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Richard Harris

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Irish star who played out Dumbledore in 1st two Harry Potter films. Previously in his profession, he portrayed Emperor Marcus Aurelius in Gladiator and performed Ruler Arthur in 1967’s Camelot. Like a scholar, he rented a little theater and aimed a critically praised musical. The musical was a monetary failure, nevertheless, which triggered him to become briefly homeless. He refused the part of Albus Dumbledore, and finally relented because of pressure placed on him by his ten-year-old granddaughter. His relationship to Elizabeth Rees-Williams lasted twelve years. The few divorced in 1969. He was wedded to Ann Turkel from 1974 to 1982. He previously three kids. He performed gunfighter British Bob in Clint Eastwood’s film, Unforgiven.

Quick Facts


Full Name Richard Harris
Date Of Birth October 1, 1930
Died October 25, 2002, Fitzrovia, London, United Kingdom
Place Of Birth Limerick, Ireland
Height 1.85 m
Profession Movie Actor
Education London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, Crescent College
Nationality Irish
Spouse Ann Turkel, Elizabeth Rees-Williams
Children Jared Harris, Jamie Harris, Damian Harris
Parents Mildred Josephine Harty Harris, Ivan John Harris
Siblings Dermot Harris, William George Harris, Noel William Michael Harris, Patrick Ivan Harris
Awards British Independent Film Award – The Richard Harris Award, Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy, Cannes Best Actor Award, Grammy Award for Best Spoken Word Album, European Film Academy Lifetime Achievement Award
Music Groups The Jive Five
Nominations Academy Award for Best Actor, Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture – Drama, Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture, Grammy Award for Album of the Year, British Independent Film Award for Best Actor, BAFTA Award for Best British Actor, Grammy Award for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance, Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actor, Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Comedy, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Single Performance By An Actor In A Leading Role
Movies Harry Potter And The Sorcerer's Stone, Gladiator, A Man Called Horse, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Unforgiven, Camelot, This Sporting Life, Wild Geese, Man in the Wilderness, Major Dundee, The Count of Monte Cristo, The Guns of Navarone, Mutiny on the Bounty, The Molly Maguires, The Return of a Man Called Horse, Tarzan, the Ape Man, Orca, Red Desert, Patriot Games, Robin and Marian, The Cassandra Crossing, Juggernaut, The Wreck of the Mary Deare, The Heroes of Telemark, The Deadly Trackers, Cry, the Beloved Country, Wrestling Ernest Hemingway, Triumphs of a Man Called Horse, Smilla's Sense of Snow, To Walk with Lions, Gulliver's Travels, Kaena: The Prophecy, Cromwell, Silent Tongue, 99 and 44/100% Dead, The Bible: In the Beginning..., The Apocalypse, This Is the Sea, Grizzly Falls, Golden Rendezvous, The Barber of Siberia, Trojan Eddie, Martin's Day, Ravagers, Echoes of a Summer, Game for Vultures, King of the Wind, Your Ticket Is No Longer Valid, Mack the Knife, Strike Commando 2, My Kingdom
TV Shows Julius Caesar, Abraham
Star Sign Libra

