biographyBorn Bradford Harris in St. Anthony, Idaho, on July 16, 1933, Brad Harris played football while attending UCLA in the 1950s. Following his college football career, he remained in Los Angeles and, thanks to his weight training regimen, was hired as a stuntman by film studios, most notably in Spartacus (1960). On occasion, he also had the opportunity to act as well, beginning in the mid 1950s in usually uncredited roles. In the early 1960s, he went to Italy to star in peplums, starting with Goliath Against the Giants (1961; with Gloria Milland and Fernando Rey). Of the sword and sandal actors who followed Steve Reeves into the Italian cinema, Brad Harris was the first to branch out into other film genres with the German noir Hong Kong Hot Harbor (1962; with Horst Frank). By the mid 1960s, Harris was a star in Germany and was featured in the successful Kommissar X film series. He later moved into spaghetti westerns and horror films.
RIGHT: Harris married actress Olga Schoberová in Las Vegas in November 1967. The couple met on the set of The Secret of the Chinese Orchid in 1964. RIGHT: Bodybuilding photo of Harris from the early 1970s
Early 1960s photo of Gordon Scott having fun with a reporter in Rome while Brad Harris watches (thanks to Peter Vlachoutsakos)
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From Samson with Alan Steel (thanks to Nathalie Manier)
Mission to Hell (1964)
Death is Nimble, Death is Quick (1966)
Harris portrays Captain Tom Rowland in the action comedy Death is Nimble, Death is Quick, the third entry in the Kommissar X series of films
The Three Fantastic Supermen (1967)
Three Giants of the Roman Empire (1971)
From the effective horror flick The Mutations. LEFT: With Donald Pleasence. RIGHT: With Julie Ege. In addition to starring in this film, Harris also served as associate producer
From Hercules. LEFT: Brad Harris as Augias. CENTER: With Sybil Danning and Lou Ferrigno. RIGHT: With Lou Ferrigno
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brad harris todayAs of today, Brad Harris is still involved in filmmaking. He acted in and served as executive producer for the horror release Shiver (2011; with Casper Van Dien and Rae Dawn Chong), shot in Los Angeles.
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Goliath Against The Giants [DVD](1961) DVD
King Goliath journeys home from a distant war, facing savage storms and deadly sea monsters before vanquishing a pretender to his throne. Brad Harris, Fernando Rey star. AKA: "Goliath and the Giants." 95 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English (dubbed). Dubbed in English.
Samson [DVD](1961) DVD
Bodybuilder Brad Harris brings down the house as the strongman of Old Testament fame, splitting tree trunks with his bare hands, tackling whole legions of soldiers, and even battling fellow muscleman Hercules in a cross-theological showdown. With Walter Reeves, Mara Berni. AKA: "The Fury of Hercules," "Fury of Samson," "Samson vs. Hercules." 98 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English (dubbed). Plays All Regions.
Fury Of Hercules (1962)/Vulcan, Son Of Jupiter (1961) [DVD] DVD
First, in "Fury of Hercules," the legendary strongman comes to the aid of a beautiful queen who is being led astray by a power-hungry advisor. Stars Brad Harris, Mara Berni, Serge Gainsbourg. AKA: "Fury of Samson." Then, in "Vulcan, Son of Jupiter," the titular hero tackles monster men, underground creatures, and other foes in an adventure you'll never forget! With Rod Flash, Gordon Mitchell. 175 min. total. Standard; Soundtrack: English (dubbed). Dubbed in English. Plays All Regions.
79 A.D. [DVD](1962) DVD
Set in the Roman city of Herculaneum just before it was destroyed in the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius, this action-packed tale follows a young gladiator in his quest to overthrow the evil emperor and his band of corrupt nobles. Brad Harris, Mara Lane, Susan Paget star. AKA: "The Destruction of Herculaneum." 113 min. Soundtrack: English (dubbed).
