Last fall, Harris starred opposite Rupert Everett and Asia Argento in the Miramax thriller, "B Monkey," prompting New York Times critic Anita Gates to write that Jared Harris "is becoming one of the most fascinating actors around."Harris' performance as a Russian cab driver in Todd Solondz' "Happiness," alongside Jane Adams, Lara Flynn Boyle and Philip Seymour Hoffman, helped earn the cast the 1999 National Board of Review Acting Ensemble Award. He made his breakthrough performance as Andy Warhol in the 1996 critically acclaimed "I Shot Andy Warhol," by director Mary Harron.
In 1997, Harris received rave marks for two films at the Sundance Film Festival. He played a homeless man in Jonathan Nossiter's "Sunday," which won the Sundance Grand Jury Prize and an award for its screenplay. He also associate produced "Hurricane Streets," which took home the festival's Audience Award, and prizes for Best Cinematography and Best Director.
Other film credits include "Father's Day," "Dead Man," "Trance," "Smoke," "Lulu on the Bridge," "Chinese Box," "Gold in the Streets," "Blue in the Face," "Tall Tale," "Nadja," "Natural Born Killers," "The Public Eye," "The Last of the Mohicans," "Women & Men 2: In Love There Are No Rules," "The Rachel Papers," and "Far and Away."
Harris, the son of famed Irish actor Richard Harris, was born in London, England, and educated at Duke University where he was a drama and literature major. After graduating, Harris returned to England where he became a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company. While he was on vacation in New York in 1990, Harris auditioned for and won the role of Hotspur in "Henry V," which played at the New York Shakespeare Festival. Harris also starred with Val Kilmer and Jeanne Tripplehorn in the 1992 production of "'Tis a Pity She's a Whore" at the Public Theatre. In 1995 he won an Obie for his performance in the off-Broadway production of "Ecstasy." Harris currently resides in New York City and recently wrapped up writer/director Greg Pritikin's "Dummy."