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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 (age 81)
Years active1963–present
Gwen Welles
(m. 1975; died 1993)

Kristen Lowman
(m. 2005)


Early lifeEdit

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


Yulin attended UCLA, where he studied acting. He 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, The Diary of Anne Frank, The Price, and Hedda Gabler.[5] In 2010, he played Willy Loman 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 was notable 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.[7][8] In 2010 he appeared in the AMC series Rubicon.

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

Film critic Jim Emerson once quipped that Yulin "should be in every movie ever made."[10]

Personal lifeEdit

Yulin was married to actress Gwen Welles until her death in 1993. His second marriage is to Kristen Lowman.[citation needed]

Selected filmographyEdit


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

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