When it comes to acting, a very competitive industry, especially in an ever-evolving one like Hollywood, the trick to getting lasting relevance is sometimes to find your genre niche and be extremely good at it to ensure that you continue to cast projects in that genre. So far this trick has worked for Danielle Harris, who has earned the label of ‘scream queen’ by appearing in a variety of horror films.
Danielle Harris’s career began when she was a child, but a combination of discipline, hard work, and wise decisions has made her an active and relevant actress more than thirty years after her first appearance on screen.
With over ninety films and TV shows she has made as a voice actress and film director, there is much to discuss Danielle Harris’ life and career, and we’ll go into more detail below. Read on to learn more.
Danielle Harris Biography
Danielle was born on June 1, 1977, in Plainview, New York as one of two children of her mother Fran. Not much is known about her father and everything indicates that she was raised by a single parent. Although she was born in New York, her family moved to Florida where she began her education.
In Florida, while she was in grade school, Danielle Harris entered a beauty contest, which she eventually won, and was awarded a trip to New York. While in New York, Danielle’s beauty attracted a number of modeling offers, which eventually forced her family to move to New York.
Through her modeling career, which she combined with her schooling, Danielle Harris grew to star in television commercials and eventually began a career as an actress, which she continues to pursue to this day.
Danielle Harris’ films and TV shows
As Danielle Harris grew up, she was always attracted to opportunities in show business, and after answering yes to some of them, they eventually led to her first appearance in non-commercial screen production, as Samantha Garretson in the soap opera One Life to Live in 1985.
It was a solitary episode performance for Danielle, and she followed up with another appearance in Spenser: for Fire, in an episode as Tara.
We mentioned in the introduction that Danielle Harris is a scream queen, her journey into the world of horror movies began in 1988 when she was cast as Jamie Lloyd in the Halloween franchise, in the fourth film, Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers. The following year she played her role again in the fifth film, Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers.
As Danielle Harris grew, so did her acting career and over the next decade, she appeared in a variety of movies and TV shows, with some notable names such as Roseanne, where she played Molly Tilden, Growing Pains, The Woman Who Loved Elvis, Boy Meets World, ER, and several others.
At the turn of the millennium, Danielle Harris continued and supported her career as an actress, appearing in shows such as That’s Life, The West Wing, Father of the Pride, and movies like Race You to the Bottom, Killer Bud, Poor White Trash, and several others. Danielle began appearing in 2007 in another major horror franchise, Halloween, starring Annie Brackett. She began appearing in another, Hatchet, as Marybeth Dunstan and has repeated the role twice.
As the voice actress, Danielle Harris has lent her voice to the show, Robot Chicken, Father of Pride, The Wild Thornberrys, and several others.
As a director, she was responsible for directing the films Prank and Among Friends. To date, her filmography, which includes over ninety films and TV shows, has earned her several awards, including Burbank International Film Festival Best Actress and Fangoria Chainsaw Awards Hall of Fame inductee.
Husband (David Gross)
After a long period of dating, Danielle Harris took the plunge with her boyfriend David Gross and said yes to a sweet engagement proposal in 2013, and about a year later the couple got married on January 4, 2014, in the exotic destination of Holualoa, Hawaii.
The wedding was attended by friends and family of the couple and since the wedding, the family has grown by two children, the first is Carter Davis Gross, born on February 21, 2017, while the second child is also a son, Jagger Maxwell Gross, born on October 8, 2018. Another interesting fact about their children is that they both gave birth to children through in vitro fertilization (IVF).