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'''George William Harris'''<ref name="i">Imdb:</ref> (born [[20 October]], [[1940s|1949]] in Grenada)<ref name="i"/> is a [[Great Britain|British]] actor of films, stage (including musicals), TV and radio, known for playing [[Kingsley Shacklebolt]] in ''[[Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (film)|Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix]]'' ([[2007]], [[David Yates]]).<ref name="i"/> He has been acknowledged by the BBC Black Legends to be one of the inspirations to many present day performers.<ref name="wiki"></ref> Harris has also worked as a teacher for the summer theatre course at Goldsmiths' College, University of London.<ref name="goldsmith"></ref>
'''George William Harris'''<ref name="i">Imdb:</ref> (born [[20 October]], [[1940s|1949]] in Grenada)<ref name="i"/> is a 
==Acting career==
George Harris was born in 1949 in the island of Grenada, West Indies,<ref name="i"/> which was then a part of the United Kingdom.<ref name="wiki1"></ref> He was partially raised in Barbados, his father's native land <ref name="wiki"/> and also a British colony at that point.<ref name="wiki2"></ref>
In 1964, fifteen-year old George went to the British isles, and since he travelled through Europe, the United States and Asia to act.<ref name="wiki"/> His début in cinema was in 1969 with ''Gladiatorerna'' (1969, Peter Watkins), a Swedish movie.<ref name="i"/> One year later, he débuted in stage both in ''Full Circle'', in London's West End,<ref name="yahoo"></ref> and in the Israeli production of ''Hair'', in Hebrew language.<ref name="wiki"/>
From 1972 to 1979, Harris performed in several productions, mostly in TV and stage. Those were commonly for BBC, CBS and independent interests.<ref name="i"/> His theatre productions included the original London cast of ''Jesus Christ Superstar'', in which he played [[wikipedia:Caiaphas|Caiaphas]].<ref name="jcs"> and</ref> He performed then in the National Theatre and The Royal Court Theatre (both in London), the Royal Exchange (Manchester) and the Theatre Royal (Bath).<ref name="wiki"/> He also reached the American public with films such as ''Yanks'' (1979, John Schlesinger).<ref name="i"/>
More recognised then, Harris acted in widespread movies in the early 1980s, particularly the alien prince Thun in ''Flash Gordon'' (1980, Mike Hodges, also featuring [[Robbie Coltrane]]); colonel Bobi in ''The Dogs of War'' (1981, John Irvin, also featuring [[Jim Broadbent]]); a little role as band leader in ''Ragtime'' (1981, Milos Forman, also featuring [[Richard Griffiths]]);<ref name="i"/> and the smuggler captain Simon Katanga<ref name="indy"></ref> in ''Raiders of the Lost Ark'' (1981, Steven Spielberg, music by [[John Williams]]).<ref name="i"/> During this time, Harris also played the first coloured detective of Great Britain's TV, Winston Churchill Wolcott, top-billing in the 1981 mini-series ''Wolcott''<ref name="i"/>, and he also worked along [[Miranda Richardson]] in 1985 theatre adaptation of David Mamet's ''Edmond'' in Newcastle.<ref name="mamet">David Mamet: A Research and Production Sourcebook</ref>
[[File:Katanga.jpg|thumb|left|Harris in ''Lost Ark'' (1981)]]
Harris continued with independent TV series and working for Universal TV. He was a recurrent character in the first season of BBC's TV drama ''Casualty'' (1986), to which he would return in a different role for a single episode 18 years later (This series also featured a pre-chamber of secrets [[Gemma Padley]] in a different episode).<ref name="i"/>
Harris then continued his career in the Royal National Theatre/Lyttleton: He performed as De Flores in ''The Changeling'', by Thomas Middleton and William Rowley in 1988,<ref></ref> and then acted in ''Mountain Language'', written and directed by Harold Pinter,<ref name="NTP"></ref> and a collaboration he would reprise for BBC ten years later<ref></ref>. In 1989, he was seen as a bartender in American movie ''See No Evil, Hear No Evil'' (1989, Arthur Hiller)<ref name="i"/> and also in London theatre for August Wilson's ''Ma Rainey's Black Bottom''<ref name="rainey"></ref>
During the early 1990s, Harris worked mostly in TV series (''Highlander'', season 3) and movies both for TV (''Bermuda Grace'', 1994, Mark Sobel, also featuring [[Leslie Phillips]]) and for cinema (''The Browning Version'', 1992, Mike Figgis, also featuring [[Michael Gambon]]).<ref name="i"/> Some of his later films have developed a certain cult following such as ''Gulliver's Travels'' (1996, Charles Sturridge), starring Ted Danson, featuring [[Warwick Davis]] and [[Robert Hardy]], and where he played a giant scientist; ''Soul Music'' (1997, Jean Flynn), an animation based on Terry Pratchett's ''Discworld'' works; and ''Madeline'' (1998, Daisy von Scheler Mayer), based on Ludwig Bemelmans's book<ref name="i"/>.
