Today October 1 marks Irish screen legend Richard Harris' birthday, a star known as much for his off-stage indulgences as well as his on-screen and stage performances his talent will long be missed.
On this day, Oct 1, 1930, Richard Harris was born in Limerick. Ironically the man once quoted as saying "I hate movies, They're a waste of time" Harris builts a movie career spanning six decades including cinematic classics such as Unforgiven, The Molly Maguires, Harry Potter, and The Gladiator.
Harris was one of nine children, born in Limerick. More interested in sports than art Harris became a top rugby player during his teens. Sadly at the age of 19, he came down with tuberculosis and was bed-ridden for two years. Spending his time plunging into the volumes of Samuel Beckett, James Joyce, and Dylan Thomas he called his illness the "luckiest thing that ever happened to me".
In 1956 he left Ireland, traveling to London where his acting career began. Despite a quiet period in the 1970s and '80s Harris continued to act until his death in 2002. His final role introduced the great Irish to another generation of fans when he took on the role of Professor Albus Dumbledore in Harry Potter.
Here's a rundown of the top five most popular movies starring Richard Harris:
Major Dundee (1965)
The Guns of Navarone (1961)
The Molly Maguires (1970)
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Prof. Albus Dumbledore (2002)
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