Black Eagle Of Santa Fe [DVD](1964) DVD
This spaghetti sagebrusher with German roots showcases gladiator movie vet Brad Harris as a secret government agent sent to Santa Fe in order to look into the reasons the usually peaceful Indians have become hostile. What he uncovers is a devious plot conceived by a land-snagging rancher. With Horst Frank, Tony Kendall. AKA: "Gringos Do Not Forgive." Standard; Soundtrack: English.
The Kommissar X Collection [DVD] DVD
The first entry in the Euro-spy thriller "Kommissar X" series, "Kiss Kiss, Kill Kill" (1965) teams Interpol agent Brad Harris with soldier-of-fortune Tony Kendall so they can investigate a series of murders of politicians and scientists in the Mediterranean. With Maria Perschy. AKA: "Kommissar X, Hunter of the Unknown." "So Darling, So Deadly" (1966) finds partners Kendall and Harris in the Orient, where scientists are being murdered at a rapid clip. While looking into the crimes with his partner, Kendall discovers that he is romancing the daughter of the next man on the hit list. Barbara Frey also stars. AKA: "Agent Joe Walker: Operation Far East." Finally, European he-men Harris and Kendall investigate a murder in Ceylon, where they find themselves battling the sinister Three Yellow Cats crime organization, in "Death Is Nimble, Death Is Quick." (1966). Muscleman Dan Vadis also stars. AKA: "Three Golden Cats." 4 1/2 hrs. total. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono.
Spy Today, Die Tomorrow [DVD](1967) DVD
Thrilling spy saga concerns a dangerous millionaire who pays a gang to steal an atomic bomb from an American solo and blackmails the U.S. government for a fortune. Now, it's up to a fearless CIA agent known as Mr. Dynamite to track down the weapon before the rich maniac can use it. But can our hero possibly save the day? Does James Bond like martinis? Lex Barker, Maria Perschy, Amedeo Nazzari star. AKA: "Die Slowly, You'll Enjoy It More." Soundtrack: English (dubbed). Dubbed in English.
Death Trip [DVD](1967) DVD
A special agent brings LSD into the country for "military purposes," and when it gets stolen by some gun-toting criminals he and his partner try to find it amidst desert oil ruins and wild motorcycle chases. Gladiator film experts Brad Harris and Tony Kendall star along with Samson Burke of "The Three Stooges Meet Hercules." Based on the "Kommissar X" book series. AKA: "Kill Me Gently," "Soft Kill." Standard; Soundtrack: English (dubbed). Dubbed in English.
Galaxy Invader (1985)/Kong Island [DVD](1968) DVD
First, in "Galaxy Invader," an alien being lands on Earth with hopes of wreaking some otherworldly terror. Fortunately for mankind, an army of vigilantes in a small rural community attempts to stop the murderous monster from outer space. Richard Ruxton, Faye Tilles star. Then, in "Kong Island," a mad scientist turns gorillas into monstrous robot slaves with the aid of a mind-control device. Can a jungle queen put a stop to the madman's experiments? Brad Harris, Esmeralda Barros, Marc Lawrence star. AKA: "Eve, The Wild Woman," "King of Kong Island." 164 min. total. Standard; Soundtrack: English. Plays All Regions.
The Rattler Kid [DVD](1968) DVD
Smashing sagebrush saga about a military man, wrongly convicted for robbery and murder, who escapes and becomes an infamous outlaw while searching for the real criminals. Richard Wyler, Brad Harris star. 83 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English.
Return Of The Gladiator [DVD](1971) DVD
Swords, sandals, beefcake, cheesecake...it's all here in this brawny Roman adventure, as gladiator Marcus (Brad Harris) is dispatched by his emperor's proconsul to find out if a provincial governor is hatching a scheme with Germanic barbarians to dissolve the Roman Empire. Will the muscular Marcus be successful? Albert Farley, Maria Pia Conte co-star. AKA: "Three Giants of the Roman Empire." 93 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtracks: Italian Dolby Digital mono, English Dolby Digital mono. In Italian; no subtitles/Dubbed in English.
