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Greensboro actor Robert Harris dies at 85; known for cult hit ‘Cabin Fever’

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Robert Harris in "Cabin Fever."

GREENSBORO, N.C. — When director Eli Roth met Greensboro’s Robert Harris, he knew he had found the right actor for his movie, “Cabin Fever,” according to The Greensboro News & Record.

With his white hair and beard and Southern accent, Harris fit the role of Old Man Cadwell, the eccentric storekeeper in the 2002 horror film that would become a cult classic. It marked Harris’ first speaking role in a feature film.

“He was really proud of it,” said Phyllis Hooks, Harris’ cousin and caregiver. “That was what made him famous. He would tell all the doctors that he was in “Cabin Fever.’”

Robert Davis Harris Jr., a familiar face on local stages and in locally filmed movies, died Thursday at age 85. He had battled Merkel-cell carcinoma, a rare and aggressive skin cancer.

Read full story: The Greensboro News & Record