Richard Harris

Highest Rated: 100% Red Desert (1964)
Birthday: Oct 1, 1930
Birthplace: Limerick, Ireland
Though he once declared, "I hate movies. They're a waste of time," Irish actor Richard Harris built a film career that lasted six decades and withstood a long fallow period in the 1970s and '80s. Often as famous for his offscreen exploits as his acting, Harris nevertheless was lauded for charismatic performances ranging from the tough, inarticulate rugby player in This Sporting Life (1963) to the wry bounty hunter in Unforgiven (1992) and the contemplative emperor in Gladiator (2000). After winning over a new generation of fans with Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001) and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002), Harris passed away in 2002.Born in Limerick, Ireland, Harris was the fifth of nine children. More interested in sports than art, Harris became a top rugby player in his teens. His sports career, however, ended after he came down with tuberculosis at age 19. Bed-ridden for two years, Harris read voraciously to pass the time. Calling his illness the "luckiest thing that ever happened to me," Harris was inspired by his volumes of Samuel Beckett, James Joyce, and Dylan Thomas to pursue a creative profession. Harris left Ireland to study in London, signing up for acting at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts in 1956 after he failed to find good classes in directing; he also joined the more experimental Theatre Workshop. Harris made his professional stage debut in The Quare Fellow in 1956, earning praise from Method guru Lee Strasberg. Spending the next few years on the stage, Harris appeared in Arthur Miller's A View From the Bridge and became a theater star with his turn as a drunken Dublin student in The Ginger Man (1959). Branching out to the screen, Harris appeared in the British TV movie The Iron Harp (1958), winning a contract with Associated British Pictures Corp. that lead to his feature debut in Alive and Kicking (1959). Playing Irishmen, Harris appeared alongside Hollywood heavyweights James Cagney in the IRA drama Shake Hands With the Devil (1959), Gary Cooper and Charlton Heston in The Wreck of the Mary Deare (1959), and Robert Mitchum in A Terrible Beauty (1960). After switching accents to play an Australian pilot in the World War II epic The Guns of Navarone (1961), Harris held his own as one of Marlon Brando's mutineers in The Mutiny on the Bounty (1962).Confirming his status as one of the best of the new generation of British rebel actors that included Albert Finney and Tom Courtenay, Harris became an international movie star with This Sporting Life. One of the gritty cycle of "kitchen sink" films, This Sporting Life starred Harris as a miner's son-turned-professional rugby player who achieves success on the field at the expense of his personal life. Along with showcasing Harris' physical prowess, his tough, sensitive performance evoked the tragic anguish of Brando at his 1950s peak. After winning the Best Actor prize at the Cannes Film Festival, Harris received his first Oscar nomination. Rather than be pigeonholed, though, Harris collaborated with This Sporting Life director Lindsay Anderson on the stage production The Diary of a Madman and co-starred as Monica Vitti's lover in Michelangelo Antonioni's 1964 study of upper-middle-class malaise, Red Desert. Harris then (appropriately) co-starred as Charlton Heston's nemesis in Sam Peckinpah's butchered-cavalry epic, Major Dundee (1965). Devoting himself full-time to movies by the mid-'60s, Harris appeared with Kirk Douglas in Anthony Mann's World War II yarn The Heroes of Telemark (1965), joined the cast of island epic Hawaii (1966), raised Cain in The Bible (1966), and co-starred with Doris Day as spies caught up in a mod web of intrigue and romance in Caprice (1967). In still another change of pace, Harris tried his hand at musicals and became a dashing King Arthur in the film version of Camelot (1967). He subsequently scored a hit single in 1968 with his version of "MacArthur Park." Always a fancier of the pubs, Harris descended


