Steve Harris, co-star of the "Diary Of A Mad Black Woman" Movie!
Steve is the son of John, a bus driver, and Mattie, a housewife, who stressed his and younger brother, Sherwin's education over his love for football. Steve attended St. Joseph High in Westchester, Illinois, a private school known for developing star athletes such as basketball star Isaiah Thomas and was featured in the documentary "Hoop Dreams". Steve played running back. He then played linebacker for Northern Illinois, where he also studied drama. His football career ended with a torn ankle ligament. He completed his studies with a degree in theater from the University of Delaware. Steve was born on December 3, 1965, in Chicago, Illinois. Multi-talented actor Steve Harris has twice been nominated for an Emmy Award in the Best Supporting Actor category for his impassioned portrayal of partner Eugene Young on ABC's The Practice. In addition he won the 1998 and 1999 Viewers for Quality Television Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Drama, and was again nominated for that award in 2000. He was also nominated for the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series in 1998, 1999, 2000 and 2001. And Steve Harris won 2004 NAACP Image Award Winner For Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series!
Harris' motion picture credits include the Spielberg-directed feature Minority Report, The Rock, Sugar Hill and The Skulls. In addition he appeared in Bringing Down the House.
Born and raised in Chicago, Harris earned a graduate degree in theater from the University of Delaware. After graduation several theater roles led to a guest-starring appearance in the pilot episode of Homicide: Life on the Street and to a breakthrough role in Against the Wall, a docudrama about Attica.
Harris' other television credits include Law & Order, New York Undercover, Murder One and Chicago Hope. Also a seasoned stage actor, Harris earned critical acclaim for his off-Broadway performance in Heliotrope Bouquet and in the regional productions of Macbeth, Richard III, Julius Caesar and The Great White Hope.
Steve Harris: Black Like Me
Some people joke about racism. I am not much for turning the other cheek. I don't believe in that. If someone says something racial, I have no problem bluntly addressing that person. I give people only the respect they are worth. If your are an idiot, I am going to give you and idiot's respect.
As my father was an example for me, I will be and example for my son. I will tell him you are going to encounter people who will not like you based solely on your color. They will be intimidated by you, they will fear you, they will want to harm you, based purely on your color. But you've got to live your life. I don't believe in being bound by race nor victimized by it. You can't change the color of your skin. The one thing you can change is the kind of man you are going to become. Your character will be respected whether you are white, yellow black or red. Then you won't have to look in the mirror to find out who you are.
I am in a business that takes people and puts them in roles based on the color of their skin and I don't know any actor that has transcended race. No one. Denzel Washington starred opposite Julia Roberts in The Pelican Brief. In Grisham's book, the characters were sexualy involved but not in the film. How is the movie better by not having them involved?"
Big Brothers Big Sisters Celebrity Spokesperson Steve Harris: "Why I Give Back to Kids"
"My number one role model growing up was my father. Apart from my dad, a grammar school basketball coach played a pivotal role in my life. Coach Watkins not only coached our team, but he gave our lives structure and discipline. He made us accountable and kept us out of trouble. If you didn’t perform well in school, you faced the consequences. He linked our privileges to play basketball to our academic performance – if we didn’t do well on a report card, we didn’t play the next game.
Coach Watkins motivated us to excel, not only in basketball and grade school, but also in life. We had the opportunity to attend top high schools because of our grade school success. Coach Watkins invested his time and energy in us and the returns were immense. Many of us have gone to help kids ourselves, to pass along the guidance and support we received.
Kids need positive role models to show them the possibilities, the opportunities in life. My involvement with Big Brothers Big Sisters gives me the chance to invest in kids today. I find it really gratifying to help kids see beyond their current reality, to open up possibilities they otherwise would not have recognized. That’s exactly what Big Brothers Big Sisters, the oldest youth mentoring organization in the United States, does for more than 200,000 kids nationwide. Through Big Brothers Big Sisters, caring adults and kids, ages 6 through 18 form one-to-one relationships in 5,000 communities throughout the country. I’m proud to be associated with such a life-changing mission and organization."
More fast facts about Steve Harris
Full name: Steve J. Harris
Height: 6 ft.
College Nicknames: Busta and Smooth
Status: Never married
Residence: Los Angeles
Born: Chicago, IL
Parents: John and Mattie Harris