Student, University Minnesota, 1940-1943.
General manager, Lone Star Biscuit Company, Dallas, 1945-1948; office manager, Ashbach-Steenberg Construction Company, Exeter, California, 1948-1951; general manager, Station XELD-television, Brownville, Texas, 1952; president, chief Executive officer, director, Harriscope Broadcasting Corporation, Los Angeles, 1953-1986; president, director, Greentree electronics corporation, Los Angeles, 1960-1967; president, director, Metrolonics Corporation, Burbank, California, 1960-1965; president, director, Harriscope of Chicago, Inc., since 1969; president, director, Harriscope of Los Angeles, since 1981; president, director, Cable television Company of Greater San Juan (P.R.), 1974-1986; president, Chairman of the Board, chief Executive officer, director, Cypress Communications Corporation, Los Angeles, 1970-1972; vice chairman, Warner Cable Corporation, New York City, 1972-1973; president, chief Executive officer, director, Harris Cable Corporation, Los Angeles, 1973-1986; Chairman of the Board, chief Executive officer, Premiere (Network), Los Angeles, 1980-1981; president, Harriscope Corporation, since 1986. Board directors Falcon Cable Systems, Los Angeles, United States Satellite Broadcasting, Inc., St. Paul.
Board governors Israel Institute of Technology-Technion. Board directors American Technion Society, Served to Second lieutenant Army of the United States, 1942-1945. Member National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, National Association Broadcasters, Hollywood television and Radio Association, National Academy Cable television, National Cable television Association (former chairman), Regency Club (Los Angeles), Hillcrest Country Club (Los Angeles), St. James' Club (Los Angeles).
Married Shirley Louise Kline, May 21, 1944. Children– Janie Harris Hansen, Burt Irving Junior, Melissa Lou Harris Zatzkis, Natalie Kim Harris Storie.