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Harris in 1985
1 October 1930|
Limerick, County Limerick, Rep. of Ireland
|Died||25 October 2002
Fitzrovia, London, England
|Cause of death||Hodgkin's Lymphoma|
|Occupation||Actor, singer, songwriter, producer, director, writer|
Elizabeth Rees-Williams (m. 1957; div. 1969)
Ann Turkel (m. 1974; div. 1982)
|Children||3, including Jared and Damian|
|Relatives||Annabelle Wallis (niece)|
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.
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