Richard Harris



Place of birth:

Limerick City, Munster, Ireland:


Richard St. John Harris was an Irish actor, singer-songwriter, theatrical producer, film director and writer. He appeared on stage and in many films, and is perhaps best known for his roles as King Arthur in Camelot (1967), as Oliver Cromwell in Cromwell (1970) and as Albus Dumbledore in Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (2001) and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002), his last film. He also played a British aristocrat and prisoner in A Man Called Horse (1970) and a gunfighter in Clint Eastwood's Western film Unforgiven (1992). As a singer, Harris is probably best remembered for his recording of Jimmy Webb's song "MacArthur Park", which reached the top ten in sales on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean in 1968. Harris, the fifth of nine children, was born in Limerick City, County Limerick, Munster, Ireland, the son of Ivan John Harris and Mildred Josephine Harty Harris. In 1957, he married Elizabeth Rees-Williams, the daughter of David Rees-Williams, 1st Baron Ogmore. Their three children are the actor Jared Harris, the actor Jamie Harris, and the director Damian Harris. Harris and Rees-Willams divorced in 1969, and then Elizabeth married another well-known actor, Sir Rex Harrison. Harris' second marriage was to the American actress Ann Turkel, who was 16 years younger than he, and this marriage also ended in a divorce. Despite his divorces, Harris was a member of the Roman Catholic Knights of Malta, and was also dubbed a knight by the Queen of Denmark in 1985. Harris was a life long friend of actor Peter O'Toole. Harris died of Hodgkin's disease on 25 October 2002, aged 72, two and a half weeks before the American premiere of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. He was replaced as Dumbledore by the Irish-born actor Sir Michael Gambon. For years, whenever he was in London, Harris resided at the Savoy Hotel. According to the hotel archivist Susan Scott, as Harris was being taken from the hotel on a stretcher, shortly before his death, he warned the diners, "It was the food!" Harris's remains were cremated, and his ashes were scattered in The Bahamas Islands, where he had owned a home.

Film Credits

Creating the World of Harry Potter, Part 2: Characters (2009)
as Albus Dumbledore
Creating the World of Harry Potter, Part 1: The Magic Begins (2009)
as Albus Dumbledore
The Pearl (2005)
as Dr. Karl
Lindsay Anderson: Lucky Man? (2004)
as Interviewee (archival)
The Heroes of Telemark: Location report from Norway (2003)
Julius Caesar (2002)
as Lucius Cornelius Sulla
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002)
as Albus Dumbledore
Eastwood & Co.: Making 'Unforgiven' (2002)
as Self
The Count of Monte Cristo (2002)
as Abbé Faria
Muhammad Ali - Through The Eyes Of The World (2001)
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (2001)
as Albus Dumbledore
My Kingdom (2001)
as Sandeman
The Apocalypse (2000)
as John
Gladiator (2000)
as Marcus Aurelius
Grizzly Falls (1999)
as Old Harry
To Walk with Lions (1999)
as George Adamson
Сибирский цирюльник (1998)
as Douglas McCraken
This Is the Sea (1997)
as Old Man Jacobs
The Hunchback (1997)
as Dom Frollo
Smilla's Sense of Snow (1997)
as Dr. Andreas Tork
Trojan Eddie (1996)
as John Power
Cry, the Beloved Country (1995)
as James Jarvis
The Great Kandinsky (1995)
as Ernest Kandinsky
Savage Hearts (1995)
as Sir Roger Foxley
Wrestling Ernest Hemingway (1993)
as Frank
Abraham (1993)
as Abraham
Silent Tongue (1993)
as Prescott Roe
Unforgiven (1992)
as English Bob
Patriot Games (1992)
as Paddy O'Neil
The Field (1990)
as 'Bull' McCabe
King of the Wind (1990)
as King George II
Mack the Knife (1989)
as Mr. Peachum
Trappola diabolica (1988)
as Major Vic Jenkins
Maigret (1988)
as Jules Maigret
Martin's Day (1985)
Triumphs of a Man Called Horse (1983)
as John Morgan - Man Called Horse
Camelot (1982)
as King Arthur
Highpoint (1982)
as Lewis Kinney
Your Ticket Is No Longer Valid (1981)
as Jason
Tarzan, the Ape Man (1981)
as James Porter
Game For Vultures (1980)
as David Swansey
Ravagers (1979)
as Falk
The Last Word (1979)
as Danny Travis
The Wild Geese (1978)
as Capt. Rafer Janders
Stars' War - The Flight of the Wild Geese (1978)
as Himself
Golden Rendezvous (1977)
as John Carter
Orca: The Killer Whale (1977)
as Captain Nolan
Gulliver's Travels (1977)
as Gulliver
The Cassandra Crossing (1976)
as Dr. Jonathan Chamberlain
The Return of a Man Called Horse (1976)
as John Morgan / Horse
Robin and Marian (1976)
as Richard the Lionheart / King Richard
Echoes of a Summer (1976)
as Eugene
Juggernaut (1974)
as Lt. Cmdr. Anthony Fallon
99 and 44/100% Dead (1974)
as Harry Crown
The Deadly Trackers (1973)
as Sheriff Sean Kilpatrick
Man in the Wilderness (1971)
as Zachary Bass
The Snow Goose (1971)
as Philip Rhayadar
Bloomfield (1971)
as Eitan
Cromwell (1970)
as Oliver Cromwell
A Man Called Horse (1970)
as John Morgan
The Molly Maguires (1970)
as James McKenna
Camelot (1967)
as King Arthur
Caprice (1967)
as Christopher White
Hawaii (1966)
as Capt. Rafer Hoxworth
The Bible: In the Beginning... (1966)
as Kain
The Heroes of Telemark (1965)
as Knut Straud
Major Dundee (1965)
as Captain Benjamin Tyreen
I tre volti (1965)
as Robert (segment "Gli amanti celebri")
Il deserto rosso (1964)
as Corrado Zeller
This Sporting Life (1963)
as Frank Machin
Mutiny on the Bounty (1962)
as Seaman John Mills
The Guns of Navarone (1961)
as Squadron Leader Howard Barnsby RAAF
The Long and the Short and the Tall (1961)
as Cpl. Johnstone
A Terrible Beauty (1960)
as Sean Reilly
The Wreck of the Mary Deare (1959)
as Higgins
Shake Hands with the Devil (1959)
as Terence O'Brien
Alive and Kicking (1959)
as Lover

Production Credits

The Return of a Man Called Horse (1976)
Executive Producer
Bloomfield (1971)