Richard Harris

Richard Harris

Richard Harris

Richard Harris (1930 – 2002) is an Irish actor from Limerick. Also a singer, composer and director, he is mainly known for playing the famous Professor Dumbledore in the first 2 episodes of the Harry Potter saga.

Biography

A hectic career!

Richard Harris was born on 1 October 1930 in Limerick, Ireland and grew up in a family passionate about the arts. Very quickly, he shows a disposition for the cinema, and makes his first appearances, as early as 1958 in the film “Alive and kicking” by Cyril Frankel. Quickly noticed, he will then be solicited to appear in “Les Canons de Navarone” in 1961, or in “Les Révoltés du Bounty” in 1962.

Rather good-looking and turbulent, he was then a great success, which allowed him to play in a series of films throughout his career, even playing in The Barber of Siberia, or in Ridley Scott’s Gladiator as Marcus Aurelius.

Towards the end of his life, he was asked to play the role of Professor Dumbledore, the mentor of the little Harry Potter. Unfortunately, Richard Harris died shortly before the end of the filming of the second part of the film in the aftermath of Hodgkin’s disease. The choice of a replacement is then of a great difficulty for the directors, conscious of the aura of the former actor. They will finally turn to Michael Gambon.

Filmography

  • 1958: Alive and kicking
  • 1958: The Epic in the Shadows
  • 1959: Dangerous cargo
  • 1960: The Fighters of the Night
  • 1961: The Guns of Navarone
  • 1962: The Bounty Rebellions
  • 1963: The Price of a Man
  • 1964: The Red Desert
  • 1965: Telemark Heroes
  • 1965: Major Dundee
  • 1966: Hawaii
  • 1966: The Bible
  • 1967: Operation Caprice
  • 1967: Camelot
  • 1969: A man named Horse
  • 1970: Cromwell
  • 1970 : Traitor on order
  • 1971: The Wild Convoy
  • 1971: Bloomfield
  • 1973: The sheriff doesn’t forgive
  • 1974: 99% cooled
  • 1974: Terror on the Britannic
  • 1976: Revenge of a man named Horse
  • 1976: The Rose and the Arrow
  • 1976: Orca
  • 1977: Cassandra Bridge
  • 1978: The Wild Geese
  • 1979: The Last word
  • 1979: The Putsch of the mercenaries
  • 1981: Beyond this limit your ticket is no longer valid
  • 1981: Tarzan, the Monkey Man
  • 1982: The Triumph of a Man Named Horse
  • 1988: Trappola diabolica
  • 1990: The Field
  • 1992: Ruthless
  • War Games
  • 1993: Two funny birds
  • 1993: The Keeper of Spirits
  • 1994 : The Bible : Abraham
  • 1995: Weep O beloved country
  • 1996: Trojan Eddie1996
    : Smilla
  • 1998: The Siberian Barber
  • 1999: A Man Among the Lions
  • 1999: Grizzly Falls
  • 2000: Gladiator
  • 2001: Harry Potter at the school of wizards
  • 2001: Kaena, the prophecy
  • 2002 : My kingdom
  • 2002: The Revenge of Monte Cristo
  • 2002: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets


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