Richard Harris

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Real Name: Richard St. John Harris
Birth Place: Limerick, Ireland
Birth Date: October 01, 1930
Occupation: Actor, Soundtrack, Producer

Richard Harris Biography

A genuine star of cinema on screen and a fiery hell raiser off screen, Richard St John Harris was born on October 1, 1930 in Limerick, Ireland, to a farming family. He was an excellent rugby player and had a strong passion for literature. Unfortunately, a bout of tuberculosis as a teenager ended his aspirations to a rugby career, but he became fascinated with the theater and skipped a local dance one night to attend a performance of "Henry IV". He was hooked and went on to learn his craft at The London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, then spent several years in stage productions. He debuted on screen in Shake Hands with the Devil (1959) and quickly scored regular work in films, including The Wreck of the Mary Deare (1959), The Night Fighters (1960) and a good role as a frustrated Australian bomber pilot in The Guns of Navarone (1961).However, his breakthrough performance was as the quintessential "angry young man" in the sensational drama This Sporting Life (1963), which scored him an Oscar nomination. He then appeared in the WW II commando tale The Heroes of Telemark (1965) and in the Sam Peckinpah-directed western Major Dundee (1965). He next showed up in Hawaii (1966) and played King Arthur in Camelot (1967), a lackluster adaptation of the famous Broadway play. Better performances followed, among them a role as a reluctant police informer in The Molly Maguires (1970) alongside Sir Sean Connery. Harris took the lead role in the violent western A Man Called Horse (1970), which became something of a cult film and spawned two sequels.As the 1970s progressed, Harris continued to appear regularly on screen; however, the quality of the scripts varied from above average to woeful. His credits during this period included directing himself as an aging soccer player in the delightful The Hero (1971); the western The Deadly Trackers (1973); the big-budget "disaster" film Juggernaut (1974); the strangely-titled crime film 99 and 44/100% Dead (1974); with Connery again in Robin and Marian (1976); Gulliver's Travels (1977); a part in the Jaws (1975) ripoff Orca (1977) and a nice turn as an ill-fated mercenary with Richard Burton and Roger Moore in the popular action film The Wild Geese (1978).The 1980s kicked off with Harris appearing in the silly Bo Derek vanity production Tarzan, the Ape Man (1981) and the remainder of the decade had him appearing in some very forgettable productions.However, the luck of the Irish was once again to shine on Harris' career and he scored rave reviews (and another Oscar nomination) for The Field (1990). He then locked horns with Harrison Ford as an IRA sympathizer in Patriot Games (1992) and got one of his best roles as gunfighter English Bob in the Clint Eastwood western Unforgiven (1992). Harris was firmly back in vogue and rewarded his fans with more wonderful performances in Wrestling Ernest Hemingway (1993); Cry, the Beloved Country (1995); The Great Kandinsky (1995) (TV) and This Is the Sea (1997). Further fortune came his way with a strong performance in the blockbuster Gladiator (2000) and he became known to an entirely new generation of film fans as Albus Dumbledore in the mega-successful Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001) and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002). His final screen role was as "Lucius Sulla" in Caesar (2002) (TV).A diverse, vigorous and captivating actor, Richard Harris passed away from Hodgkin's Disease on October 25, 2002.

Richard Harris Movies / TV-Shows

Creating the World of Harry Potter, Part 2: Characters (2009)
Creating the World of Harry Potter, Part 1: The Magic Begins (2009)
How the West Was Lost (2008)
Never Apologize (2007)
Kaena: The Prophecy (2003)
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002)
The Count of Monte Cristo (2002)
Caesar (2002)
My Kingdom (2001)
Friday Night with Jonathan Ross (2001)
Muhammad Ali: Through the Eyes of the World (2001)
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001)
Bette (2000)
Gladiator (2000)
The Apocalypse (2000)
Grizzly Falls (1999)
I lejonens spår (1999)
The Barber of Siberia (1998)
Smilla's Sense of Snow (1997)
The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1997)
Trojan Eddie (1996)
Cry, the Beloved Country (1995)
Late Night with Conan O'Brien (1993)
Silent Tongue (1993)
Wrestling Ernest Hemingway (1993)
Late Show with David Letterman (1993)
Unforgiven (1992)
Patriot Games (1992)
The Field (1990)
King of the Wind (1990)
Mack the Knife (1989)
Strike Commando 2 (1988)
Triumphs of a Man Called Horse (1983)
Highpoint (1982)
Tarzan the Ape Man (1981)
Ravagers (1979)
The Wild Geese (1978)
Orca (1977)
Golden Rendezvous (1977)
Robin and Marian (1976)
The Return of a Man Called Horse (1976)
The Cassandra Crossing (1976)
Echoes of a Summer (1976)
99 and 44/100% Dead! (1974)
Juggernaut (1974)
The Deadly Trackers (1973)
The Snow Goose (1971)
Man in the Wilderness (1971)
Cromwell (1970)
A Man Called Horse (1970)
The Molly Maguires (1970)
60 Minutes (1968)
Camelot (1967)
Hawaii (1966)
The Bible: In the Beginning... (1966)
Top of the Pops (1964)
Red Desert (1964)
This Sporting Life (1963)
Mutiny on the Bounty (1962)
Jungle Fighters (1961)
The Guns of Navarone (1961)
The Wreck of the Mary Deare (1959)
Shake Hands with the Devil (1959)

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