The story of Jack H. Harris‘ career is nothing if not a true Hollywood success story. In his early days, Harris worked as an usher in a movie theater, and he eventually climbed his way up the proverbial ladder and formed a publicity and distribution company. From there, Harris went one step further and decided to produce films of his own, and he had a smash hit success right out of the gate with the 1958 classic The Blob. Made on a budget of just over $100,000, the picture grossed $4 million at the box office; just like that, Harris was a player in Hollywood.
He subsequently went on to produce a handful of genre films between 1958 and 1991, including 4D Man, Dinosaurs!, Master of Horror, Equinox, and John Carpenter’s Dark Star. Harris returned to the Blob franchise he helped launch by executive producing Beware! The Blob, the 1972 sequel to the original. He also produced director Chuck Russell’s 1988 remake of The Blob.
Harris, who has a story credit on Beware! The Blob and also wrote/directed 1966’s Unkissed Bride, penned a book about his career in 2015. Fittingly, it was titled Father of the Blob.
Jack H. Harris’ status as a Hollywood legend was cemented when he was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame back in February of 2014.
The legendary producer died today in his home. He was 98.