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Young Ed Harris Hilariously Tears Up the Dance Floor in an Early Role

Young Ed Harris Hilariously Tears Up the Dance Floor in an Early Role

An early role for a young Ed Harris features the notoriously serious (and bald) actor letting his hair down and strutting his stuff. Creepshow is a 1982 horror comedy anthology film directed by Night of the Living Dead mastermind George A. Romero and written by horror icon Stephen King. The film is a loving homage to horror comics from the 1950s, with vivid colors, sardonic wit, and gruesome gore effects.

The fright flick was a hit and even knocked Sylvester Stallone’s First Blood off its pedestal at the box office when it debuted. The film has a deep bench of terrific actors, including Ted Danson, Leslie Nielsen, Hal Holbrook, and Adrienne Barbeau. However, perhaps the secret to the box office stew was none other than young Ed Harris… and his dance moves.

‘Creepshow’s First Segment Features Ed Harris with a Serious Fever for Hip Thrusts

Creepshow consists of five tales written by King. The first, “Father’s Day” deals with a demented old man returning from the grave to get the Father’s Day cake his murdering daughter never gave him. This segment features a young Ed Harris (just a year away from his big break in The Right Stuff) as one of the doomed victims of the resurrected ghoul. However, before he is added to the horror film’s body count… he leaves some serious blood on the dance floor.

The fluidity with which young Ed Harris performs in this scene is truly captivating. Even as a young actor in only his third or fourth film, he displays an impressive level of skill and dedication. The Hangman’s Dangle move he throws out there about 13 seconds in is truly epic. It might even rival the infamous Crispin Glover dance from Friday the 13th part IV.

Perhaps the fact that Harris had worked with Romero in 1981 King Arthur by way of a biker gang film Knightriders, helped him feel comfortable cutting loose. As silly as the moment is, the fact that Harris makes such a minor role so memorable is a sign of things to come.

The Footage of Young Ed Harris Dancing is a Favorite GIF These Days

Of course, the footage is pretty infamous in the age of social media. The isolated clip is frequently used as a GIF in pixelated frontiers such as X (formerly Twitter) and Reddit.

As iconic as the moment is, Ed Harris hasn’t thought much about his Creepshow dance recently. “Oh yeah! I just remember it was really silly,” Harris told Vulture in 2017. “I remember just trying to have a good time and stay loose. It’s pretty silly, I think. I haven’t seen it in years.”

However, Ed Harris admits he liked strutting his stuff when he was young. “I loved to dance,” he told the outlet. He even finds excuses to break out his dance moves nowadays… but in private. “But these days, I’m not in too many situations where anybody is dancing. I don’t mind dancing by myself. Turn on the music in a private room somewhere or down in the gym and just dance around and it’s really just a great way to stay loose.”