Ron Harper (actor)

Ronald Robert Harper (born January 12, 1936) is an American television and movie actor. He resides in California.

Ron Harper
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Ron Harper (c. 2007)
Ronald Robert Harper

(1936-01-12) January 12, 1936 (age 87)
Years active1959–2015

Life and careerEdit

Harper was born in Turtle Creek, Pennsylvania, near Pittsburgh,[1] the son of George Harper and Mabel Grace (Champion) Harper.[citation needed] 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.

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 seriesEdit

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


  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
  2. ^ Appleton, Jerry (March 1, 1975). "Checking Your TVQ". The Gazette. Canada, Montreal. p. 109. Retrieved December 27, 2021 – via
  3. ^ Sweet Bird of Youth,; accessed June 3, 2016.

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