Ricky Harris, ‘Heat’ Actor and Comedian, Dies at 54
American actor and comedian Ricky Harris died on Monday of a heart attack, according to his manager, Cindy Ambers. He was 54.
Harris’s film and TV credits span “Murder Was The Case,” “Heat,” “Poetic Justice,” “Bones,” “Moesha,” “Everyone Hates Chris” and “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story.” He most recently starred in Thomas J. Churchill’s “Check Point” which will be released on Jan. 20.
A native of Long Beach, Harris was also involved in the 1990s West Coast rap scene and contributed to many hip-hop records. In his 20-plus year career, the comedian never quite became a household name, but he worked with some of the greatest.
He notably collaborated with Snoop Dogg, Ice Cube and Dr. Dre and lent his voice to popular hip-hop songs such as Ice Cube’s “Turn Off the Radio” and Snoop Dogg’s “W-Balls.”
To a wider audience though, recognition would come in the form of Malvo, the good-for-nothing neighbor he played in the Chris Rock-narrated comedy “Everybody Hates Chris.”
In between, Harris acted alongside Janet Jackson and Tupac Shakur in “Poetic Justice” and for director Michael Mann in “Heat.”
Following news of his death, Snoop Dog posted a heartfelt Instagram message recounting his days of growing up with the preacher’s son in Long Beach, California.