- For the actress with a similar name, see Danneel Harris
Harris was born in Daytona Beach, Florida and grew up in Queens, New York, raised by her single mother, Fran. She has a sister, Ashley. Harris is Jewish. In 1995, she was stalked by an obsessed fan, Christopher Small, who wrote letters threatening to kill her. Small was later arrested after bringing a shotgun and a teddy bear to her home. On January 29, 2007, Harris appeared on an episode of The Dr. Phil Show recounting the terrifying experience. The stalker was obsessed with her character Molly on the TV show Roseanne. In October 2009, Harris was granted a restraining order against Small, who began sending her messages on Twitter. The restraining order will expire in 2012.
Danielle's family moved to Port Orange, Florida when she was in the fourth grade, and there she attended Spruce Creek Elementary School. Soon, however, winning a children's beauty contest led her to New York. In New York, Harris began her professional career by appearing in television commercials while maintaining an A average at PS 117 and PS 232 in Queens, New York. Her first acting role soon followed in 1985, when she made her debut as Sammi Garretson on ABC's One Life to Live, a role she played for three years.
In 1988, she auditioned and was chosen (beating out Melissa Joan Hart) for the part of Jamie Lloyd, Michael Myers' niece, in the movie Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers. Just one year later, she would reprise the role in Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers. The character of Jamie returned in 1995 for Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers, but Danielle did not participate due to disagreements on the script regarding her character's fate. Also, an agreement for Harris' requested salary (actually less than she was paid for Halloween 4) could not be reached. J. C. Brandy ended up playing Jamie in the film, a decision which left some of the fans of the Halloween series dissatisfied. Harris would later return to the franchise in a different role, that of Annie Brackett, in Rob Zombie's Halloween, a 2007 re-imagining of John Carpenter's 1978 original. In the remake, she had nudity for a sex scene and her victimization, which caused controversy. She stated "I want people to see me in this movie as Annie Brackett, not Jamie. I'm not little Jamie anymore and people need to realize that." She reprised her role in Rob Zombie's Halloween II, released on August 28, 2009.
Harris's other film credits include Marked for Death (1990) alongside Steven Seagal, Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead (1991) alongside Christina Applegate, City Slickers (1991), The Last Boy Scout (1991) alongside Bruce Willis and Damon Wayans, Free Willy (1993), Daylight (1996) alongside Sylvester Stallone, Wish Upon a Star (1996) alongside Katherine Heigl, and Urban Legend (1998). She has also appeared frequently on television, with a recurring role on the sitcom Roseanne during the 1992-93 season (as Roseanne's neighbor Molly), and subsequent guest appearances on Boy Meets World, Diagnosis: Murder, Charmed, ER and Cold Case. As well, she appeared in a season four promo for America's Funniest Home Videos. She also appeared alongside Ellen Burstyn for two years on the CBS drama That's Life, and as the voice of Debbie Thornberry on the animated series The Wild Thornberrys, which ran for five seasons, and as the voice of Sierra, the adolescent lioness in the short-lived CGI series Father of the Pride.
Some of Harris's most recent projects include the films Debating Robert Lee, Race You to the Bottom (an Outfest prizewinner) and the upcoming Left for Dead, as well as an appearance in the music video for the song "The Bleeding", by Five Finger Death Punch. She also stars alongside Lance Henriksen, Bill Moseley, AFI's Davey Havok, and Battlestar Galactica's Nicki Clyne in the "illustrated film" series Godkiller. She hosted Route 666: America's Scariest Home Haunts on FEARnet.
Her films Godkiller and Blood Night saw DVD releases in late 2009. Fear Clinic, a FEARnet.com original web series, featuring Danielle as well as Robert Englund, Kane Hodder, and Lisa Wilcox, will debut around Halloween 2009, as well as Danielle's own horror website, horrorgal.com. She can also be seen as Felicia Freeze in Super Capers, and will appear with Robert Patrick in the upcoming The Black Waters of Echo's Pond. She is currently shooting Jim Mickle's second feature film the vampire movie Stake Land, due in 2010, and Night of the Living Dead: Origins 3D which is directed by Zebediah de Soto. On Dec. 3rd Harris confirmed a role in the horror film "Hatchet II", taking over Tamara Feldman's role of Marybeth. Harris is a guest star of the 2010 Creation Entertainment Weekend of Horrors in the Marriott Los Angeles Airport on May 21, 2010. She also has a part in the upcoming vampire thriller New Blood.
She appeared on the cover of the July 2010 issue of Gorezone magazine.
|1985||One Life to Live||Samantha "Sammi" Garretson||TV (1985–1987)|
|1987||Spenser: For Hire||Tara|
|1988||Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers||Jamie Lloyd|
|1989||Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers||Jamie Lloyd Carruthers||(appears in Halloween 6 archives)|
|1990||In Living Color||Drug Addict|
|Marked for Death||Tracey, John's Niece|
|1991||Don't Touch My Daughter||Dana Hemmings||TV|
|The Killing Mind||Young Isobel||TV|
|City Slickers||Classroom Student|
|Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead||Melissa Crandell|
|Eerie, Indiana||Melanie Monroe|
|Growing Pains||Susie Maxwell||TV|
|The Last Boy Scout||Darian Hallenbeck|
|Roseanne||Molly Tilden||TV (1992–1993)|
|1993||The Woman Who Loved Elvis||Priscilla 'Cilla'||TV|
|1994||The Commish||Sheri Fisher|
|Roseanne: An Unauthorized Biography||Jessica||TV|
|Boy Meets World||Theresa 'T.K.' Keiner||TV|
|1996||Wish Upon a Star||Hayley Wheaton|
|Back to Back||Chelsea|
|Brooklyn South||Willow Mortner||TV (1997–1998)|
|Diagnosis: Murder||Noelle Andrew|
|Urban Legend||Tosh Guaneri|
|The Wild Thornberrys||Debbie Thornberry||TV (1998–2001) (voice)|
|Hard Time: Hostage Hotel||Justine Sinclair||TV|
|2000||Poor White Trash||Suzi|
|That's Life||Plum Wilkinson DeLucca||TV (2000–2002)|
|2001||The Wild Thornberrys: The Origin of Donnie||Debbie Thornberry||TV (voice)|
|2002||The Wild Thornberrys Movie||Debbie Thornberry||(voice)|
|The West Wing||Kiki||TV|
|Rugrats Go Wild||Debbie Thornberry||(voice)|
|2004||Debating Robert Lee||Liz Bronner|
|Em & Me||Emily|
|Father of the Pride||Sierra||TV (2004–2005)|
|2005||Cold Case||Gina Carroll 1976|
|Race You to the Bottom||Carla|
|Left for Dead||Nancy||DVD released in 2009|
|2008||Burying the Ex||Olivia|
|2009||Super Capers||Felicia Freeze|
|The Black Waters of Echo's Pond||Kathy|
|Halloween II||Annie Brackett||22 August 2009|
|Prank||(starring and directing)|
|2011||Night of the Living Dead: Origins 3D||Barbara|
|The Trouble With The Truth||Jenny|
|2011||Chromeskull: Laid to Rest 2|
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