Harry Hurwitz

Harry Hurwitz (January 27, 1938 – September 21, 1995) was an American film director, screenwriter, actor and producer.[2]

Harry L. Hurwitz
Born(1938-01-27)January 27, 1938
New York City, United States
DiedSeptember 21, 1995(1995-09-21) (aged 57)
Los Angeles, California
OccupationFilm director
Years active1971–1994
Spouse(s)Joy Hurwitz[1]


Hurwitz attended The High School of Music & Art and New York University, where he received a BS in 1960 and an MA in 1962. Before becoming a director, Hurwitz worked intermittently as a drawing instructor at the State University of New York at New Paltz, Cooper Union, Parsons School of Design, and Queens College; he also taught filmmaking courses at New York University, Purchase College, the New York Institute of Technology, and the Pratt Institute. His directorial debut film The Projectionist also included the first acting role for actor/comedian Rodney Dangerfield.[3] He often used the pseudonym "Harry Tampa".

In the early 1970s, Hurwitz was an artist-in-residence at the University of South Florida in Tampa. It was at that time that he produced the black and white serigraphic self-portrait that briefly (and inexplicably, as the film is set in Los Angeles) appears on the walls of the main character May's (Susan Dey) apartment in the 1986 film Echo Park.


As a painter, Hurwitz has work in the permanent collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the National Gallery of Art, the Corcoran Gallery of Art (now defunct) and the Philadelphia Museum of Art.[1] He taught painting and drawing at various American colleges.[1]


Title Year Director Writer Producer Role Notes
The Projectionist 1970 Yes Yes Yes Friendly Usher Directorial Debut, also editor
Chaplinesque, My Life and Hard Times 1972 Yes Yes Yes Documentary film
Richard 1972 Yes Yes No
Auditions 1978 Yes No No The Director (uncredited) as Harry Tampa
Fairy Tales 1978 Yes No No as Harry Tampa
Nocturna: Granddaughter of Dracula 1979 Yes Yes No as Harry Tampa
Safari 3000 1980 Yes No No
Under the Rainbow 1981 No Yes No
The Comeback Trail 1982 Yes Yes Yes Also editor
The Big Score 1983 No No Executive
The Rosebud Beach Hotel 1984 Yes Uncredited Yes
Once a Hero 1987 Yes No No Urknown episodes
That's Adequate 1989 Yes Yes Yes
Fleshtone 1994 Yes Yes No


  1. ^ a b c "Harry Hurwitz, a Screenwriter, Film Director and Painter, 57". The New York Times. October 11, 1995. Retrieved June 7, 2016.
  2. ^ "Harry Hurwitz". The New York Times. September 21, 1995. Retrieved August 22, 2012.
  3. ^ Brennan, Sandra (September 21, 1995). "Harry Hurwitz > Overview". AllMovie. Retrieved September 11, 2010.

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