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When a bout with tuberculosis squelched his dream of a rugby career, Richard Harris shifted his focus to acting. Born Oct. 1, 1930, in Limerick, Ireland, he earned his stripes on stage before landing in films.

The feisty thespian's early movies included Mutiny on the Bounty (1962) and This Sporting Life (1963); the latter made Harris an international star and netted him a Best Actor Oscar nod. He followed up with Major Dundee (1965), delivered a memorable performance in 1970's A Man Called Horse and appeared in the thriller The Cassandra Crossing (1976). After a sabbatical, Harris returned in The Field (1990), reaping another Oscar nomination for his powerful portrayal.

Harris took on character roles in Patriot Games and Unforgiven (both 1992) and gained a new generation of fans with turns in the first two Harry Potter blockbusters. Harris died from Hodgkin's disease Oct. 25, 2002.

Richard Harris in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

2001 PG

On his 11th birthday, orphaned Harry Potter learns he's a powerful wizard -- with a place waiting for him at the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. As he learns to harness his newfound powers, he uncovers the truth about his parents' deaths.

  • Richard Harris in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
  • Richard Harris in Unforgiven Unforgiven
  • Richard Harris in The Wreck of the Mary Deare The Wreck of the Mary Deare
  • Richard Harris in Gladiator Gladiator
  • Richard Harris in Camelot Camelot
  • Richard Harris in The Count of Monte Cristo The Count of Monte Cristo
  • Richard Harris in The Heroes of Telemark The Heroes of Telemark
  • Richard Harris in Patriot Games Patriot Games
  • Richard Harris in Red Desert Red Desert
  • Richard Harris in A Man Called Horse A Man Called Horse
  • Richard Harris in Gladiator: Extended Edition Gladiator: Extended Edition
  • Richard Harris in Mutiny on the Bounty Mutiny on the Bounty
  • Richard Harris in Cromwell Cromwell
  • Richard Harris in Orca: The Killer Whale Orca: The Killer Whale
  • Richard Harris in Major Dundee: The Extended Version Major Dundee: The Extended Version
  • Richard Harris in This Sporting Life This Sporting Life
  • Richard Harris in Caprice Caprice
  • Richard Harris in Tarzan, the Ape Man Tarzan, the Ape Man
  • Richard Harris in The Bible Collection: Abraham The Bible Collection: Abraham
  • Richard Harris in The Bible... In the Beginning The Bible... In the Beginning
  • Richard Harris in Kaena: The Prophecy Kaena: The Prophecy
  • Richard Harris in The Last Detective The Last Detective
  • Richard Harris in Robin and Marian Robin and Marian
  • Richard Harris in The Return of a Man Called Horse The Return of a Man Called Horse
  • Richard Harris in Silent Tongue Silent Tongue
  • Richard Harris in The Pearl The Pearl
  • Richard Harris in Never Apologize Never Apologize