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Stacy Harris (July 26, 1918 – March 13, 1973) was a Canadian-born actor with hundreds of film and television appearances.[1] His name is often found spelled Stacey Harris.

Stacy Harris
Stacy Harris Doorway to Danger.jpg
Harris as Doug Carter in Doorway to Danger, 1953.
Born(1918-07-26)July 26, 1918
Big Timber, Quebec, Canada
DiedMarch 13, 1973(1973-03-13) (aged 54)
Years active1951–1972

Early yearsEdit

Harris was an Army pilot whose leg was injured in a plane crash less than six months after he enlisted in 1937. That injury prevented him from re-enlisting when World War II began, but he served with the American Volunteer Group as an ambulance driver and with the French Foreign Legion as a dispatch rider. Before becoming an actor, he held a variety of jobs, including newspaper reporter, boxer, sailor, and artist.[2]


Harris acted in five Broadway plays and received a New York Critics Award. [3][4]


Harris was best known for his role as agent Jim Taylor on ABC Radio's This is Your FBI. In 1946, Jerry Devine, that program's producer-director, told newspaper columnist Jack O'Brian: "Stacy has just the sort of voice I need for the quiet authority of the special agent on my show. On top of that, he's a good actor, and it's a combination on radio which can't be beat."[2]

His other roles in radio programs included Batman in The Adventures of Superman,[5] and Ted Blades in The Strange Romance of Evelyn Winters.[5]:319 He was also a member of the casts of Confession,[6] Dragnet,[6]:200 Pepper Young's Family,[6]:294 Destiny's Trails,[5]:98 and Frontier Gentleman.[7]


Harris's roles in television programs included those shown in the table below

Program Role
Four Star Playhouse: A Place of His Own (Charles Boyer) Guest stars on October 8, 1953 as Frank Le Beau Doorway to Danger Agent Doug Carter[8]
The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp John Clum[8]:600
N.O.P.D. Detective Victor Beaujac[8]:770–771
O'Hara, U.S. Treasury Ben Hazzard[8]:783
Return to Peyton Place Leslie Harrington[9]
Bearcats! Emmet Grosvenor

Harris played varied characters, often villains, on various programs produced by Jack Webb's Mark VII Limited, such as Dragnet, Noah's Ark, GE True, Adam-12, and Emergency!.[10][11][12][13][14]

Harris guest starred in the religion anthology series, Crossroads, and played a gangster in the 1956 time travel television episode of the anthology series Conflict entitled "Man from 1997" opposite James Garner and Charles Ruggles.[15][16] Thereafter, he appeared as Whit Lassiter in the 1958 episode "The Man Who Waited" of the NBC children's western series, Buckskin.[17] He guest starred as Colonel Nicholson in the 1959 episode "A Night at Trapper's Landing" of the NBC western series, Riverboat, starring Darren McGavin.[18]

Harris appeared too in three syndicated series, Whirlybirds, starring Kenneth Tobey, Sheriff of Cochise and U.S. Marshal, both with John Bromfield, and as the character Ed Miller in the episode "Mystery of the Black Stallion" of the western series, Frontier Doctor, starring Rex Allen.[19][20][21] He was cast in two episodes of the David Janssen crime drama, Richard Diamond, Private Detective.[22]

Harris in 1958 portrayed Max Bowen in "The Hemp Tree" and in 1959 as Abel Crowder in "Rough Track to Payday", episodes of the CBS western series, The Texan, starring Rory Calhoun.[23]

In 1960, Harris was cast as a drummer named Cramer in the episode "Fair Game" of the ABC western series, The Rebel, starring Nick Adams.[24] Harris appeared in three episodes of CBS's Perry Mason, playing the role of murder victim Frank Curran in "The Case of the Married Moonlighter" (1958), Perry's client Frank Brooks in "The Case of the Lost Last Act" (1959), and murderer Frank Brigham in "The Case of the Crying Comedian" in 1961.[25] In 1963 Harris appeared as a Gambler on the TV western The Virginian in the episode titled "If You Have Tears."[citation needed]

In 1969, Harris played the corrupt and cowardly Mayor Ackerson of the since ghost town of Helena, Texas, in the episode "The Oldest Law" of the syndicated television series, Death Valley Days, hosted by Robert Taylor not long before Taylor's own death.[26] Popular character actor Jim Davis played Colonel William G. Butler (1831–1912), who takes revenge on the town after its citizens refuse to disclose the killer of Butler's son, Emmett, who died from a stray bullet from a saloon brawl. Butler arranges for the San Antonio and Aransas Pass Railway to bypass Helena; instead Karnes City, south of San Antonio, becomes the seat of government of Karnes County. Tom Lowell (born 1941) played Emmett Butler, and Tyler McVey was cast as Parson Blake in this episode.


