Richard Harris
Irish actor, singer and songwriter
Richard Harris
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.
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'Fantastic' News! Dumbledore Is Officially Coming To 'Fantastic Beasts'
Huffington Post - 4 months
It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live ... unless those dreams are seeing a new Dumbledore in “Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them.” Because if we can’t do that, what’s even the point? Director David Yates has confirmed that the “Harry Potter” spinoff will cast a new actor to play Dumbledore in the sequels. From Screen Rant: In the second movie Dumbledore comes back. He’s got a couple of good scenes with Newt … We’re discussing who would play Dumbledore. Any suggestions would be good. [Laughs] After hearing news that Johnny Depp was taking on a big role in the “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” sequels, people were understandably like, “What the Fawkes?” Aw, don’t cry, dude. A new Dumbledore doesn’t make up for Depp’s casting, but it sure as heck helps a franchise that is slated to take up five whole films. In the “Harry Potter” series, Dumbledore was originally played by Richard Harris, but, after his death, Michael ...
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Talking With Tarantino: The Sight and Sound Excerpt
Huffington Post - about 1 year
The new Sight & Sound features my ten-page interview with its February cover star, Quentin Tarantino, and they have graciously allowed me to excerpt a portion of the extensive Q&A here. This is a nice chunk of it, but there's so much more in the magazine, from getting to know his characters, to the Roadshow appeal of The Hateful Eight and themes in the movie, to movie violence, to Leonardo DiCaprio's character in Django, to shooting on Ultra Panavision, to his own theater in Los Angeles, The New Beverly (shout out to Clu Gulager in the issue), to his love of old film prints, to interesting thoughts and facts about his past movies, and much, much more. Dig in and read it all via the magazine. For now, check out these choice moments from the interview. "There was a whole lot of speculation from some people about this whole 70mm thing, as in, that's really great, but it's just this set-bound parlor piece, so isn't it just a big old fucking waste of time and money? And, I thi ...
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American Terrorist
Huffington Post - over 1 year
"Now if a Muslim woman strapped with a bomb on a bus with the seconds running give you the jitters, just imagine an American-based Christian organization planning to poison water supplies to bring the second-coming quicker" - Lupe Fiasco, "American Terrorist," 2006. One of the great honors of my life was a chance meeting with a diminutive woman named Vera Harris in Montgomery, Alabama. The widow of Dr. Richard Harris, who was a leading black businessman and pharmacist in Montgomery, we met over a decade ago while I was a seminarian visiting the city. During the days of the Montgomery Bus Boycotts, Dr. Harris' downtown pharmacy and lunch counter provided sanctuary to black passengers as they awaited pick up via a taxi system established by the Montgomery Improvement Association. In his book Stride Toward Freedom, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. recalled Dr. Harris simultaneously filling prescriptions and calling in rides for his patrons. The Harris family lives in a large, beautiful ...
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Are We Winning The ‘War On Cancer’?
Here And Now - WBUR - almost 2 years
(proimos/Flickr) This week, in collaboration with WNYC in New York, NPR is exploring progress in fighting cancer. One frequent question is whether we are winning the “war on cancer.” NPR Science Correspondent Richard Harris tells Here & Now’s Lisa Mullins that there are a number of ways to get at that question. The number of Americans who will die from cancer each year is growing, but there is evidence we’re moving in the right direction. Guest Richard Harris, science correspondent for NPR. He tweets @rrichardh. Related NPR's full coverage of cancer Why The War On Cancer Hasn't Been Won Stats Split On Progress Against Cancer
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Everything Wrong With 'Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban' In One Video
Huffington Post - about 3 years
From convenient deus ex machinas to a massive time-travel paradox, the latest video from Cinema Sins teaches us that "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban" contains 70 plot holes and mistakes. The snarky clip rips through the movie's coincidences in rapid-fire succession, ticking off things like Dumbledore's altered appearance (which came because Richard Harris died and was replaced by Michael Gambon) and Harry overhearing professors' important conversations. Watch the video below, and hop over to Cinema Sins' YouTube page to see "The Dark Knight Rises," "The Hunger Games," "Les Misérables" and other movies receive the same treatment.
