Danielle Harris


Danielle Harris
Danielle Harris

Harris attending Adventure Con 2008
Born Danielle Andrea Harris
June 1, 1977 (1977-06-01) (age 34)
Queens, New York, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 1985–present

Danielle Andrea Harris (born June 1, 1977) is an American film and television actress, best known as a scream queen for her roles in several horror films, four of them in the Halloween series:[1] in Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers and Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers as Jamie Lloyd and in Halloween and Halloween II as Annie Brackett. Other work includes voice acting for the complete TV series run of The Wild Thornberrys (1998–2004), as Debbie Thornberry, and Father of the Pride (2004–2005), as Sierra.

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Early life

Harris was born in Queens, New York, and raised by her single mother, Fran.[2][3] Harris's family moved to Port Orange, Florida and there she attended Spruce Creek Elementary School.

Career

Early career

Harris still lived in Florida, when winning a children's beauty contest found her in New York. Moving back there, Harris began her professional career by appearing in television commercials while maintaining an A average at PS 117 and PS 232 in Queens, New York.[citation needed] Her first acting role followed in 1985, when she made her debut as little Samantha 'Sami' Garretson on ABC's One Life to Live, a part she would continue to play for three years.

Appearances in the Halloween series

Original continuity

In 1988, Harris auditioned and was chosen (beating out Melissa Joan Hart) for the part of Jamie Lloyd, Michael Myers's niece and intended victim, in the movie Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers. Just one year later, she would reprise the role in Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers. The character of Jamie returned in 1995 for Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers but Harris did not participate due to disagreements regarding the changes to her character on the script. Also, an agreement for her requested salary could not be reached. Thus J. C. Brandy ended up playing Jamie in the film.[4]

Remake continuity

Harris would eventually return to the franchise to portray a different role, re-creating Michael Myers's original babysitter victim Annie Brackett for Rob Zombie's Halloween, a 2007 re-imagining of John Carpenter's 1978 original. In this film, she had nudity for a sex scene and her encounter with Michael Myers, the first such episode in her career. She stated "[It] is something that I wanted to do because everyone's like, 'Oh, she's little Jamie. She's 14.' And it's like, no, actually, I'm 30. It's something that I've never done before."[5] The character of Annie returned and Harris reprised her role for Rob Zombie's Halloween II, released in 2009.

Other roles as a young actress

Following her earlier Halloween appearances, various youth roles were played by Harris on film, some of them as daughter or niece to renowned action stars. Credits during this time include Marked for Death (1990) alongside Steven Seagal, Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead (1991) with Christina Applegate, The Last Boy Scout (1991) alongside Bruce Willis and Damon Wayans, Free Willy (1993), Daylight (1996) alongside Sylvester Stallone, Wish Upon a Star (1996) portraying two body-swapping characters along with Katherine Heigl, and her first horror film since her Halloween beginnings, Urban Legend (1998). Also during this period she began to develop her extensive television credits, with a recurring role on the sitcom Roseanne during the 1992–93 season (as Roseanne's teenage neighbor Molly), plus special appearances on Boy Meets World, Diagnosis: Murder, Charmed and ER, among others; she was a supporting player for the two-year run of CBS drama That's Life, the voice of Debbie Thornberry on the animated series The Wild Thornberrys, which ran for five seasons, and the voice of Sierra, the adolescent white lioness on the CGI-animated sitcom Father of the Pride. One of her characters originating from television, Debbie Thornberry, has gone on to appear in theatrical films: the animated The Wild Thornberrys Movie and Rugrats Go Wild.

Independent and scream queen personality

More recent work, close to and following her later Halloween appearances, includes the films Debating Robert Lee, Race You to the Bottom (an Outfest prizewinner) and the Halloween-themed Left for Dead, as well as an appearance in the music video for the song "The Bleeding", by Five Finger Death Punch. She also starred alongside Lance Henriksen, Bill Moseley, AFI's Davey Havok, and Battlestar Galactica's Nicki Clyne in the Illustrated Film series Godkiller. For Fearnet, she hosted Route 666: America's Scariest Home Haunts.

Harris has continued to increase her horror and fantastic film credits. Her films Godkiller and Blood Night: The Legend of Mary Hatchet saw DVD release by the time Fear Clinic, a Fearnet original web series featuring Harris as well as Robert Englund, Kane Hodder, and Lisa Wilcox, made its debut the week of Halloween 2009, and her own upcoming horror resources website, horrorgal.com, was announced.[6] She can also be seen as Felicia Freeze in the comedic superhero film Super Capers, and alongside Robert Patrick in The Black Waters of Echo's Pond.[7] On December 3, 2009, Harris confirmed a lead in the slasher Hatchet II,[8] taking over Tamara Feldman's role of Marybeth,[9] which was released October 1, 2010. Other such credits include Jim Mickle's second feature film,[10] the vampire/post-apocalyptic picture Stake Land,[11] and Night of the Living Dead: Origins 3D, director Zebediah de Soto's prequel/re-telling of George A. Romero's 1968 original.[12] She is set to star in William Forsythe's directorial debut, the vampire film New Blood.[13] Harris's own directorial debut is the horror comedy Among Friends, in which she also has a supporting role.[14]

