Walter Michael Harris


Walter Harris was a member of a performing family that included several other La MaMa performers-- Weezy, Ann, Fred, George, and others. See for more info about the family and images of them in action. George Harris III was born September 6, 1949 to George Harris II and Ann Harris. After spending the first 10 years of raising George and his siblings in Bronxville, NY, the Harris family moved to Clearwater Beach, Florida on the Gulf of Mexico, where George Harris II worked for the Air Force as a radio operator. In 1962, George Harris II moved back to New York where he met Ellen Stewart while looking for a place to live. Over a couple of years the rest of the Harris family joined him in the East Village and became involved with off off-broadway. After acting in off-off broadway productions and as a member of the El Dorado Players, Walter was cast in the original Broadway production of HAIR at age sixteen. While visiting Hibiscus in San Francisco he became attracted to new-age healing following a surgery that removed a tumor from his leg. Satisfied with the methods of his healers, he accepted an invitation to join their faith-based community the Holy Order of MANS. He later returned to theatre for his family's revue "Sky High" (1979). In 1987 he joined the cast of the Seattle holiday show, "Voices of Christmas," and has since been deeply involved with the Seattle fringe theatre scene. "Walter Harris has appeared in numerous off-off Broadway plays and TV productions. He received an 'Obie' Award for his drumming in 'Pomegranada'."

Harris, Ann, and Walter Michael Harris. Caravan to Oz: A Family Reinvents Itself Off-off-Broadway. El Dorado Books, 2014. Program for "God Bless Us, Everyone" (1967) [OBJ.1967.0155]
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