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Richard Harris

Richard Harris
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Harris in 1985
Born (1930-10-01)1 October 1930
Limerick, County Limerick, Rep. of Ireland
Died 25 October 2002(2002-10-25) (aged 72)
Fitzrovia, London, England
Cause of death Hodgkin's Lymphoma
Occupation Actor, singer, songwriter, producer, director, writer
Years active 1958–2002
Spouse(s) Elizabeth Rees-Williams (m. 1957; div. 1969)
Ann Turkel (m. 1974; div. 1982)
Children 3, including Jared and Damian
Relatives Annabelle Wallis (niece)
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Richard St John Harris (1 October 1930 – 25 October 2002) was an Irish actor, singer, songwriter, producer, director and writer. He appeared on stage and in many films, appearing as Frank Machin in This Sporting Life, and King Arthur in the 1967 film Camelot and the subsequent 1981 revival of the show. He played an aristocrat and prisoner in A Man Called Horse (1970), a gunfighter in Clint Eastwood's Western film Unforgiven (1992), Emperor Marcus Aurelius in Gladiator (2000), and Albus Dumbledore in the first two Harry Potter films: the Philosopher's Stone (2001) and the Chamber of Secrets (2002). Harris had a top ten hit in the United Kingdom and United States with his 1968 recording of Jimmy Webb's song "MacArthur Park".

Harris, the sixth of nine children of Mildred Josephine (née Harty) and Ivan John Harris, was born in Limerick. He was brought up in a middle class and staunchly Roman Catholic family. Harris' siblings included Patrick Ivan (1929-2008), Noel William Michael (1932-1996), Diarmid (Dermot, 1939–1985), and William George Harris (1942-2007). His maternal niece is actress Annabelle Wallis.

Harris was schooled by the Jesuits at Crescent College. A talented rugby player, he was on several Munster Junior and Senior Cup teams for Crescent, and played for Garryowen. Harris' athletic career was cut short when he caught tuberculosis in his teens. He remained an ardent fan of the Munster Rugby and Young Munster teams until his death, attending many of their matches, and there are numerous stories of japes at rugby matches with actors and fellow rugby fans Peter O'Toole and Richard Burton.



  • 1963 - Won - Best Actor Award - "This Sporting Life"
  • – Won – Best Spoken Word Recording for Jonathan Livingston Seagull – 1973
  • – Nominated – Album of the Year for A Tramp Shining – 1968
  • – Nominated – Contemporary Pop Male Vocalist for MacArthur Park – 1968
  • – Nominated – Best Spoken Word, Documentary or Drama Recording for The Prophet – 1975
  • Camelot (Motion Picture Soundtrack) (1967)
  • A Tramp Shining (1968)
  • The Yard Went On Forever (1968)
  • The Richard Harris Love Album (1970)
  • My Boy (1971)
  • Slides (1972)
  • His Greatest Performances (1973)
  • Jonathan Livingston Seagull (1973)
  • The Prophet (1974) (music by Arif Mardin, based on The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran)
  • I, in the Membership of My Days (1974)
  • Gulliver Travels (1977)
  • Camelot (Original 1982 London Cast recording) (1982)
  • Mack The Knife (Original Soundtrack) (1989)
  • Little Tramp (1992) Musical
  • The Apocalypse (2004) the story of John the Apostle on Island named Patmos
  • "Here in My Heart (Theme from This Sporting Life)" (1963)
  • "How to Handle a Woman (from Camelot)" (1968)
  • "MacArthur Park" (1968)
  • "Didn't We?" (1968)
  • "The Yard Went On Forever" (1968)
  • "The Hive" (1969)
  • "One of the Nicer Things" (1969)
  • "Fill the World With Love" (1969)
  • "Ballad of A Man Called Horse" (1970)
  • "Morning of the Mourning for Another Kennedy" (1970)
  • "Go to the Mirror" (1971)
  • "My Boy" (1971)
  • "Turning Back the Pages" (1972)
  • "Half of Every Dream" (1972)
  • "Trilogy (Love, Marriage, Children)" (1974)
  • "The Last Castle (Theme from Echoes of a Summer)" (1976)
  • "Lilliput (Theme from Gulliver's Travels)" (1977)
  • Camelot (Original 1982 London Cast Recording) (1988)
  • Mack the Knife (Motion Picture Soundtrack) (1989)
  • Tommy (studio recording) (1990)
  • Camelot (Motion Picture Soundtrack) (1993)
  • A Tramp Shining (1993)
  • The Prophet (1995)
  • The Webb Sessions 1968–1969 (1996)
  • MacArthur Park (1997)
  • Slides/My Boy (2 CD Set) (2005)
  • My Boy (2006)
  • Man of Words Man of Music The Anthology 1968–1974 (2008)
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