Richard Harris

  • Birth Name: Richard St. John Harris
  • Birth Place: Limerick, Ireland
  • Died: October 25, 2002
  • Profession: Actor
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Fast Facts

  • Was a skilled rugby player with aspirations to play professionally, but contracting tuberculosis as a teen ended his pursuit; was also a champion racquetball player.
  • Made feature-film debut in the 1959 comedy Alive and Kicking.
  • Came to fame and received his first Oscar nomination for 1963's This Sporting Life, playing a rugby player.
  • Definitive role was as King Arthur in the 1967 film version of Camelot, a part he eventually played on Broadway in 1981 and for five years on the road. 
  • Recorded several albums and in 1968 had a Top 10 hit in Britain and the U.S. with "MacArthur Park."
  • Published a collection of poems in 1973 titled I, in the Membership of My Days.
  • Was knighted by Denmark in 1985.
  • In 1987 began as a visiting professor at the University of Scranton. 
  • Took the role of Albus Dumbledore in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone after his granddaughter threatened to never speak to him again if he refused the part.
  • A life-size statue of him as a teen playing racquetball was erected in 2006 in Kilkee, Ireland; a statue of him as King Arthur was erected in his hometown of Limerick, Ireland, in 2007.

Awards

  • 1991, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama: Nominee
  • 1968, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy: Winner
  • 1973, Grammy — Best Spoken Word Recording: Winner
  • 1963, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: Nominee
  • 1972, Emmy — Outstanding Single Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: Nominee
  • 1990, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: Nominee
  • 2000, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 2000, European Film Awards — European Film Academy Lifetime Achievement Award: Winner
  • 1964, BAFTA Film Awards — Best British Actor: Nominee
  • 1963, Cannes Film Festival — Best Actor: Winner

Relationships

  • Charlotte Brosnan — Niece
  • Ivan Harris — Father
  • Christopher Brosnan — Nephew
  • Elizabeth Rees — Ex-wife
  • Noel William Michael Harris — Brother
  • Jared Harris — Son
  • William George Harris — Brother
  • Damian Harris — Son
  • Mildred Harris — Mother
  • Dermot Harris — Brother
  • Patrick Ivan Harris — Brother
  • Jamie Harris — Son
  • Ann Turkel — Ex-wife

College

  • The London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, London, England
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