Richard Harris

Richard Harris

  • Born on
    • October 1st, 1930
  • Died on
    • October 25th, 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.

Starring Richard Harris on Plex


Acting (50 Credits)

2002Caesar as Lucius Cornelius Sulla
2002The Count of Monte Cristo as Abbé Faria
2002Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets as Albus Dumbledore
2002Julius Caesar as Lucius Cornelius Silla
2001My Kingdom as Sandeman
2001Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone as Albus Dumbledore
2000The Apocalypse as John
2000Gladiator as Marcus Aurelius
1999To Walk with Lions as George Adamson
1999Grizzly Falls as Old Harry
1998The Barber of Siberia as Douglas McCraken
1997The Hunchback of Notre Dame as Dom Frollo
1997Smilla's Sense of Snow as Dr. Andreas Tork
1995Cry, the Beloved Country as James Jarvis
1993Abraham as Abraham
1993Wrestling Ernest Hemingway as Frank
1993Silent Tongue as Prescott Roe
1992Unforgiven as English Bob
1992Patriot Games as Paddy O'Neil
1990The Field as 'Bull' McCabe
1990The Field as 'Bull' McCabe
1990The Field as 'Bull' McCabe
1983Triumphs of a Man Called Horse as John Morgan - Man Called Horse
1981Tarzan the Ape Man as James Porter
1978The Wild Geese as Capt. Rafer Janders
1977Orca as Captain Nolan
1977Gulliver's Travels as Gulliver
1976The Return of a Man Called Horse as John Morgan / Horse
1976The Cassandra Crossing as Dr. Jonathan Chamberlain
1976Robin and Marian as Richard the Lionheart / King Richard
1974Juggernaut as Lt. Cmdr. Anthony Fallon
197499 and 44/100% Dead! as Harry Crown
1973The Deadly Trackers as Sheriff Sean Kilpatrick
1971Man in the Wilderness as Zachary Bass
1970A Man Called Horse as John MorganWatch Free
1970Cromwell as Oliver Cromwell
1970The Molly Maguires as James McKenna
1967Camelot as King Arthur
1967Caprice as Christopher White
1966The Bible: In the Beginning... as Kain
1966Hawaii as Capt. Rafer Hoxworth
1965The Heroes of Telemark as Knut Straud
1965Major Dundee as Captain Benjamin Tyreen
1964Red Desert as Corrado Zeller
1963This Sporting Life as Frank Machin
1962Mutiny on the Bounty as Seaman John Mills
1961Jungle Fighters as Cpl. Johnstone
1961The Guns of Navarone as Squadron Leader Howard Barnsby RAAF
1959The Wreck of the Mary Deare as Higgins
1959Shake Hands with the Devil as Terence O'Brien


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