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Rex Harrison (I) (1908–1990)

Rex Harrison was born Reginald Carey Harrison in Huyton, Lancashire, England, to Edith Mary (Carey) and William Reginald Harrison, a cotton broker. He changed his name to Rex as a young boy, knowing it was the Latin word for "King". Starting out on his theater career at age 18, his first job at the Liverpool Rep Theatre was nearly his last - ... See full bio »

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Won 1 Oscar. Another 7 wins & 11 nominations. See more awards »

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My Fair Lady
My Fair Lady Professor Henry Higgins
Cleopatra Julius Caesar
Doctor Dolittle
Doctor Dolittle Dr. John Dolittle
The Ghost and Mrs. Muir
The Ghost and Mrs. Muir Capt. Daniel Gregg


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 1986 Anastasia: The Mystery of Anna (TV Movie)
Grand Duke Cyril Romanov
 1985 Great Performances (TV Series)
Captain Shotover
- Heartbreak House (1985) ... Captain Shotover
 1985 The Kingfisher (TV Movie)
 1982 A Time to Die
Van Osten
 1981 Titanic in a Tub: The Golden Age of Toy Boats (Short)
Narrator (voice)
 1979 The Fifth Musketeer
 1979 Ashanti
Brian Walker
 1978 Shalimar
Sir John Locksley
 1977 Crossed Swords
The Duke of Norfolk
 1971-1973 BBC Play of the Month (TV Series)
Don Quixote / Mikhail Platonov, schoolmaster
- The Adventures of Don Quixote (1973) ... Don Quixote
- Platonov (1971) ... Mikhail Platonov, schoolmaster
 1969 Staircase
Charlie Dyer
 1968 A Flea in Her Ear
Victor Chandebisse / Poche
 1967 Doctor Dolittle
Dr. John Dolittle
 1967 The Honey Pot
Cecil Fox
 1965 The Agony and the Ecstasy
Pope Julius II
 1964 The Yellow Rolls-Royce
Lord Charles Frinton - The Marquess of Frinton
 1964 My Fair Lady
Professor Henry Higgins
 1963 Cleopatra
Julius Caesar
 1961 The Happy Thieves
Jimmy Bourne
 1960 Midnight Lace
Anthony Preston
 1960 Dow Hour of Great Mysteries (TV Series)
Cyril Paxton
- The Dachet Diamonds (1960) ... Cyril Paxton
 1960 Startime (TV Series)
Fred Cortin
- Dear Arthur (1960) ... Fred Cortin
 1958 The Reluctant Debutante
Jimmy Broadbent
 1957 The DuPont Show of the Month (TV Series)
Mr. Sir
- Crescendo (1957) ... Mr. Sir
 1955 Marriage a la Mode
The Patient
 1954 King Richard and the Crusaders
Emir Hderim Sultan Saladin
 1953 The United States Steel Hour (TV Series)
Raymond Dabney
- The Man in Possession (1953) ... Raymond Dabney
 1953 Main Street to Broadway
Rex Harrison
 1953 This Is London (Short)
Narrator (voice)
 1952 Omnibus (TV Series)
Henry VIII (segment "The Trial of Anne Boleyn")
- The Trial of Anne Boleyn (1952) ... Henry VIII (segment "The Trial of Anne Boleyn")
 1952 The Four Poster
John Edwards
 1951 The Long Dark Hall
Arthur Groome
 1950 The Chevrolet Tele-Theatre (TV Series)
 1948 Unfaithfully Yours
Sir Alfred De Carter
 1948 Escape
Matt Denant
 1947 The Foxes of Harrow
Stephen Fox
 1947 The Ghost and Mrs. Muir
Capt. Daniel Gregg
 1946 Anna and the King of Siam
King Mongkut
 1945 Notorious Gentleman
Vivian Kenway
 1945 Journey Together
Guest (uncredited)
 1945 A Yank in London
Major David Bruce
 1945 Blithe Spirit
Charles Condomine
 1941 Major Barbara
Adolphus Cusins
 1940 Night Train to Munich
Dickie Randall a.k.a. Gus Bennett
 1940 Ten Days in Paris
Bob Stevens
 1939 Continental Express
Jacques Sauvin
 1939 Over the Moon
Dr. Freddie Jarvis
 1938 Villa for Sale (TV Short)
 1938 The Citadel
Dr. Lawford
 1938 Sidewalks of London
Harley Prentiss
 1937 School for Husbands
Leonard Drummond
 1937 Storm in a Teacup
Frank Burdon
 1936 Men Are Not Gods
Tommy Stapledon
 1936 All at Sea
Aubrey Bellingham
 1934 Leave It to Blanche
 1934 Get Your Man
Tom Jakes
 1930 School for Scandal
Bit Part (uncredited)
 1930 The Great Game
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Other Works:

Stage: Appeared in Luigi Pirandello's play, "Henry IV", at Her Majesty's Theatre in London, England, with Yvonne Mitchell and James Villiers in the cast. See more »

Publicity Listings:

1 Biographical Movie | 4 Print Biographies | 2 Articles | 5 Pictorials | 3 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »

Alternate Names:

Sir Rex Harrison


6' 1" (1.86 m)

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Whatever it is that makes a person charming, it needs to remain a mystery once the charmer is aware of a mannerism or characteristic that others find charming, it ceases to be a mannerism and becomes an affectation. And good Lord, there is nothing less charming than affectations! See more »


Grandfather of Cathryn Harrison, Harriet Harrison, Simon Harrison, Chloe Harrison and Will Harrison. See more »


Adopted his "Henry Higgins" hat as his favorite form of headwear See more »


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