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<i>Saving Mr. Banks</i>... A Must See!
Huffington Post - about 3 years
Author of Mary Poppins P.L. Travers, (Emma Thompson) deserves applause and, indeed, she got it at my screening. Saving Mr. Banks is about an author's respect for her writing in which her childhood comes to the foreground. P.L. Travers' father, Robert Goff Travers, played with great sensitivity by Colin Farrell, is an alcoholic who works in a bank. Walt Disney portrayed by Tom Hanks with incredible tenderness and yet tenacity, wants to buy the rights to P.L.Travers' Mary Poppins. It is 1964 and P.L. Travers is about to lose her home. Disney's offer could help her to keep her home, but she would have to sell rights to her beloved Mary Poppins. Refusing to sign a contract until her needs are met, she flies to Hollywood to try to work with Walt Disney, but is appalled at what Disney has in mind. The talented Paul Giamatti portrays a limo driver who greets P.L. Travers in Hollywood, too sunny for her icy British blood. Giamatti as Ralph eventually forms a friendship with the ice ...
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New Zealand Funeral Haka For Fallen Soldiers Accomplishes What Words Can't (VIDEO)
Huffington Post - over 3 years
As Veterans Day approaches and the country prepares to honor our servicemembers and their sacrifices, it seems almost impossible to honor our veterans without also acknowledging their pain, confusion and even guilt over the colleagues and friends who never made it home. The below video from the New Zealand army is one of the best we've seen in capturing the utterly primal, emotional toll war takes on veterans. It's startling, cathartic, and haunting. On Aug. 18 of last year, an IED strike in Afghanistan took the lives of three New Zealand soldiers: Corporal Luke Tamatea, 31, Private Richard Harris, 21, and Lance Corporal Jacinda Baker, 26. (Baker was the first New Zealand female killed in Afghanistan.) At their funeral service at the Burnham Military Camp, their comrades in the 2nd and 1st Battalion Royal New Zealand Infantry Regiment performed a traditional Māori funeral haka. Hakas are chants with coordinated movements to symbolize an outward display of inner thoughts and emot ...
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Terence Stamp: My Second Chance
Huffington Post - over 3 years
In hindsight, perhaps the only regret I really hold on to in all my years of acting is turning down the chance to play Arthur in Josh Logan's Camelot. It was 1967, Vanessa Redgrave was set to co-star as Guinevere, and I was terrified of musicals. In my mind, there was no way I could manage to pull off the film's beautiful score, and to risk being re-voiced in post-production would have been career suicide to a young actor like me. And so Richard Harris came to take the part instead, which of course he executed perfectly. Still, I always saw that refusal as my one major blunder in all my time on stage and screen. When I received Paul Andrew Williams' script for Unfinished Song, I was quite blown away. While I don't normally make a habit of working with new directors, I thought his previous film, From London to Brighton, was a masterpiece. Moreover, I saw a great deal of my own parents in how he'd written the characters of Arthur and Marion. Both couples had a sort of twin-sou ...
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What's The Talk Of Your Nation?
NPR - over 3 years
In the final broadcast of TOTN, NPR senior Washington editor Ron Elving, senior business editor Marilyn Geewax and science correspondent Richard Harris discuss the big stories they're covering. Callers talk about the issues that have their communities and social circles abuzz. » EMail This
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Don’t forget parents share genes with their offspring
Discover Magazine - almost 4 years
In 2002 I read The Blank Slate. With all due respect to Steven Pinker one of the most fascinating aspects of this book was actually a review of the work of another psychologist, Judith Richard Harris. Harris’ own views are explicated crisply in The Nurture Assumption. In it she reviews and expands on a major insight from behavior genetics: over the long term parental influence seems to be a relatively marginal predictor in terms of many behavioral traits. To be explicit, one can imagine a personality trait which varies in the population. The variation of genes may explain 40% of the variation of the trait. The variation in parental child-rearing techniques, “shared home environment,” may explain 10% of the variation of the trait. The remaining 50% of the variation may be “non-shared environment.” That basically means we don’t have a definitive explanation of what the 50% remainder is, though Harris posits that this consists to a great extent of peer groups.* However you quibble wi ...
