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Ann Turkel (m. 1974–1982)Elizabeth Rees-Williams (m. 1957–1969)
1939-1985)Diarmid (DermotNoel William Michael (born 1932)Patrick Ivan (born 1929)William George Harris (born 1942)
Richard St John Harris
Damian HarrisJamie HarrisJared Harris
London Academy Of Music And Dramatic ArtCrescent CollegeLondon Academy of Music and Dramatic Art
London Academy Of Music And Dramatic Art
Limerick City, Irish Free State (now Republic of Ireland)
Roman Catholic
Male
Ivan John Harris
Mildred Josephine (Harty) Harris
Libra
Limerick City, Irish Free State (now Republic of Ireland)
72
London, England, UK
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Who is Richard Harris?

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Richard St John Harris, popularly known as Richard Harris, was an Irish actor, singer, director, producer and writer. He is known for the variety of roles that he portrayed in his extensive entertainment career, like that of ‘Frank Machin’ in ‘This Sporting Life’, ‘King Arthur’ in ‘Camelot’, an English aristocrat in ‘A Man Called Horse’, a gunfighter in Clint Eastwood’s ‘Unforgiven’, ‘Marcus Aurelius’ in Ridley Scott’s ‘Gladiator’ and ‘Albus Dumbledore’ in the first two movies of the ‘Harry Potter’ series. Harris started his creative journey when he shifted from Ireland to London and studied performing art there. After working in oblivion, in different theater productions, he got a chance to act in Hollywood movies. ‘This Sporting Life’ in 1953 is considered to be his break out movie as well as the most prominent movie of his career. Harris also worked in some made-for-TV movies and released many albums, since he was also a singer of distinctive talent. He won many accolades for his creative skills, like: Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture Actor (Musical/Comedy) for ‘Camelot’, Best Actor Award at the 1963 Cannes Film Festival and Grammy for Best Spoken Word Recording for ‘Jonathan Livingston Seagull’.

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Richard Harris Childhood & Early Life

Richard Harris was born in Limerick city, Ireland, to Ivan John Harris and Mildred Josephine Harris. He and his siblings: Patrick Ivan, Noel William Michael, Diarmid Dermont and William George Harris were brought up in a middle class household.

He attended the Crescent College and was considered as a brilliant rugby player – he played many Munster Junior and Senior Cups for his school team but after contracting tuberculosis, Harris’ athletic career was cut short.

He read voraciously for two years while he was recuperating from TB and his ambitions changed after that. He decided he wanted a career in arts and moved to England and enrolled at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art in 1956.

After completing his studies, Harris joined Joan Littlewood’s Theatre Workshop and started acting briefly in West End theater productions like ‘The Quare Fellow’ in 1956. He spent years in England working in various theater productions.

Richard Harris Career

Harris made his debut with 1959’s ‘Alive and Kicking’, after which he started getting roles in a number of major motion pictures. He did the World War II action adventure ‘The Guns of Navarone’ and ‘Mutiny on the Bounty’.

His first major movie was ‘This Sporting Life’ in 1963 in which he portrayed the role of a coal miner turned famous rugby player. He earned a Best Actor award at the Cannes Film Festival for the movie.

‘Camelot’ (1967), in which he played the role of King Arthur, did not do well commercially but Harris bought the rights to the show and toured in ‘Camelot’ many times in his performance career, which proved to be a success.

Harris again gained the confidence of the critics and love of his fans with ‘A Man Called Horse’ in 1970, in which he played the role of an English noble who gets captured by Native Americans.

In 1971, he did a BBC TV film adaptation ‘The Snow Goose’. The screenplay by Paul Gallico won a Golden Globe award for Best Movie made for Television and was nominated for a BAFTA award and an Emmy award.

Throughout the 1970s, Harris did movies like: ‘Man in the Wilderness (1971)’, ‘Juggernaut (1974)’, ‘The Cassandra Crossing (1976)’, ‘Orca (1977)’, ‘Golden Rendezvous (1977)’, ‘The Wild Geese (1978)’, ‘Ravagers (1979)’, ‘A Game for Vultures (1979)’, etc.

In 1973, Harris got his book of poetry published under the title of ‘I, In the Membership of My Days’. The book was later re-released later in an audio LP format, with added self written songs like, ‘I Don’t Know’.

He took a retirement in the 1980s, but this break was only transitory. He starred in ‘The Field’ in 1990--a farmer fighting to keep his family’s lands. He followed it with the Clint Eastwood western ‘Unforgiven (1992)’.