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#Fact
1Not a relation of Ed Harris.
2He said he gave up drugs after almost overdosing on cocaine in 1978.
3As Harris was born in the Irish Free State he was entitled to a full knighthood. However it is likely he would never have been offered one due to his vocal support for the IRA in the 1970s and early 1980s.
4He nearly died from alcoholism in 1981, and a Roman Catholic priest was sent to given him the last rites.
5The first Harry Potter film series cast member to die.
6He had a longtime hatred of Michael Caine. Harris claimed to have turned down the role of Harry Palmer in The Ipcress File (1965).
7Became a born-again Catholic after his brother Dermot died from alcoholism in 1985.
8He was a vocal supporter of the Provisional Irish Republican Army from 1973 until 1984. In the late 1980s he was active in persuading Americans of Irish descent not to give money to terrorist groups.
9He was replaced by Donald Sutherland as the IRA terrorist Liam Devlin in The Eagle Has Landed (1976) after it was discovered that he had attended a fundraiser for the Provisional IRA in the United States.
10He appeared in four films that were nominated for the Best Picture Oscar: The Guns of Navarone (1961), Mutiny on the Bounty (1962), Unforgiven (1992) and Gladiator (2000). The latter two won in the category.
11Despite his initial reluctance to accept the role of Albus Dumbledore in the Harry Potter films (he only agreed to do so at the urging of his granddaughter) he was determined not to let his battle with Hodgkin's disease get in the way of him playing the role. During post-production on Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002), producer David Heyman visited Harris in the hospital. By this point Harris's illness had progressed to the point where he had become very gaunt and could speak in barely more than a whisper, yet he begged the producer not to recast the role. Ultimately, however, the role had to be recast, as Harris passed away a few weeks later.
12Mickey Rourke dedicated his 2009 BAFTA award for Best Actor to Harris calling him "a good friend, and great actor.".
13Uncle of actress Annabelle Wallis.
14By the time he was diagnosed with Hodgkin's disease in August 2002 it was so advanced that there was no hope of recovery.
15He hated making Caprice (1967) with Doris Day so much that he never watched the film.
16In an interview on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (1962), Harris told a story about when he was a young actor playing Seyton in a theatrical production of "Macbeth." The lead actor was a real jerk to him, making constant demeaning references to Harris's Irish heritage. On opening night, Harris couldn't take it anymore. In Act V, Macbeth turns to him and says, "Wherefore was that cry?" Harris was supposed to reply, "The queen, my lord, is dead," after which Macbeth goes into his famous soliloquy about "Tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow." However, Harris decided instead to say, "Oh, don't worry. She's fine. She'll be up and about in ten minutes." He ruined the performance and was promptly fired.
17Turned down the role of Commodus in The Fall of the Roman Empire (1964), then went on to play Commodus' father Marcus Aurelius (who dies at his son's hands) in Gladiator (2000).
18Ex-father-in-law of actress Emilia Fox and Annabel Brooks.
19While living in England, Harris popped out for milk and when seeing the paper he noticed that Young Munster were playing in Thomond Park, Co. Limerick, Harris got the next available flight to Ireland. He spent the following 3 weeks on a drinking binge. All was unknown at the time to his wife, who had no idea where he was. When he finally returned to England, he rang the doorbell of his house. His wife answered the door and before she had a chance to say anything, he said, "Well, why didn't you pay the ransom?".
20Was dyslexic.
21Befriended Russell Crowe while filming Gladiator (2000).
22During the 1940s and early 1950s he went to see all the films of John Wayne and Gary Cooper. Later, however, he described both actors as "pantomime cowboys". The westerns he made, like A Man Called Horse (1970), were decidedly revisionist in tone.
23In 1979 he was diagnosed with hyperglycemia, a condition in which an excessive amount of glucose circulates in the blood plasma.
24In his youth he was a fan of Marlon Brando, and could imitate or parody his performance in On the Waterfront (1954) at the drop of a hat. However he did not get along with Brando while filming Mutiny on the Bounty (1962) and blamed the American star's on-set behavior for the film going over budget and over schedule. During the 1960s he often criticized Brando's eccentric movie choices in interviews.
25He enjoyed a friendly rivalry with English actor Oliver Reed during the late 1960s and early 1970s. Reed would often refer to himself as "Mr. England." When Harris would hear him saying that, he would then refer to himself as "Mr. Ireland.".
26Producers were initially reluctant to cast Harris as King Arthur in Camelot (1967) due to his limited singing ability. Harris was cast after Richard Burton, who had played the part on Broadway in 1961, demanded too much money. The Irish actor insisted on doing his own singing live and later enjoyed a successful pop career, touring America in 1972.
27After giving up drinking alcohol for a time in the 1970s, Harris put a bottle of vodka in every room in his house in London. The temptation was huge but he didn't touch a drop.
