Richard Harris

1 Oct 1930 - 25 Oct 2002


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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Filmography (60 titles)

(movie, 2003)
···Kaena: La prophétie
Genre: Animation, Adventure
Role: Actor (as Opaz (voice: English version))
(movie, 2002)
···Julius Caesar
Genre: Drama, History, War
Role: Actor (as Lucius Cornelius Sulla)
(movie, 2002)
···San Giovanni - L'apocalisse
Genre: Action, Drama, History
Role: Actor (as John)
Genre: Adventure, Fantasy, Family
Role: Actor (as Albus Dumbledore)
(movie, 2002)
···The Count of Monte Cristo
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Abbé Faria)
Genre: Adventure, Fantasy, Family
Role: Actor (as Albus Dumbledore)
Genre: Adventure, Fantasy, Family
Role: Actor (as Albus Dumbledore)
(movie, 2001)
···My Kingdom
Genre: Drama, Crime
Role: Actor (as Sandeman)
(movie, 2000)
Genre: Action, Drama, Adventure
Role: Actor (as Marcus Aurelius)
(movie, 1999)
···Grizzly Falls
Genre: Adventure
Role: Actor (as Old Harry)
(movie, 1999)
···To Walk with Lions
Genre: Drama, Adventure, Biography
Role: Actor (as George Adamson)
(movie, 1998)
···Sibirskiy Tsiryulnik
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Role: Actor (as Douglas McCraken)
(movie, 1997)
···Smilla's Sense of Snow
Genre: Action, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Dr. Andreas Tork)
(movie, 1997)
···The Hunchback
Genre: Drama, Horror, Romance
Role: Actor (as Dom Frollo)
(movie, 1997)
···This Is the Sea
Genre: Drama, Romance
Role: Actor (as Old Man Jacobs)
(movie, 1996)
···Savage Hearts
Genre: Thriller
Role: Actor (as Sir Roger Foxley)
(movie, 1996)
···Trojan Eddie
Genre: Drama, Romance, Crime
Role: Actor (as John Power)
(movie, 1995)
···Cry, the Beloved Country
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Role: Actor (as James Jarvis)
(movie, 1995)
···The Great Kandinsky
Genre: Comedy
Role: Actor (as Ernest Kandinsky)
(movie, 1993)
···Wrestling Ernest Hemingway
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor (as Frank)
(movie, 1993)
···Silent Tongue
Genre: Western, Drama, Horror
Role: Actor (as Prescott Roe)
(movie, 1993)
Genre: Drama, Adventure, Biography
Role: Actor (as Abraham)
(movie, 1992)
Genre: Western
Role: Actor (as English Bob)
(movie, 1992)
···Patriot Games
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Paddy O'Neil)
(movie, 1990)
···King of the Wind
Genre: Adventure
Role: Actor (as King George II)
(movie, 1990)
···The Field
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor (as 'Bull' McCabe)
(movie, 1989)
···Mack the Knife
Genre: Comedy, Romance, Crime
Role: Actor (as Mr. Peachum)
(movie, 1988)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Jules Maigret)
(movie, 1988)
···Trappola diabolica
Genre: Action, Adventure
Role: Actor (as Maj. Vic Jenkins)
(movie, 1985)
···Martin's Day
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor (as Martin Steckert)
Genre: Western
Role: Actor (as John Morgan - Man Called Horse)
(movie, 1982)
Genre: Musical
Role: Actor (as King Arthur)
(movie, 1982)
Genre: Comedy
Role: Actor (as Lewis Kinney)
(movie, 1981)
···Tarzan, the Ape Man
Genre: Adventure, Action, Comedy
Role: Actor (as James Porter)
(movie, 1979)
···Game for Vultures
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor (as David Swansey)
(movie, 1979)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Science Fiction
Role: Actor (as Falk)
(movie, 1978)
···The Wild Geese
Genre: Action, Thriller, War
Role: Actor (as Capt. Rafer Janders)
(movie, 1977)
···Orca: The Killer Whale
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Horror
Role: Actor (as Captain Nolan)
(movie, 1977)
···Golden Rendezvous
Genre: Crime, Thriller
Role: Actor (as John Carter)
(movie, 1977)
···Gulliver's Travels
Genre: Adventure, Animation
Role: Actor (as Gulliver)
(movie, 1977)
Genre: Adventure, Horror, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Captain Nolan)
(movie, 1976)
···Robin and Marian
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, Romance
Role: Actor (as Richard the Lionheart · King Richard)
(movie, 1976)
···Echoes of a Summer
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor (as Eugene Striden)
(movie, 1976)
···The Cassandra Crossing
Genre: Action, Thriller, Foreign
Role: Actor (as Dr. Jonathan Chamberlain)
(movie, 1974)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller, Foreign
Role: Actor (as Lt. Cmdr. Anthony Fallon)
(movie, 1971)
···The Snow Goose
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor (as Philip Rhayadar)
(movie, 1970)
···A Man Called Horse
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, Western
Role: Actor (as John Morgan)
(movie, 1970)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, War
Role: Actor (as Oliver Cromwell)
(movie, 1967)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Fantasy
Role: Actor (as King Arthur)
(movie, 1967)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Christopher White)
Genre: Drama, Foreign
Role: Actor (as Kain)
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor (as Cain)
(movie, 1965)
···The Heroes of Telemark
Genre: Action, Drama, History, Foreign
Role: Actor (as Knut Straud)
(movie, 1965)
···Major Dundee
Genre: Action, Adventure, Western, War
Role: Actor (as Captain Benjamin Tyreen)
(movie, 1964)
···Il deserto rosso
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor (as Corrado Zeller)
(movie, 1963)
···This Sporting Life
Genre: Drama, Sport
Role: Actor (as Frank Machin)
(movie, 1962)
···Mutiny on the Bounty
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama
Role: Actor (as Seaman John Mills)
(movie, 1961)
···The Guns of Navarone
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, War
Role: Actor (as Squadron Leader Howard Barnsby RAAF)
Genre: Drama, War
Role: Actor (as Cpl. Johnstone)
(movie, 1960)
···A Terrible Beauty
Genre: Action, Drama, Romance, War
Role: Actor (as Sean Reilly)