Robert Harris died at the age of 85 from causes that weren’t immediately clear from reports.
Director Eli Roth, who cast him in his debut feature film Cabin Fever, posted a heartfelt tribute on Instagram, saying:
“#tbt in honor of the great Robert Harris, who passed away today at the age of 85. He was truly one of the sweetest most lovely and lively people I ever had the honor of working with.
Cabin Fever was his first movie after a lifetime in theater and for the North Carolina premiere he rented a Bentley and wore a tux.
That guy had style! He also had amazing improv skills, his whole Shirley Temple bottle rant was done in one take. He did theater in North Carolina and always was the local Santa Claus.
I’ll never forget how hard we all laughed filming that final scene with the rifle, he just made the whole moment perfect. Robert Harris you will be missed.”