Harris Yulin, after studying in Los Angeles with the fine actor Jeff Corey, who, having been blacklisted, became a fine teacher, spent 20 months living in Europe and Israel, dubbing films into English and performing a night club show with William Burroughs at the Club Montparnasse in Paris. He made his New York debut in 1963 in James Saunders’ NEXT TIME I’LL SING TO YOU, with James Earl Jones and Estelle Parsons at the Phoenix Theatre. He has appeared in many plays, including Broadway (HEDDA GABLER, THE PRICE, THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK,THE VISIT, A LESSON FROM ALOES, WATCH ON THE RHINE) and off-Broadway: HAMLET (three times) Richard Nelson’s FRANK’S HOME and Steve Tesich’s ARTS AND LEISURE (Playwrights Horizons), Lanford Wilson’s RAINDANCE at the Signature Theatre, and many others.
Recent stage appearances: FROST/NIXON at the Bay St., Sag Harbor, LONG DAY’S JOURNEY INTO NIGHT at the Court Theatre, Chicago; DEATH OF A SALESMAN at the Gate Theatre, Dublin, HAMLET at CSC; CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF at the Chautauqua Festival. Harris starred in Will Eno’s new play THE PLOT at Yale Rep in November-December of 2019.
As director his production of Horton Foote’s THE TRIP TO BOUNTIFUL with Lois Smith and Hallie Foote played an extended run at the Signature Theatre in New York, picking up four Lortel Awards (actress, featured actress, production, director), and subsequently moved to the Goodman Theatre, Chicago. Other productions include Conor McPherson’s THIS LIME TREE BOWER at Primary Stages, New York, CANDIDA (with Stanley Holloway) at the Shaw Festival, Ontario, THE GLASS MENAGERIE (with Amy Irving) at Guild Hall, East Hampton, MEN’S LIVES at Bay St., Sag Harbor AS YOU LIKE IT (with Sigourney Weaver) at Dallas Shakespeare, THE MAN WHO CAME TO DINNER (with James Whitmore) Long Beach Theatre Festival, etc.
His first film came in 1968, an adaptation by Terry Southern of John Barth’s END OF THE ROAD, directed by Adam Avakian with James Earl Jones and Stacy Keach. Others: CANDY MOUNTAIN, (directed by Robert Frank and Rudy Wurlitzer), SHORT HISTORY OF DECAY, (Michael Maren), 75% IN JULY (Hyatt Bass), CLEAR AND PRESENT DANGER (Philip Noyce), SCARFACE (Brian de Palma), MULTIPLICITY (Harold Ramis) and most recently, ALL SQUARE (John Hyams), WANDERLAND (Josh Klausner), THE SOUNDING (Catherine Earton), NORMAN (Joseph Cedar), THE FAMILY FANG (Jason Bateman).
TV includes two Netflix series, OZARK and THE UNBREAKABLE KIMMY SCHMIDT. Yulin was recently seen in a cameo appearance on the reboot of MURPHY BROWN, has a recurring role on BILLIONS, and was a guest star in an episode of FOR THE PEOPLE. Yulin shot an arc role on HBO’s DIVORCE for the new season which aired in 2019. Harris recently shot a guest role in Derek Cianfrance’s new HBO series I KNOW THIS MUCH IS TRUE. He starred in the CBS series W.I.O.U. and the NBC series MR. STERLING (written by Lawrence O’Donnell). Yulin has been seen in many other TV movies and guest star appearances.
Numerous narrations for PBS (American Masters: Leonard Bernstein: REACHING FOR THE NOTE), and many more. His audio books include two Ross MacDonald novels, both with casts of 50, SLEEPING BEAUTY and THE ZEBRA STIPED HEARSE, and Norman Mailer’s last novel, THE CASTLE IN THE FOREST.
He taught at the Juilliard School for 8 years, concentrating for the last few years on Shakespeare. He directed, at Juilliard THE WINTER’S TALE and RICHARD III and directed and acted (with students) in PROOF and ALL MY SONS. He conducts Shakespeare workshops (e.g. at the Actors’ Center). Harris taught at Columbia University in 2019.