Harry Northup Biography (1940-)

Born 1940, in Amarillo, TX; raised in Sidney, NE; married Holly Prado (a writer); children: one son.

Actor, poet
Birth Details
Amarillo, Texas, United States

Famous Works

  • Film Appearances
  • Patient, Lilith, Columbia, 1964
  • Harry, Who's That Knocking at My Door (also known as I Call First and J. R.), Joseph Brenner Associates, 1968
  • Cowboy on bus, Star Spangled Girl, Paramount, 1971
  • Harvey Hall, Boxcar Bertha, American International Pictures/Orion,1972
  • Jerry the soldier, Mean Streets, Warner Bros., 1973
  • Parker, The All-American Boy, Warner Bros., 1973
  • Bartender at Joe & Jim's, Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore, Warner Bros., 1974
  • FBI agent, Crazy Mama, New World, 1975
  • Doughboy, Taxi Driver, Columbia, 1976
  • Sheriff Len Skerritt, Fighting Mad, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1976
  • Lieber, Two-Minute Warning, Universal, 1976
  • Chief goon, Which Way Is Up?, Universal, 1977
  • Alabama, New York, New York, United Artists, 1977
  • The Red Baron, Handle with Care (also known as Citizen's Band and The Great American Citizens Band), Paramount, 1977
  • Hank, Blue Collar, Universal, 1978
  • Doberman, Over the Edge, Orion/Warner Bros., 1979
  • Skinny guy, The Rose, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1979
  • Thomas Burke, Tom Horn, Warner Bros., 1980
  • Carmine, Used Cars, Columbia, 1980
  • Trooper, Heart like a Wheel, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1983
  • (As Harry Northrup) Frank, Nickel Mountain, ZIV International, 1984
  • New Year's Eve marine, Swing Shift, Warner Bros., 1984
  • Second limousine driver, Hard to Hold, Universal, 1984
  • (As Harry E. Northup) Congressman, Project X, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1987
  • Governor, Kansas, TransWorld Entertainment, 1988
  • Rayford Satterwhite, Nowhere to Run, Concorde, 1989
  • Mr. Bimmel, The Silence of the Lambs, Orion, 1991
  • McMurtry, Unlawful Entry, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1992
  • Mr. Fletcher, Hero (also known as Accidental Hero), Columbia, 1992
  • Juror, Philadelphia, TriStar, 1993
  • Preacher, Bad Girls, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1994
  • (As Harry E. Northup) Reno jail cop, Fathers' Day, Warner Bros., 1997
  • Sheriff, Beloved, Buena Vista, 1998
  • (As Harry E. Northup) Leon Smith, Brokedown Palace, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1999
  • (As Harry E. Northup) Congressman Flores, The Manchurian Candidate, Paramount, 2004
  • Television Appearances
  • Miniseries
  • Major, North and South II (also known as North and South: BookII), ABC, 1986
  • The Deliberate Stranger, NBC, 1986
  • Minister, In Cold Blood, CBS, 1996
  • Movies
  • John Pennington, Maneaters Are Loose!, CBS, 1978
  • Officer Thorpe, 11th Victim (also known as The Lakeside Killer), CBS, 1979
  • The Day the Bubble Burst, NBC, 1982
  • Uncle Charlie, Reform School Girl, Showtime, 1994
  • Pilots
  • The Colony, ABC, 1996
  • Episodic
  • (As Harry E. Northup) Hank, "The Man Who Murdered Himself," Alias Smith and Jones, ABC, 1971
  • (As Harry E. Northup) Potts, "Jailbreak at Junction City," Alias Smithand Jones, ABC, 1971
  • Rogers, "Caged Angel," Charlie's Angels, ABC, 1979
  • "Long Ago Tomorrow," King's Crossing, ABC, 1982
  • Wayne Harkness, "A Brand New Day," Knots Landing, CBS, 1982
  • Wayne Harkness, "Encounters," Knots Landing, CBS, 1982
  • Wayne Harkness, "Catharsis," Knots Landing, CBS, 1982
  • "There Goes the Neighborhood," Scarecrow and Mrs. King, CBS, 1983
  • "Celebrations," Hotel, ABC, 1985
  • (As Harry E. Northup) Security guard, "Mirror, Mirror ... ," Amazing Stories, NBC, 1986
  • "The Crossing" (also known as "Golden Hour"), ER, NBC, 2001
  • Justice Fitzsimmons, "Snakes in the Grass," The Court, ABC, 2002
  • Justice Fitzsimmons, "A Wing and a Prayer," The Court, ABC, 2002
  • Justice Fitzsimmons, "Back in the Bottle," The Court, ABC, 2002
  • Justice Fitzsimmons, "Life Sentence," The Court, ABC, 2002
  • (As Harry E. Northup) Sonny, "Justice," Karen Sisco, ABC, 2003
  • Appeared as a cop in "Fly Paper," an episode of Fallen Angels, Showtime; also appeared in Street Hawk.
  • Videos
  • (As Harry E. Northup) Security guard, "Mirror, Mirror," Amazing Stories: Book Four, MCA/Universal Home Video, 1992
  • Poetry
  • As Harry E. Northup
  • Ragged Vertical, Cahuenga Press, 1996
  • Reunions, Cahuenga Press, 2001
  • Author of at least four other books of poetry, including Enough the Great Running Chapel and The Images We Possess Kill the Capturing.

Further Reference


    • Lummox Journal, July, 2001

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