Biography

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.

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.

Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Male

Known Credits 83

Birthday 1930-10-01

Day of Death 2002-10-25

Place of Birth Limerick City, Munster, Ireland

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Also Known As

  • Richard Kharris

Acting TV ShowsMovies

2009 Creating the World of Harry Potter. Part 2: Characters as Himself
2009 Creating The World of Harry Potter. Part 1: The Magic Begins as Himself (archive footage)
2005 The Pearl as Dr. Karl
2004 Lindsay Anderson: Lucky Man? as Interviewee (archival)
2003 Julius Caesar(2 episodes) as Lucius Cornelius Sulla
2002 Julius Caesar as Lucius Cornelius Sulla
2002 The Apocalypse as John
2002 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets as Albus Dumbledore
2002 The Count of Monte Cristo as Abbé Faria
2001 Muhammad Ali - Through The Eyes Of The World
2001 Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone as Albus Dumbledore
2001 Friday Night with Jonathan Ross(1 episode)
2001 My Kingdom as Sandeman
2000 Bette(1 episode)
2000 Gladiator as Marcus Aurelius
1999 Grizzly Falls as Old Harry
1999 To Walk with Lions as George Adamson
1998 The Barber of Siberia as Douglas McCraken
1997 This Is the Sea as Old Man Jacobs
1997 The Hunchback as Dom Frollo
1997 Smilla's Sense of Snow as Dr. Andreas Tork
1996 Trojan Eddie as John Power
1995 Cry, the Beloved Country as James Jarvis
1995 The Great Kandinsky as Ernest Kandinsky
1995 Savage Hearts as Sir Roger Foxley
1994 Abraham as Abraham
1993 Wrestling Ernest Hemingway as Frank
1993 Silent Tongue as Prescott Roe
1992 Unforgiven as English Bob
1992 Patriot Games as Paddy O'Neil
1990 The Field as 'Bull' McCabe
1990 King of the Wind as King George II
1989 Mack the Knife as Mr. Peachum
1988 Strike Commando 2 as Major Vic Jenkins
1988 Maigret as Jules Maigret
1985 Martin's Day
1983 Triumphs of a Man Called Horse as John Morgan - Man Called Horse
1982 Camelot as King Arthur
1982 Highpoint as Lewis Kinney
1981 Your Ticket Is No Longer Valid as Jason
1981 Tarzan, the Ape Man as James Porter
1980 Russell Harty(1 episode)
1980 Game For Vultures as David Swansey
1979 Ravagers as Falk
1979 The Last Word as Danny Travis
1978 The Wild Geese as Capt. Rafer Janders
1977 Golden Rendezvous as John Carter
1977 Orca: The Killer Whale as Captain Nolan
1977 Gulliver's Travels as Gulliver
1976 The Cassandra Crossing as Dr. Jonathan Chamberlain
1976 The Return of a Man Called Horse as John Morgan / Horse
1976 Robin and Marian as Richard the Lionheart / King Richard
1976 Echoes of a Summer as Eugene
1974 Juggernaut as Lt. Cmdr. Anthony Fallon
1974 99 and 44/100% Dead as Harry Crown
1973 The Deadly Trackers as Sheriff Sean Kilpatrick
1971 Man in the Wilderness as Zachary Bass
1971 The Snow Goose as Philip Rhayadar
1971 Bloomfield as Eitan
1970 Cromwell as Oliver Cromwell
1970 A Man Called Horse as John Morgan
1970 The Molly Maguires as Detective James McParlan
1967 Camelot as King Arthur
1967 Caprice as Christopher White
1966 Hawaii as Capt. Rafer Hoxworth
1966 The Bible: In the Beginning... as Kain
1965 The Heroes of Telemark as Knut Straud
1965 Major Dundee as Captain Benjamin Tyreen
1965 The Three Faces as Robert (segment "Gli amanti celebri")
1964 Red Desert as Corrado Zeller
1964 The Hollywood Palace(1 episode)
1963 This Sporting Life as Frank Machin
1962 Mutiny on the Bounty as Seaman John Mills
1961 The Guns of Navarone as Squadron Leader Howard Barnsby RAAF
1961 The Long and the Short and the Tall as Cpl. Johnstone
1960 A Terrible Beauty as Sean Reilly
1959 The Wreck of the Mary Deare as Higgins
1959 Shake Hands with the Devil as Terence O'Brien
1959 Alive and Kicking as Lover
1955 This Is Your Life(1 episode)
1953 The Academy Awards(1 episode)
1951 Hallmark Hall of Fame(1 episode)
1948 The Ed Sullivan Show(2 episodes)

Directing

1971 BloomfieldDirector

Production

1976 The Return of a Man Called HorseExecutive Producer

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