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Noel Harrison dead at 79

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Oct 22, 2013 | 6:37am EDT

British singer/actor Noel Harrison has died at the age of 79. The Windmills of Your Mind hitmaker passed away at his home in Devon, England following a battle with kidney disease. The son of My Fair Lady star Sir Rex Harrison was best known for his 1969 hit, which won an Academy Award for its use in the soundtrack to classic Steve McQueen movie The Thomas Crown Affair. He was born in London in 1934 and was a keen skier, becoming British slalom champion in 1953 and representing Great Britain at the 1952 and 1956 Winter Olympics. He moved to the U.S. in the mid-1960s before scoring his big hit, and he also enjoyed roles in several TV series including The Man From U.N.C.L.E. and Mission: Impossible. Harrison disliked life in the spotlight and returned to his native U.K. in the 1990s, where he continued to perform low-key gigs. In June this year (13) he revealed doctors had deemed him too old to undergo a lifesaving kidney transplant and he would be "lucky" to survive another two or three years. Harrison was married three times and had children and grandchildren from his first two marriages.

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