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Harry Stamper is the main protagonist of the 1998 disaster action film Armageddon. He is an oil driller who, along with his team, is taked with destroying an asteroid that threatens to destroy planet Earth. He is portrayed by Bruce Willis, who also played John McClane in the Die Hard franchise, David Dunn in the Unbreakable Trilogy, Butch Coolidge in Pulp Fiction, Frank Moses in Red and Red 2, Joe Hallenbeck in The Last Boy Scout, Paul Kersey in Death Wish, Art Jeffries in Mercury Rising, A.K. Waters in Tears of the Sun, Mr. Church in The Expendables, and John Hartigan in Sin City.

Biography

Harry S. Stamper is a gritty, roughneck oil driller, known to never miss his mark. He is chosen by NASA to drill a hole on an asteroid headed for Earth. He leads a ragtag team of expert drillers who may have questionable pasts, however all are devoted and extremely loyal to him. The only one of his team he has a problem with is A.J. Frost, who is in a relationship with Harry's daughter Grace that Harry disapproves of, feeling that she can do better.

Stamper is in no way a fool, nor ignorant. His crew respects him, his daughter loves him (despite him being afflicted with what she calls a "natural immaturity) and the members of NASA, although intially judging him incorrectly, grow to understand why. Harry is a man who defines responsibility, aware that ever decision he makes and how it can affect those around him. Eventually this lesson is passed on to A.J. Truman realizes that when Stamper says he'll make the mark, he knows it will happen. Col. Sharp believes him and even goes against orders to allow Stamper to succeed in the mission. Because of Stampers perserverence, the mission is accomplished, although at the cost of his own life. A.J had drawn the lot to set off the detonator when the delay switch was damaged, Harry tricks him, sabotages A.J's spacesuit and sends him back to the ship, in order to spare his life. His decision to sacrifice himself in place of A.J was done for two reasons, 1. He wanted to be sure the job was done right, and 2. He knew Grace would be destroyed if A.J died. Stamper and his crew did succeed and the end of the movie it is acknowledged that A.J will take care of Grace, now that her father is gone.

Stamper is a diplomatic man, however he can have moments of rage-shown when he is chasing A.J with the shotgun after catching him in bed with Grace. All in all, a deeply loyal and patriotic man, he is an excellent everyman, who stands by his integrity and his morals. 

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