed for divorce on October 3, 2006.

Before finding success as an actress, Harris had appeared as a contestant on the game show Pyramid on two separate occasions: in 1979 on the ABC-TV daytime version known as The $20,000 Pyramid, and in 1985 on the syndicated version known as The $100,000 Pyramid, both versions hosted by Dick Clark. She later appeared as a celebrity on the third week of the The $100,000 Pyramid hosted by John Davidson in 1991, with a clip of her big win in 1985 as shown in a flashback clip.

Harris is perhaps best known for her role as Hope Murdoch Steadman on the popular 1980s television show thirtysomething (1987–1991). She also had a starring role in the 1988 horror film Cameron's Closet. In 1989, Harper's Bazaar named her one of "America's 10 Most Beautiful Women". That same year, she appeared in K-9, along with James Belushi and dog actor "Jerry Lee". In 1993, she played Dr. Renee Descartes in the film Suture. From 1996 to 1998, she starred with Jere Burns on the NBC sitcom Something So Right.

In addition, Harris has appeared in a number of other television programs including The West Wing, Murder, She Wrote: South by Southwest, Dawson's Creek, Touched by an Angel and House. She played real-life victim Madge Oberholtzer in the TV mini-series Cross of Fire (1989) and starred in the Scott Turow legal thriller The Burden of Proof in 1992. She had a recurring role on Stargate SG-1 as Oma Desala.

Harris guest-starred on the Close to Home episode "Maternal Instinct" that aired April 6, 2007 on CBS. She played Beth Murphy, mother of Eric Murphy, who was convicted of killing his father (Beth's husband) and attempting to kill her as well. Harris played Sylvia Capshaw on the MyNetworkTV limited-run serial Saints & Sinners.

Usually with

David Siegel
David Siegel
(1 films)
Scott McGehee
Scott McGehee
(1 films)
Polly Draper
Polly Draper
(1 films)
Spiro Razatos
Spiro Razatos
(3 films)
Source : Wikidata

Filmography of Mel Harris (19 films)

