Richard Harris

Actor, Singer, Producer
An Irish rogue who emerged from England as one of its most accomplished performers, actor Richard Harris typified the angry young man persona of 1960s British cinema, both on and off the screen. Having come into his own ... Read more »
Born: 10/01/1930 in Limerick, IE

Filmography

Actor (81)

The Pearl 2005 (Movie)

(Actor)

Kaena: The Prophecy 2004 (Movie)

Voice of Opaz (Actor)

Caesar 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets 2002 (Movie)

Albus Dumbledore (Actor)

My Kingdom 2002 (Movie)

Sandeman (Actor)

The Count of Monte Cristo 2002 (Movie)

Abbe Faria (Actor)

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone 2001 (Movie)

Professor Albus Dumbledore (Actor)

Gladiator 2000 (Movie)

Marcus Aurelius (Actor)

Grizzly Falls 1999 (Movie)

Old Harry (Actor)

The Barber of Siberia 1999 (Movie)

Douglas McCracken (Actor)

To Walk With Lions 1999 (Movie)

George Adamson (Actor)

Smilla's Sense Of Snow 1997 (Movie)

Tork (Actor)

This is the Sea 1997 (Movie)

Old Man Jacobs (Actor)

Trojan Eddie 1997 (Movie)

John Power (Actor)

The Hunchback 1996 (Movie)

Dom Frollo (Actor)

Cry, the Beloved Country 1995 (Movie)

James Jarvis (Actor)

The 16th Annual CableACE Awards 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

The 49th Annual Tony Awards 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Savage Hearts 1994 (Movie)

Sir Roger Foxley (Actor)

Silent Tongue 1994 (Movie)

Prescott Roe (Actor)

The 51st Annual Golden Globe Awards 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Wrestling Ernest Hemingway 1993 (Movie)

Frank (Actor)

Eastwood & Co. Making "Unforgiven" 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Patriot Games 1992 (Movie)

Paddy O'Neil (Actor)

Unforgiven 1992 (Movie)

English Bob (Actor)

The 17th Annual People's Choice Awards 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

King of the Wind 1990 (Movie)

King George II (Actor)

Mack the Knife 1990 (Movie)

Mr Peachum (Actor)

The Field 1990 (Movie)

Bull McCabe (Actor)

The Red Desert 1990 (Movie)

Corrado Zeller (Actor)

Ruby Dreams 1989 (Movie)

Dancer (Actor)

Lerner & Loewe: Broadway's Last Romantics 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Martin's Day 1985 (Movie)

Martin Steckert (Actor)

Camelot 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

El Triunfo de un Hombre Llamado Caballo 1981 (Movie)

John Morgan--Man Called Horse (Actor)

Tarzan, The Ape Man 1981 (Movie)

Parker (Actor)

Ravagers 1979 (Movie)

Falk (Actor)

Game For Vultures 1978 (Movie)

David Swansey (Actor)

Highpoint 1978 (Movie)

Louis Kinney (Actor)

The Last Word 1978 (Movie)

Danny Travis (Actor)

Gulliver's Travels 1977 (Movie)

Gulliver (Actor)

The Wild Geese 1977 (Movie)

Rafer Janders (Actor)

Golden Rendezvous 1976 (Movie)

John Carter (Actor)

Orca 1976 (Movie)

Captain Nolan (Actor)

Robin and Marian 1976 (Movie)

King Richard (Actor)

The Cassandra Crossing 1976 (Movie)

Dr Jonathon Chamberlain (Actor)

The Return of a Man Called Horse 1976 (Movie)

John Morgan (Actor)

Echoes of a Summer 1975 (Movie)

Eugene Striden (Actor)

Juggernaut 1974 (Movie)

Fallon (Actor)

99 and 44/100% Dead 1973 (Movie)

Harry Crown (Actor)

Burt Bacharach in Shangri-La 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

Actor

The Deadly Trackers 1972 (Movie)

Kilpatrick (Actor)

Man in the Wilderness 1971 (Movie)

Zachary Bass (Actor)

A Man Called Horse 1970 (Movie)

Lord John Morgan (Actor)

Bloomfield 1970 (Movie)

