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Danielle Harris

Danielle Andrea Harris (born June 1, 1977) is an American film and television actress, best known as a scream queen for her multiple horror film roles, four of them in the Halloween series: in Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers and Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers as Jamie Lloyd and in the new version of Halloween and Halloween II as Annie Brackett.

Aside from her scream queen reputation, Harris is known as a former child star whose career has grown to include various independent films as well as such mainstream hits as Marked for Death, The Last Boy Scout, Daylight and the aforementioned Halloween films. She is also noted for her voice acting, which includes the complete TV series run of The Wild Thornberrys (1998–2004, as Debbie Thornberry) and Father of the Pride (2004–05, as Sierra).

In 1988, at age ten, Harris auditioned and was chosen for the part of Jamie Lloyd, Michael Myers’ niece and intended victim, in the film Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers. One year later, she would reprise her role for Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers. The character of Jamie returned in 1995 for Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers but Harris did not participate due to disagreements and J. C. Brandy ended up playing Jamie in the film.

Harris would eventually return to the franchise to portray a different character, re-creating Michael Myers’s original babysitter victim Annie Brackett for Rob Zombie’s Halloween, a 2007 re-imagining of John Carpenter’s 1978 original. In this film, she appeared nude in a sex scene and afterwards as she faced off against Michael Myers, the first such turn in her career. She stated “[It] is something that I wanted to do because everyone’s like, ‘Oh, she’s little Jamie. She’s 14.’ And it’s like, no, actually, I’m 30. It’s something that I’ve never done before.” The character of Annie returned and Harris reprised her for Rob Zombie’s Halloween II, released in 2009. Her part was expanded from the previous film and once again had her encountering Michael Myers.

More recent work, close to and following her later Halloween appearances, includes the films Debating Robert Lee, Race You to the Bottom and the Halloween-themed Devil’s Night (Left for Dead). She also starred alongside Lance Henriksen and Bill Moseley in the Illustrated film series Godkiller. For Fearnet, she hosted Route 666: America’s Scariest Home Haunts.

Harris has further continued to expand her horror credits in various media. Her films Godkiller and Blood Night: The Legend of Mary Hatchet saw DVD release by the time Fear Clinic, a Fearnet original web series featuring Harris as well as Robert Englund, and Kane Hodder, made its debut the week of Halloween 2009. Beginning with 2010’s Hatchet II, Harris has taken over the leading role of Marybeth in the Hatchet series, Hatchet III is due later this year. Some of Harris’s subsequent genre credits include Jim Mickle’s second feature film the vampire/post-apocalyptic epic Stake Land, Cyrus: Mind of a Serial Killer, Chromeskull: Laid to Rest II and Michael Biehn’s The Victim.

In addition to providing the voice and basis for a computer animated Barbara in Night of the Living Dead: Origins 3D, director Zebediah de Soto’s prequel/re-telling of the 1968 George A. Romero original. She is set to star in William Forsythe’s directorial debut, the vampire film New Blood. Harris’s own directorial debut is the horror comedy Among Friends, in which she also makes an appearance.

In 2010, Danielle Harris was identified as ‘horror’s reigning scream queen’ by the NY Daily News.