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Harris, Sam (b. 1961)  
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"It doesn't hurt," he quipped, "that Cooper Atticus Harris-Jacobsen is stunningly handsome, intelligent, and, yes, even at this age, showing signs of incredible athleticism and wit. . . . At his first outing, a trip to the pediatrician, I noticed even then that all the other children were thoroughly unremarkable in comparison. And I know it isn't just me. My mom, who was visiting, was with us and concurred 100%."

In 2009, Harris was featured in a production of a new musical based on Olivia Goldsmith's novel and Hugh Wilson's 1996 film The First Wives Club (music by Brian Holland, Lamont Dozier, and Eddie Holland; book by Rupert Holmes) at the Old Globe Theater in San Diego.

In 2010 Harris wrote and recorded "My Reclamation," described in The Advocate as "a rousing anthem for marriage equality, gay rights, and civil rights."

He explained that he composed the song because of a sense of urgency: "I wrote 'My Reclamation' because it is vital that we unite now, rally now, and pool our resources now to prepare for the next step to equality. This song is a declaration of rights. It is about faith that unity will triumph over adversity. . . . It's a call to action."

The song can be heard on Harris's well-maintained and well-stocked YouTube channel, SamHarrisCOM.

Also in 2010, Harris performed a reading of Sherman Yellin and Will Holt's new musical Let Me Sing, based on the life and music of Al Jolson. If the musical is actually produced on Broadway, and Harris stars as Jolson, that will be a kind of poetic justice, for in 1998 Harris was scheduled to star as Jolson in a Broadway production of a musical based on the 1927 film of The Jazz Singer only to see the project fall through when a major financial backer withdrew.

Harris has, over the years, not only been active in the fight against AIDS and in supporting marriage equality and other human rights, but also in raising funds for children's health organizations.

Linda Rapp

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Epstein, Jeffrey. "Sam's Revival." The Advocate 801 (December 21, 1999): 63.

Harris, Sam. "I'm a Dad." The Advocate (March 12, 2009):'m_a_Dad/

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"Sam Harris Records Equality Anthem." The Advocate (May 26, 2010):

"Tony Nominee Sam Harris Leads LET ME SING Musical Reading 4/15." (April 14, 2010):


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    Author: Rapp, Linda  
    Entry Title: Harris, Sam  
    General Editor: Claude J. Summers  
    Publication Name: glbtq: An Encyclopedia of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual,
Transgender, and Queer Culture
    Publication Date: 2010  
    Date Last Updated June 26, 2010  
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