Eitan (Actor)

Cromwell 1970 (Movie)

Oliver Cromwell (Actor)

The Molly Maguires 1970 (Movie)

James McParlan/McKenna (Actor)

Camelot 1966 (Movie)

King Arthur (Actor)

Caprice 1966 (Movie)

Christopher White (Actor)

Hawaii 1966 (Movie)

Rafer Hoxworth (Actor)

Major Dundee 1965 (Movie)

Captain Benjamin Tyreen (Actor)

The Bible 1965 (Movie)

Cain (Actor)

Alive and Kicking 1964 (Movie)

Lover (Actor)

I Tre Volti 1964 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Heroes of Telemark 1964 (Movie)

Knut Straud (Actor)

This Sporting Life 1963 (Movie)

Frank Machin (Actor)

Mutiny on the Bounty 1962 (Movie)

John Mills (Actor)

DuPont Show of the Month 1957 - 1961 (TV Show)

Actor

The Guns of Navarone 1961 (Movie)

Barnsby (Actor)

A Terrible Beauty 1960 (Movie)

Sean Reilly (Actor)

The Long and the Short and the Tall 1960 (Movie)

Corporal Johnstone (Actor)

Shake Hands With the Devil 1959 (Movie)

Terence O'Brien (Actor)

The Wreck of the Mary Deare 1958 (Movie)

Higgins (Actor)

Abraham (TV Show)

Actor

Maigret (TV Show)

Actor

The Great Kandinsky (TV Show)

Actor

The Peggy Fleming Show (TV Show)

Actor

The Snow Goose (TV Show)

Actor
Music (5)

Tyler Perry's The Single Moms Club 2014 (Movie)

("Break Me Off") (Song)

Storage Wars: Texas 2011 - 2012 (Tv Show)

Song

Trojan Eddie 1997 (Movie)

("Don't Laugh at Me 'cos I'm a Fool") (Song Performer)

Echoes of a Summer 1975 (Movie)

("The Last Castle") (Song Performer)

Echoes of a Summer 1975 (Movie)

(Song)
Producer (2)

The Return of a Man Called Horse 1976 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Echoes of a Summer 1975 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)
Director (1)

Bloomfield 1970 (Movie)

(Director)

Biography

An Irish rogue who emerged from England as one of its most accomplished performers, actor Richard Harris typified the angry young man persona of 1960s British cinema, both on and off the screen. Having come into his own as a rough-and-tumble rugby player in "This Sporting Life" (1963), Harris quickly became one of England's preeminent actors, with quality turns in prominent American films like "Mutiny on the Bounty" (1962), "Major Dundee" (1965) and the adaptation of the popular musical "Camelot" (1967). Behind the scenes, much like his contemporaries Richard Burton, Peter O'Toole and Oliver Reed, Harris was a student of the bad boy school of talented thespians, with an unquenchable taste for booze and women who never let a bender get in the way of a sterling performance. Because of his experience with "Camelot," Harris embarked on a surprisingly successful singing career that reached its peak when his single, "MacArthur Park," became a big hit in 1968. Following a fine leading turn in "A Man Called Horse" (1970), his acting career began to slide, thanks to a string of rather mediocre genre films and diminishing performances brought on by his worsening alcoholism. After sobering up toward the end of the 1980s, the newly confident actor earned an Oscar nod for his excellent performance in Jim Sheridan's "The Field" (1990). He next chewed up the scenery as the flashy gunman English Bob in "Unforgiven" (1992) before playing Marcus Aurelius in "Gladiator" (2000) and Professor Dumbledore in the first two "Harry Potter" movies. Having died before "Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets" (2002) was released, Harris left behind a trail of broken bottles and shattered hearts, as well as a legacy of being one of Ireland and England's most important and beloved performers.

