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Richard Harris (I) (1930–2002)

A genuine star of cinema on screen and a fiery hell raiser off screen, Richard St John Harris was born on October 1, 1930 in Limerick, Ireland, to a farming family. He was the son of Mildred Josephine (Harty) and Ivan John Harris, and was an excellent rugby player, with a strong passion for literature. Unfortunately, a bout of tuberculosis as a ... See full bio »

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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 10 wins & 14 nominations. See more awards »

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Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone Professor Albus Dumbledore
Gladiator Marcus Aurelius
Unforgiven English Bob
The Count of Monte Cristo


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 2003 Kaena: The Prophecy
Opaz (English version, voice)
 2002 Caesar (TV Movie)
Lucius Cornelius Sulla
 2001 The Pearl
Dr. Karl
 2001 My Kingdom
 2000 The Apocalypse (TV Movie)
 1999 Grizzly Falls
Old Harry
 1998 The Barber of Siberia
Douglas McCraken
 1997 This Is the Sea
Old Man Jacobs
 1997 The Hunchback (TV Movie)
Dom Frollo
 1997 Smilla's Sense of Snow
Dr. Andreas Tork
 1996 Trojan Eddie
John Power
 1995 The Great Kandinsky (TV Movie)
Ernest Kandinsky
 1995 Savage Hearts
Sir Roger Foxley
 1993 Abraham (TV Mini-Series)
- Episode #1.2 (1993) ... Abraham
- Episode #1.1 (1993) ... Abraham
 1988 Maigret (TV Movie)
Jules Maigret
 1988 Strike Commando 2
Maj. Vic Jenkins
 1982 Camelot (TV Movie)
King Arthur
 1982 Highpoint
Lewis Kinney
 1979 The Last Word
Danny Travis
 1979 Game for Vultures
David Swansey
 1979 Ravagers
 1977 Golden Rendezvous
John Carter
 1976 Echoes of a Summer
Eugene Striden
 1973 The Deadly Trackers
Sheriff Sean Kilpatrick
 1971 The Snow Goose (TV Movie)
Philip Rhayadar
 1971 The Hero
 1970 The Molly Maguires
Detective James McParlan
 1967 Caprice
Christopher White
 1966 Hawaii
Capt. Rafer Hoxworth
 1965 Major Dundee
Captain Benjamin Tyreen
 1965 I tre volti
Robert (segment "Gli amanti celebri")
 1960 The Night Fighters
Sean Reilly
 1960 Art Carney Special (TV Series)
- Victory (1960)
 1960 Armchair Theatre (TV Series)
Major Gaylord
- Come in Razor Red (1960) ... Major Gaylord
 1959 Alive and Kicking
 1959 Shake Hands with the Devil
Terence O'Brien
 1958 The DuPont Show of the Month (TV Series)
- The Hasty Heart (1958)
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He acted in Arthur Miller's play, "A View from the Bridge," at the Comedy Theatre in London, England with Anthony Quayle, Mary Ure, Ian Bannen, Megs Jenkins, Michael Gwynn, and Brian Bedford in the cast. Peter Brook was director. See more »

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2 Print Biographies | 6 Interviews | 15 Articles | 4 Pictorials | 2 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »


6' 1" (1.85 m)

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Someone 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. See more »


He 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. See more »


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