Harry Guardino Biography

Birthday: 1925-12-23
Place of Birth: New York City, New York
Height: 5' 10" (1.78 m)
Wiki Biography: Virile Brooklyn-born actor Harry Guardino, with dark, wavy hair and a perpetual worried look on his craggy-looking mug, started out in the acting school of hard knocks, slumming for nearly a decade in small, obscure 'tough guy' film parts in the early to mid 50s. A definite man's man, he finally attracted some attention on the Broadway stage with "A Hatful of Rain" (1956) and was nominated for a Tony for "One More River" in 1960. By then, juicier film roles began to gravitate his way, stealing the thunder out from under Cary Grant and Sophia Loren as a comic handyman in Houseboat (1958). Harry went on to play other brash guys with and without a comic edge to them in both crime and war stories such as Pork Chop Hill (1959), 5 Branded Women (1960), Hell Is for Heroes (1962), Madigan (1968), Dirty Harry (1971) and The Enforcer (1976), the last two pairing up with Clint Eastwood. He even played "Barabbas" in the classic bible epic King of Kings (1961) for a change of pace and scenery. More and more, however, TV became Harry's favorite medium. He portrayed district attorney "Hamilton Burger" in the 70s revival series of "Perry Mason" and co-starred in dozens of grim, rugged mini-movies often as a street-smart cop. Not so true to nature, he found an unlikely outlet in musical theatre in later years, going on to star in productions of "Woman of the Year" and "Chicago". A solid, durable, all-round actor, he died of lung cancer in 1995 at age 69.

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TV Title Appeared As Year Genre
The Reporter Danny Taylor 1964 Drama
Monty Nash 1971 Mystery
The New Perry Mason Hamilton Burger 1973 Crime
Movies Title Appeared As Year Genre
The King of Kings Barabbas 1927
The Enforcer 1951 0, Comedy
Hold Back Tomorrow 1955
Houseboat 1958 0, 0, 0
Pork Chop Hill 1959 0, 0
The Five Pennies 1959 0
King of Kings Barabbas 1961 0
Hell Is for Heroes 1962 Action, Drama
Madigan Det. Rocco Bonaro 1968
Lovers and Other Strangers 1970 Comedy
Red Sky at Morning 1971 Drama
Dirty Harry 1971 Action, Crime, Thriller
They Only Kill Their Masters 1973 Mystery, Romance, Thriller
Capone Johnny Tonio 1975
St. Ives 1976 Action, Crime, Drama
Rollercoaster 1977 Thriller
Contract on Cherry Street 1977 Drama, Thriller
Evening in Byzantium 1978 Drama
Any Which Way You Can 1980 Action, Comedy
Fist of Honor Dino Diamond 1993 Action, Drama