28He spent the last 12 years of his life living in Room 758 at the world-famous Savoy Hotel in London. His room was located in the "Courtside" section of the hotel. It did have a view of the river, but not as fine a view as the "Hotel" section riverside rooms. He only had his room cleaned once a week and very rarely notified the hotel that he was out of his room, so they had to check his door ten times a day to see if his "Do Not Disturb" sign flipped around to say "Make Up My Room".
29Harris did not enjoy his first time in Hollywood making The Wreck of the Mary Deare (1959). Production had to be halted several times due to the frequent illnesses of its star, Gary Cooper. He turned down the role of Commodus in The Fall of the Roman Empire (1964) and was thirty-four when he starred in his first Hollywood movie, Major Dundee (1965).
30He won the role of King Arthur in Camelot (1967), the film version of Alan Jay Lerner & Frederick Loewe's hit musical, after close friend and drinking buddy Richard Burton, who had played Arthur in the original 1960 Broadway production, turned down an offer to reprise the role in the film. Burton had had a huge success with Lerner & Lowe's show, winning a 1961 Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical. Harris later replaced Burton in the roadshow of the 1980 revival of the musical when Burton was unable to continue due to bursitis, a tour that ended up back on Broadway, with Harris as Arthur, in 1981.
31Well known for being a "method actor", Harris was once told that he would play the role of a filthy character, and so he went for a long time without bathing to fit in to the character better, much to the chagrin of his co-stars, who claimed that they could smell him coming a long way away.
32Appears in Patriot Games (1992) with James Fox, whose niece is his daughter-in-law.
33Is one of a few actors to appear in two Best Picture winners from the 1990s. He appeared in 1992's Best Picture, Unforgiven (1992), and 2000's Best Picture, Gladiator (2000). Others in the same category are Colin Firth, who appeared in The English Patient (1996) and Shakespeare in Love (1998) and Ralph Fiennes, who appeared in Schindler's List (1993) and The English Patient (1996). Fiennes later followed Harris into the Harry Potter films.
34Was friends with Sir Sean Connery.
35He and Patrick Bergin were two of the only Irish actors to play Irishmen in Patriot Games (1992).
36It was his lifelong ambition to play Hamlet. He never did, although he referred to This Sporting Life (1963) as his Hamlet and The Field (1990) as his Lear. He later had one final attempt at an updated version of Lear with My Kingdom (2001).
37An alcoholic, he gave up drinking completely in 1981 and returned to drinking Guinness a decade later.
38Once said in an interview that he had a great fascination with authority figures and their use of power. During his career he portrayed King Arthur in Camelot (1967); Oliver Cromwell in Cromwell (1970); King Richard the Lionheart in Robin and Marian (1976); Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius in Gladiator (2000) and Headmaster Albus Dumbledore in the first two Harry Potter films, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001) and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002).
39Received the Laurence Olivier Award for his acclaimed performances at the Royal National Theatre, London, England.
40Member of the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) in Stratford Upon Avon, England, since the early 1960s. His last appearance on the Swan stage (RSC main) was in the mid-1990s.
41Graduated from the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA). He was rejected by the Royal Adademy of Dramatic Art.
42Associate member of LAMDA.
43Both he and his fellow Irish actor (and close friend) Peter O'Toole appeared in versions of "Gulliver's Travels": Harris played the title character in the 1977 film version Gulliver's Travels (1977) and O'Toole played the Emperor of Lilliput in the 1996 TV-film version Gulliver's Travels (1996), where Ted Danson played Gulliver.
44Was cremated and his ashes were scattered at his home in the Bahamas
45Following his death, many of his family members wanted friend Peter O'Toole to take the role of Albus Dumbledore in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004).
46He was awarded the 1990 London Evening Standard Theatre Award for Best Actor for his performance in Henry IV.
47Died shortly before the U.S. premiere of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002).
48His younger brother, Dermot Harris, was married to actress Cassandra Harris and had two children, Charlotte Brosnan and Christopher Brosnan. After his death, she married Pierce Brosnan and they became Brosnan's stepchildren.
49While still a student, he rented the tiny "off-West End" Irving Theatre in London and directed his own production of Clifford Odets' "Winter Journey (The Country Girl)". The critics approved, but the production used up all his savings and Harris said he was forced to sleep in a coal cellar for six weeks. However he actually stayed with some relatives in London.
50Only 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.
51A bout with tuberculosis ended his ambition of becoming a professional rugby player.
52One of 9 children born to Limerick farmer Ivan Harris and his wife, the former Mildred Harty.
53Was knighted by Denmark in 1985.
54Harris, Peter O'Toole, and Richard Burton were drinking partners from the 1960s until O'Toole had to stop drinking in 1978..
55Joined the Knights of Malta (SMOM), despite his two divorces.
56Received an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Scranton in 1987.
57He was a guest professor at the University of Scranton in the mid-1980s, teaching Theatre Arts courses.
58Father of director Damian Harris, actors Jared Harris, and Jamie Harris.
59Was a pretty good rugby player in his day, still remembered in Limerick City for his tackling ability.


Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
This Sporting Life1963Frank Machin
Mutiny on the Bounty1962Seaman John Mills
The Guns of Navarone1961Barnsby
Jungle Fighters1961Cpl. Johnstone
The Night Fighters1960Sean Reilly
Art Carney Special1960TV Series
Armchair Theatre1960TV SeriesMajor Gaylord
The Wreck of the Mary Deare1959Higgins
Alive and Kicking1959Lover
Shake Hands with the Devil1959Terence O'Brien
The DuPont Show of the Month1958TV Series
ITV Television Playhouse1958TV SeriesDan Galvin
ITV Play of the Week1958TV SeriesMichael O'Riordan
Kaena: The Prophecy2003Opaz (English version, voice)
Caesar2002TV MovieLucius Cornelius Sulla
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets2002Professor Albus Dumbledore
The Count of Monte Cristo2002Abbé Faria
The Pearl2001Dr. Karl
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone2001Professor Albus Dumbledore
My Kingdom2001Sandeman
Gladiator2000Marcus Aurelius
The Apocalypse2000TV MovieJohn
Grizzly Falls1999Old Harry
To Walk with Lions1999George Adamson
Sibirskiy tsiryulnik1998Douglas McCraken
This Is the Sea1997Old Man Jacobs
The Hunchback1997TV MovieDom Frollo
Smilla's Sense of Snow1997Dr. Andreas Tork
Trojan Eddie1996John Power
The Great Kandinsky1995TV MovieErnest Kandinsky
Cry, the Beloved Country1995James Jarvis
Savage Hearts1995Sir Roger Foxley
Wrestling Ernest Hemingway1993Frank
Abraham1993TV Mini-SeriesAbraham
Silent Tongue1993Prescott Roe
Unforgiven1992English Bob
Patriot Games1992Paddy O'Neil
The Field1990'Bull' McCabe
King of the Wind1990King George II
Mack the Knife1989Mr. Peachum
Maigret1988TV MovieJules Maigret
Trappola diabolica1988Maj. Vic Jenkins
Martin's Day1985Martin Steckert
Triumphs of a Man Called Horse1983John Morgan - Man Called Horse
Camelot1982TV MovieKing Arthur
Highpoint1982Lewis Kinney
Your Ticket Is No Longer Valid1981Jason
Tarzan the Ape Man1981James Parker
The Last Word1979Danny Travis
Game for Vultures1979David Swansey
Ravagers1979Falk
The Wild Geese1978Capt. Rafer Janders
Golden Rendezvous1977John Carter
Orca1977Captain Nolan
Gulliver's Travels1977Gulliver
The Cassandra Crossing1976Dr. Jonathan Chamberlain
The Return of a Man Called Horse1976John Morgan
Robin and Marian1976Richard the Lionheart King Richard
Echoes of a Summer1976Eugene Striden
Juggernaut1974Lt. Cmdr. Anthony Fallon
99 and 44/100% Dead1974Harry Crown
The Deadly Trackers1973Sheriff Sean Kilpatrick
Man in the Wilderness1971Zachary Bass
The Snow Goose1971TV MoviePhilip Rhayadar
The Hero1971Eitan
Cromwell1970Oliver Cromwell
A Man Called Horse1970John Morgan
The Molly Maguires1970Detective James McParlan
Caprice1967Christopher White
Camelot1967King Arthur
Hawaii1966Capt. Rafer Hoxworth
The Bible: In the Beginning...1966Cain
The Heroes of Telemark1965Knut
Major Dundee1965Captain Benjamin Tyreen
I tre volti1965Robert (segment "Gli amanti celebri")
Red Desert1964Corrado Zeller

