Herk Harvey as "The Man" in Carnival of Souls.
|Born||June 3, 1924|
Windsor, Colorado, U.S.
|Died||April 3, 1996 (aged 71)|
Lawrence, Kansas, U.S.
|Occupation||Film director, screenwriter, film producer, actor|
|Spouse(s)||Bernice Luella Brady (1950–1960) (divorced)|
Pauline G. Pappas (1969–1996) (his death)
Harvey was born in Windsor, Colorado. He grew up in Waverly, Illinois and in Fort Collins. Harvey came to Lawrence, Kansas in 1945 to study at the University of Kansas. He majored in theater. He acted in many college stage productions.
While teaching and directing at the University of Kansas, Harvey got into the film business as an actor. He acted in some of the movies being made by Centron Corporation of Lawrence. Centron was an independent industrial and educational movie production company. Harvey joined it in 1952. He was a film director, writer, and producer for over 30 years. They made many kinds of short industrial, educational, documentary, and government films.
He retired in 1985.
Carnival of SoulsEdit
Harvey is best known for his only feature movie, Carnival of Souls. It was a low budget 1962 horror film that had Candace Hilligoss. It was created and directed by Harvey for about $33,000. Carnival of Souls never got much public attention when was first released. However, it has since become a cult classic.
The Academy Film Archive preserved Carnival of Souls in 2012.
- "Papers of Herk Harvey". University of Kansas. Retrieved July 6, 2019.
- "Herk Harvey". The New York Times.
- "American Cinematographer 1956-03". American Cinematographer. March 1956. Retrieved July 6, 2019. pg. 162 and 178.
- "Preserved Projects". Academy Film Archive.