It’s not all that often that people who have brought us iconic horror films are given stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, which makes us all the more proud today of Jack L. Harris, the producer of the original 1958 version of The Blob. Read on for the exciting details!
Variety reports that Harris is being honored with a prestigious star on the Walk of Fame today. Now 95 years old, the legendary movie mogul has produced, marketed, distributed, written and directed scores of films over the years, but The Blob marked his debuted on the Hollywood scene and is also the one he’s most known for.
The B-movie smash marked Steve McQueen’s first starring role, as a teenager who battled an undulating, man-eating mass from a crashed asteroid. Harris persuaded a sleepy Christian-themed film company in Pennsylvania to put its trained technicians to work on the movie, which was shot in three weeks at a cost of $110,000.
Before The Blob, Harris had distributed over a thousand movies. Tired of selling poor quality films, he had the know-how and vision to produce, direct or write his own and then get the movies to their audiences.
Congratulations to you, Mr. Harris. A well deserved honor!
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