Highest Rated Movies



67% Never Apologize: A Personal Visit With Lindsay Anderson Actor 2007
No Score Yet Camelot Actor 2007
7% Kaena: The Prophecy Opaz 2004
No Score Yet Apocalypse Actor 2004
38% My Kingdom (Mi Reino) Sandeman 2002
82% Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Prof. Albus Dumbledore $261.9M 2002
No Score Yet The Apocalypse St. John the Apostle 2002
81% Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone Albus Dumbledore $317.6M 2001
No Score Yet Pearl Actor 2001
76% Gladiator Marcus Aurelius 2000
50% Grizzly Falls Old Harry 1999
No Score Yet To Walk With Lions George Adamson 1999
No Score Yet Sibirskiy tsiryulnik (The Barber of Siberia) Douglas McCracken 1999
No Score Yet Trojan Eddie John Power 1997
No Score Yet The Hunchback Actor 1997
52% Smilla's Sense of Snow Tork 1997
No Score Yet This is the Sea Old Man Jacobs 1997
No Score Yet The Hunchback Dom Frollo 1997
No Score Yet Savage Hearts Sir Roger Foxley 1995
57% Wrestling Ernest Hemingway Frank 1994
No Score Yet Abraham Abraham 1994
38% Silent Tongue Prescott Roe 1994
96% Unforgiven English Bob 1992
73% Patriot Games Paddy O'Neil 1992
No Score Yet King of the Wind George II 1990
43% The Field 'Bull' McCabe 1990
20% Mack the Knife Mr. Peachum 1989
No Score Yet Trappola diabolica (Strike Commando 2) Actor 1988
No Score Yet Martin's Day Martin Steckert 1985
No Score Yet Triumphs of a Man Called Horse Man called Horse 1983
No Score Yet Camelot Actor 1982
11% Tarzan, the Ape Man James Parker 1981
No Score Yet Your Ticket is No Longer Valid Jason 1981
No Score Yet A Game for Vultures David Swansey 1980
No Score Yet Highpoint Louis Kinney 1979
No Score Yet Ravagers Falk 1979
57% The Wild Geese Rafer Janders 1978
7% Orca - The Killer Whale Capt. Nolan 1977
No Score Yet Gulliver's Travels Lemuel Gulliver 1977
29% The Cassandra Crossing Chamberlain 1977
63% The Return of a Man Called Horse Executive Producer John Morgan 1976
No Score Yet Echoes of a Summer Executive Producer Eugene Striden 1976
76% Robin and Marian King Richard 1976
No Score Yet Juggernaut Lt. Cmdr. Anthony Fallon 1974
No Score Yet 99 And 44/100% Dead (Call Harry Crown) Actor 1974
No Score Yet Ransom (The Terrorists) Gerald Palmer 1974
No Score Yet The Deadly Trackers Sheriff Sean Kilpatrick 1973
No Score Yet Burt Bacharach in Shangri-La Actor 1973
No Score Yet Man in the Wilderness Zachary Bass 1971
No Score Yet The Snow Goose Philip Rhayader 1971
No Score Yet Bloomfield (The Hero) Eitan Director 1971
89% The Molly Maguires James McParlan/McKenna 1970
86% A Man Called Horse John Morgan 1970
44% Camelot King Arthur 1967
14% Caprice Christopher White 1967
67% Hawaii Rafer Hoxworth 1966
No Score Yet The Bible Cain 1966
80% The Heroes of Telemark Knut Straud 1965
No Score Yet Carol for Another Christmas Ghost of Christmas Present 1964
100% Red Desert Corrado Zeller 1964
100% This Sporting Life Frank Machin 1963
72% Mutiny on the Bounty John Mills 1962
No Score Yet All Night Long Actor 1962
95% The Guns of Navarone Barnsby 1961
No Score Yet The Long and the Short and the Tall ( Jungle Fighters ) Cpl. Johnstone 1961
No Score Yet The Wreck of the Mary Deare Higgins 1959
60% Shake Hands With the Devil Terence O'Brien 1959


No Score Yet America's Next Top Model
  • 2006
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
  • 2000