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Vicky Tiel: Elizabeth Taylor Was No Snob
Huffington Post - about 4 years
Elizabeth Taylor was no snob. She truly felt all humans had the same value in society. She preferred to befriend cooks, housekeepers and secretaries rather than their bosses. My husband, Ron Berkeley, had been her makeup man since their youth, working on Giant and Raintree County together. He was a close friend, as was her hairdresser Agnes Flanagan who had also worked for Marilyn Monroe. Elizabeth hated snobs as much as she hated cheap producers. By the time I joined the entourage full time in 1966, Elizabeth was locked up in hotel rooms and had no longer any sense of the real world, especially finance. Once she handed me a hundred dollar bill to buy a bikini on the beach in Rome and sweetly asked if it would be enough. The price of a good swimsuit then was $10, and from a beach vendor it was half that. She could have been robbed blind by the entourage, but we all loved her and would never have done it. She never minded the vast hotel or dinner bills as long as everyone w ...
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Concern for missing man suffering from depression
The Bucks Herald - over 4 years
Police are concerned for the welfare of a missing man known to suffer from depression. Richard Harris, who lives near Thame, was last seen at his home at 2pm yesterday. The 39-year-old Little Milton resident is white, 6ft tall, of a heavy build and bald at the top of his head with brown hair on the sides. When he was last seen he is said to have been wearing a T-shirt, blue jeans and possibly a blue fleece. Mr Harris, who takes medication for his condition, is also believed to have a suitcase, a duvet and pillows with him. He has links to Bicester and has been known to frequent KFC in Woodstock Road, Oxford, and the Welcome Break at Waterstock. Police are appealing for anyone with information to call 101.
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Richard Harris: Remembering The Children Of Soldiers On Veterans Day
Huffington Post - over 4 years
Shortly after my nineteenth birthday, I won the lottery -- no multi-million-dollar payout, though. It was a far better prize, especially for a teenager worried about being shipped off to an unpopular war. The capsule drawn in the draft lottery by the Selective Service corresponding to my birthday was "327," a high enough number that I was virtually assured that I wouldn't be called up. In fact, the month I turned 19 -- January, 1973 -- Defense Secretary Melvin Laird announced the end of the draft and the start of the voluntary military, though the lotteries continued for a few more years, just in case the draft was reinstated. For nearly four decades, military service in this country has been optional. Males between 18 and 25 have simply been required to register for a draft, a theoretical conscription that would only be triggered should an emergency arise. Consequently, like so many in my generation, I've never been in uniform. That separates us from previous generations. ...
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Obituary: Richard Harris, UC Davis expert on forest care
The Sacramento Bee - over 4 years
Richard W. Harris, an influential UC Davis arboriculturist who pioneered methods for maintaining healthy urban forests, died Sept. 16 of Alzheimer's disease, his family said. He was 92. Richard W. Harris
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Arctic Sea Ice Melt Sets Record
NPR - over 4 years
More sea ice in the Arctic Ocean melted in the summer of 2012 than at any time since scientists began tracking the phenomenon. NPR science correspondent Richard Harris discusses how the historic loss of ice cover could affect weather conditions around the world. » E-Mail This     » Add to
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Ceremonies to be held in Afghanistan and NZ - New Zealand Herald
Google News - over 4 years Ceremonies to be held in Afghanistan and NZ New Zealand Herald By Abby Gillies (L to R) Corporal Luke Tamatea (31), Lance Corporal Jacinda Baker (26) and Private Richard Harris (21), all killed in an IED explosion in Afghanistan. Photo / NZDF Ceremonies for fallen soldiers Corporal Luke Tamatea, Lance Corporal ... Slain soldiers to be farewelled in AfghanistanTVNZ Soldiers with pseudonyms slam Key on Facebook3News NZ Key says no to October troop pulloutNZ City -Newstalk ZB -Radio New Zealand all 626 news articles »
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Richard Harris
  • 2002
    Age 71
    Harris was diagnosed with Hodgkin's disease in August 2002, reportedly after being hospitalised with pneumonia.
