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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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Oct 1, 1930 In Limerick City, Munster, Ireland
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the series The Ed Sullivan Show 1948-06-20
Latest Project:
Movie The Pearl 2005-06-07
Known For
Poster of Julius Caesar
Poster of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Poster of The Count of Monte Cristo
Poster of Gladiator
Movie The Pearl Dr. Karl 2005-06-07
Movie Lindsay Anderson: Lucky Man? Interviewee (archival) 2004-01-01
Series Julius Caesar Lucius Cornelius Silla 2003-06-29
Movie The Heroes of Telemark: Location report from Norway Unknown 2003-10-31
Movie The Count of Monte Cristo Abbé Faria 2002-01-23
Movie Eastwood & Co.: Making 'Unforgiven' Self 2002-09-24
Movie Julius Caesar Lucius Cornelius Sulla 2002-12-27
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 Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone Albus Dumbledore 2001-11-16
Movie Muhammad Ali - Through The Eyes Of The World 2001-11-19
Series Bette Unknown 2000-10-11
Movie Gladiator Marcus Aurelius 2000-05-01
Movie The Apocalypse John 2000-12-09
Movie To Walk with Lions George Adamson 1999-06-04
Movie Grizzly Falls Old Harry 1999-11-05
Movie The Barber of Siberia Douglas McCraken 1998-11-11
Movie The Hunchback Dom Frollo 1997-03-16
Movie Smilla's Sense of Snow Dr. Andreas Tork 1997-02-28
Movie This Is the Sea Old Man Jacobs 1997-09-15
Movie Trojan Eddie John Power 1996-09-09
Movie Savage Hearts Sir Roger Foxley 1995-05-20
Movie Cry, the Beloved Country James Jarvis 1995-12-15
Movie The Great Kandinsky Ernest Kandinsky 1995-10-13
Movie Silent Tongue Prescott Roe 1993-01-28
Movie Wrestling Ernest Hemingway Frank 1993-12-17
Movie Abraham Abraham 1993-12-12
Movie Patriot Games Paddy O'Neil 1992-06-04
Movie Unforgiven English Bob 1992-08-07
Movie King of the Wind King George II 1990-05-25
Movie The Field 'Bull' McCabe 1990-09-21
Movie Mack the Knife Mr. Peachum 1989-11-01
Movie Maigret Jules Maigret 1988-02-22
Movie Strike Commando 2 Major Vic Jenkins 1988-08-17
Movie Martin's Day Unknown 1985-02-22
Movie Triumphs of a Man Called Horse John Morgan - Man Called Horse 1983-07-01
Movie Camelot King Arthur 1982-09-28
Movie Highpoint Lewis Kinney 1982-08-20
Movie Tarzan, the Ape Man James Porter 1981-08-07
Movie Your Ticket Is No Longer Valid Jason 1981-09-19
Movie Game for Vultures David Swansey 1980-09-17
Series Russell Harty Unknown 1980-10-28
Movie The Last Word Danny Travis 1979-01-01
Movie Ravagers Falk 1979-05-01
Movie Stars' War - The Flight of the Wild Geese Himself 1978-01-01
Movie The Wild Geese Capt. Rafer Janders 1978-07-05
Movie Gulliver's Travels Gulliver 1977-01-01
Movie Orca Captain Nolan 1977-07-22
Movie Golden Rendezvous John Carter 1977-12-25
Movie Echoes of a Summer Eugene 1976-02-06
Movie Robin and Marian Richard the Lionheart / King Richard 1976-03-11
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 99 and 44/100% Dead Harry Crown 1974-08-29
Movie Juggernaut Lt. Cmdr. Anthony Fallon 1974-09-25
Movie The Deadly Trackers Sheriff Sean Kilpatrick 1973-12-21
Movie The Snow Goose Philip Rhayadar 1971-11-15
Movie Man in the Wilderness Zachary Bass 1971-11-24
Movie The Molly Maguires James McKenna 1970-02-08
Movie A Man Called Horse John Morgan 1970-05-01
Movie Cromwell Oliver Cromwell 1970-09-16
Movie Bloomfield Eitan 1970-12-01
Series The Dick Cavett Show Self - Guest 1968-06-06
Movie Camelot King Arthur 1967-10-25
Movie Caprice Christopher White 1967-04-18
Movie The Bible: In the Beginning... Kain 1966-09-28
Movie Hawaii Capt. Rafer Hoxworth 1966-10-10
Movie The Three Faces Robert (segment "Gli amanti celebri") 1965-02-12
Movie The Heroes of Telemark Knut Straud 1965-11-22
Movie Major Dundee Captain Benjamin Tyreen 1965-04-07
Series The Hollywood Palace Unknown 1964-01-04
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 Alive and Kicking Lover 1959-01-01
Movie The Wreck of the Mary Deare Higgins 1959-11-17
Movie Shake Hands with the Devil Terence O'Brien 1959-06-24
Series The Oscars Unknown 1953-03-18
Series Hallmark Hall of Fame Unknown 1951-12-24
Series The Ed Sullivan Show Unknown 1948-06-20