Island Of Lost Girls [DVD](1973) DVD
An exploitation favorite focusing on a group of sleazy fellows who run a white slavery ring, wheeling and dealing women from their home base in the Orient. Brad Harris, Tony Kendall and Monica Pardo star in this entry in the "Kommissar X" series. Standard; Soundtrack: English mono; theatrical trailers; scene access.
The Freakmaker [DVD](1973) DVD
Donald Pleasence plays a demented science professor who has created animal-plant hybrids in his lab and is ready to turn his attention to human subjects. Luckily, his college classes have plenty of attractive coeds to experiment on, and a nearby carnival sideshow (run by a pre-"Doctor Who" Tom Baker) offers a handy place to dump off Pleasence's victims. Gruesome British shocker also stars Brad Harris, Julie Ege, and Michael Dunn. AKA: "Dr. of Evil," "The Mutations." 92 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English.
The Girl In Room 2A [DVD](1974) DVD
A mysterious boarding house is the setting for diabolical depravity and death, as a young woman just out of prison moves in there and soon learns the kindly proprietor and her son are part of a murderous Satanic cult. Gruesome Italian shocker stars Daniela Giordano, Giovanna Galletti, Angelo Infanti, Raf Vallone. 84 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtracks: Italian Dolby Digital mono, English Dolby Digital mono; Subtitles: English; interview; trailers. In Italian with English subtitles/Dubbed in English.
Achtung! The Desert Tigers [DVD](1976) DVD
The kommadant of a POW camp in WWII Africa flaunts the Geneva Rules in the most mordant, depraved ways possible, torturing the women and inflicting brutal punishment on the men. The survivors band together to plot an escape, but can they overtake their sadistic captors? A Eurosleaze spectacle with Richard Harrison, Lea Lander and Gordon Mitchell. 85 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English mono (dubbed); Subtitles: Dutch.
SS Hell Camp [DVD](1977) DVD
The S.S. knew no restraints in their quest for perverted pleasures, and this shocker exposes the mad experiments at one Nazi prison camp. A sadistic female scientist captures virgins and keeps them in cages while injecting men with a libido-enhancing serum. Can the local resistance movement stop her before she takes her tortures to the next level? Macha Magall, Kim Gatti, Brad Harris star. AKA: "The Beast in Heat," "SS Experiment Camp 2." 86 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtrack: English (dubbed) Dolby Digital mono; Subtitles: English; photo gallery; theatrical trailer. Dubbed in English.
For Your Height Only (1979)/Challenge Of The Tiger [DVD](1978) DVD
He's shorter than Nick Nack and deadlier than 007! Weng Weng is Agent 00, a two-and-a-half-foot tall Filipino superagent in an ice cream suit, dispatching his enemies with well-aimed bites to their backsides. Nobody does it stranger, in "For Your Height Only." Then, a slow-motion topless tennis match opens a martial arts adventure starring Bruce Le (doing his best Bruce Lee impersonation), in "Challenge of the Tiger." Richard Harrison also stars. AKA: "Gymkata Killer." 173 min. total. Standard/Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtrack: English (dubbed) mono; biographies; photo gallery.
Hercules (1983)/The Adventures Of Hercules (1985) [DVD] DVD
The incredible Lou Ferrigno goes from green to Greek, playing the legendary hero in this fantasy double bill. In "Hercules," Ferrigno uses his strength to survive a variety of perils as he seeks to rescue the kidnapped princess Cassiopeia. Ingrid Anderson, Sybil Danning co-star. Next, only Ferrigno can recover the thunderbolts of Zeus, stolen by a trio of mischievous goddesses, in "The Adventures of Hercules," with Milly Carlucci and Sonia Viviani. AKA: "Hercules II." 188 min. total. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital stereo Surround; Subtitles: English, Spanish, French.
