Nov. 19--Eric Harrison, who served as the Houston Chronicle's film reviewer from 2000 to 2005, has died. He was 57.
His body was discovered in his home Saturday. The cause of death was unknown, pending autopsy results.
Harrison, a Houston native who attended Kashmere High School, began his career in journalism as managing editor of the Daily Texan at the University of Texas. A former correspondent, Atlanta bureau chief and film writer for the Los Angeles Times, Harrison began writing about film in 1998. He reviewed hundreds of movies for the Chronicle that revealed a deep knowledge of cinema. They also were elegantly efficient and inviting to those who viewed movies as entertainment more than art.
Joshua Starnes, president of the Houston Film Critics Society, said reading Harrison's reviews when he was a teenager steered him toward his own career in film criticism.
"He really embodied the sort of professionalism and thoughtfulness you'd expect from a critic, in an old-school manner," Starnes said, "before everyone had a website and things turned toward this world of snark. His was a world of thoughtful commentary."
Harrison also wrote long-form features about other subjects. A cartoonist himself, Harrison wrote about elusive artists like Calvin & Hobbes creator Bill Watterson and celebrities like local TV advocate Marvin Zindler.
"Marvin Zindler is shouting again," is how he began that story. The short, simple sentence projected Zindler's outrageous personality.
Harrison was also an intent listener, inclined to lean in and allow one to speak without overtly steering a conversation, qualities that made him a fine interviewer.
More recently, Harrison produced two film news websites, Movie-News.com and MovieHouston.com. He was a founding member of the Houston Film Critics Society and also taught courses at Texas Southern University.
Funeral arrangements are pending.
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