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Leonard Harris

Born: Sep 27, 1929

Death: Aug 28, 2011

Birthplace: The Bronx

Profession: Actor

Nationality: United States

Leonard Harris

Date of Birth : Sep 27, 1929
Date of Death : Aug 28, 2011
Birth Place : The Bronx

Leonard Harris was an American critic, author, and actor. He played Senator Charles Palantine in the Martin Scorsese film Taxi Driver and the mayor in Hero at Large. Leonard Jerome Harris was born in the Bronx on Sept. 27, 1929. He graduated from City College and served in the Army at Fort Dix during the Korean War. In 1961 he married Mary Ann Wurth. They divorced in 1973. He also had homes in Stanfordville, N.Y., and West Palm Beach, Fla. Mr. Harris began his career writing obituaries and book reviews for The Hartford Courant in 1958. In 1966 he became a culture critic at WCBS-TV in New York City, a position he held until 1974. He had three novels published and worked as a television writer later in his career. He served on the Tony Award Nominating Committee in the later 1980s and early 1990s. Mr. Harris also played the mayor in a 1980 romantic comedy, “Hero at Large.” He wrote three novels published in his lifetme. His first, “The Masada Plan,” was called “gripping, fast-moving, expertly engineered” by the novelist Meyer Levin in The New York Times Book Review. A fourth novel was published posthumously.


  • Actor
  • Journalist
  • Author

Also known as

  • Leonard Jerome Harris


  • Mary Ann Wurth
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