The Triad is one of the top destinations for all things arts related. After all, it’s home to one of the largest arts communities in the state.

And it’s here where actor R. Keith Harris, known for his role on “The Walking Dead” (to name just one) continues to mentor film students at UNCSA — and where he calls home.

“It was simply amazing to be a part of such an iconic show,” says Harris, who played Dr. Carson in six episodes of the popular TV series. “Andrew [Lincoln] came over and introduced himself. He was very cool and down-to-earth. Due to the way the show spreads out over various areas and [the] character’s storylines, that was actually the only episode we starred in together.”

Originally from Reidsville and currently residing in Greensboro, Harris is no stranger to the area. He once worked at 107.5 FM as a radio personality, and occasionally still does voiceovers there.

Throughout his career, he’s starred in films such as “Kilroy Was Here,” where he plays a pilot during WWII, and most recently, “Shifting Gears,” which was filmed locally in Winston-Salem, Kernersville, Yadkinville, High Point, and Elkin. The movie is about a dad who decides to start a family business to bring everyone closer together.

When not focusing on acting, he also owns the production company Magnified Productions. The company helps local businesses and health care professionals find their narrative and provide guidance on how to tell that narrative.

But when he can, Harris likes to take advantage of his downtime. While his wife and two kids reside with him in the Gate City, they still love visiting and hanging out in Winston-Salem regularly.

His favorite spots?

Foothills Brewing and Bib’s Downtown.

“Shifting Gears” is available on Amazon Prime Video. For more information, visit

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