WALTER HARRISSeen and done it all!
Playing Age: 70+
Walter Harris was born in London, in the middle of the Jazz Age, in 1925 and joined the RAF directly from Haileybury in 1943. In Cairo he was German interpreter to Africa Korps POWs and playwright in RAF Repertory Company and news reader on the Forces Network. Post War, he emigrated to Brazil and wrote and presented a series of English-language radio shows shows on Radio Nacional, Rio de Janeiro.
Heading north, Walter became an accredited radio interviewer with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation in arts and entertainment, mainly in New York. His first interviewee was TV impresario Ed Sullivan. On his return to London, Walter began broadcasting for the BBC. He interviewed Peter Cook, Dudley Moore, Alan Bennett and Jonathan Miller on the opening night of Beyond the Fringe, and many noteworthy actors, authors and stars such as Danny Kaye, John Wayne, and W. Somerset Maugham.
For the archival record, THEATRE 60 Walter interviewed Noel Coward, Albert Finney, Harold Pinter, Peter Ustinov, Peter Hall, and Kenneth Tynan. The Gramophone reviewed THEATRE 60 as ‘arguably one of the best spoken word records ever made’.
When Bob Guccione founded Penthouse, Harris contributed short stories and articles, and later became the new magazine’s motoring correspondent. Walter is the author of ten published novels and has four new books being published this year.