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Richard Harris

Richard Harris

Birthday: 1930-10-01 | Place of Birth: Limerick City, Munster, Ireland

Richard St. John Harris was an Irish actor, singer-songwriter, theatrical producer, film director and writer. He appeared on stage and in many films, and is perhaps best known for his roles as King Arthur in Camelot (1967), as Oliver Cromwell in Cromwell (1970) and as Albus Dumbledore in Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (2001) and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002), his last film. He also played a British aristocrat and prisoner in A Man Called Horse (1970) and a gunfighter in Clint Eastwood's Western film Unforgiven (1992). As a singer, Harris is probably best remembered for his recording of Jimmy Webb's song "MacArthur Park", which reached the top ten in sales on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean in 1968.Harris, the fifth of nine children, was born in Limerick City, County Limerick, Munster, Ireland, the son of Ivan John Harris and Mildred Josephine Harty Harris.In 1957, he married Elizabeth Rees-Williams, the daughter of David Rees-Williams, 1st Baron Ogmore. Their three children are the actor Jared Harris, the actor Jamie Harris, and the director Damian Harris. Harris and Rees-Willams divorced in 1969, and then Elizabeth married another well-known actor, Sir Rex Harrison. Harris' second marriage was to the American actress Ann Turkel, who was 16 years younger than he, and this marriage also ended in a divorce.Despite his divorces, Harris was a member of the Roman Catholic Knights of Malta, and was also dubbed a knight by the Queen of Denmark in 1985. Harris was a life long friend of actor Peter O'Toole. Harris died of Hodgkin's disease on 25 October 2002, aged 72, two and a half weeks before the American premiere of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. He was replaced as Dumbledore by the Irish-born actor Sir Michael Gambon. For years, whenever he was in London, Harris resided at the Savoy Hotel. According to the hotel archivist Susan Scott, as Harris was being taken from the hotel on a stretcher, shortly before his death, he warned the diners, "It was the food!" Harris's remains were cremated, and his ashes were scattered in The Bahamas Islands, where he had owned a home.

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Known For

The Count of Monte Cristo
The Count of Monte Cristo

The Count of Monte Cristo   2002

Release Date: 
2002

Rating: 7.8

genres: 
Adventure  /  Drama  /  Action
Stars: 
Richard Harris  /  Guy Pearce  /  Michael Wincott
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets   2002

Release Date: 
2002

Rating: 7.4

genres: 
Adventure  /  Fantasy  /  Family
Stars: 
Daniel Radcliffe  /  Rupert Grint  /  Emma Watson
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone   2001

Release Date: 
2001

Rating: 7.6

genres: 
Adventure  /  Fantasy  /  Family
Stars: 
Daniel Radcliffe  /  Rupert Grint  /  Emma Watson
Gladiator
Gladiator

Gladiator   2000

Release Date: 
2000

Rating: 8.5

genres: 
Adventure  /  Drama  /  Action
Stars: 
Richard Harris  /  Russell Crowe  /  Connie Nielsen
Smilla's Sense of Snow
Smilla's Sense of Snow

Smilla's Sense of Snow   1997

Release Date: 
1997

Rating: 6.4

genres: 
Drama  /  Action  /  Thriller
Stars: 
Richard Harris  /  Tom Wilkinson  /  Jim Broadbent
Unforgiven
Unforgiven

Unforgiven   1992

Release Date: 
1992

Rating: 8.2

genres: 
Western
Stars: 
Clint Eastwood  /  Morgan Freeman  /  Gene Hackman

Acting

2002
The Count of Monte Cristo

as    Abbé Faria

2002
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

as    Albus Dumbledore

2001
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone

as    Albus Dumbledore

2000
Gladiator

as    Marcus Aurelius

1997
Smilla's Sense of Snow

as    Dr. Andreas Tork

1992
Unforgiven

as    English Bob

1992
Patriot Games

as    Paddy O'Neil

1978
The Wild Geese

as    Capt. Rafer Janders

1977
Orca: The Killer Whale

as    Captain Nolan

1976
The Cassandra Crossing

as    Dr. Jonathan Chamberlain

1976
Robin and Marian

as    Richard the Lionheart / King Richard

1971
Man in the Wilderness

as    Zachary Bass

1970
A Man Called Horse

as    John Morgan

1970
Cromwell

as    Oliver Cromwell

1966
1965
Major Dundee

as    Captain Benjamin Tyreen

1965
The Heroes of Telemark

as    Knut Straud

1964
Red Desert

as    Corrado Zeller

1962
Mutiny on the Bounty

as    Seaman John Mills

1961
The Guns of Navarone

as    Squadron Leader Howard Barnsby RAAF

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