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Wrecking Crew!2008Documentary performer: "MacArthur Park"
'Weird Al' Yankovic: The Ultimate Video Collection2003Video "Jurassic Park"
'Weird Al' Yankovic Live!1999Video "Jurassic Park"
Trojan Eddie1996performer: "Don't Laugh At Me 'Cos I'm A Fool"
Unhook the Stars1996performer: "MacArthur Park"
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson1992TV Series performer - 1 episode
Here's Looking at You, Warner Bros.1991TV Movie documentary performer: "Camelot" - uncredited
Mack the Knife1989performer: "Peachum's Morning Chorale Morning Anthem", "I Prefer Duet", "Uncertainity of Human Condition"
Echoes of a Summer1976performer: "The Last Castle" / writer: "The Last Castle"
Burt Bacharach in Shangri-La1973TV Movie performer: "Didn't We", "If I Could Go Back"
The Molly Maguires1970performer: "Eileen Aroon"
The Ed Sullivan Show1968TV Series performer - 1 episode
Camelot1967"Camelot", uncredited / performer: "I Wonder What The King Is Doing Tonight", "Camelot", "How to Handle A Woman", "What Do The Simple Folk Do?", "Finale: Camelot" - uncredited
The Milton Berle Show1966TV Series performer - 1 episode
Major Dundee1965performer: "Dixie" - uncredited
This Sporting Life1963performer: "Here In My Heart"

