Richard Harris

Actor + Singer and Songwriter
Born Oct 1, 1930
Hometown Limerick City
Died Oct 25, 2002
Death Place Fitzrovia
Other Names Harris, Richard S...

Richard St John Harris was an Irish actor, singer-songwriter, theatrical producer, film director and writer. He appeared on stage and in many films, and is perhaps best known for his roles as Frank the Irish Seaman in Wrestling Ernest Hemingway and Albus Dumbledore in the first two films in the Harry Potter series, his final works.… Read More

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Richard Harris.


1930 Birth Born on October 1, 1930.


1956 25 Years Old He began getting roles in West End theatre productions, starting with The Quare Fellow in 1956, a transfer from the Theatre Workshop. … Read More
1957 26 Years Old In 1957, he married Elizabeth Rees-Williams, daughter of David Rees-Williams, 1st Baron Ogmore. … Read More
1958 27 Years Old Harris made his film debut in 1958 in the film Alive and Kicking, and played the lead role in The Ginger Man in the West End in 1959. … Read More


1963 32 Years Old For his role, Harris won Best Actor in 1963 at the Cannes Film Festival and an Academy Award nomination. … Read More
1969 38 Years Old Harris and Rees-Williams divorced in 1969, after which Elizabeth married Rex Harrison. … Read More
1970 39 Years Old He played the title role in the film 'Cromwell' in 1970 opposite Alec Guinness as King Charles 1st. … Read More


1971 40 Years Old In 1971 Harris starred in a BBC TV film adaptation "The Snow Goose", from a screenplay by Paul Gallico. … Read More
1973 42 Years Old In 1973, Harris published a book of poetry, I, In the Membership of My Days, which was later reissued in part in an audio LP format, augmented by self-penned songs such as "I Don't Know." … Read More


1984 53 Years Old In January 1984 remarks he made on the previous month's Harrods bombing caused great controversy, after which he disavowed his support for the PIRA. … Read More
1988 57 Years Old He also starred in Bruno Mattei's 1988 action movie Strike Commando 2 opposite to Brent Huff and Mary Stavin.
1989 58 Years Old 1 More Event
In June 1989, director Jim Sheridan cast Harris in the lead role in The Field, written by the esteemed Irish playwright John B. Keane. … Read More
1990 59 Years Old 1 More Event
The Field was released in 1990 and earned Harris his second Academy Award nomination for Best Actor. … Read More


1999 68 Years Old In 1999, Harris starred in the film To Walk with Lions. … Read More
2001 70 Years Old In an interview with the Toronto Star in 2001, Harris expressed his concern that his association with the Harry Potter films would outshine the rest of his career. … Read More
2002 71 Years Old 1 More Event
Harris was diagnosed with Hodgkin's disease in August 2002, reportedly after being hospitalised with pneumonia.
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