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This listing includes films for which Harris has written screenplays and served as producer:
Boom (1999), an Italian comedy with Harris in the role of Gordon Steele
Jungle Heat (1994) (Harris co-authored the screenplay)
Death Stone (1986) with Tony Kendall and Elke Sommer
Hercules (1983) with Lou Ferrigno, Sybil Danning, and Rossana Podesta
The Seven Magnificent Gladiators (1983) with Lou Ferrigno, Dan Vadis, Sybil Danning, and Mandy Rice-Davies
Challenge of the Tiger (1980) with Richard Harrison
Brass Target (1978) with Sophia Loren, John Cassavetes, George Kennedy, and Robert Vaughn
Lady Dracula (1977) with Stephen Boyd; Harris co-starred and wrote the screenplay
SS Hell Camp (1977)
Achtung! The Desert Tigers (1976) with Richard Harrison and Gordon Mitchell
This Time I'll Make You Rich (1974) with Antonio Sabato; Harris co-starred and was a co-producer
The Girl in Room 2a (1973) with Rosalba Neri
The Mutations (1972) with Donald Pleasence, Julie Ege, and Michael Dunn; Harris co-starred and was associate producer
Death Is Sweet from the Soldier of God (1972)
Zambo, King of the Jungle (1972) with Raf Baldassarre and Daniele Vargas
Durango Is Coming, Pay or Die (1972) with Erika Blanc
Meat is Meat (1971) (aka The Strangler of Vienna and The Mad Butcher) with Victor Buono, Karin Field, and John Ireland
The Return of the Gladiator (1971) with Massimo Serato and Raf Baldassare
Three Supermen in the Jungle (aka Fantastic Supermen and the Amazon) (1971) with Femi Benussi, George Martin, and Frank Brana
Tiger Gang (1971)
Formula 1 (1970) (aka Maniacs on Wheels) Harris served as actor and producer
Cin Cin Cianuro (1968) with Gordon Mitchell
King of Kong Island (1968) (producer)
Death Trip (1967) with Samson Burke
The Fantastic Three (aka Three Fantastic Supermen) (1967)
Mr. Dynamite (1967) with Lex Barker
The Ten Million Dollar Grab (1966) with Dana Andrews
Kiss Kiss, Kill Kill (1966) with Tony Kendall
So Darling, So Deadly (1966) with Tony Kendall
Death is Nimble, Death is Quick (1965) with Dan Vadis
Our Man in Jamaica (1965) with Larry Pennell
Black Eagle of Santa Fe (1964) with Horst Frank and Tony Kendall
Golden Hell on the Mekong (aka Mission to Hell) (1964)
Massacre at Marble City (1964)
The Secret of the Chinese Carnation (1964) with Klaus Kinski and Horst Frank
White Freight from Hong Kong (1964)
79 A.D. (1963) (aka The Destruction of Herculaneum) with Susan Paget and Philippe Hersent
Pirates of the Mississippi (aka Mississippi Pirates) (1963) with Dan Vadis and Tony Kendall
Hot Harbor Hong Kong (1962)
The Old Testament (1962) with Alan Steel, Carlo Tamberlani, and Philippe Hersent; directed by Gianfranco Parolini
The Fury of Hercules (1961) with Alan Steel
Goliath Against the Giants (aka Goliath and the Giants) (1961)
Samson (1961) with Alan Steel
TELEVISION GUEST APPEARANCES
B.J. and the Bear, the 1979-1981 comedy TV show with Greg Evigan
Splendor in the Grass, the 1981 TV movie with Ned Beatty, Eva Marie Saint, Melissa Gilbert, Ally Sheedy, and Michelle Pfeiffer
The Incredible Hulk with Lou Ferrigno and Bill Bixby
Derrick, a long-running German TV show (1974- ) featuring Horst Tappert
Falcon Crest, the long-running TV show (1981-1990). Harris made multiple appearances
Dallas the 1978-1991 nighttime soap with Larry Hagman, Barbara Bel Geddes, Patrick Duffy, and Jim Davis. Harris made multiple appearances
brad harris linksThe Official Shiver the Movie website.
Splatting Image: Brad Harris
Splatting Image, the magazine for the underground film by Andreas Rauscher and Devrim Tuncel, has a great page devoted to Brad Harris. Be sure to check out the entire site.
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