Harris died March 13, 1973, at the age of 54 in Los Angeles, California of an apparent heart attack.[27][28]


Year Title Role Notes
1950 Appointment with Danger Paul Ferrar
1951 His Kind of Woman Harry Uncredited
1953 The Redhead from Wyoming Chet Jones
1953 The Great Sioux Uprising Uriah
1954 Dragnet Max Troy
1955 New Orleans Uncensored Scrappy Durant
1956 Comanche Downey
1956 The Mountain Nicholas Servoz
1956 The Brass Legend George Barlow
1957 Raintree County Union Lieutenant Uncredited
1958 The Hunters Col. Monk Moncavage
1959 Good Day for a Hanging Coley
1959 Cast a Long Shadow Eph Brown
1962 Four for the Morgue Lt. Victor Beaujac
1963 It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World Police Radio Unit F-7 Voice, Uncredited
1965 Sylvia Mr. Leland Uncredited
1965 Brainstorm Josh Reynolds
1965 The Great Sioux Massacre Mr. Turner
1965 The Money Trap Drunken Man (scenes deleted)
1966 An American Dream Detective O'Brien
1967 Countdown Technician Uncredited
1968 Bullitt Voice, Uncredited
1970 Bloody Mama Agent McClellan
1970 The Wife Swappers Psychiatrist
1970 Noon Sunday Operations Commander Callan


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  2. ^ a b O'Brian, Jack (November 16, 1946). "Broadway". Hope Star. Arkansas, Hope. p. 4. Retrieved June 26, 2016 – via  
  3. ^ "Stacy Harris, 54, Actor On Radio, Stage and TV". 14 March 1973 – via
  4. ^ "Actor Moved By Applause".
  5. ^ a b c Terrace, Vincent (1999). Radio Programs, 1924–1984: A Catalog of More Than 1800 Shows. McFarland & Company, Inc. ISBN 978-0-7864-4513-4. p. 16.
  6. ^ a b c Sies, Luther F. (2014). Encyclopedia of American Radio, 1920–1960, 2nd Edition. McFarland & Company, Inc. ISBN 978-0-7864-5149-4. p. 156.
  7. ^ "Frontier Gentleman". Idle Minds Design. Retrieved June 4, 2018.
  8. ^ a b c d Terrace, Vincent (2011). Encyclopedia of Television Shows, 1925 through 2010. McFarland & Company, Inc. ISBN 978-0-7864-6477-7. p. 278.
  9. ^ "Actor Stacy Harris Dies". The Times. California, San Mateo. United Press International. March 14, 1973. p. 4. Retrieved June 26, 2016 – via  
  10. ^ "Stacy Harris".
  11. ^ "CTVA US Medical Drama – "Noah's Ark" (Jack Webb/NBC) (1956–57) starring Paul Burke".
  12. ^ "CTVA US Anthology – "GE True" (MarkVII/(CBS) narrated by Jack Webb".
  13. ^ "Adam-12".
  14. ^ Yokley, Richard; Sutherland, Rozane (1 May 2007). "Emergency!: Behind the Scene". Jones & Bartlett Learning – via Google Books.
  15. ^ "CTVA US Anthology – "Crossroads" (Bernard L. Schubert/ABC) Season 1 (1955–56)".
  16. ^ "Conflict (1956–57) Man From 1997–November 27, 1956". 3 February 2012.
  17. ^ "CTVA Western – "Buckskin" (Revue/NBC) (1958–59) Tommy Nolan, Sallie Brophy".
  18. ^ "A Night at Trapper's Landing (1959)".
  19. ^ "The Whirlybirds".
  20. ^ "U.S. Marshal".
  21. ^ "Mystery of the Black Stallion (1956)".
  22. ^ "Richard Diamond, Private Detective".
  23. ^ "The Texan". Classic Television Archive. Retrieved January 31, 2013.
  24. ^ "The Rebel".
  25. ^ "Stacy Harris – Movies and Filmography". AllMovie.
  26. ^ "Death Valley Days".
  27. ^ "The Milwaukee Sentinel". – via Google News Archive Search.
  28. ^ "Stacy Harris". Idaho State Journal. Idaho, Pocatello. Associated Press. March 16, 1973. p. 13. Retrieved June 26, 2016 – via  

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