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Return of a Man Called Horse1976executive producer
Echoes of a Summer1976executive producer

Director

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Hero1971

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Hero1971additional material

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Life, the Universe and Douglas Adams2005Video documentary special thanks

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Interviews with Professors & More2003Video documentary shortHimself
Das große RTL Special zum Film2002TV SeriesHimself
Airport2002TV Series documentaryHimself
Arthur: King of the Britons2002TV SpecialHimself - Presenter / Narrator
Muhammad Ali: Through the Eyes of the World2001Documentary
Late Show with David Letterman1994-2001TV SeriesHimself
The Rosie O'Donnell Show2001TV SeriesHimself
Friday Night with Jonathan Ross2001TV SeriesHimself
+ de cinéma2001TV Series documentary shortHimself
60 Minutes2001TV Series documentaryHimself - Actor (segment "Richard Harris")
Hellraisers2000TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno1993-2000TV SeriesHimself
HBO First Look2000TV Series documentaryHimself
AFI's 100 Years... 100 Stars: America's Greatest Screen Legends1999TV Special documentaryHimself
Late Night with Conan O'Brien1997TV SeriesHimself
Omnibus1994TV Series documentaryHimself
The 16th Annual CableACE Awards1994TV SpecialHimself - Presenter
The 65th Annual Academy Awards1993TV SpecialHimself - Audience Member
Hollywood U.K.1993TV Series documentaryHimself - Contributor
Eastwood & Co.: Making 'Unforgiven'1992TV Short documentaryHimself
Clint Eastwood on Westerns1992TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson1963-1992TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Guest / 'Bull' McCabe from film THE FIELD
One on One with John Tesh1991TV SeriesHimself
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Kirk Douglas1991TV Special documentaryHimself
The 63rd Annual Academy Awards1991TV SpecialHimself - Nominee: Best Actor in a Leading Role
The 48th Annual Golden Globe Awards1991TV SpecialHimself - Nominee: Best Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama
The 17th Annual People's Choice Awards1991TV SpecialHimself - Presenter: Favourite Comedy Motion Picture
This Is Your Life1990TV Series documentaryHimself
The Evening Standard Drama Awards1990TV SpecialHimself
Wogan1990TV Series
Aspel & Company1988-1990TV SeriesHimself
Parkinson One to One1988TV SeriesHimself
Freedomfest: Nelson Mandela's 70th Birthday Celebratation1988TV Special documentaryHimself
The Media Show1988TV SeriesHimself
Lerner and Loewe: Broadway's Last Romantics1988TV MovieHimself
The Last Resort with Jonathan Ross1987TV SeriesHimself
Josh, the Logan Legend1986DocumentaryHimself
The Royal Variety Performance 19821982TV MovieHimself
Good Morning America1981TV SeriesHimself
Night of One Hundred Stars1980TV MovieHimself
It'll Be Alright on the Night 21979TV MovieHimself - Guest
The 36th Annual Golden Globes Awards1979TV SpecialHimself - Presenter
The Mike Douglas Show1969-1978TV SeriesHimself - Actor / Himself
The 35th Annual Golden Globe Awards1978TV Movie documentaryHimself
Dinah!1975TV SeriesHimself
Parkinson1973TV SeriesHimself
Burt Bacharach in Shangri-La1973TV MovieHimself
The Dave Cash Radio Show1972TV SeriesHimself - Singer
The 44th Annual Academy Awards1972TV SpecialHimself - Co-Presenter: Best Actor in a Supporting Role
The 14th Annual Grammy Awards1972TV SpecialHimself
The David Frost Show1970-1971TV SeriesHimself
Grand Prix R.T.L. International 711971TV MovieHimself - Musician
The Dick Cavett Show1968-1971TV SeriesHimself
Neues aus der Welt des Films1970TV SeriesHimself - Studio Guest
The Merv Griffin Show1970TV SeriesHimself
An Toileanach a Dfhill1970Documentary shortNarrator (voice)
The Joey Bishop Show1967-1969TV SeriesHimself
Dee Time1968TV SeriesHimself
Here's Peggy Fleming1968TV SpecialHimself
Once More with Felix1968TV SeriesHimself - Singer
The Hollywood Palace1968TV SeriesHimself - Singer
The Don Rickles Show1968TV SeriesHimself
The Ed Sullivan Show1968TV SeriesSinger / Himself - Singer
The Circle1967Documentary
The 39th Annual Academy Awards1967TV SpecialHimself - Co-Presenter: Documentary Awards
The Milton Berle Show1966TV SeriesHimself
The Eamonn Andrews Show1965-1966TV SeriesHimself
Cinema1966TV Series documentaryHimself
Cinépanorama1965TV Series documentaryHimself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Lego Harry Potter: Years 1-42010Video GameProfessor Dumbledore
Creating the World of Harry Potter, Part 1: The Magic Begins2009Video documentaryHimself
Hollywood Singing & Dancing: A Musical History - 1960's2009Video documentaryHimself
How the West Was Lost2008TV Movie documentaryEnglish Bob (uncredited)
Banda sonora2007TV SeriesKing Arthur
Never Apologize2007DocumentaryHimself
Passion & Poetry: Major Dundee2005Video shortHimself
Cinema mil2005TV SeriesKing Arthur
Strength and Honor: Creating the World of 'Gladiator'2005Video documentaryHimself
Build a Scene2003Video documentary shortProfessor Albus Dumbledore (uncredited)
The 75th Annual Academy Awards2003TV SpecialHimself (Memorial Tribute)
Patriot Games: Up Close2002TV MoviePaddy O'Neil (uncredited)
60 Minutes2001TV Series documentaryHimself - Actor (segment "Richard Harris")
The Secret World of Spying1992TV MoviePaddy O'Neil
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson1992TV SeriesHimself
The World's Greatest Stunts: A Tribute to Hollywood Stuntmen1988TV Movie documentary
The Story of Camelot1967Himself

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2002Richard Harris AwardBritish Independent Film AwardsPosthumously.
2001Lifetime Achievement AwardEmpire Awards, UK
2001Dilys Powell AwardLondon Critics Circle Film Awards
2000Lifetime Achievement AwardEuropean Film Awards
2000Lifetime Achievement AwardWine Country Film Festival
1993Bronze WranglerWestern Heritage AwardsTheatrical Motion PictureUnforgiven (1992)· Clint Eastwood (producer/director/actor)
· David Valdes (executive producer)
· David Webb Peoples (writer)
· Gene Hackman (actor)
· Morgan Freeman (actor)
1971PrizeMoscow International Film FestivalBest ActorCromwell (1970)
1971Bronze WranglerWestern Heritage AwardsTheatrical Motion PictureA Man Called Horse (1970)· Sandy Howard (producer)
· Elliot Silverstein (director)
· Jack DeWitt (writer)
· Judith Anderson (actor)
· Jean Gascon (actor)
· Corinna Tsopei (actor)
1968Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Actor - Comedy or MusicalCamelot (1967)
1963Best ActorCannes Film FestivalThis Sporting Life (1963)

