John Harkins (actor)

For the 19th century MLB player, see John Harkins.
John Harkins
Born John Raymond Harkins
(1932-09-07)September 7, 1932
St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.
Died March 5, 1999(1999-03-05) (aged 66)
Portola Valley, California, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 1955 1996
Spouse(s) Lydia Ann Grenier (1964-1999; his death)

John Raymond Harkins (September 7, 1932 March 5, 1999) was an American stage, film, and television actor.


Born in St. Louis, Missouri, Harkins began acting professionally in the mid-1950s on the Broadway stage after studying at the University of Iowa. A life member of The Actors Studio,[1] Harkins appeared in productions of The Terrible Swift Sword, Good as Gold, and Mother Courage and Her Children, prior to making his television debut in a 1965 episode of The Trials of O'Brien. The next year, Harkins made his film debut in The Three Sisters, opposite Shelley Winters and Geraldine Page. From 1967 to 1970, he appeared in various roles on Dark Shadows, and appeared in guest roles on Harry O, and had roles in several television movies. In 1975, Harkins had a recurring role on the CBS sitcom Doc. He also appeared in "Chuckles Bites the Dust", a notable episode of The Mary Tyler Moore Show, as the reverend.

During the 1980s, Harkins continued with roles in television and films appearing in Absence of Malice, starring Paul Newman, the 1983 horror film Amityville 3-D, and the 1984 television movie Concealed Enemies. From 1985 to 1987, he portrayed Bruce Mansfield, a recurring character on Cagney & Lacey (he later reprised the role in the 1994 television reunion movie Cagney & Lacey: The Return). In 1988, Harkins co-starred in the television adaptation of Inherit the Wind starring Jason Robards and Kirk Douglas, followed by a role in Slaves of New York. One of Harkins' last onscreen appearances was in the 1996 HBO film Crime of the Century. He is not included on the St. Louis Walk of Fame.

Harkins died on March 5, 1999 in Portola Valley, California.

Selected filmography

Year Film Role Notes
1967 The Tiger Makes Out Leo
1969 Popi Harmon Uncredited
1978 Acapulco Gold Frye
1979 Being There Courtney Alternative title: Chance
1981 Absence of Malice Davidek
1982 Six Weeks Arnold Stillman
1983 Amityville 3-D
1984 Birdy Major Weiss M.D.
1987 Rampage Dr. Keddie
1992 Adventures in Spying Paperboy Alternative title: Operation Lookout
Year Title Role Notes
1972 Particular Men Eggard Television movie
1975 The Mary Tyler Moore Show Priest Episode: "Chuckles Bites the Dust"
1976 Sara Washburn Episode: "Lady"
1976 Griffin and Phoenix: A Love Story Dr. Glenn Television movie
1977 Family Bertrand Hammond 2 episodes
1978 All in the Family Gordon Faraday 1 episode
1979 The Cracker Factory Father Dunhill Television movie
1980 Tenspeed and Brown Shoe Beuler 1 episode
Alice Mr. Egan 1 episode
1981 Taxi John Bowman 1 episode
1982 One Shoe Makes It Murder Smiley Copell Television movie
1983 The Winds of War US Consul August Van Winaker II Miniseries
1984 City Killer Wally Rickvine Television movie
1985 Moonlighting Omar Gauss 1 episode
1986 Dream West Secretary of State George Bancroft Miniseries
1987 Sable Thomas R. Waterston 1 episode
1988 The Golden Girls Ham Lushbough 1 episode
1989 Hunter Dr. Pence 1 episode
1990 Murder, She Wrote Owen Brownwell 1 episode
L.A. Law Martin Lowens 1 episode
1992 Matlock Richard "Dick" Lerner 2 episodes
1993 The Boys Harlan 6 episodes
1994 Picket Fences Chief Justice Renquist 1 episode
1995 Pig Sty Bolek 1 episode


  1. Garfield, David (1980). "Appendix: Life Members of The Actors Studio as of January 1980". A Player's Place: The Story of The Actors Studio. New York: MacMillan Publishing Co., Inc. p. 278. ISBN 0-02-542650-8.

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