Harris Yulin
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Harris Yulin
Harris Yulin
Born (1937-11-05) November 5, 1937 (age 82)
Years active1963-present
Gwen Welles
(m. 1975; died 1993)

Kristen Lowman
(m. 2005)

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]

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
1970 End of the Road Joe Morgan
1970 Neither Are We Enemies Barabbas TV movie
1971 Doc Wyatt Earp
1973 Incident at Vichy Leduc, A Doctor TV movie
1973 The ABC Afternoon Playbreak John Connors Episode: "The Mask of Love"
1974 The American Short Story Parker Adderson Episode: "Parker Adderson, Philosopher"
1974 Kojak Bert Podis Episode: "Die Before They Wake"
1974 The Midnight Man Casey
1974 Melvin Purvis: G-Man George 'Machine Gun' Kelly
1974 Barnaby Jones Porter Long
1974 The Greatest Gift Hog Yancy
1974 The Missiles of October KGB Agent Alexander Fomin
1975 Ironside Sam North
1975 Little House on the Prairie John Stewart
1975 Night Moves Marty Heller
1975 Caribe Peter Brady
1975 Baretta Detective Grissom
1975 The Kansas City Massacre John Lazia
1975 S.W.A.T. Paul Julian
1975 Police Woman Benny Hummel
1976 Dynasty John Blackwood TV movie
1976 Insight
1976 St. Ives Detective Carl Oller
1976 Most Wanted Billy Wilcox
1976 Victory at Entebbe General Dan Shomron TV movie
1977 American Raspberry Charles Conlin
1977 Wonder Woman Mark Bremer
1978 When Every Day Was the Fourth of July Prosecutor Joseph T. Antonelli TV movie
1978-1979 How the West Was Won Deek Peasley
1979 Steel Eddie Cassidy
1979-1981 Meeting of Minds Leonardo da Vinci/William Shakespeare 4 episodes
1983 Scarface Mel Bernstein
1984-1985 As the World Turns Michael Christopher
1985 Robert Kennedy and His Times Senator Joseph McCarthy Episode: "#1.1"
1986 Short Fuse Chief Harrigan
1986 Cagney & Lacey Ross O'Brien
1987 Candy Mountain Elmore Silk
1987 The Believers Robert Calder
1987 Fatal Beauty Conrad Kroll
1988 Bad Dreams Dr. Berrisford
1988 Judgment in Berlin Bruno Ristau
1988 Another Woman Paul
1989 Ghostbusters II The Judge
1990 Daughter of the Streets John Franco TV movie
1990 Narrow Margin Leo Watts
1990-1991 WIOU Neal Frazier 16 episodes
1991 Face of a Strangers David TV movie
1992 Final Analysis Prosecuting Attorney Uncredited
1992 The Heart of Justice Keneally TV movie
1992 There Goes the Neighborhood Marvin Boyd
1992 Civil Wars Nicolo Nicolai Episode: "Dan Boat House"
1993 The Last Hit Wilbur Bryant TV movie
1993 Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Aamin Marritza Episode: "Duet"
1994 Clear and Present Danger James Cutter
1995 Stuart Saves His Family Dad
1995 The Baby-Sitters Club Harold
1995 Truman General George Marshall TV movie
1995 Cutthroat Island Black Harry
1996 Loch Ness Doctor Mercer
1996 Frasier Jerome Belasco Episode: "A Word to the Wiseguy"
1996 Multiplicity Doctor Leeds
1996 If These Walls Could Talk Professor Speras Segment "1974"
1996 Looking for Richard Himself / King Edward
1997 Murphy Brown The Jackal
1997 Murder at 1600 General Clark Tully
1997 La Femme Nikita Gregory Kessler / Norris Gaines Episode: "Gambit"
1997 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
1999 Cradle Will Rock Chairman Martin Dies
1999 The Hurricane Leon Friedman
1999-2002 Buffy the Vampire Slayer Quentin Travers 3 episodes
2000 The Virginian Judge Henry TV movie
2000 The Million Dollar Hotel Stanley Goldkiss
2000 The X-Files Cardinal O'Fallon
2001 Perfume Phillip
2001 Rush Hour 2 Agent Sterling
2001 American Outlaws Thaddeus Rains, President Rock Northern Rail Road
2001 Training Day Doug Rosselli
2001 Chelsea Walls Bud's Editor
2001 The Emperor's Club Senator Bell
2002-2003 24 Roger Stanton 9 episodes
2003 Mister Sterling Chairman Wilson 3 episodes
2004 King of the Corner Peter Hargrove
2005 Game 6 Peter Redmond
2005 Third Watch Jonathan Turner 2 episodes
2006 The Treatment Doctor Arnold Singer
2006 Fur: An Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus David Nemerov
2007 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Thomas M. Grady Sr. Episode: "Players"
2007 Entourage Arthur Gatoff Episode: "The Return of the King"
2008 Cashmere Mafia Rafe Gropman 2 episodes
2008 Canterbury's Law Chris Canterbury Episode: "Trade-Off"
1994, 2008 Law & Order Stanley Devon / Edward Manning 2 episodes
2009 Loving Leah Rabbi Belsky TV movie
2009 The People Speak Himself
2009 Damages Claire's father Episode: "Uh Oh, Out Come the Skeletons"
2010 My Soul to Take Dr. Blake
2010 Rubicon Tom Rhumor 2 episodes
2010 Madso's War Jim O'Connor TV movie
2011 Pan Am Henry Belsen Episode: "Unscheduled Departure"
2011-2011 Nikita Admiral Bruce Winnick 3 episodes
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 Forever Eli Swier Episode: "Hitler on the Half-Shell"
2015 The Family Fang Hobart Waxman
2015 The Blacklist Sir Crispin Crandall 1 episodes
2016 The American Side Tom Soberin
2016-17 Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Orson Snyder 5 episodes
2017-18 Ozark Buddy Dyker 12 episodes
2018 Billions Leonard Funt 3 episodes
2018 Murphy Brown Professor Talbot 2 episode
2019 Divorce Gordon 4 episodes


  1. ^ "Awards for Harris Yulin". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 2017.
  2. ^ "Harris Yulin". nndb.com. Retrieved 2019.
  3. ^ "Harris Yulin biography". The New York Times. Retrieved 2017.
  4. ^ "Harris Yulin". Internet Broadway Database. Retrieved 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 2015.
  7. ^ "The People Speak (2009)". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 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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