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Harens acted summer stock before debuting on Broadway in The Talley Method in 1941. His first film appearance came at the age of 24, in 1944's Christmas Holiday. He appeared in seven movies throughout his career, although never in a starring role. He was a cast member on three TV series, and played a recurring character on the ABC series The F.B.I.. Among the television series in which Harens guest starred was the 1958-1959 docudrama about the Cold War, Behind Closed Doors, hosted and occasionally starring Bruce Gordon. He also made four guest appearances on Perry Mason, including the role of murderer Frank Fettridge in the 1959 episode, "The Case of the Calendar Girl," the 1959 episode of “The Case of Paul Drake’s Dilemma” as the brother-in-law of the victim, and in 1960 the role of double murderer Riley Morgan in "The Case of the Wandering Widow." Harens also appeared in Barnaby Jones; episode titled, "Doomed Alibi"(03/11/1975). Harens also guest starred twice in the western TV series Bonanza: he played Jim Poole in the 1965 episode "Jonah" and he portrayed rancher Morgan Tanner in the 1966 episode "Credit for a Kill".
Harens's wife, actress June Dayton, whom he met while acting on Broadway in 1947, died in 1994 at the age of 70.
|1944||Christmas Holiday||Lt. Charles Mason|
|1944||The Suspect||John Marshall|
|1959||Black Saddle||Tom Brandon||Ep.Change of Venue|
|1964||The Outer Limits||Medicine||Episode: "Cold Hands, Warm Heart"|
with William Shatner
|1967||The Invaders||Dr. MacLeuen|
|1969||Murder One||Judge Skinner||TV movie|
|1969||Topaz||State Department Official #3||Uncredited|
|1970||Double Jeopardy||Thomas Howard||TV movie|
|1971||Paper Man||Bureaucrat||TV movie|
9. Demetria Fulton previewed Harens appearance in Barnaby Jones; episode titled, "Doomed Alibi"(03/11/1975).
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