Eric Harrison, longtime film critic for the Houston Chronicle, passed away over the weekend. He was 57 years old.
In addition to his work at the Chronicle, where he was chief film critic from 2000 to 2005, Harrison also wrote film reviews for the Los Angeles Times and ran the film industry blog Movie News. In 2007, he also became a founding member of the Houston Film Critics Society. Harrison didn't just write about film, however—he also wrote book reviews for the Chronicle and the Dallas Morning News and was a noted cartoonist.
Harrison began writing about film professionally in 1998. Prior to that time, the Kashmere High School graduate attended the University of Texas and served as both entertainment editor and managing editor for The Daily Texan. After graduation, he went on to cover the Midwest for the Los Angeles Times from 1988 to 1992, which Harrison described as "a period when crack cocaine began to devastate the middle portion of the country." In 1992, Harrison went on to become bureau chief for the Times's Atlanta office, where he remained until 1998.
In addition to his extensive journalism career, Harrison was a generous friend to Houstonia. He was one of our earliest champions, eager to lend his name and reputation to Houstonia before it even existed, and excited about helping us reach communities too often ignored by magazines like ours.
Harrison wrote for both our website and print edition, and even guest edited our On The Town blog for several weeks in April. In fact, one of his last print stories—in a career filled with hundreds, if not thousands, of them—was a November profile of screenwriter Al Reinart. Its title was “Hollywood Dreams, Texas Roots,” an apt description of Harrison if ever there was one.