Harris Yulin

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), Clear and Present Danger (1994), Looking for Richard (1996), The Hurricane (1999), Training Day (2001), and Frasier which earned him a Primetime Emmy Award nomination in 1996.[1]

Harris Yulin
Born (1937-11-05) November 5, 1937
Years active1963–present
Gwen Welles
(m. 1975; died 1993)

Kristen Lowman
(m. 2005)

Early life

On November 5, 1937, Yulin was born in Los Angeles, California. He was raised in a Jewish home.[2]


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.[3]

His Broadway debut came in the 1980s Watch on the Rhine. He returned to Broadway multiple times in productions of The Visit, The Diary of Anne Frank, The Price, and Hedda Gabler.[4] In 2010, he played Willy Loman in Death of A Salesman at the Gate Theatre in Dublin, Ireland.[5]

His first film role was his portrayal of Wyatt Earp in Doc (1971) starring Stacy Keach as Doc Holliday. He appeared in the Brian De Palma film Scarface (1983) as corrupt cop Mel Bernstein. In 1989, he played the role of Judge Wexler in Ghostbusters II. He portrayed a corrupt national security adviser in the 1994 Harrison Ford thriller Clear and Present Danger. In 1997, he played the role of George Grierson in Bean. In 2001, he portrayed Secret Service Agent Sterling in Rush Hour 2.

On television, Yulin 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.[6][7] In 2010 he appeared in the AMC series Rubicon.

Yulin won the Lucille Lortel Award for directing The Trip to Bountiful at the Signature Theatre in New York with Lois Smith.[8]

Film critic Jim Emerson once quipped that Yulin "should be in every movie ever made".[9]

Personal life

Yulin was married to actress Gwen Welles until her death in 1993. His second marriage was to Kristen Lowman.


