The Norman Transcript


February 17, 2014

Bob L. Harris

NORMAN — Bob L. Harris who died Feb. 14 in Evanston, Ill. Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22, at the Northminister Presbyterian Church in Evanston.

He was born Oct. 11, 1922 in Walters to Robert Lee Harris, a barber, and Annie Abernathy Harris, owner of a dress shop. He was president of the Walters High School Class of 1940. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II with the 384th Field Artillery Division of the 103rd Infantry.

He graduated Tau Beta Pi from the University of Oklahoma College of Engineering in 1947. He married Margaret Sholl on June 1, 1947. He received a voice degree from the American Conservatory of Music in Chicago in 1949.

His television credits include “The Fred Waring Show,” “The Perry Como Show,” “Max Liebman Presents,” “Martha Raye Show,” and “The Garry Moore Show” where he did skits with Carol Burnett, Dom Deluise and others.

He appeared with Carol Burnett in “Calamity Jane.” Other performances include the Kraft Music Hall and “The Entertainers.”

Harris worked in the development office of the United Presbyterian Foundation and later in the OU Development Office in Norman. He was manager of the Oklahoma City Symphony from 1972 to 1975 and later managed the Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Symphony and the Orchestra of Illinois.

In 1985, while working in the bookstore of the Chicago Art Institute, Harris sent Jeffrey Potter’s Pollock biography, “To A Violent Grave,” to his son, actor Ed Harris, and suggested he make a film about Pollock. Fourteen years later, Ed Harris directed and starred in the acclaimed film, “Pollock,” which Bob also appeared in.

His film credits include “A Flash of Green,” “Last Innocent Man,” “Riders of the Purple Sage,” and “Appaloosa.” He was a member of the Northminister Players of Evanston, Ill, from 1983 to 2006 and was an elder and deacon of the Presbyterian Church.

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