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2003PFCS AwardPhoenix Film Critics Society AwardsBest Acting EnsembleHarry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002)· Kenneth Branagh
· John Cleese
· Robbie Coltrane
· Warwick Davis
· Richard Griffiths
· Rupert Grint
· Jason Isaacs
· Daniel Radcliffe
· Alan Rickman
· Fiona Shaw
· Maggie Smith
· Julie Walters
· Emma Watson
2002British Independent Film AwardBritish Independent Film AwardsBest ActorMy Kingdom (2001)
2001ActorScreen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by the Cast of a Theatrical Motion PictureGladiator (2000)· Russell Crowe
· Djimon Hounsou
· Derek Jacobi
· Connie Nielsen
· Joaquin Phoenix
· Oliver Reed
1995CableACECableACE AwardsActor in a Movie or MiniseriesAbraham (1993)
1991OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Actor in a Leading RoleThe Field (1990)
1991Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - DramaThe Field (1990)
1983ACECableACE AwardsActor in a Theatrical or Musical ProgramCamelot (1982)
1982Razzie AwardRazzie AwardsWorst ActorTarzan the Ape Man (1981)
1972Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Single Performance by an Actor in a Leading RoleThe Snow Goose (1971)
1972Fotogramas de PlataFotogramas de PlataBest Foreign Movie Performer (Mejor intérprete de cine extranjero)Cromwell (1970)
1971Golden Berlin BearBerlin International Film FestivalBloomfield (1971)
1971Fotogramas de PlataFotogramas de PlataBest Foreign Performer (Mejor intérprete de cine extranjero)A Man Called Horse (1970)
1964OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Actor in a Leading RoleThis Sporting Life (1963)
1964BAFTA Film AwardBAFTA AwardsBest British ActorThis Sporting Life (1963)

3rd place awards

3rd place awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1991DFWFCA AwardDallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association AwardsBest ActorThe Field (1990)
1963NYFCC AwardNew York Film Critics Circle AwardsBest ActorThis Sporting Life (1963)