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Imagine That, 1h47
Directed by Karey Kirkpatrick
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Fantasy
Themes Films about music and musicians, Musical films, Children's films
Actors Eddie Murphy, Thomas Haden Church, Marin Hinkle, Nicole Ari Parker, Yara Shahidi, Ronny Cox
Rating56% 2.805142.805142.805142.805142.80514
Evan Danielson (Eddie Murphy) is a very successful financial advisor, who had been working at the same securities firm for eight years as their top account manager, that is until Johnny Whitefeather (Thomas Haden Church) was hired as his rival. Whitefeather seems to have the whole company under some spell as he spiels his nonsensical idioms filled with Native American mumbo jumbo. These top executives seem more content with chanting Indian style noises rather than listen to how they can make money through sound investments. When Evan finally discovers that his daughter, Olivia (Yara Shahidi), is somehow able to tell the future within the financial world by using her 'goo-gaa' comfort blanket and her imaginary friends (Queen Qwali and Princesses Kupida, Sopida and Mopida), he discovers he has an invaluable upper hand now at the office.
The Lodger
The Lodger (2009)
, 1h35
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Horror
Themes Serial killer films
Actors Alfred Molina, Rachael Leigh Cook, Hope Davis, Simon Baker, Mel Harris, Shane West
Roles Margaret
Rating57% 2.850562.850562.850562.850562.85056
The film follows two parallel stories, one being about a troubled detective (Molina) who plays a cat-and-mouse game with an unknown killer and the other being about an emotionally disturbed landlady and her relationship with an enigmatic "lodger" (Simon Baker).
Purple Heart
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Action
Actors William Sadler, Mel Harris, Ed Lauter, Dennis Hayden, Emilio Rivera, Demetrius Navarro
Roles Dr. Harrison
Rating51% 2.5885252.5885252.5885252.5885252.588525
The film is the story of Sgt. Oscar Padilla, member of an elite military unit designed for covert operations. His first mission: assassinate Saddam Hussein prior to the beginning of the 2003 Iraq War. Unfortunately the mission is compromised; Padilla is captured and tortured by the Iraqis. Later, Padilla is rescued, but is severely damaged by his ordeal. Back in the United States, he escapes from the lock down ward of the military hospital where he is being treated. Given what he knows about the illegal attempt at political assassination, he is considered dangerous. As the leader of the unit that trained Padilla, Colonel Allen is sent with specific orders to go find him and "solve the problem" permanently. Allen intends to convince Padilla to come back. As it turns out, there was no real-life mission at all: it was the final, most severe training exercise that broke Padilla's soul – and mind. The film raises questions about the moral obligations of the use of military power, and the methods that the U.S. uses to train and ultimately sacrifice its own soldiers.
The Naked Brothers Band: The Movie, 1h24
Directed by Polly Draper
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Musical
Themes Films about children, Films about music and musicians, Documentary films about music and musicians, Documentaire sur une personnalité, Musical films, Children's films
Actors Nat Wolff, Alex Wolff, David Levi, Thomas Batuello, Shelby Young, Allie DiMeco
Roles Mel Harris
Rating40% 2.0204452.0204452.0204452.0204452.020445
The film begins with an introduction to the documentary from the boys. Nat and Alex Wolff, aged nine and six respectively, are members of the fictional band The Silver Boulders which also consists of Thomas, David, Josh, and their manager Cooper. The band found success after a music executive (John B. Williams) signed them to his label, Who's the Man Records. The band performs their new song "Motormouth" at a concert in the Hammerstein Ballroom. After the show, the band members describe how their group started and a clip from their music video "Crazy Car" is shown.
Out of the Woods, 1h27
Directed by Stephen Bridgewater
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Romance
Actors Edward Asnere, Jason London, Mel Harris, Meredith Salenger
Roles Beth Fleming
Rating61% 3.096943.096943.096943.096943.09694
Dynamite (2004)
, 1h35
Origin USA
Actors Daniel Baldwin, Mel Harris, Melinda Clarke, Tom Wright, Fredric Lehne
Roles Faye Baxter
Rating41% 2.095012.095012.095012.095012.09501
Ingénieur-paysagiste indépendant, Tom Baxter vit avec sa famille dans une belle maison de banlieue. Un jour, la demeure est envahie par trois cambrioleurs armés. Leur chef, Jack, qui se fait appeler Alpha, se charge de Tom, tandis qu'« Omega » doit tenir en respect son épouse Faye, leur fils pré-ado et asthmatique Nick, et leur fille espiègle Alex... Faye entame alors une course contre la montre pour sauver sa famille de ce trio d'adversaires mortels.
Hangman's Curse
Genres Thriller, Horror
Actors David Keith, Mel Harris, Douglas Smith, Leighton Meester, Jake Richardson, Edwin Hodge
Roles Sarah Springfield
Rating48% 2.4065352.4065352.4065352.4065352.406535
Dans un lycée typique américain où les plus forts malmènent les plus faibles, ces derniers font appel à l'esprit d'un jeune homme suicidé 10 ans auparavant pour les venger. Le couple Springfield, spécialisé dans le paranormal et les canulars, ainsi que leurs deux jumeaux Elisha et Elijah est alors appelé pour enquêter sur les mystérieuses crises de catatonie qui touchent de plus en plus d'élèves en s'infiltrant dans l'établissement.
Hangman's Curse, 1h46
Origin USA
Genres Thriller, Horror
Themes Films about animals, Films about education, Films about religion, Films about spiders
Actors David Keith, Mel Harris, Leighton Meester, Douglas Smith, Jake Richardson, William R. Moses
Roles Sarah Springfield
Rating48% 2.4065352.4065352.4065352.4065352.406535
