Jack H. Harris
Jack Henry Harris
November 28, 1918
|Died||March 14, 2017 (aged 98)|
|Occupation||film producer, film distributor|
|Family||Stewart Resnick (son-in-law)|
Harris was born to a Jewish family in Philadelphia, the son of Sara and Benny Ostravsky. His mother was from Romania and his father from Poland; the latter changed the family surname to Harris.
Harris began his career in show business as a vaudeville performer in Gus Edwards' Kiddie Revue when he was six years old. He would later work in a theatre as an usher, in a publicity department, and in the distribution field, finally later taking up a career as a producer. Harris is credited with coming up with the original motivation for his 1958 film, The Blob. Harris also worked on the TV series It's About Time and The Twilight Zone.
Harris was among the 22 people selected to be honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2014, in the motion pictures category. 95 at the time of his unveiling ceremony held on February 4, 2014, he was the oldest person to be honored with a star on the Walk of Fame.
- The Blob (1958) - producer
- 4D Man (1959) - producer
- Dinosaurus! (1960) - producer
- Paradisio (1962) - executive producer
- Master of Horror (1965) - executive producer
- Unkissed Bride (1966) - producer, writer, director
- Equinox (1970) - producer
- Beware! The Blob (1972) - executive producer, story
- Schlock (1973) - producer
- Just Be There (1973) - presenter
- Dark Star (1974) - executive producer
- Eyes of Laura Mars (1978) - executive producer
- Prison Ship (1986) - producer
- The Blob (1988) - producer
- Blobermouth (1991) - producer
In 2015 Harris published his first book, FATHER OF THE BLOB: The Making Of A Monster Smash & Other Hollywood Tales (TVGuestpert Publishing).
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- Weaver, Tom (2000). Return of the B Science Fiction and Horror Heroes: The Mutant Melding of Two ... - Tom Weaver - Google Books. ISBN 9780786407552. Retrieved December 31, 2013 – via Google Books.
- Murdico, Suzanne (15 January 2005). Meet the Blob - Suzanne J. Murdico - Google Books. ISBN 9781404202719. Retrieved December 31, 2013 – via Google Books.
- "Matthew McConaughey, Tupac and Katy Perry Among 2014 Walk of Fame Honorees". The Hollywood Reporter. June 21, 2013. Retrieved December 31, 2013.
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- "Jack Harris, who produced horror film 'The Blob,' dies at 98". Los Angeles Times. March 14, 2017. Retrieved March 14, 2017.
- Harris, Jack H. (2015). Father of the Blob: The Making of a Monster Smash and Other Hollywood Tales, TVGuestpert Publishing. ISBN 9780988585515.