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Harold Russell (I) (1914–2002)


Harold John Russell was born in Nova Scotia in 1914. His family moved to Cambridge Massachusetts when his father died in 1919. He was training paratroopers at Camp MacKall NC on June 6, 1944 when some TNT he was using exploded in his hands. He lost both hands. After receiving hooks, and training on them, he was chosen to make an Army training film... See full bio »

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Won 1 Oscar. Another 3 wins. See more awards »

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 1989 China Beach (TV Series)
Uncle Conal
- The World: Part 2 (1989) ... Uncle Conal
- The World: Part 1 (1989) ... Uncle Conal
 1981 Trapper John, M.D. (TV Series)
Leo Hopkins
- Days of Wine and Leo (1981) ... Leo Hopkins
 1980 Inside Moves
Wings
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 1946 The Best Years of Our Lives (performer: "Chopsticks" (1877) - uncredited)
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 2001 American Masters (TV Series documentary)
Himself
- Goldwyn: The Man and His Movies (2001) ... Himself
 1998 The 70th Annual Academy Awards (TV Special)
Himself - Past Winner (uncredited)
 1980 The 52nd Annual Academy Awards (TV Special)
Himself - Co-Presenter: Best Visual Effects
 1976 AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to William Wyler (TV Special documentary)
Himself
 1973 This Is Your Life (TV Series)
Himself
- Dana Andrews (1973) ... Himself
 1955 Person to Person (TV Series documentary)
Himself
- Episode #3.6 (1955) ... Himself
 1952 The Ed Sullivan Show (TV Series)
Himself
- Episode #6.13 (1952) ... Himself
 1945 Diary of a Sergeant (Documentary short)
Himself (uncredited)
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 2002 The 74th Annual Academy Awards (TV Special)
Himself (Memorial Tribute)

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(3/15/47) Radio: Appeared in "The Hedda Hopper Show - This Is Hollywood" broadcast of "The Best Years of Our Lives".

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1 Print Biography | 1 Interview | 3 Articles | See more »
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[on the sale of his Supporting Actor Oscar for his wife's surgery] "I don't know why anybody would be critical. My wife's health is much more important than sentimental reasons. The movie will be here, even if Oscar isn't." See more »

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In August 1992, Russell sold his supporting-actor Oscar, saying he needed the money to pay his wife's medical bills and other expenses. An anonymous buyer paid $60,500, including a 10 percent commission for the auctioneer. See more »

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