American veteran actor and filmmaker Ed Harris is a living legend who has already left a legacy for future generations to follow. Harris is a multiple award-winning actor and has been nominated for the Oscars at least 4 times. Some of his notable films include; The Truman Show (1998), The Hours (2002), and Gone Baby Gone (2007). In the small screen, Harris has had notable roles in Empire Falls (2005), Game Change (2012), and Westworld which premiered in 2016.
Ed Harris Biography (Age)
Born on November 28, 1950, in Englewood, New Jersey, Edward Allen Harris grew up in a middle-class Presbyterian family. He was raised by his parents, Robert Harris and Margaret Harris (née Sholl) in Tenafly, New Jersey. Harris has two brothers named Paul and Robert. He got his artistic side from his father, Robert who was a singer and part of a band that included musician and TV personality, Fred Waring.
At the young age of 8, Harris got his first ever acting role which came in a made-for-television movie named The Third Miracle. However, that role wasn’t the start of Harris’ career as he went back to focus on his education.
He attended Tenafly High School where he played football and became his team’s captain. In 1971, two years after his high school graduation, Harris relocated with his parents to New Mexico. By that time, Harris who had briefly attended Columbia University made up his mind to pursue a career in acting. He then enrolled at the University of Oklahoma where he studied drama. Harris found success playing in various local theaters and soon relocated to Los Angeles, California to attend the California Institute of the Arts. He graduated in 1975 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree.
Ed Harris immediately began his professional acting career starting out on the stage before dabbling into TV shows. After 5 years of paying his dues, He got his first major film role in 1980’s Borderline. Three years later in 1983, he got his breakthrough portraying astronaut John Glenn in The Right Stuff. Despite being a box office bomb, Harris received critical acclaim which parlayed into a very successful career in a few years.
Ed Harris has been very successful in Hollywood. In addition to his salary per film role, Harris boosts his income as a film director and producer. He served as the producer and director for films like Pollock, and Appaloosa. His net worth is estimated at $30 million.
Family – Wife and Daughter
When it comes to his family life, Ed Harris deserves to be given the same acclaim that he has received in his career. Harris is one of those Hollywood stars that have managed to stick to one woman for decades, a feat in a place like Hollywood where divorce has long been the norm.
Since 1983, Ed Harris has remained married to actress and singer, Amy Madigan. He met her on the set of a Los Angeles stage production in 1981. While they were both filming the 1984 film Places in the Heart together, the couple got married. Their wedding was presided over by a justice of the peace in Waxahachie, Texas where the film was being shot.
Over the years, Harris and his wife have worked on numerous film projects together, among them include; Pollock (2000), and Gone Baby Gone (2007).
Harris’ wife Madigan was born on September 11, 1950, in Chicago, Illinois. Her father was John J. Madigan (1918–2012) a popular journalist who was prominent for interviewing top political figures. She got her acting side from her mother Dolores (née Hanlon; 1921–92) who acted in community theater.
Madigan started out as a singer with the band Jelly, touring with them across the country for the most part of the late 1970s. She began acting in 1980 and achieved immediate success. For her debut film role in 1982’s Love Child, Madigan received a Golden Globe Award for New Star of the Year – Actress. Like Harris, Madigan has received a handful of coveted award nominations including an Oscar nomination and an Emmy nomination. For her role in Roe vs. Wade, she won a Golden Globe award for Best Supporting Actress.
Ed Harris and his wife Amy Madigan waited for a decade before welcoming their first child, daughter Lily Dolores Harris who was born on May 3, 1993. The family lives in Malibu, California.
Ed Harris is quite a tall man standing at a height of 5 feet 9 inches, which is the equivalent of 1.75 m. His other physical attributes that have come to be his trademark include his bright blue eyes, as well as the deep commanding tone of his voice.