Harry Robinson Hamlin is an American film and television actor, known for his role as Perseus in the 1981 fantasy film Clash of the Titans, and as Michael Kuzak in the legal drama series L.A. Law.
Hamlin was born in Pasadena, California, the son of Bernice (ne Robinson) and Chauncey Jerome Hamlin, Jr., an aeronautical engineer who once worked with scientist Wernher von Braun. As a teenager, he attended Flintridge Preparatory School, near Pasadena, and The Hill School, a private boarding school in Pennsylvania, where he played soccer and lacrosse and acted in the school's musicals and plays. Hamlin attended University of California, Berkeley and is an alumnus of the Theta Zeta chapter of the national fraternity Delta Kappa Epsilon, of which he was President in 1972. Hamlin graduated from Yale University with a BA in Drama and Psychology in 1974. Hamlin then attended the American Conservatory Theatre's Advanced Actor Training Program from which he was subsequently awarded a Master of Fine Arts degree in acting.
Hamlin appeared in the 1976 television production of Taming of the Shrew and also had the title role in the 1979 television mini-series Studs Lonigan. He had a role in Movie Movie with George C. Scott in 1978, but his big-screen break was a starring role in the 1981 Greek mythology fantasy epic Clash of the Titans. Afterwards, his career faltered somewhat with such box office flops such as Making Love (1982) and Blue Skies Again (1983). He returned to television appearing in the mini-series Master of the Game in 1984 and Space (based on the novel by James A. Michener) in 1985.
Following this, Hamlin's popularity skyrocketed when he starred on the highly popular NBC TV drama L.A. Law. Playing principled attorney Michael Kuzak, he remained on the series from 1986 to 1991, during which time he was voted as People magazine's 'sexiest Man Alive in 1987. Hamlin decided to leave the series at the end of the fifth season and tried to revive his movie career. However, this was unsuccessful and so far he has only starred in B movies and direct-to-video features.
In early 1991, Hamlin appeared in the music video and sang in the choir on the song Voices That Care, which was made in support of U.S. troops who were stationed in the Middle East and involved at that time in Operation Desert Storm. He then appeared in two 1992 episodes of Batman: The Animated Series, in each episode as a separate character. In the episode Joker's Wild, Hamlin played the role of Cameron Kaiser, a ruthless businessman who sinks all his money into a casino, then counts on the Joker to destroy it in order to collect on the insurance policy from a reputable company, and in the other episode, Moon of the Wolf, he provided the voice of Anthony Romulus, a greedy athlete who takes a potion to enhance his skills, only to realise too late that it has transformed him into a werewolf. In 1995, he participated in the documentary film, The Celluloid Closet where he discussed his role in the film, Making Love.
In 2001 he starred in the television comedy Bratty Babies, and in 2002 he reprised the role of Michael Kuzak in an L.A. Law reunion television movie.
In 2004, Hamlin began a recurring role on the television series Veronica Mars. He played fading action hero Aaron Echolls, father to central show character Logan Echolls. Hamlin's character states that he (like the real-life Hamlin) was People magazine's 'sexiest Man Alive in 1987. Aaron's wife, Lynn, was played by Hamlin's real-life wife, Lisa Rinna. In 2006, Hamlin took part in the third season of Dancing with the Stars, but was voted off the show in the third week.
Hamlin reprised the role of Perseus in the 2007 video game God of War II. In the game, Perseus was trapped in a room while searching for the Sisters of Fate to revive his dead lover, and believes Kratos to be sent by the gods to test him.
In 2009, Hamlin starred in the series Harper's Island as Uncle Marty. He was killed abruptly in the first episode by being cut in half while he dangled from a broken wooden bridge.
In June 2010, Hamlin guest-starred in an episode of Army Wives.
In June 2010, Hamlin starred in the Hallmark movie You Lucky Dog.
On December 4. 2008, TV Guide reported that Hamlin and Rinna have signed a deal to create a reality TV series called Harry Loves Lisa that is based around their family life. The series is being developed by TV Land and will premiere on October 6, 2010.
In 2010, Hamlin published a book Full Frontal Nudity: The Making of an Accidental Actor wherein he shares stories of his career as an actor.