Between 2000 and 2001, Harris was a guest star for five episodes of Canadian sci-fi TV series ''Starhunter'' (strangely known in U.S. as ''Starhunter 2300'', even though the plot happens in 2275 AD).<ref name="i"/> This series was discontinued after its second season due to business differences of the creative team.<ref name="wiki3"></ref> At the same time, he acted in European co-production ''The Emperor's New Clothes'' (2001, Alan Taylor, featuring Ian Holm and [[Ashley Artus]]).
Harris then acted in Hollywood blockbuster ''Black Hawk Down'' (2001, Ridley Scott, also featuring [[Jason Isaacs]]),<ref name="i"/> acting for the first time as a real living person: Somali warlord Osman Ali Atto<ref name="wiki4"></ref>, who had been arrested by American forces in 1993. Real-life Atto, who was again free at the time of the movie and who disliked the version of the events depicted in the movie, felt that Harris's portrayal of him was inaccurate, and he also regretted not having been asked for authorization.<ref name="atto"></ref>
Harris saw several of his project opening in 2004. He starred in the short film ''Elephant Palm Tree'' (2004, Kara Miller) and he returned, as previously stated, for one more episode of ''Casualty''. He acted in all the 14 episodes of ''55 Degrees North'', a TV series from BBC that lasted for two seasons. Last, but not least, he also had an important role in the thriller ''Layer Cake'' (2004, Matthew Vaughn), the directorial debut of ''Snatch'' producer, which also starred Daniel Craig, Sienna Miller and [[Michael Gambon]].<ref name="i"/>
In 2005, Harris was seen as opposition leader Kuman-Kuman in Hollywood success ''The Interpreter'' (2005, Sydney Pollack).<ref name="i"/> The following year, he made a new American movie, ''Eye of the Dolphin'' (2006, Michael D. Sellers), the sequel of which (''Way of the Dolphin'') is currently filming with Harris as a main actor and associate producer, and with an estimated release date of 2009.<ref name="i"/>
Harris's collaboration with the ''Harry Potter'' franchise began with the [[Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (film)|movie version]] of [[Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix]] ([[2007]]), where he gave portrayed to [[Auror]] [[Kingsley Shacklebolt]].<ref name="i"/> He reprised his role in ''[[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1]]'' and ''[[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2]]'' (2010/2011).
Harris then acted in thriller ''The Heavy'' (2008, Marcus Warren, featuring Chris Wilson), slated for première in summer 2008.<ref name="i"/>
==External links==
*{{IMDb name|0364711|George Harris}}
*[ George Harris at Hotflick, includes pictures]
==Notes and references==
[[fr:George Harris]]
[[ru:Джордж Харрис]]
[[Category:Actors (real-world)|Harris, George]]
[[Category:Actors (real-world)|Harris, George]]

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George William Harris[1] (born 20 October, 1949 in Grenada)[1] is a 

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