Relationships

Ivan Harris

Father

Jared Harris Actor

Son
Born Aug. 24, 1961; mother, Elizabeth Rees

Elizabeth Harris

Wife
married February 9, 1957 divorced 1969 mother of his three sons daughter of Labor peer Lord Ogmore later married to actor Rex Harrison in the 1970s

Damian Harris

Son
born in 1958 mother, Elizabeth Harris

Jamie Harris

Son
born in June 1963 mother, Elizabeth Harris

Dermot Harris

Brother
died of a heart attack on November 12, 1986 at age 47 previously married to actor Cassandra Harris with whom he had two children, Charlotte and Christopher she later wed actor Pierce Brosnan

Ann Turkel

Wife
born c. 1947 married in 1974 divorced in 1981

Annabelle Wallis Actor

Niece

EDUCATION

Joan Littlewood's International Theatre Workshop

studied there three years

London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art

1956

Sacred Heart Jesuit College

Milestones

2002

Reprised role of Dumbledore in "Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets"

2002

Co-starred in the remake of "The Count of Monte Cristo"

2001

Played the benevolant wizard Dumbledore in "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone"

2001

Thanks to digital technology, played the ghost of Hamlet's father in a New Jersey Shakespeare Festival staging of "Hamlet", starring son Jared Harris

2000

Co-starred as the benevolent Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius in the OScar-winning film "Gladiator"

2000

Starred in film adaptation of John Steinbeck's "The Pearl" (unreleased)

2000

Played aged, powerful head of a criminal dynasty in "My Kingdom"

1999

Appeared as "Old Harry," the elder version of the lead character, in "Grizzly Falls"

1999

Starred as George Adamson in "To Walk with Lions"

1997

Cast as Dom Frollo in TNT production of "The Hunchback"

1997

Appeared as Andreas Tork in "Smilla's Sense of Snow"

1997

Essayed an aging Irish gangster in "Trojan Eddie"

1995

Teamed with James Earl Jones in the remake of "Cry, the Beloved Country"

1992

Played English Bob in Clint Eastwood's "Unforgiven"

1990

Made London stage comeback with Pirandello's "Henry IV" in London; first appearance in a straight drama in London's West End since the 1963 production of Gogol's "Diary of a Madman"

1990

Film comeback, "The Field"

1982

Reprised film role of King Arthur in "Camelot" in an HBO TV production

1982

Overcame alcoholism

1978

Overdosed on cocaine; rushed to intensive care unit of Cedars Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles

1976

Executive produced two films: "Echoes of a Summer/The Last Castle" and the sequel film, "Return of a Man Called Horse"; starred in both, and wrote and performed the song "The Last Castle" in the former

1972

Film directing debut, "Bloomfield" (also co-wrote and starred)

1968

Recorded hit song, "MacArthur's Park"

1964

First foreign-language film, "Red Desert"

1963

First leading role, "This Sporting Life"

1961

Played largest screen roles to date (second and third leads) in "The Long and the Short and the Tall" and "Mutiny on the Bounty"

1960

Earliest US TV work includes a supporting role in an NBC adaptation of Joseph Conrad's "Victory"

1959

Played first leading role on the London stage in "The Ginger Man"

1958

Returned to the London stage in "Man, Beast and Virtue"

1958

Toured Eastern Europe and Russia in a production of "Macbeth" (date approximate)

1958

Film debut in "Alive and Kicking"

1957

Made English TV debut in "The Iron Harp"

1956

Produced and directed a stage production of "Winter Journey"

1956

Appeared in the London stage production of "A View from the Bridge"

1956

West End stage debut in Joan Littlewood's production of "The Quare Fellow" at the Royal Stratford

Appeared as Lucius Cornelius Sulla in the TNT miniseries "Juius Caesar" (lensed 2002)

Toured in stage production of "Camelot" when original star Richard Burton became ill; was supposed to spend eight weeks finishing up tour, but ultimately performed 20-25 weeks a year for five years; show took in over $92 million during its five years with

Bonus Trivia

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Other songs besides "MacArthur Park" which Harris has recorded include "Didn't We" (1969) and "My Boy" (1971).

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Harris set up a scholarship at the Universiy of Scranton in Pennsylvania in memory of his brother Dermot.

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Harris fell ill in August 2002 after filming the second Harry Potter film, "The Chamber of Secrets," and went to a hospital suffering with a severe chest infection, He had been in University College Hospital, central London for two months, where he has had a course of chemotherapy for Hodgkin's disease. According to his agent Sharon Thomas Harris responded extremely well to the treatment.

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