Harry Hamlin, born October 30, 1951, went from being a heartthrob to a character actor in the span of his colorful career on screen and continues to steal our hearts as the charming husband of one of the most famous women in the “Real Housewives” universe. He’s a talented, emotionally raw performer and will always be in our hearts as the handsome Perseus in “Clash of the Titans.” So, let’s celebrate his birthday in true Hamlin fashion, with flair, compassion, and a touch of charm.
Harry Hamlin is one of the last iconic movie stars from the 80s left in Hollywood. It is undeniable that Hamlin was a heartthrob, and he had a string of very famous women that gravitated toward him, some of whom he even married. This talented actor didn’t sit still for very long after the film roles didn’t stream in; he had a complete career resurgence through some memorable television roles.
Hamlin had a great childhood. He was born in Pasadena, California, to socialite Bernice and Aeronautical Engineer Chauncey Jerome Hamlin, Jr. He went to The Hill School, a prestigious boarding school in Pottstown, Pennsylvania, where he played soccer and lacrosse and participated in musicals and plays. He studied at the Pacific Conservatory of Performing Arts and attended the University of California, Berkeley, where he became a member of the Delta Kappa Epsilon national fraternity. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre and Psychology from Yale University in 1974 before attending the American Conservatory Theater’s advanced actor training program. He received a Master of Fine Arts in acting in 1976.
In 1979, he played the titular character in “Studs Lonigan,” which became his first significant role. However, his breakthrough performance came in 1981 when he starred as Perseus in Desmond Davis’s epic, “Clash of the Titans.” Following that, he shot to fame and did multiple film and television projects until the late 90s and early 2000s. He started appearing on television again in the early 2010s, in hits like “Curb Your Enthusiasm” (2000), “Shameless” (2011), “Mad Men” (2007), and “Glee” (2009). Today, he continues to pop up in some of our favorite television shows and films, and you can see him as candid as ever on “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” (2010) as the husband of cast member Lisa Rinna.
In the television miniseries "Studs Lonigan," Hamlin gets his first notable role as a young man growing into adulthood and tempted by the world in ‘Studs.’
Hamlin’s breakout role comes in the fantasy adventure film “Clash of the Titans,” in which he plays Perseus, the son of Zeus.
In an episode of the hit comedy series “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” Hamlin gets a guest role, which kickstarts his television comeback.
He appears in the critically acclaimed drama series “Mad Men” in a recurring role as Jim Cutler, for which he gets an Emmy nomination for guest actor.
Why We Love Harry Hamlin
He is a philanthropist and humanitarian
Hamlin is an advocate for the Barbara Davis Center for Childhood Diabetes and the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation. He also serves on the National Space Society's Board of Governors. We love that he has adapted through the years and remains a responsible and admirable human being.
He is down-to-earth
Through his many interviews and his appearance on “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills,” it is clear that he is a down-to-earth man with a love for the simple things in life. He loves his wife, his children, and gardening.
His iconic roles aged well
His long list of iconic roles has aged well in terms of not being controversial or problematic in today’s social media age. We love that he has chosen some significant and influential parts that are still relevant and important to today’s audiences. And we will continue to watch them happily.
5 Surprising Facts
He has a great singing voice
In 1991, Hamlin was featured on the charity single ‘Voices That Care’ to raise awareness and support for the U.S. troops stationed in the Middle East.
He’s been voted Sexiest Man Alive
Hamlin was named People Magazine’s Sexiest Man Alive in 1987, something his famous wife, Lisa Rinna, loves to post about on her social media platforms.
He is an author
Hamlin wrote and published his memoir, “Full Frontal Nudity,” in 2010 with some details about his life before fame.
He was married to a ‘Desperate Housewife’
In 1991, Hamlin married fellow actor Nicollette Sheridan, famous for appearing in “Desperate Housewives.”
He’s a four-time Golden Globe Award nominee
Hamlin has been nominated for multiple Golden Globe Awards for his work on “LA Law” and “Movie Movie.”
Harry Hamlin FAQs
Was Harry Hamlin married to Ursula Andress?
Hamlin was in a relationship with Ursula Andress and although an engagement was announced, the couple never married.
Where did Hamlin and Lisa get married?
The pair got married in the garden of their beautiful home. The property was built in 1986 and has a French Provincial design with antique furnishings.
How long has Harry Hamlin been married to Lisa?
The couple celebrated 25 years as husband and wife, with Rinna marking the occasion by posting a pair of black and white photos from their wedding day.
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