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Robert Harper

Robert Harper

Robert Harper is a stage, film and television actor who has supporting roles in the feature films Creepshow, Once Upon a Time in America, Final Analysis, Twins, Deconstructing Harry, Wanted Dead or Alive, Amazing Grace and Chuck, Gunmen, Mommie Dearest, War of the Roses, and the current Molly.

He co-stars in the cable film Payoff, Running Mates, The Wrong Man, and J. Edgar Hoover all for Showtime; and Not Quite Human for The Disney Channel.

On television, he starred as the melancholic lawyer Bubba Weisberger in the acclaimed CBS series Frank's Place, and starred in two CBS miniseries: Ruby Ridge and Murder Ordained. He had recurring roles as an attorney on L.A. Law and as a Federal Agent on Wiseguy. He guest starred on episodes of NYPD Blue, Law & Order, Picket Fences, Murphy Brown, Roseanne, Newhart, The Cosby Mysteries, Gabriel's Fire, Matlock and Murder, She Wrote.

He starred in the telefilms Dempsey, Deadly Deception, Jutback Bound, The Case of the Hillside Stranglers, Babies, Held Hostage, Love & Lies, Paper Angels for American Playhouse and in the Hallmark Hall of Fame presentation, My Name is Bill W.

Mr. Harper was born in New York City and educated at Rutgers College. As an undergraduate he played leading roles in 10 of the 22 main stage productions and at the same time was an honors student in English literature and graduated with High Distinction. He was awarded a Regents Fellowship in 1974 to the University of California for graduate work but chose instead to join the repertory company at the Arena Stage in Washington, D.C.

At the Arena, he performed in plays by Shakespeare, Ibsen, Miller, Hecht & MacArthur, and Wilder as well as the American premieres of The Ascent of Mt. Fuji and The Tot Family.

He has performed twice at the Long Wharf Theatre in New Haven and originated a role in the off-Broadway production of Zeks, a play about Russian political prisoners. He made his Broadway debut in revivals of Once in a Lifetime and The Inspector General (each at Circle in the Square) and last appeared on Broadway in Arthur Miller's The American Clock in roles he created during the play's world premiere at the Spoleto Festival USA in Charleston, South Carolina.

Mr. Harper returned to Rutgers as a Guest Artist in 1977 and 1984 and was inducted into the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences in 1988 and accepted into the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in 1994.


Note: This profile was written in or before 2000.

Robert Harper Facts

OccupationActor
BirthdayMay 19, 1951 (66)
SignTaurus
BirthplaceNew York, New York, USA

Selected Filmography

Philly (2001) tv as Judge Irwin Hawes
The Insider (1999) as Mark Stern, esq.
Deconstructing Harry (1997) as Harry's Doctor
Gunmen (1994) as Rance
The Wrong Man (1993) tv-movie as Felix Crawley
Final Analysis (1992) as Dr. Alan Lowenthal
Running Mates (a.k.a. Dirty Tricks) (1992) tv-movie as Gordy Faust
Nick Knight (1989) tv-movie as Dr. Jack Brittington
Twins (1988) as Gilbert Larson
Frank's Place (1987) tv user recommendation as Si 'Bubba' Weisberger (breakthrough)
Murder Ordained (1987) tv-mini as Prosecutor Rick Warren
Wanted: Dead or Alive (1986) tv-movie as CIA Agent Dave Henderson
Once Upon a Time in America (1984) as Sharkey
Dempsey (1983) tv-movie as Damon Runyon
Creepshow (1982) as Charlie Gereson
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