In 2010, Danielle Harris was hailed as 'horror's reigning scream queen' by NY Daily News.[15] She has provided the cover feature for such horror/glamour publications as Girls and Corpses and Gorezone magazine.[16][17]

Personal life

Harris is Jewish.[18] She has a sister, Ashley.[19] Fellow actors Harris has been in a romantic relationship with include Michael Rosenbaum and Corin Nemec.[20]

Stalking incident

In 1995, Harris was stalked by an obsessed fan, Christopher Small, who wrote letters threatening to kill her. Small was later arrested after bringing a shotgun and a teddy bear to her home. On January 29, 2007, Harris appeared on an episode of The Dr. Phil Show, sharing her experience with other affected people. The stalker was obsessed with Molly, her character on the TV show Roseanne. In October 2009, Harris was granted a restraining order against Small, who began sending her messages on Twitter.[21] The restraining order will expire in 2012.[22]

Filmography

Film
Year Title Role Notes
1988 Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers Jamie Lloyd
1989 Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers Jamie Lloyd
1990 Marked for Death Tracey
1991 Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead Melissa Crandell
1991 City Slickers Classroom student
1991 The Last Boy Scout Darian Hallenbeck
1993 Free Willy Gwenie
1995 Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers Young Jamie Lloyd From archive footage (Producer's Cut)
1996 Shattered Image Susan
1996 Back to Back Chelsea Malone
1996 Daylight Ashley Crighton
1998 Dizzyland Lulu
1998 Urban Legend Tosh Guaneri
1999 Goosed Young Charlene Silver
2000 Poor White Trash Suzi
2001 Killer Bud Barbie
2002 The Wild Thornberrys Movie Debbie Thornberry (voice)
2003 Rugrats Go Wild Debbie Thornberry (voice)
2004 Debating Robert Lee Liz Bronner
2004 Em & Me Emily
2005 Race You to the Bottom Carla
2007 Halloween Annie Brackett
2007 Left for Dead Nancy
2008 Burying the Ex Olivia Short film
2008 Prank Segment director
2009 Super Capers Felicia Freeze
2009 Halloween II Annie Brackett
2009 Blood Night: The Legend of Mary Hatchet Alissa Giordano
2009 The Black Waters of Echo's Pond Kathy
2010 Godkiller Halfpipe (voice)
2010 Cyrus: Mind of a Serial Killer Maria Sanchez
2010 Hatchet II Marybeth Dunston
2010 Stake Land Belle
2011 The Victim Mary
2011 Shiver Wendy Alden
2011 ChromeSkull: Laid to Rest 2 Spann
2011 Night of the Living Dead: Origins 3D Barbara (voice) Post-Production
2011 The Trouble with the Truth Jenny Completed
2011 Among Friends Director
Television
Year Title Role Notes
1985–1987 One Life to Live Samantha 'Sami' Garretson TV series
1987 Spenser: For Hire Tara Episode: "Thanksgiving"
1991 Don't Touch My Daughter Dana Hemmings TV film
1991 The Killing Mind Young Isobel TV film
1991 Eerie, Indiana Melanie Monroe Episode: "Heart on a Chain"
1991 Growing Pains Susie Maxwell Episode: "The Big Fix"
1992 1775 Abby Proctor TV short
1992–1993 Roseanne Molly Tilden 7 episodes
1993 The Woman Who Loved Elvis Priscilla 'Cilla' Jackson TV film
1993 Jack's Place Jennifer Episode: "True Love Ways"
1994 The Commish Sheri Fisher Episode: "Romeo and Juliet"
1994 Roseanne: An Unauthorized Biography Jessica Pentland TV film
1994 Boy Meets World Theresa 'T.K.' Keiner Episode: "Sister Theresa"
1996 Wish Upon a Star Hayley Wheaton/Alexia Wheaton TV film
1997 High Incident Episode: "Camino High"
1997 ER Laura Quentin Episode: "Something New"
Episode: "Friendly Fire"
1997–1998 Brooklyn South Willow Mortner Episode: "Clown Without Pity"
Episode: "Tears on My Willow"
1998 Diagnosis: Murder Noelle Andrews Episode: "An Education in Murder"
1998 Charmed Aviva Episode: "The Fourth Sister"
1998–2004 The Wild Thornberrys Debbie Thornberry (voice) 91 episodes
1999 Hard Time: Hostage Hotel Justine Sinclair TV film
2000–2002 That's Life Plum Wilkinson 28 episodes
2001 The Wild Thornberrys: The Origin of Donnie Debbie Thornberry (voice) TV film
2002 The West Wing Kiki Episode: "20 Hours in America"
2003 The Partners Leila TV film
2004–2005 Father of the Pride Sierra (voice) 12 episodes
2005 Cold Case Young Gina Carroll Episode: "Yo, Adrian"
2010 Psych Tonya Episode: "Feet, Don't Kill Me Now"
2011 Paranormal Challenge Herself (guest judge) Episode: "USS Hornet"
2011 Nuclear Family Zoe TV film
Other
Year Title Role Notes
2000 The Wild Thornberrys: Animal Adventure Debbie Thornberry (voice) Video game
2001 The Wild Thornberrys: Rambler Debbie Thornberry (voice) Video game
2007 Route 666: America's Scariest Home Haunts Herself (host) 31-episode web series
2007 "The Bleeding" Music video
2009 Fear Clinic Susan 5-episode web series

