Steve Harris

Full / Real Name: Steven J. Harris
Born: 03 December 1965 (54 years old)
Gender: Male



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Steve Harris is an American actor best known for his starring role as Eugene Young in the legal drama television series The Practice, from 1997-2004.

He also had a starring role as Detective Isaiah 'Bird' Freeman, a detective who is - in one of the worlds - Michael Britton's (Jason Isaacs) partner, on the police procedural fantasy drama television series Awake, in 2012.

On the big screen, Harris starred in the Screen Gems bank heist Takers, opposite Matt Dillon, Idris Elba and Chris Brown. He also starred in Fox Atomic's action-packed 12 Rounds, where he played Special Agent Aiken opposite John Cena.

He also starred in the Sony/Screen Gems horror film Quarantine, and the remake of the horror film Rec opposite Jennifer Carpenter and Jonathon Schaech.

In 2005, Harris starred in Tyler Perry's romantic dramedy Diary of a Mad Black Woman, which opened at number one, grossing over $21-million opening weekend.

Harris starred in Adam Shankman's comedy Bringing Down the House, alongside Steve Martin and Queen Latifah. This film was number one at the box office for three consecutive weeks and grossed over $132-million domestically.

He also starred in Steven Spielberg's sci-fi thriller Minority Report with Tom Cruise, Collin Farrell and Samantha Morton. "Report" was another box office success that grossed $35-million on its opening weekend and $132-million domestically.

Harris' other film credits include Leon Ichaso's Sugar Hill with Wesley Snipes; Michael Bay's The Rock with Sean Connery, Nicolas Cage and Ed Harris; and Rob Cohen's The Skulls with Joshua Jackson and Paul Walker.

Harris, who was nominated for an Emmy Award twice for his role on The Practice, also recurred on the hit series Friday Night Lights, playing the role of Merriweather.

Also on NBC, Harris starred in Heist as James Johnson. The hour-long serialized comedic drama centered on a group of professional thieves plotting to simultaneously rob three prominent Beverly Hills jewelry stores during Oscar week.

Harris has received great praise from critics and has received numerous awards for his work such as the Viewers for Quality Television Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Drama in 1998 and 1999, and was again nominated in 2000.

Additionally, he was nominated for the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series in 1998, 1999 and 2000.

Harris' other television credits include Eli Stone, Law & Order, Murder One, New York Undercover and Chicago Hope. He has done voice work for the animated television show The Batman and appeared on Law & Order twice. He also had a recurring role on Homicide: Life on the Street.

A native of Chicago, Illinois, Harris earned a graduate degree in theatre from the University of Delaware. He currently resides in Los Angeles.

He is the older brother of actor Wood Harris.

Television Roles



Eugene Young

Detective Isaiah 'Bird' Freeman

Jayson Turk

Vernon Merriweather

Omar Toussant

Jeffrey Rollins



Joey 'Dogs' Lang

Calvin Tiller

Nelson Gates

Coach Tanner

Eugene Young

Eugene Young

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Eugene Young

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Eugene Young

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Eugene Young


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