Year Title Role Notes
1970 Maidstone
End of the Road Joe Morgan
Neither Are We Enemies Barabbas TV movie
1971 Doc Wyatt Earp
1973 Incident at Vichy Leduc, A Doctor TV movie
The ABC Afternoon Playbreak John Connors TV series
1974 The American Short Story Parker Adderson TV series - episode: "Parker Adderson, Philosopher"
Kojak Bert Podis TV series
The Midnight Man Casey
Melvin Purvis: G-Man George 'Machine Gun' Kelly
Barnaby Jones Porter Long
The Greatest Gift Hog Yancy
The Missiles of October KGB Agent Alexander Fomin
1975 Ironside Sam North TV series
Little House on the Prairie John Stewart TV series
Night Moves Marty Heller
Caribe Peter Brady TV series
Baretta Detective Grissom TV series
The Kansas City Massacre John Lazia
S.W.A.T. Paul Julian TV series
Police Woman Benny Hummel TV series
1976 Dynasty John Blackwood TV movie
Insight TV series
St. Ives Detective Carl Oller
Most Wanted Billy Wilcox TV series
Victory at Entebbe General Dan Shomron TV movie
1977 American Raspberry Charles Conlin
Wonder Woman Mark Bremer TV series
1978 When Every Day Was the Fourth of July Prosecutor Joseph T. Antonelli
1978-1979 How the West Was Won Deek Peasley TV mini-series
1979 Steel Eddie Cassidy
1979-1981 Meeting of Minds Leonardo da Vinci/William Shakespeare TV series
1983 Scarface Mel Bernstein
1984-1985 As the World Turns Michael Christopher TV series
1985 Robert Kennedy and His Times Senator Joseph McCarthy TV mini-series
1986 Short Fuse Chief Harrigan
Cagney & Lacey Ross O'Brien TV series
1987 Candy Mountain Elmore Silk
The Believers Robert Calder
Fatal Beauty Conrad Kroll
1988 Bad Dreams Dr. Berrisford
Judgment in Berlin Bruno Ristau
Another Woman Paul
1989 Ghostbusters II The Judge
1990 Narrow Margin Leo Watts
1990-1991 WIOU Neal Frazier TV series
1992 Final Analysis Prosecuting Attorney Uncredited
The Heart of Justice Keneally TV movie
There Goes the Neighborhood Marvin Boyd
Civil Wars Nicolo Nicolai TV series
1993 The Last Hit Wilbur Bryant TV movie
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Aamin Marritza TV series
1994 Clear and Present Danger James Cutter
1995 Stuart Saves His Family Dad
The Baby-Sitters Club Harold
Truman General George Marshall TV movie
Cutthroat Island Black Harry
1996 Loch Ness Doctor Mercer
Frasier Jerome Belasco TV series
Multiplicity Doctor Leeds
If These Walls Could Talk Professor Speras Segment "1974"; TV movie
Looking for Richard Himself / King Edward
1997 Murphy Brown The Jackal TV series
Murder at 1600 General Clark Tully
La Femme Nikita Gregory Kessler / Norris Gaines TV series
Bean George Grierson
1997-2001 The American Experience Himself Documentary TV series
1997 Hostile Waters Admiral Quinn TV movie
1998 American Masters Narrator Documentary TV series
1999 Vengeance Unlimited Judge Harold Wabash TV series
Cradle Will Rock Chairman Martin Dies
The Hurricane Leon Friedman
1999-2002 Buffy the Vampire Slayer Quentin Travers TV series
2000 The Million Dollar Hotel Stanley Goldkiss
The X-Files Cardinal O'Fallon TV series
2001 Perfume Phillip
Rush Hour 2 Agent Sterling
American Outlaws Thaddeus Rains, President Rock Northern Rail Road
Training Day Doug Rosselli
Chelsea Walls Bud's Editor
2001 The Emperor's Club Senator Bell
2002-03 24 Roger Stanton TV series
2003 Mister Sterling Chairman Wilson TV series
2004 King of the Corner Peter Hargrove
2005 Game 6 Peter Redmond
Third Watch Jonathan Turner TV series
2006 The Treatment Doctor Arnold Singer
Fur: An Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus David Nemerov
2007 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Thomas M. Grady Sr. TV series
2008 Entourage Arthur Gatoff TV series
Cashmere Mafia Rafe Gropman TV series
Canterbury's Law Chris Canterbury TV series
1994, 2008 Law & Order Stanley Devon / Edward Manning TV series
2009 Loving Leah Rabbi Belsky TV movie
The People Speak Himself
Damages Claire's father TV series
2010 My Soul to Take Dr. Blake
Rubicon Tom Rhumor TV series
Madso's War Jim O'Connor TV series
2011 Pan Am Henry Belsen TV series
2011-11 Nikita Admiral Bruce Winnick TV series
2012 The Place Beyond the Pines Al Cross
2013 Muhammad Ali's Greatest Fight William O. Douglas
2014 A Short History of Decay Bob Fisher
2015 The Family Fang Hobart Waxman
2016 The American Side Tom Soberin
2016-17 Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Orson Snyder TV series
2017-18 Ozark Buddy Dyker Netflix series
2018 Billions Leonard Funt TV series
Murphy Brown Professor Talbot TV series
2019 Divorce Gordon 4 episode


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  2. "Harris Yulin". nndb.com. Retrieved April 27, 2019.
  3. "Harris Yulin biography". The New York Times. Retrieved June 15, 2017.
  4. "Harris Yulin". Internet Broadway Database. Retrieved June 15, 2017.
  5. Jones, Kenneth (July 15, 2010). "Harris Yulin Is Salesman's Willy Loman in Ireland; David Esbjornson Directs". Playbill.com. Archived from the original on September 20, 2013.
  6. "The People Speak At MOMA. Special Sneak Preview Screening!". PeoplesHistory.us. Voices of a People’s History. Retrieved March 19, 2015.
  7. "The People Speak (2009)". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved March 19, 2015.
  8. Brantley, Ben (December 5, 2005). "There's No Place Like an Imaginary Home". The New York Times.
  9. Emerson, Jim (January 11, 2010). ""I Saw a Rohmer Film Once...": The Truth Behind the Night Moves Meme". RogerEbert.com.
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