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|Harris in 1985|
|Birthday/Birthplace||Richard St John Harris
(1930-10-01)1 October 1930
|Deceased||25 October 2002(2002-10-25)
Fitzrovia, London, England, UK
|Cause of death||Hodgkin’s lymphoma|
(m. 1957; div. 1969)
(m. 1974; div. 1982)
|Family||Annabelle Wallis (niece)|
Richard St. John Harris (Limerick, Ireland, October 1, 1930 – London, October 25, 2002) was an Irish actor, singer and scriptwriter, known for having been involved in numerous films such as Rebellion on board, Camelot (1967) or John Huston’s Bible, but it will undoubtedly go down in history as the English aristocrat captured in A Man Called Horse (1970).
In his old age he played Albus Dumbledore in the first two films of the “Harry Potter” saga; Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (2001) and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002). His last film work was Apocalypse (2002), by Raffaele Mertes.
Harris was a well-known playboy and drinker, part of a generation of British and Irish actors such as Albert Finney, Laurence Harvey, Peter Finch, Oliver Reed, Richard Burton and Peter O’Toole.
First years and career
Richard Harris was born in the Irish city of Limerick and was the eldest son of the nine children of Ivan Harris and Mildred Harty. He went to the Jesuit College Crescent College and stood out for his virtues in rugby getting to play in the Garryowen. When his steps were directed to be a rugby star, he contracted tuberculosis so he had to stop practicing sports.
After recovering from the illness, Harris moved to London as he wanted to become a theater director. When not finding courses related to his hobby, he enrolled in the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA) to study interpretation. While still a student, Harris rented the Irving Theater located in the West End of London to direct and produce his own production on the work of Clifford Odets Winter Journey (The Country Girl). The show was very successful but funding was over and Harris had to abandon the project.
After completing his studies at the Academy, Harris joined the company of Joan Littlewood and began to participate in performances of the productions of the London West End Theaters, standing out in The Quare Fellow (1956).
Career in film and music
Harris made his film debut in 1958 in the film Alive and Kicking and a year later would already work with the then prestigious British director Michael Anderson in Mystery on the Lost Ship. The decade of the 60s would begin in an exceptional way with his contribution in The Canyons of Navarone or his contribution in Rebellion on board, where he is an excellent support to the interpretive duel between Trevor Howard and Marlon Brando.
His first appearance as protagonist would be in the naive savage, as the young miner Frank Machin, role for which he would win the Palme d’Or for the best actor in the Cannes festival and an Oscar nomination. The next role would be one of the masterpieces of Sam Peckinpah, Major Dundee (along with Charlton Heston) in which he plays an Irish immigrant fighter in the Civil War.
The fame of Richard Harris would not stop growing and each movie he made was more gross than the previous. His next successful role would be that of King Arthur in the film adaptation that Joshua Logan made of the Broadway musical Camelot. In this film Vanessa Redgrave participated. Also, in 1968, Harris had a very popular song: “Mac Arthur Park”, from his album A Tramp Shining (A Tramp Shining). This song would later be versioned by Donna Summer in disco style. Harris gained much popularity in music; later, he would record many more albums.
Then Odio rolled in the bowels with Sean Connery, but without a doubt, the great success of Harris worldwide would be that of a man called horse where Harris stars an English aristocrat who is abducted by an Indian tribe.
In the 70s, he starred in The Man of a Wild Land, Robin and Marian with Sean Connery and Audrey Hepburn, Killer Whale Orca (1977) with Charlotte Rampling, or Wild Ducks. From there, Harris entered a category of cult actor and dedicated himself to his role as a singer and even wrote an acclaimed book of poems called I, In The Membership Of My Days.
But in the decade of the 80, the race of Harris enters in frank decline. It would not be until 1990 when he would return to be the claimant actor thanks to the role that Jim Sheridan reserved for him in his film El prado, a role for which he would obtain a Golden Globe nomination and the Oscars in the main actor category.
Last years and Apocalypse
In his last years, the Irish actor returned to green the laurels of glory. He participated in highly commercial films such as Unforgiven by Clint Eastwood, Game of Patriots (with Harrison Ford) and Gladiator by Ridley Scott, where he played Marco Aurelio.
But in his last years, Harris will be related to the role of Albus Dumbledore in the first two installments of the Harry Potter saga and the role of the apostle San Juan in Revelation (2002), Raffaele Mertes. Harris died in 2002 due to Hodgkin’s disease at the age of 72, one month before the premiere of the second installment of the saga and shortly before the premiere of Apocalypse (2002). He was replaced by the Irish actor Sir Michael Gambon.
The American actor Mickey Rourke, in 2009, when he won the BAFTA award for best actor for his role in the movie The Wrestler, he dedicated this award to Richard Harris.
More Facts about Richard Harris
|Whole Name||Richard St John Harris|
|AKA(s)||Richard Harris, Harris, Richard|
|Born||October 01, 1930|
|Lived||72 years, 0 month, 24 days|
|What He/She Does||Actor, singer-songwriter, producer, director, writer|
|Alma Mater||London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art|
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