On today in 2002, Irish-born actor Richard Harris, whose career spanned six decades and integrated starring roles in films which range from “Camelot” to the “Harry Potter” series, dies of cancer at age 72 in London. Harris was known for his acting talent as effectively as his carousing off-camera. As BBC.com reported after his death, “He was everything a bad-boy Hollywood star should be: a handsome, boozing, brawling, womanizing, jet-setter whose moody magnificence brought glamour to even his weakest movies.”
Richard St. John Harris was created on October 1, 1930, in Limerick, Ireland, where his household had a flour-milling enterprise exactly. As a man, Harris was a talented rugby player, but his athletic career was cut quick by way of a struggle with tuberculosis. He continued to review acting in the mid-1950s at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, and afterward identified perform in various London theater productions. By the late 1950s, he was earning small roles on the massive screen. Among his early film credits were supporting components in “The Guns of Navarone” (1961), featuring Gregory Peck and Anthony Quinn, and “Mutiny on the Bounty” (1962), with Marlon Brando.
Harris shot to international stardom along with his functionality as a coal miner tuned rugby player in 1963’s “This Sporting Life.” The role earned him an Academy Award nomination for best actor. More information on acting credits would follow-Harris produced greater than 70 films during the period of his career-including a 1967 cinematic adaptation of the Broadway musical “Camelot,” where he played King Arthur. In addition to his movie roles, Harris became equally renowned for his reputation as a raconteur and hell-raiser. He reportedly suffered nine broken noses throughout his life and received final rites twice from the priest.
Harris portrayed a hardened Irish farmer in 1990’s “The Field,” that he garnered another Oscar nomination for greatest actor. He continued to seem such movies as “The Unforgiven” (1992) directed by Clint Eastwood, “Patriot Games” (1992), “Cry, the Beloved Country” (1995) and “Gladiator” (2000), where he played Marcus Aurelius to Russell Crowe’s Maximus.
In 2001, Harris gained legions of new fans when he played Albus Dumbledore, the sensible, white-bearded headmaster of Hogwarts School, in “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.” Harris reprised this function for the next film in the series, “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets,” that was released in the U.S. in November 2002, weeks following his death just.