In 2000, the portrayal of Roman leader ‘Marcus Aurelius’ in Ridley Scott’s Academy Award winning British–American epic historical drama film ‘Gladiator’ starring Russell Crowe and Joaquin Phoenix, won him critical appreciation.

Later, he appeared in movies like: Kevin Reynolds’s ‘The Count Of Monte Cristo (2002)’, ‘Kaena: The Prophecy (2003)’, etc. He also played the supporting role of ‘Albus Dumbledore’ in the first two of the ‘Harry Potter’ films.

Richard Harris Major Work

The most significant work of Harris’ career is considered to be his role of ‘Frank Machin’ in ‘This Supporting Life (1963)’. It was his first starring role and he won Best Actor Award at Cannes Film Festival.

Richard Harris Awards & Achievements

Harris won many accolades for his creative skills, like: Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture Actor (Musical/Comedy) for ‘Camelot’, Best Actor Award at the 1963 Cannes Film Festival and Grammy for Best Spoken Word Recording for ‘Jonathan Livingston Seagull’.

Richard Harris Personal Life & Legacy

Harris married Elizabeth Rees-Williams, daughter of David Rees-Williams, 1st Baron Ogmore in 1957. The couple had three children together: Jared Harris, Jamie Harris and Damian Harris. They got divorced in 1969.

He got married for the second time to the American actress Ann Turkel in 1974 but that marriage also ended in a divorce in 1982.

He died at University College Hospital, London, on 25 October 2002, aged 72 and his remains were cremated and ashes were scattered in the Bahamas.

Richard Harris Trivia

He was a longtime alcoholic but became a teetotaler in 1981.

He almost died of a cocaine overdose in 1978.

This actor died two and a half weeks before the American premiere of his movie ‘Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets’.

He was a member of the Roman Catholic Knights of Malta, and was knighted by the Queen of Denmark in 1985.

At the 2009 BAFTAs, Mickey Rourke dedicated his Best Actor award to Harris.

He was diagnosed with Hodgkin's disease in 2002.

Some of his albums are: ‘The Yard Went On Forever (1968)’, ‘The Richard Harris Love Album (1972)’, ‘Jonathan Livingston Seagull (1973)’, ‘Mack The Knife (1989)’.

Richard Harris Golden Globe Awards

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Richard Harris awards

  • Golden Globe Awards

    • 1968
      Best Actor - Comedy or Musical
      Camelot (1967)
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Richard Harris biography timelines

