Harry Guardino was born on 23 December 1925 in the Brooklyn area of New York. His acting career begun in the 1950s with roles in stage, film and television productions. He first acted in stage roles at the Broadway, including A Hatful of Rain and One More River, in which he was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Play. He acted in many other Broadway productions among them The Rose Tattoo, Woman of the Year and Anyone Can Whistle. In 1960, Guardino was cast in a leading role in the productions Perilous Passage and Daughter of the Sioux. He was given the leading role of Danny Taylor, a tough investigative journalist in The Reporter, a 1964 CBS series which unfortunately was short-lived. His other TV credits include The New Perry Mason, Murder, She Wrote, The Eleventh Hour, American Style, Jake and the Fatman, Playhouse 90, Monty Nash, The Streets of San Francisco among many others. Guardino's film credits include House Boat, The Five Pennies, King of Kings, Pork Chop Hill, Madigan, Route 66, Ben Casey, Hawaii Five-O, The Lonely Profession and Dirty Harry. He was 69 when he died of lung cancer on 17 July 1995.