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#Quote
1[having been called a drunk by Michael Caine] The point about Michael is that he can say what he likes, I don't mind him opening his mouth and shooting off. I don't care what he says. But don't characterise Richard Burton, Peter O'Toole and me as drunks as if that's all we achieved in our life, because he could live twenty fucking lives and he couldn't achieve as much as we three have achieved.
2[on Michael Caine receiving his honorary BAFTA] Good luck to him with his Bafta mask. I hope he does us all a favour and wears the bloody thing in front of his face wherever he goes.
3[about Michael Caine comparing himself to Gene Hackman] Hackman is an intimidating and dangerous actor. Mr. Caine is about as dangerous as Laurel or Hardy, or indeed both, and as intimidating as Shirley Temple.
4[on Michael Caine's comments about being under appreciated in his own country] He takes himself too seriously. I've made 63 movies and I've never been nominated by Bafta for anything. Do I care? Not in the slightest.
5[on Michael Caine] He is an over-fat flatulent 62-year-old windbag, a master of inconsequence now masquerading as a guru, passing off his vast limitations as pious virtues.
6[on Tom Cruise] He's got very nice teeth, but has he ever read a book?
7[asked if he ever read the Harry Potter books] I haven't, even today I haven't read them. Not because they're not grand, I know they're great. I love the script, but I don't read fiction, it's as simple as that. There's more fiction in my life than in books, so I don't bother with them.
8Any suggestion that [Michael Caine] Has eclipsed the names of Finney, O'Toole, Burton, Bates, Smith and Courtenay is tantamount to prophesying that Rin-Tin-Tin will be solemnised beyond the memory of Brando.
9People may look at Peter O'Toole, Richard Burton and me and say we never fulfilled our talent. But I laugh at that, and say to anyone with that view that I didn't fulfil their idea of my talent. I didn't fulfil the dreams that they had for me.
10Jesus is just a word I use to swear with.
11I came to England first in 1954 looking for a bedsit, a room to sleep in while going to my academy. And outside the Earl's Court tube station there was a little tobacco-list and paper shop and they had a board. A glass-filled in board with rooms for rent. And I saw one for thirteen shillings a week and it said, "No Irishmen or black need apply" and I took my jersey and I put it down over my hand and I put my hand right through the glass and I took it out and I kept it for the rest of my life. That's how we were treated here in 1954. That would cause me grievance. That would cause me anger.
12When I worked with Julie Andrews, I think I experienced the greatest hate I ever had for any human being.
13I have no friends in this business. I don't go to their clubs, don't go to their hangouts and don't mix at all. I am part of the business but I am apart from it. If anyone ever asks my advice, I tell them, 'Don't take yourself too seriously.'
14[on turning seventy] I can be eccentric now and get away with it.
15[on his life] I wish I could remember it.
16When I'm in trouble, I'm an Irishman. When I turn in a good performance, I'm an Englishman.
17If ever I was miscast in my life, it was in the role of husband. I was the worst husband in the world.
18Actors take themselves so seriously. Samuel Beckett is important, James Joyce is - they left something behind them. But even Laurence Olivier is totally unimportant. Acting is actually very simple, but actors try to elevate it to an art.
19I made films I did not want to see, I took planes to places I didn't want to visit, I bought houses I didn't live in. I was numb, and it didn't seem to matter. (2000)
20I consider a great part of my career a total failure. I went after the wrong things - got caught in the 60s. I picked pictures that were way below my talent. Just to have fun.
21I hate movies. They're a waste of time. I could be in a pub having more fun talking to idiots rather than sitting down and watching idiots perform.
22I feel most alive when I'm working on a film.
23[on playing Professor Dumbledore] I'll keep doing it as long as I enjoy it, my health holds out and they still want me. But the chances of all three of those factors remaining constant are pretty slim.
24I was a sinner. I slugged some people. I hurt many people. And it's true, I never looked back to see the casualties.
25[upon being carried out on a stretcher from the Savoy Hotel, to people entering the hotel] It was the food!
26[on his Major Dundee (1965) co-star Charlton Heston'] Heston's the only man who could drop out of a cubic moon, he's so square. The trouble with him is he doesn't think he's a hired actor, like the rest of us. He thinks he's the entire production. He used to sit there in the mornings and clock us with a stopwatch.
27I can see the difficulties of making a movie. Directors and producers have to put up with a lot of rubbish from temperamental actors.
28What I hate about our business today is the elitism. So-called stars ride in private jets and have bodyguards and dietitians and beauticians. Tom Cruise is a midget and he has eight bodyguards all 6 feet 10, which makes him even more diminutive. It's an absolute joke.
29Someone asked me once "What is the difference between Tom Cruise now and you when you were a major star?" I said there is a great difference. Look at a photograph of me from the old days and I'm going to one of my film premieres with a bottle of vodka in my hand. Tom Cruise has a bottle of Evian water. That's the difference - a bottle of Evian water.
30I would give up all the accolades - people have occasionally written and said nice things - of my showbiz career to play just once for the senior Munster team. I will never win an Oscar now, but even if I did I would swap it instantly for one sip of champagne from the Heineken Cup.
31[his response to hearing he had been Oscar nominated for This Sporting Life (1963)] I've struck a blow for the Irish rebellion!
32No one trusts me any more. I spent half the movie [Maigret (1988)] arguing with people and I was accused of causing big on-set rows. But what they won't tell you is I fought for [author Georges Simenon]. I fought for the maintenance of quality. I don't believe in lying down on the job. I've seen these so-called "nice" actors. Very able fellows like Ian McKellen and Kenneth Branagh. But they're like bank managers. So sweet and careful. Who needs them? We are suffering a plague of good taste. Give me Sean Penn and Mickey Rourke any day. They project danger. That's what makes acting - and life - interesting.
33No one gave me anything. I fought TB, I fought the devil. But I made people laugh. I don't want immortality. I've lived it all. I've done it all.
34I'm not interested in reputation or immortality or things like that...I don't care what I'm remembered for. I don't care if I'm remembered. I don't care if I'm not remembered. I don't care why I'm remembered. I genuinely don't care.
35There are too many prima donnas in this business and not enough action.

#Trademark
1Irish accent
2Pale blue eyes
3In his later years he often played characters that speak in raspy whispers
4A rebel in real life, a part he often portrayed on screen

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