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  • 2000
    Age 69
    He portrayed the main and title character in the production Abraham (1993) as well as Saint John of Patmos in the 2000 TV movie production Apocalypse.
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  • 1999
    Age 68
    In 1999, Harris starred in the film To Walk with Lions.
    More Details Hide Details After Gladiator, Harris played the supporting role of Albus Dumbledore in the first two of the Harry Potter films, and as Abbé Faria in Kevin Reynolds' film adaptation of The Count of Monte Cristo (2002). The film Kaena: The Prophecy (2003) was dedicated to him posthumously as he had voiced the character Opaz before his death. Concerning his role as Dumbledore, Harris had stated that he did not intend to take the part at first, since he knew that his health was in decline, but he relented and accepted it because his 11-year-old granddaughter threatened never to speak to him again if he did not take it. 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. He explained, "Because, you see, I don't just want to be remembered for being in those bloody films, and I'm afraid that's what's going to happen to me."
  • 1990
    Age 59
    Over several years in the late 1980s, Harris worked with Irish author Michael Feeney Callan on his biography, which was published by Sidgwick & Jackson in 1990.
    More Details Hide Details Harris appeared in two films which won the Academy Award for Best Picture. First, as the gunfighter "English Bob" in the Western Unforgiven (1992); second, as the Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius in Ridley Scott's Gladiator (2000). He also played a lead role alongside James Earl Jones in the Darrell Roodt film adaptation of Cry, the Beloved Country (1995).
    The Field was released in 1990 and earned Harris his second Academy Award nomination for Best Actor.
    More Details Hide Details He lost to Jeremy Irons for Reversal of Fortune. In 1992, Harris had a supporting role in the film Patriot Games, as a fundraiser for the Provisional Irish Republican Army (PIRA). A lifelong supporter of Jesuit education principles, Harris established a friendship with University of Scranton President J. A. Panuska and raised funds for a scholarship for Irish students established in honour of his brother and manager, Dermot, who had died the previous year of a heart attack. He chaired acting workshops and cast the university's production of Julius Caesar in November 1987.
  • 1989
    Age 58
    When McAnally died suddenly on 15 June 1989, Harris was offered the McCabe role.
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    In June 1989, director Jim Sheridan cast Harris in the lead role in The Field, written by the esteemed Irish playwright John B. Keane.
    More Details Hide Details The lead role of "Bull" McCabe was to be played by former Abbey Theatre actor Ray McAnally.
  • 1988
    Age 57
    He also starred in Bruno Mattei's 1988 action movie Strike Commando 2 opposite to Brent Huff and Mary Stavin.
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  • 1984
    Age 53
    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.
    More Details Hide Details At the height of his stardom in the 1960s and early 1970s Harris was almost as well known for his hellraiser lifestyle and heavy drinking as he was for his acting career. He was a longtime alcoholic until he became a teetotaler in 1981, although he did resume drinking Guinness a decade later. He gave up drugs after almost dying from a cocaine overdose in 1978.
  • 1973
    Age 42
    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."
    More Details Hide Details Harris' film career collapsed after the late 1970s and in the next decade he was rarely seen on screen, although he continued to act on stage. By the late 1980s roles in Mack the Knife and the TV film version of Maigret, opposite Barbara Shelley, indicated declining popularity which Harris told his biographer, Michael Feeney Callan, he was "utterly reconciled to".
  • 1971
    Age 40
    In 1971 Harris starred in a BBC TV film adaptation "The Snow Goose", from a screenplay by Paul Gallico.
