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George Harrison

George Harrison

  • Born on
    • February 25th, 1943
  • Died on
    • November 29th, 2001
George Harrison,  MBE (25 February 1943 – 29 November 2001) was an English rock guitarist, singer-songwriter, actor and film producer who achieved international fame as lead guitarist of The Beatles.  Often referred to as "the quiet Beatle",  Harrison became over time an admirer of Indian mysticism, and introduced it to the other Beatles, as well as those of their Western audience. Following the band's break-up, he had a successful career as a solo artist and later as part of the Traveling Wilburys, and also as a film and record producer. Harrison is listed at number 21 in Rolling Stone magazine's list of "100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time". Although most of The Beatles' songs were written by Lennon and McCartney, Beatle albums generally included one or two of Harrison's own songs, from With The Beatles onwards.  His later compositions with The Beatles include "Here Comes the Sun", "Something" and "While My Guitar Gently Weeps". By the time of the band's break-up, Harrison had accumulated a backlog of material, which he then released as the acclaimed and successful triple album All Things Must Pass in 1970, from which came two singles: a double A-side single, "My Sweet Lord" backed with "Isn't It a Pity", and "What Is Life". In addition to his solo work, Harrison co-wrote two hits for Ringo Starr, another former Beatle, as well as songs for the Traveling Wilburys—the supergroup he formed in 1988 with Bob Dylan, Tom Petty, Jeff Lynne, and Roy Orbison. Harrison embraced Indian culture and Hinduism in the mid 1960s, and helped expand Western awareness of sitar music and of the Hare Krishna movement. With Ravi Shankar he organised a major charity concert with the 1971 Concert for Bangladesh. Besides being a musician, he was also a record producer and co-founder of the production company HandMade Films. In his work as a film producer, he collaborated with people as diverse as the members of Monty Python and Madonna. He was married twice, to model Pattie Boyd from 1966 to 1974, and for 23 years to record company secretary Olivia Trinidad Arias, with whom he had one son, Dhani Harrison. He was a close friend of Eric Clapton. He is the only Beatle to have published an autobiography, with I Me Mine in 1980. Harrison died of lung cancer in 2001.

Filmography

Acting (5 Credits)

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1986Shanghai Surprise as Nightclub Singer
1979Monty Python's Life of Brian as Mr. Papadopolous (uncredited)
1978The Rutles: All You Need Is Cash as The Interviewer
1968Yellow Submarine as George (uncredited)
1965Help! as George

Director (1 Credits)

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Writer (1 Credits)

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Himself (30 Credits)

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2021The Beatles: Get Back as Self
2019Once Were Brothers as Self (archive footage)
2018George Harrison: All Things Pass as Himself (archive footage)
2018John & Yoko: Above Us Only Sky as Self (archive footage)
2018ReMastered: Who Shot the Sheriff? as Self (archive footage)
2017How the Beatles Changed the World as Himself (archive footage)
2017Hare Krishna! The Mantra, the Movement and the Swami Who Started It as Himself (archive footage)
2017It Was Fifty Years Ago Today! The Beatles: Sgt. Pepper & Beyond as Himself (archive footage)
2017My Generation as Self (archive footage)
2016The Beatles: Eight Days a Week - The Touring Years as Himself (archive footage)
2014Awake: The Life of Yogananda as Himself
2013Good Ol' Freda as Himself (archive footage)
2011George Harrison: Living in the Material World as Self (archive footage)
2010Paul McCartney Really Is Dead: The Last Testament of George Harrison as Himself
2007Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers: Runnin' Down a Dream as Self (archive footage)
2002Naqoyqatsi as Self (archive footage)
1999The Beatles Celebration as Himself
1995The Beatles Anthology as Self
1991The Beatles: The First U.S. Visit as Himself
1988Imagine: John Lennon as Self
1986Jimi Plays Monterey as Himself (archive footage)
1985Water as Himself - The Singing Rebels' Band
1982The Compleat Beatles as Self (archive footage)
1974The Society of the Spectacle as Self (archive footage)
1972The Concert for Bangladesh as Self
1972Imagine as Himself
1969Let It Be as Self (The Beatles) (uncredited)
1969Float Like a Butterfly, Sting Like a Bee as Himself
1967Magical Mystery Tour as Himself / Magician Looking Through Telescope
1964A Hard Day's Night as Himself

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