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  Biography for Richard Harris

Birth name

Richard St. John Harris

Height

6' 1" (1.85 m)

Trivia

Was a pretty good rugby player in his day, still remembered in Limerick City for his tackling ability.

Father of director Damian Harris, actors Jared Harris and Jamie Harris.

Harris was a guest professor, teaching Theatre Arts courses at the University Of Scranton in the mid 1980s.

Received an Honorary Doctorate from University Of Scranton (1987).

Joined the Knights of Malta (SMOM), despite his two divorces.

Harris, Peter O'Toole and Richard Burton were drinking buddies in the early 1970s till Burton's Death.

Was Knighted by Denmark in 1985

One of 9 children born to Limerick farmer Ivan Harris and his wife, the former Mildred Harty.

A bout with tuberculosis ended his ambition of becoming a professional rugby player.

Only agreed to take the part of Albus Dumbledor in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001) after his then 11-year-old granddaughter threatened never to speak to him again if he didn't.

While still a student, he rented the tiny "off-West End" Irving Theatre in London, and directed his own production of Odets' "Winter Journey (The Country Girl)". The critics approved, but the production used up all his savings, and he was forced to sleep in a coal cellar for six weeks.

His brother Dermot was married to actress Cassandra Harris and had two children. After his death she married Pierce Brosman and they became Brosman's stepchildren.

Died shortly before the U.S. premiere of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002).

He was awarded the 1990 London Evening Standard Theatre Award for Best Actor for his performance in Henry IV.

Following his death, many of his family members wanted friend 'Peter O'Toole (I)' to take the role of Albus Dumbledore in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004).

Actor - filmography

  1. Kaena: The Prophecy (2003) (voice) .... Opaz
  2. The Apocalypse, (2002) (TV) .... John
  3. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002) .... Albus Dumbledore
  4. The Count of Monte Cristo, (2002) .... Abbé Faria, Edmond's d'If Mentor
  5. The Pearl, (2001)
  6. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001) .... Albus Dumbledore
  7. My Kingdom (2001) .... Sandeman
  8. Gladiator (2000) .... Marcus Aurelius
  9. Grizzly Falls (1999) .... Old Harry
  10.  To Walk with Lions (1999) .... George Adamson
  11. Upright Affair (1998)
  12. Sibirskij tsiryulnik (1998) .... Douglas McCraken
  13.  This Is the Sea (1997) .... Old Man Jacobs
  14. Smilla's Sense of Snow (1997) .... Andreas Tork
  15. Savage Hearts (1997) .... Sir Roger Foxley
  16. Trojan Eddie (1996) .... John Power
  17. the Beloved Country Cry, (1995) .... James Jarvis
  18. Wrestling Ernest Hemingway (1993) .... Frank
  19. Unforgiven (1992) .... English Bob
  20. Patriot Games (1992) .... Paddy O'Neil
  21. The Field, (1990) .... 'Bull' McCabe
  22. Mack the Knife (1990) .... Mr. Peachum
  23. King of the Wind (1989) .... King George II
  24. Strike Commando 2 (1989) .... Vic Jenkins
  25. Martin's Day (1984) .... Martin Steckert
  26. Highpoint (1984) .... Lewis Kinney
  27. Triumphs of a Man Called Horse (1982) .... John Morgan
  28. Your Ticket Is No Longer Valid (1981) .... Jason
  29. the Ape Man Tarzan, (1981) .... Parker
  30. Game for Vultures, A (1979) .... David Swansey
  31. The Last Word, (1979) .... Danny Travis
  32. Ravagers (1979) .... Falk
  33. The Wild Geese, (1978) .... Capt. Rafer Janders
  34. Gulliver's Travels (1977) .... Gulliver
  35. Orca (1977) .... Captain Nolan
  36. Robin and Marian (1976) .... King Richard
  37. Echoes of a Summer (1976) .... Eugene Striden
  38. Juggernaut (1974) .... Commander Anthony Fallon
  39. The Deadly Trackers, (1973) .... Sheriff Sean Kilpatrick
  40. Man in the Wilderness (1971) .... Zachary Bass
  41. Bloomfield (1971) .... Eitan
  42. Cromwell (1970) .... Oliver Cromwell
  43. A Man Called Horse, (1970) .... John Morgan
  44. The Molly Maguires, (1970) .... Detective James McParlan/McKenna
  45. Camelot (1967) .... King Arthur
  46. Caprice (1967) .... Christopher White
  47. Hawaii (1966) .... Rafer Hoxworth
  48. La Bibbia, (1966) .... Cain
  49. The Heroes of Telemark, (1965) .... Knut Straud
  50. Major Dundee (1965) .... Capt. Benjamin Tyreen
  51. Deserto rosso, Il (1964) .... Corrado Zeller
  52. This Sporting Life (1963) .... Frank Machin
  53. Mutiny on the Bounty (1962) .... Seaman John Mills
  54. The Guns of Navarone, (1961) .... Squadron Leader Howard Barnsby RAAF
  55. The Long and the Short and the Tall, (1960) .... Cpl. Johnstone
  56. A Terrible Beauty, (1960) .... Sean Reill
  57. Alive and Kicking (1959) .... Lover
  58. The Wreck of the Mary Deare, (1959) .... Higgins
  59. Shake Hands with the Devil (1959) .... Terence O'Brien

 


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