    More Details Hide Details It won a Golden Globe for Best Movie made for TV and was nominated for both a BAFTA and an Emmy. and was shown in the U.S. as part of the Hallmark Hall of Fame. Harris starred in Man in the Wilderness (1971), Juggernaut (1974), a British suspense film about the hijacking of an ocean liner, The Cassandra Crossing (1976), along with the actresses Sophia Loren and Ava Gardner, and in a B-film, Orca (1977). His highest-grossing film of this era was the action ensemble film The Wild Geese (1978), co-starring his friend Richard Burton, although the film was a massive failure in the United States.
  • 1970
    Age 39
    He played the title role in the film Cromwell in 1970 opposite Alec Guinness as King Charles I of England.
    More Details Hide Details In A Man Called Horse (1970) Harris starred as an 1825 English aristocrat who is captured by Indians. He lives with them and begins to understand and accept their lifestyles. That year British exhibitors voted him the 9th most popular star at the UK box office. Harris recorded several albums of music, one of which, A Tramp Shining, included the seven-minute hit song "MacArthur Park" (Harris insisted on singing the lyric as "MacArthur's Park"). This song had been written by Jimmy Webb, and it reached number 2 on the American Billboard Hot 100 chart. It also topped several music sales charts in Europe during the summer of 1968. "MacArthur Park" sold over one million copies, and was awarded a gold disc. A second album, also consisting entirely of music composed by Webb, The Yard Went on Forever, was released in 1969.
  • 1969
    Age 38
    Harris and Rees-Williams divorced in 1969, after which Elizabeth married Rex Harrison. Harris' second marriage was to the American actress Ann Turkel. In 1982, they divorced.
    More Details Hide Details Harris was a member of the Roman Catholic Knights of Malta, and was also dubbed a knight by the Queen of Denmark in 1985. Harris paid £75,000 for William Burges' Tower House in Holland Park in 1968, after discovering that the American entertainer Liberace had arranged to buy the house but not yet put down a deposit. Harris employed the original decorators, Campbell Smith & Company Ltd. to carry out extensive restoration work on the interior. Harris was a vocal supporter of the Provisional Irish Republican Army (PIRA) from 1973 until 1984.
  • 1963
    Age 32
    For his role, Harris won Best Actor in 1963 at the Cannes Film Festival and an Academy Award nomination.
    More Details Hide Details Harris followed this with a leading role in the Italian film, Michelangelo Antonioni's Il Deserto Rosso (Red Desert, 1964), and he also won notice for his role in Sam Peckinpah's Major Dundee (1965), as an Irish immigrant who became a Confederate cavalryman during the American Civil War. He played Cain in John Huston's film The Bible: In the Beginning. Harris next performed the role of King Arthur in the film adaptation of the musical play Camelot (1967). He continued to appear on stage in this role for many years, including a successful Broadway run in 1981–82.
  • 1958
    Age 27
    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.
    More Details Hide Details He hated filming The Wreck of the Mary Deare so much that he refused to return to Hollywood for several years, turning down the role of Commodus in The Fall of the Roman Empire (1964). He had a memorable bit part in the film The Guns of Navarone (1961) as a Royal Australian Air Force pilot who reports that blowing up the "bloody guns" of the island of Navarone is impossible by an air raid. For his role in the film Mutiny on the Bounty (1962), despite being virtually unknown to film audiences, Harris reportedly insisted on third billing, behind Trevor Howard and Marlon Brando. He did not get along at all with Brando during filming. Harris' first starring role was in the film This Sporting Life (1963), as a bitter young coal miner, Frank Machin, who becomes an acclaimed rugby league football player.
  • 1957
    Age 26
    In 1957, Harris married Elizabeth Rees-Williams, daughter of David Rees-Williams, 1st Baron Ogmore.
    More Details Hide Details They had three children: actor Jared Harris, who was once married to Emilia Fox; actor Jamie Harris; and director Damian Harris, who was once married to Annabel Brooks and was once the partner of Peta Wilson.
  • 1956
    Age 25
    He began getting roles in West End theatre productions, starting with The Quare Fellow in 1956, a transfer from the Theatre Workshop.
    More Details Hide Details Harris spent nearly a decade in obscurity, learning his profession on stages throughout Britain.
  • 1930
    Born on October 1, 1930.
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