Ron Harper is an American television and movie actor. He resides in California.[citation needed]

Ron Harper
Ron Harper (c. 2007)
Born
Alma materPrinceton University
OccupationActor
Years active1955-2015
SpouseSuzy (m.1974;div)
Children1

Life and career edit

Harper was born in Turtle Creek, Pennsylvania, near Pittsburgh.[1] After making straight A's at Turtle Creek High School, he went to Princeton University, where he was a member of the University Players.[1] He was offered a fellowship to study law at Harvard but chose instead to study acting under Lee Strasberg.[2]

After serving in the US Navy, Harper returned to New York. After several disappointments, he earned a job as Paul Newman's understudy in the Broadway play Sweet Bird of Youth in 1959.[3] Relocating to Hollywood, his first role was in 1960 for the NBC television series Tales of Wells Fargo. Steady television guest appearances followed, including a role on NBC's series The Tall Man. In December 1960, he appeared in the episode "Duel at Parkison Town" of NBC's Laramie. Also, in December 1960, he appeared in Wagon Train (S4,Ep12, The River Crossing).

Harper appeared in soap operas, including CBS's series Where the Heart Is and Love of Life. He appeared as a regular performer for several television series, including Planet of the Apes, and as Uncle Jack for the third season of Land of the Lost. His movie credits included roles in Below Utopia (1997), The Odd Couple II (1998), Freedom Strike (1998), Glass Trap (2005) and The Poughkeepsie Tapes (2007).

Television series edit

 
Back row, L-R James Naughton and Roddy McDowell; front: Ron Harper, in Planet of the Apes (TV series, 1974)

References edit

  1. ^ a b Freeman, Donald (July 8, 1966). "New Lawyer Series Shaping Up". The Shreveport Journal. Copley News Service. p. 44. Retrieved December 27, 2021 – via Newspapers.com.
  2. ^ Appleton, Jerry (March 1, 1975). "Checking Your TVQ". Montreal Gazette. p. TV Times-2. Retrieved December 27, 2021 – via Newspapers.com.
  3. ^ Sweet Bird of Youth, IBDB.com; accessed June 3, 2016.

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