RobertHarper.net is a network of services involving the stage, film and television work of the professional actor, Robert Harper. Mr. Harper is a member of Screen Actors Guild (SAG), American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA) and Actors Equity (AEA). He is a member of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (ATAS), and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS). He is listed with Who's Who in America and is represented by James Weissenbach of Weissenbach Management in Los Angeles, CA.
Mr. Harper has supporting roles in the motion pictures Creepshow, Once Upon a Time in America, Final Analysis, Wanted Dead or Alive, Deconstructing Harry, Gunmen, Molly, The Insider, and appears in Amazing Grace and Chuck, Twins, Mommie Dearest and The War of the Roses.
He co-stars in the cable films Running Mates (HBO), Payoff, The Wrong Man, and J. Edgar Hoover (all for Showtime); and Not Quite Human (Disney Channel). In network telefilms, Mr. Harper starred in Dempsey, Deadly Deception, Outback Bound, The Case of the Hillside Stranglers, Babies, Held Hostage, Love and Lies, Paper Angels (for American Playhouse), and in the Hallmark Hall of Fame's presentation of My Name is Bill W.
On television, he starred as the melancholic lawyer Si "Bubba" Weisberger in the acclaimed CBS series Frank's Place (1987-1988) and as the acerbic Judge Irwin Hawes in the ABC series Philly (2001-2002). He starred in two true crime CBS miniseries: Ruby Ridge and Murder Ordained. He had recurring roles as an attorney on L.A. LAW and as a Federal Agent on Wiseguy. He has guest starred on episodes of NYPD Blue, Law & Order, Picket Fences, Murphy Brown, Roseanne, Newhart, The Cosby Mysteries, The Commish, Gabriel's Fire, Home Court, Matlock, Commander in Chief, Gilmore Girls and Murder, She Wrote.
Mr. Harper was born in New York City, schooled in New York, Massachusetts, Maryland, and New Jersey, and educated at Rutgers College. As an undergraduate, he played leading roles in 10 of the 23 mainstage productions, was an honor's student, and graduated with High Distinction in English. During his senior year, he co-starred in Neil Cuthbert's The Soft Touch, which won the American College Theatre Festival's first New Play Award (1974) and was performed at The Kennedy Center in Washington. He was awarded a Regents Fellowship to the University of California for graduate work, but chose instead to join the repertory company at the Arena Stage in Washington, D.C.
At the Arena, he performed in plays by Shakespeare, Miller, Ibsen, Hecht & MacArthur and Wilder as well as the American premieres of The Ascent of Mt. Fuji and The Tot Family. He has performed in a Eugene O'Neill revival and a Tom Griffen premiere at the Long Wharf Theatre in New Haven. On Christmas Eve 1981, he originated a role in the off-Broadway production of Zeks--a play about Russian political prisoners. He made his Broadway debut in revivals of Once in a Lifetime and The Inspector General (each at Circle in the Square) and last appeared on Broadway in Arthur Miller's The American Clock in roles he created during the play's world premiere at the Spoleto Festival USA in Charleston, S.C.
A longtime member of the Modern Language Association (MLA), he delivered a paper at the 1996 convention in Washington D.C. He returned twice to Rutgers as a Guest Artist-- the first time for the premiere of William Mastrosimone's Devil Take the Hindmost (1977) and later in the premiere of Ben Bettenbender's Widow's Walk (1984). In May 2007, he returned yet again to deliver the Commencement Address (view entire speech here) to the graduates of University College, Rutgers.