Sam Harris has certainly been busy throughout his career! It certainly is a great career built off a chance appearance on a TV show. That doesn’t happen to many.
Samuel Kent “Sam” Harris (born June 4, 1961) is an American pop and musical theatre recording artist as well as a television, stage and film actor.
Harris got his start as the grand champion singer of Star Search in its premiere season in 1983. He gained acclaim and became best known for his winning rendition of the song “Over the Rainbow” on the show. His appearance on Star Search led to him landing a contract with Motown Records. He has nine studio albums to his credit.
On Broadway, he received a Drama Desk nomination for his role in the Tommy Tune-directed revival of Grease, and a Drama League Award as well as Tony, Outer Critic’s Circle and Drama Desk Award nominations for his work in The Life. He also starred in quite a few self-penned shows. Harris’ most recent theatrical outing was the film-to-musical adaptation of The First Wives Club in the summer of 2009.
Sam has appeared in three feature films to date: In the Weeds, the documentary Little Man and Elena Undone.
Harris co-created the television series Down to Earth. He is also credited on The Class, Rules of Engagement, The Wayne Brady Show and the Michael Jackson: 30th Anniversary Celebration.
In 2014, Harris turned his collection of autobiographical essays and stories which he had written into a book which was published as Ham (Slices of a Life).
Sugar Don’t Bite
You Keep Me Hangin’ On