  • Richard Harris was born in Limerick city, Ireland, to Ivan John Harris and Mildred Josephine Harris. He and his siblings: Patrick Ivan, Noel William Michael, Diarmid Dermont and William George Harris were brought up in a middle class household.
    1st Oct 1930
  • He read voraciously for two years while he was recuperating from TB and his ambitions changed after that. He decided he wanted a career in arts and moved to England and enrolled at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art in 1956.
    1956
  • After completing his studies, Harris joined Joan Littlewood’s Theatre Workshop and started acting briefly in West End theater productions like ‘The Quare Fellow’ in 1956. He spent years in England working in various theater productions.
    1956
  • Harris married Elizabeth Rees-Williams, daughter of David Rees-Williams, 1st Baron Ogmore in 1957. The couple had three children together: Jared Harris, Jamie Harris and Damian Harris. They got divorced in 1969.
    1957 To 1969
  • Harris made his debut with 1959’s ‘Alive and Kicking’, after which he started getting roles in a number of major motion pictures. He did the World War II action adventure ‘The Guns of Navarone’ and ‘Mutiny on the Bounty’.
    1959
  • His first major movie was ‘This Sporting Life’ in 1963 in which he portrayed the role of a coal miner turned famous rugby player. He earned a Best Actor award at the Cannes Film Festival for the movie.
    1963
  • The most significant work of Harris’ career is considered to be his role of ‘Frank Machin’ in ‘This Supporting Life (1963)’. It was his first starring role and he won Best Actor Award at Cannes Film Festival.
    1963
  • Harris won many accolades for his creative skills, like: Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture Actor (Musical/Comedy) for ‘Camelot’, Best Actor Award at the 1963 Cannes Film Festival and Grammy for Best Spoken Word Recording for ‘Jonathan Livingston Seagull’.
    1963
  • ‘Camelot’ (1967), in which he played the role of King Arthur, did not do well commercially but Harris bought the rights to the show and toured in ‘Camelot’ many times in his performance career, which proved to be a success.
    1967
  • Some of his albums are: ‘The Yard Went On Forever (1968)’, ‘The Richard Harris Love Album (1972)’, ‘Jonathan Livingston Seagull (1973)’, ‘Mack The Knife (1989)’.
    1968 To 1989
  • Harris again gained the confidence of the critics and love of his fans with ‘A Man Called Horse’ in 1970, in which he played the role of an English noble who gets captured by Native Americans.
    1970
  • In 1971, he did a BBC TV film adaptation ‘The Snow Goose’. The screenplay by Paul Gallico won a Golden Globe award for Best Movie made for Television and was nominated for a BAFTA award and an Emmy award.
    1971
  • Throughout the 1970s, Harris did movies like: ‘Man in the Wilderness (1971)’, ‘Juggernaut (1974)’, ‘The Cassandra Crossing (1976)’, ‘Orca (1977)’, ‘Golden Rendezvous (1977)’, ‘The Wild Geese (1978)’, ‘Ravagers (1979)’, ‘A Game for Vultures (1979)’, etc.
    1971 To 1979
  • In 1973, Harris got his book of poetry published under the title of ‘I, In the Membership of My Days’. The book was later re-released later in an audio LP format, with added self written songs like, ‘I Don’t Know’.
    1973
  • He got married for the second time to the American actress Ann Turkel in 1974 but that marriage also ended in a divorce in 1982.
    1974 To 1982
  • He almost died of a cocaine overdose in 1978.
    1978
  • He was a longtime alcoholic but became a teetotaler in 1981.
    1981
  • He was a member of the Roman Catholic Knights of Malta, and was knighted by the Queen of Denmark in 1985.
    1985
  • He took a retirement in the 1980s, but this break was only transitory. He starred in ‘The Field’ in 1990
    1990 To 1992
  • a farmer fighting to keep his family’s lands. He followed it with the Clint Eastwood western ‘Unforgiven (1992)’.
  • In 2000, the portrayal of Roman leader ‘Marcus Aurelius’ in Ridley Scott’s Academy Award winning British–American epic historical drama film ‘Gladiator’ starring Russell Crowe and Joaquin Phoenix, won him critical appreciation.
    2000
  • Later, he appeared in movies like: Kevin Reynolds’s ‘The Count Of Monte Cristo (2002)’, ‘Kaena: The Prophecy (2003)’, etc. He also played the supporting role of ‘Albus Dumbledore’ in the first two of the ‘Harry Potter’ films.
    2002 To 2003
  • He was diagnosed with Hodgkin's disease in 2002.
    2002
  • He died at University College Hospital, London, on 25 October 2002, aged 72 and his remains were cremated and ashes were scattered in the Bahamas.
    25th Oct 2002
  • At the 2009 BAFTAs, Mickey Rourke dedicated his Best Actor award to Harris.
    2009
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Frequently asked questions about Richard Harris

  • What is Richard Harris birthday?

    Richard Harris was born at October 1, 1930

  • Where is Richard Harris's birth place?

    Richard Harris was born in Limerick City, Irish Free State (now Republic of Ireland)

  • What is Richard Harris nationalities?

    Richard Harris's nationalities is Irish

  • Who is Richard Harris spouses?

    Richard Harris's spouses is Ann Turkel (m. 1974–1982), Elizabeth Rees-Williams (m. 1957–1969)

  • Who is Richard Harris siblings?

    Richard Harris's siblings is 1939-1985), Diarmid (Dermot, Noel William Michael (born 1932), Patrick Ivan (born 1929), William George Harris (born 1942)

  • Who is Richard Harris childrens?

    Richard Harris's childrens is Damian Harris, Jamie Harris, Jared Harris

  • What was Richard Harris universities?

    Richard Harris studied at London Academy Of Music And Dramatic Art, Crescent College, London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art university

  • What was Richard Harris notable alumnis?

    Richard Harris's notable alumnis is London Academy Of Music And Dramatic Art

  • What is Richard Harris's religion?

    Richard Harris's religion is Roman Catholic

  • Who is Richard Harris's father?

    Richard Harris's father is Ivan John Harris

  • Who is Richard Harris's mother?

    Richard Harris's mother is Mildred Josephine (Harty) Harris

  • What is Richard Harris's sun sign?

    Richard Harris is Libra

  • When was Richard Harris died?

    Richard Harris was died at October 25, 2002

  • Where was Richard Harris died?

    Richard Harris was died in London, England, UK

  • Which age was Richard Harris died?

    Richard Harris was died at age 72