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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 »

Known For

Gladiator
Gladiator Marcus Aurelius
(2000)
Unforgiven
Unforgiven English Bob
(1992)

Filmography

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 2003 Kaena: The Prophecy
Opaz (English version, voice)
 2002 Caesar (TV Movie)
Lucius Cornelius Sulla
 2002 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Albus Dumbledore
 2002 The Count of Monte Cristo
Abbé Faria
 2001 The Pearl
Dr. Karl
 2001 Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
Albus Dumbledore
 2001 My Kingdom
Sandeman
 2000 The Apocalypse (TV Movie)
John
 2000 Gladiator
Marcus Aurelius
 1999 Grizzly Falls
Old Harry
 1999 To Walk with Lions
George Adamson
 1998 The Barber of Siberia
Douglas Makkreken (as Richard Kharris)
 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 Divine Rapture (Short) (rumored)
 1995 The Great Kandinsky (TV Movie)
Ernest Kandinsky
 1995 Cry, the Beloved Country
James Jarvis
 1995 Savage Hearts
Sir Roger Foxley
 1993 Abraham (TV Mini-Series)
Abraham
- Episode #1.2 (1993) ... Abraham
- Episode #1.1 (1993) ... Abraham
 1993 Silent Tongue
Prescott Roe
 1992 Unforgiven
English Bob
 1992 Patriot Games
Paddy O'Neil
 1990 The Field
'Bull' McCabe
 1990 King of the Wind
King George II
 1989 Mack the Knife
Mr. Peachum
 1988 Trappola diabolica
Maj. Vic Jenkins
 1988 Maigret (TV Movie)
Jules Maigret
 1985 Martin's Day
Martin Steckert
 1983 Triumphs of a Man Called Horse
John Morgan - Man Called Horse
 1982 Camelot (TV Movie)
King Arthur
 1982 Highpoint
Lewis Kinney
 1981 Your Ticket Is No Longer Valid
Jason Ogilvy
 1981 Tarzan the Ape Man
James Parker
 1979 The Last Word
Danny Travis
 1979 Game for Vultures
David Swansey
 1979 Ravagers
Falk
 1978 The Wild Geese
Capt. Rafer Janders
 1977 Golden Rendezvous
John Carter
 1977 Orca
Captain Nolan
 1977 Gulliver's Travels
Lemuel Gulliver
 1976 The Cassandra Crossing
Dr. Jonathan Chamberlain
 1976 Robin and Marian
Richard the Lionheart / King Richard
 1976 Echoes of a Summer
Eugene Striden
 1974 Juggernaut
Lt. Cmdr. Anthony Fallon
 1974 99 and 44/100% Dead
Harry Crown
 1973 The Deadly Trackers
Sheriff Sean Kilpatrick
 1971 Man in the Wilderness
Zachary Bass
 1971 The Snow Goose (TV Movie)
Philip Rhayadar
 1971 The Hero
Eitan
 1970 Cromwell
Oliver Cromwell
 1970 A Man Called Horse
John Morgan
 1970 The Molly Maguires
Detective James McParlan
 1967 Caprice
Christopher White
 1967 Camelot
King Arthur
 1966 Hawaii
Capt. Rafer Hoxworth
 1965 The Heroes of Telemark
Knut Strand
 1965 Major Dundee
Captain Benjamin Tyreen
 1965 I tre volti
Robert (segment "Gli amanti celebri")
 1964 Red Desert
Corrado Zeller
 1963 This Sporting Life
Frank Machin
 1962 Mutiny on the Bounty
Seaman John Mills
 1961 The Guns of Navarone
Squadron Leader Barnsby
 1961 Jungle Fighters
Cpl. Johnstone
 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 The Wreck of the Mary Deare
Lieutenant Higgins
 1959 Alive and Kicking
Lover
 1959 Shake Hands with the Devil
Terence O'Brien
 1958 The DuPont Show of the Month (TV Series)
- The Hasty Heart (1958)
 1958 ITV Television Playhouse (TV Series)
Dan Galvin
- Rest in Violence (1958) ... Dan Galvin
 1958 ITV Play of the Week (TV Series)
Michael O'Riordan
- The Iron Harp (1958) ... Michael O'Riordan
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Other Works:

Album: "A Tramp Shining" (ABC Records), featuring Harris' "MacArthur Park", written/produced by Jimmy Webb See more »

Publicity Listings:

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

Alternate Names:

Richard Kharris

Height:

6' (1.83 m)
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Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

[on Michael Caine's comments about being underappreciated in his own country] He takes himself too seriously. I've made 63 movies and I've never been nominated by BAFTA for anything. Do I care? Not in the slightest. See more »

Trivia:

His casting as Oliver Cromwell in Cromwell (1970) was deemed odd, as Harris was patriotic Irish hellraiser and Cromwell was a puritan whose military campaign in Ireland was called genocidal or near-genocidal. Harris took the role because the money was too good to pass up. In interviews he said he admired Cromwell for making Britain more democratic. See more »

Trademark:

In his later years he often played characters that speak in raspy whispers See more »

Star Sign:

Libra

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