References

  1. ^ Danielle Harris at AllRovi
  2. ^ Bonko, Larry (1995-07-29). "IN SEARCH OF TEEN STARS, FAMED EXPLORERS". Virginian-Pilot. http://nl.newsbank.com/nl-search/we/Archives?p_product=VP&p_theme=vp&p_action=search&p_maxdocs=200&p_topdoc=1&p_text_direct-0=0EAFF8ADCEF26105&p_field_direct-0=document_id&p_perpage=10&p_sort=YMD_date:D&s_trackval=GooglePM. Retrieved 2007-12-10. 
  3. ^ "Danielle Harris Biography (1977–)". Filmreference.com. 1977-06-01. http://www.filmreference.com/film/54/Danielle-Harris.html. Retrieved 2009-04-19. 
  4. ^ "Danielle Harris Aint Afraid Of No Ghosts – An Interview". Theindiespiritualist.com. http://theindiespiritualist.com/2010/10/02/danielle-harris-aint-afraid-of-no-ghosts-an-interview/. Retrieved November 14, 2011. 
  5. ^ "Interviews: Rob Zombie's Halloween – Danielle Harris". Live-Metal.Net. http://www.live-metal.net/interviews_halloween_danielleharris.html. Retrieved November 14, 2011. 
  6. ^ "Spooky Dan Checks into the Fear Clinic". DreadCentral. http://www.dreadcentral.com/news/34192/spooky-dan-checks-fear-clinic. 
  7. ^ "'The Black Waters of Echo's Pond' Gets Limited Release, New Trailer!". BloodyDisgusting. http://www.bloody-disgusting.com/news/19298. 
  8. ^ "Danielle Harris Lands Starring Role in 'Hatchet 2'!". BloodyDisgusting. http://www.bloody-disgusting.com/news/18284. 
  9. ^ "Danielle Harris Lands Lead in Hatchet 2". DreadCentral. http://www.dreadcentral.com/news/34806/danielle-harris-lands-lead-hatchet-2. 
  10. ^ "Horror Nights '09: Danielle Harris Talks 'Stake Land'". BloodyDisgusting. http://www.bloody-disgusting.com/news/17579. 
  11. ^ "Danielle Harris Reveals 'Stake Land' Webisodes!". Bloody-disgusting.com. http://www.bloody-disgusting.com/news/18578. Retrieved November 14, 2011. 
  12. ^ "Danielle Harris to Topline 'Night of the Living Dead: Origins'". Bloody-disgusting.com. http://www.bloody-disgusting.com/news/17501. Retrieved November 14, 2011. 
  13. ^ "Danielle Harris Vamps Up for 'New Blood'". Bloody-disgusting.com. http://www.bloody-disgusting.com/news/20701. Retrieved November 14, 2011. 
  14. ^ "Exclusive First Word and Look at the Cast – Danielle Harris' Among Friends". Dreadcentral.com. http://www.dreadcentral.com/news/45720/exclusive-first-word-and-look-cast-danielle-harris-among-friends. Retrieved November 14, 2011. 
  15. ^ "'Hatchet 2's' Danielle Harris is horror's reigning scream queen". Daily News. New York. October 2, 2010. http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/movies/2010/10/02/2010-10-02_hatchet_2s_danielle_harris_is_horrors_reigning_scream_queen.html. Retrieved November 14, 2011. 
  16. ^ Girls and Corpses No. 2 (Fall 2007)
  17. ^ Gorezone magazine No. 57 (July 2010)
  18. ^ "Danielle Harris – JW Magazine". Jwmag.org. http://www.jwi.org/Page.aspx?pid=646. Retrieved 2009-04-19. 
  19. ^ "Danielle Harris Biography – Yahoo! Movies". Movies.yahoo.com. 1977-06-01. http://movies.yahoo.com/movie/contributor/1800074093/bio. Retrieved 2009-04-19. 
  20. ^ Name *. "Harris Horror: A Conversation with Danielle Harris". Popcultureaddict.com. http://popcultureaddict.com/interviews/danielleharris/. Retrieved November 14, 2011. 
  21. ^ "Halloween II star Danielle Harris finds stalker Christopher Small starts again on Twitter". Courier Mail. 2009-11-11. http://www.couriermail.com.au/halloween-ii-star-danielle-harris-finds-stalker-christopher-small-starts-again-on-twitter/story-e6frewyr-1225796701619. Retrieved 2010-07-03. 
  22. ^ "'Halloween' Queen's Stalker Scare – Part II". TMZ. 2009-11-10. http://www.tmz.com/2009/11/11/halloween-queens-danielle-harris-christopher-small-stalker-scare-part-ii/. Retrieved 2010-07-03. 

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