The film is set at John R. Rogers High School in Spokane, Washington. Ten years prior, student Abel Frye, a victim of bullying, had committed suicide by hanging himself on the school property. Fast-forward to the current day, when several student football players (who are also school bullies) are mysteriously becoming gravely ill. Just before falling into a coma, each victim is heard screaming the spirit's name, Abel Frye. In an effort to get to the bottom of the haunting, the school turns for help to the Veritas Project, a team of highly trained investigators who work undercover to unravel the truth about paranormal activities. The Veritas Project consists of the members of the Springfield family, including father Nate (David Keith), mother Sarah (Mel Harris), daughter Elisha (Leighton Meester), and son Elijah (Douglas Smith).
Firetrap (2001)
, 1h37
Origin USA
Genres Thriller, Action, Crime
Actors Dean Cain, Richard Tyson, Mel Harris, Vanessa Angel, Jim Storm, Dale Godboldo
Roles Cordella Calloway
Rating51% 2.5581752.5581752.5581752.5581752.558175
Sortant de prison, Max Hopper, as du cambriolage, vole un objet dans une société de haute-technologie. Puis, avec son coéquipier Vincent, il réussit à échapper à la police, au terme d'une course-poursuite. Reconnaissant dans ce cambriolage la signature d'un virtuose, le FBI décide de mettre Max sous surveillance. Or celui-ci se voit proposer un nouveau gros contrat et n'a que trois jours pour le préparer. Dans la soirée, Max va surprendre sa femme, Beth, et lui propose de repartir à zéro avec leur fille Rebecca. Mais échaudée par son absence durant trois ans, elle refuse même son aide financière. Le lendemain, Max dépose une voiture flambant neuve devant chez elle.
Sonic Impact
Origin USA
Genres Thriller, Action
Themes Transport films, Aviation films, Disaster films, Films about aviation accidents or incidents
Actors James Russo, Ice-T, Mel Harris, J. Kenneth Campbell, Sam Anderson, Alice Barrett
Roles Co-Pilot Jennifer Blake
Rating41% 2.0828552.0828552.0828552.0828552.082855
When a deranged criminal is caught, he is then being transported on a Boeing 747-100 to New York, along with some other criminals. Through a stroke of luck he is able to subdue the Federal agents assigned to bring him, free the other criminals, and take over the 747. He then threatens to crash the 747 into a populated area unless his demands are met. The FBI agent who captured him then decides to get on the 747 while in flight to do something. He does but things don't go as planned, and the criminal continues his plan to crash the 747 unless the agent can do something, the military is going to shoot the plane down.
The Pagemaster, 1h15
Directed by Joe Johnston, Pixote Hunt
Origin USA
Genres Science fiction, Fantasy, Adventure, Animation
Themes L'adolescence, Films about education, Films about children, Films about magic and magicians, Seafaring films, Transport films, Pirate films, Films about dragons, L'enfance marginalisée, Children's films, Films about school violence
Actors Macaulay Culkin, Christopher Lloyd, Ed Begley Jr., Mel Harris, Patrick Stewart, Whoopi Goldberg
Roles Claire Tyler
Rating61% 3.0540153.0540153.0540153.0540153.054015
Pessimistic Richard Tyler (Macaulay Culkin) lives life based on statistics and fears everything. His exasperated parents (Ed Begley, Jr. and Mel Harris) have tried multiple ways to build up the courage of their son, but to little success. Richard is sent to buy a bag of nails for building a treehouse. However, Richard gets caught in a harsh thunderstorm and takes shelter in a library. He meets Mr. Dewey (Christopher Lloyd), an eccentric librarian who gives him a library card, despite Richard's protests he doesn't want a book, since he's only there to escape the storm. Searching for a phone, Richard finds a large rotunda painted with famous literary characters. He slips on some water dripping from his coat and falls down, knocking himself out. Richard awakens to find the rotunda art melting, which washes over him and the library, turning them into illustrations.
Suture (1993)
, 1h36
Directed by Scott McGehee, David Siegel
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Crime
Actors Dennis Haysbert, Mel Harris, Sab Shimono, Dina Merrill, David Graf, Fran Ryan
Roles Dr. Renee Descartes
Rating64% 3.247723.247723.247723.247723.24772
After murdering his father, wealthy Vincent Towers decides to fake his own death. He plants a car bomb in an attempt to kill a nearly identical half-brother, Clay Arlington, after persuading Arlington to switch identities with him.
Raising Cain, 1h31
Directed by Brian De Palma
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Horror, Crime
Themes Medical-themed films, Films about psychiatry
Actors John Lithgow, Lolita Davidovich, Steven Bauer, Frances Sternhagen, Gregg Henry, Tom Bower
Roles Sarah
Rating60% 3.049573.049573.049573.049573.04957
Dr. Carter Nix (John Lithgow) is a respected child psychologist. His wife, Jenny (Lolita Davidovich), becomes concerned that Carter is obsessively studying their daughter, Amy; he regards her like a scientist tracking the development of his creation. But Carter himself suffers from multiple personality disorder consisting of Cain, a street hustler, Josh, a shy 10-year-old boy, and Margo, a middle-aged nanny. Carter and Cain are killing young mothers to procure their children for his experiments.
Child of Rage, 1h34
Directed by Larry Peerce
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Biography, Horror
Actors Ashley Peldon, Mel Harris, Dwight Schultz, Rosanna DeSoto, Mariette Hartley, Sam Gifaldi
Roles Jill Tyler
Rating63% 3.191483.191483.191483.191483.19148
Minister Rob Tyler and his wife Jill Tyler adopt two children, Catherine and Eric. Eric is a sweet and timid child, while Catherine seems to come across as being the same. However, Catherine soon displays outbursts of violent rage for no apparent reason, affecting her behavior and interaction with others. At first, some of her violent acts (such as killing a clutch of baby birds and attacking Eric while he sleeps) go unnoticed, but when it progresses to tearing her room apart and stabbing the family dog with a needle, Rob and Jill sense something is wrong. They attempt to ask Hanna Doris, the children's caseworker, about anything in Catherine's past that might explain it, but Doris hides behind confidentiality laws and only suggests that Rob and Jill bring the children back if they're unable to handle them.