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Phil Harris Biography

  • Profession: Actor
  • Born: Jun 24, 1904
  • Died: Aug 11, 1995
  • Birth Name: Wonga Philip Harris

When drummer/bandleader Phil Harris made his screen debut in the RKO short So This is Harris (1933), his screen image was that of a wavy-haired Lothario, utterly irresistible to women. When Harris became a regular on [[Performer~P5438~Jack Benny~jackbenny]]'s radio broadcasts of the 1930s and 1940s, his persona began taking on elements of self-parody, with a reputation for heavy imbibing thrown in for comic effect. Both the womanizing and drinking aspects of the "public" Harris were allowed to lapse on his own radio series, [[Feature~V1488~The Phil Harris-Alice Faye Show~aliceinparis]], in which he co-starred from 1946 to 1954 with his second wife, screen star [[Performer~P22899~Alice Faye~alicefaye]]. Now Harris was depicted as a rumbly-voiced, good-natured schmo, who was easily outclassed intellectually by his wife and his two daughters. During this period, Harris, whose previous song hits included the rapid-fire "That's What I Like About the South," began making such child-oriented recordings as "The Thing" and "I Know an Old Lady." This aspect of Harris' career proved a logical lead-in to his later voiceover assignments in such Disney feature-length cartoons as The Jungle Book (1967), [[Feature~V83925~The Aristocats~thearistocats]] (1970) and [[Feature~V41674~Robin Hood~robinhood]] (1973). While Phil Harris' off-screen personality was very much like his laid-back, genial stage character, he was a man of definite likes and dislikes: one of the latter was the Broadway musical The Music Man, which was written for Harris but which he turned down flat, steadfastly refusing to appear even in road-company or revival stagings. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi