Richard Harris

Richard Harris

Irish, Actor
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Richard Harris

Richard John Harris (1 October 1930 – 25 October 2002) was an Irish actor and singer. He appeared on stage and in many films, appearing as Frank Machin in This Sporting Life, for which he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor, and King Arthur in the 1967 film Camelot, as well as the 1981 revival of the stage musical. He played an aristocrat captured by American Indians in A Man Called Horse (1970), a gunfighter in Clint Eastwood's Western film Unforgiven (1992), Emperor Marcus Aurelius in Gladiator (2000), and Albus Dumbledore in the first two Harry Potter films: Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (2001) and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002), the latter of which was his final film role. Harris had a number-one hit in Australia and Canada and a top-ten hit in the United Kingdom, Ireland and United States with his 1968 recording of Jimmy Webb's song "MacArthur Park".

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Full name at birth
Richard St. John Harris
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Claim to fame
English Bob in 'Unforgiven' (1992)
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Date of birth
1 October 1930
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Place of birth
Limerick, Ireland
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Date of death
25 October 2002
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Place of death
University College Hospital, London, England
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Cause of death
Lymphoma Cancer
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Resting place
Was cremated and his ashes were scattered at his home in the Bahamas
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Occupation
Actor, Singer-songwriter, Producer, director, writer
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6' 1" (185 cm)
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  • A talented rugby player who played for school and for 'Garryowen' (a team that plays in Division 1A of the All-Ireland League and historically has been one of the most successful clubs in Irish rugby union)...
  • Harris moved to Great Britain, wanting to become a director. He could not find any suitable training courses, and enrolled in the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA) to learn acting...
  • A genuine star of cinema on screen and a fiery hell raiser off screen - like his pals Richard Burton and Peter O'Toole...
  • In his later years he often played characters that speak in raspy whispers...
  • Pale blue eyes...
  • Rich smooth voice with Irish accent...
  • Father of director Damian Harris, as well as actors Jared Harris and Jamie Harris...
  • He was a guest professor at the University of Scranton in the mid-1980s, teaching Theatre Arts courses...
  • Following his death, many of his family members wanted friend Peter O'Toole to take the role of Albus Dumbledore in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004)...
  • Associate member of LAMDA (the drama school where he was trained)...
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Medical condition
  • Tuberculosis
  • Lymphoma Cancer
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Pets
  • Peter O'Toole
  • Richard Burton
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ADDITIONAL DETAILS

Residence
  • Bahamas, Caribbean
  • London, England, UK
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Net worth
$20,000,000 USD
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High school
  • Crescent School, Limerick, Ireland
  • Sacred Heart Jesuit College
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University
London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA)
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