Harris Yulin

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Harris Yulin
Born (1937-11-05) November 5, 1937 (age 81)
Los Angeles, California, US
Occupation Actor
Years active 1970–present
Spouse(s) Gwen Welles (1975-1993; her death)

Harris Yulin (born November 5, 1937) is an American actor who has appeared in over a hundred film and television series roles, such as Scarface (1983), Ghostbusters II (1989), Looking for Richard (1996), The Hurricane (1999), Training Day (2001), and Frasier which earned him a Primetime Emmy Award Nomination in 1996.[1]

Early life

Yulin was born in Los Angeles, California in 1937. He was raised in a Jewish home.[2] Yulin attended UCLA, where he studied acting with fellow actor, Jeff Corey. Yulin made his off-Broadway debut in 1963.[3]


Yulin made his New York debut in 1963 in Next Time I'll Sing to You by James Saunders and continued to work frequently in theater throughout his career.[4] His Broadway debut came in 1980's Watch on the Rhine. He has returned to Broadway multiple times in productions of The Visit featuring Jane Alexander, The Diary of Anne Frank, The Price, and Hedda Gabler featuring Kate Burton and Michael Emerson.[5] In 2010 he played Willy Loman, the lead role in Death of A Salesman at the Gate Theatre in Dublin, Ireland.[6]

His first prominent film role was his portrayal of Wyatt Earp in "Doc"(1971) starring Stacy Keach as "Doc" Holliday. He is notable in the Brian De Palma film Scarface (1983) as corrupt cop Mel Bernstein. In 1989, he played the role of loud and obnoxious Judge Stephen Wexler in Ghostbusters II. He later appeared in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, in the episode "Duet". During the second season of the TV series 24, he played the Director of the National Security Agency Roger Stanton. He was nominated for a 1996 Emmy for his portrayal of crime boss Jerome Belasco in the sitcom Frasier. In the series Buffy the Vampire Slayer, he played Quentin Travers, head of the Watchers' Council. Yulin also appeared in Season 3 of Entourage, in the episode "Return of the King", as studio head Arthur Gadoff. In 2009, he performed in The People Speak, a documentary feature film that uses dramatic and musical performances of the letters, diaries, and speeches of everyday Americans, based on historian Howard Zinn's A People's History of the United States.[7][8] In 2010 he appeared in the AMC series Rubicon.

In addition to acting, Yulin is a director and won the Lucille Lortel Award for directing The Trip to Bountiful at Signature Theatre in New York with Lois Smith.[9]

Personal life

Yulin was married to actress Gwen Welles until her death in 1993.

TV and filmography


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  5. "Harris Yulin". Internet Broadway Database.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. Jones, Kenneth (15 July 2010). "Harris Yulin Is Salesman's Willy Loman in Ireland; David Esbjornson Directs". Playbill.com.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  7. "The People Speak At MOMA. Special Sneak Preview Screening!". PeoplesHistory.us. Voices of a People’s History. Retrieved 19 March 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  8. "The People Speak (2009): Full Cast & Crew". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 19 March 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  9. Brantley, Ben (5 December 2005). "There's No Place Like an Imaginary Home". The New York Times.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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