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Richard Harris

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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Born:
Oct 1, 1930 In Limerick City, Munster, Ireland
Movie/TV Credits:
80
First Appeared:
In the series Big Bag
Latest Project:
Series Island Trio 2017-05-22
Known For
Poster of TFI Friday
Poster of Abraham
Poster of Bloomfield
Poster of The New Adventures of Superman
Filmography
Series Big Bag Captain Nolan 2019
Series Island Trio Mr. Peachum 2017-05-22
Series The Sing-Off Oliver Cromwell 2009-12-14
Movie Creating The World of Harry Potter part 1: The Magic Begins Himself (archive footage) 2009-11-17
Series 't Schaep met de 5 Pooten James Porter 2006-12-03
Movie Der Clown - Tag der Vergeltung Unknown 2005-01-01
Movie Wizard People, Dear Reader Dumbledore the Half-dead, Near-Dead Dumbledore 2004-01-01
Movie The Count of Monte Cristo Abbé Faria 2002-01-23
Series What I Like About You English Bob 2002-09-20
Movie Julius Caesar Lucius Cornelius Sulla 2002-12-27
Movie The Apocalypse John 2002-12-10
Movie Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Albus Dumbledore 2002-11-13
Movie My Kingdom Sandeman 2001-09-10
Series Friday Night with Jonathan Ross Unknown 2001-11-02
Movie Muhammad Ali - Through The Eyes Of The World 2001-11-19
Movie Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone Albus Dumbledore 2001-11-16
Movie Gladiator Marcus Aurelius 2000-05-01
Series Bette Unknown 2000-10-11
Movie To Walk with Lions George Adamson 1999-06-04
Series Tersanjung Old Harry 1998-04-10
Movie The Barber of Siberia Douglas McCraken 1998-10-13
Movie This Is the Sea Old Man Jacobs 1997-09-15
Movie The Hunchback Dom Frollo 1997-03-16
Movie Smilla's Sense of Snow Dr. Andreas Tork 1997-02-28
Series TFI Friday Kain 1996-02-09
Movie Trojan Eddie John Power 1996-09-09
Movie Savage Hearts Sir Roger Foxley 1995-05-20
Series New York News Opaz (voice: English version) 1995-09-28
Movie The Great Kandinsky Ernest Kandinsky 1995-10-13
Movie Cry, the Beloved Country James Jarvis 1995-12-15
Movie Abraham Abraham 1994-04-03
Movie Silent Tongue Prescott Roe 1993-01-28
Movie Wrestling Ernest Hemingway Frank 1993-12-17
Movie Patriot Games Paddy O'Neil 1992-06-04
Movie The Field 'Bull' McCabe 1990-09-21
Movie King of the Wind King George II 1990-05-25
Movie Strike Commando 2 Major Vic Jenkins 1988-08-17
Movie Maigret Jules Maigret 1988-02-22
Movie Martin's Day 1985-02-22
Movie Triumphs of a Man Called Horse John Morgan - Man Called Horse 1983-07-01
Movie Highpoint Lewis Kinney 1982-08-20
Movie Your Ticket Is No Longer Valid Jason 1981-09-19
Movie Game For Vultures David Swansey 1980-09-17
Movie The Last Word Danny Travis 1979-01-01
Movie Ravagers Falk 1979-05-01
Movie The Wild Geese Capt. Rafer Janders 1978-07-05
Movie Golden Rendezvous John Carter 1977-12-25
Movie Gulliver's Travels Gulliver 1977-01-01
Movie Echoes of a Summer Eugene 1976-02-06
Movie The Return of a Man Called Horse John Morgan / Horse 1976-06-28
Movie The Cassandra Crossing Dr. Jonathan Chamberlain 1976-12-18
Movie Juggernaut Lt. Cmdr. Anthony Fallon 1974-09-25
Movie 99 and 44/100% Dead Harry Crown 1974-08-29
Movie The Deadly Trackers Sheriff Sean Kilpatrick 1973-12-21
Movie Bloomfield Eitan 1971-06-01
Movie The Snow Goose Philip Rhayadar 1971-11-15
Movie Man in the Wilderness Zachary Bass 1971-11-24
Movie A Man Called Horse John Morgan 1970-05-01
Movie The Molly Maguires Detective James McParlan 1970-01-27
Movie Caprice Christopher White 1967-04-18
Movie Camelot King Arthur 1967-10-25
Movie Hawaii Capt. Rafer Hoxworth 1966-10-10
Series The New Adventures of Superman Richard the Lionheart / King Richard 1966-09-10
Movie The Heroes of Telemark Knut Straud 1965-11-22
Movie The Three Faces Robert (segment "Gli amanti celebri") 1965-02-12
Movie Major Dundee Captain Benjamin Tyreen 1965-04-07
Movie Red Desert Corrado Zeller 1964-09-04
Movie This Sporting Life Frank Machin 1963-01-15
Movie Mutiny on the Bounty Seaman John Mills 1962-11-08
Movie The Long and the Short and the Tall Cpl. Johnstone 1961-02-28
Movie The Guns of Navarone Squadron Leader Howard Barnsby RAAF 1961-04-27
Movie A Terrible Beauty Sean Reilly 1960-06-17
Movie A Bucket of Blood Unknown 1959-10-21
Movie Alive and Kicking Lover 1959-01-01
Movie Shake Hands with the Devil Terence O'Brien 1959-06-24
Movie The Wreck of the Mary Deare Higgins 1959-11-06
Series This Is Your Life Unknown 1955-07-29
Series The Academy Awards Unknown 1953-03-18
Series Hallmark Hall of Fame Unknown 1951-12-24
Series The Ed Sullivan Show Unknown 1948-06-20