JOHN C. HARRIS / 1918-2003

Film producer worked
on Elvis’ ‘Blue Hawaii’

Film producer John C. Harris died in his sleep at Tripler Army Medical Center on July 20. He was 85.

He received the Harrison Carroll Achievement Award in 1971 for the John Carr film "The Star Maker," starring Wendel Corey and featuring Barbara Valentin and Troy Cory, who became German film and TV personalities.

Harris co-produced independent films from the late 1960s into this decade, including "Christmas Around the World," starring Troy Cory and Priscilla Cory.

He also had a hand in the movie "Blue Hawaii," starring Elvis Presley, and worked on Ron Rice's Hawaiian Tropic Beauty Pageant, Hawaiian Tropic documentary segments for Troy Cory's TV show and the documentary "Miss Film World."

He served in the Merchant Marines during World War II and began his film career as an extra at Culver City Studios, then moved on to publicity and film marketing before becoming a producer.

He was born in Germany in 1918.

Committal services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Hawaii State Veterans Cemetery.

Donations can be made to the Motion Picture & Television Fund.


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