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Old 13-08-2012, 06:44 PM   #269
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Lightbulb The Tower House

Richard Harris, the fifth of nine children, was born in Limerick city, Ireland (then known as the Irish Free State) into a middle-class, staunchly Roman Catholic family...He was schooled by the Jesuits at Crescent College...
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 often told stories about his haunted London home, The Tower House, which was sold later to the musician Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin. According to Harris, the tower was haunted by an eight-year-old boy who had been buried in the tower. The boy often kept Harris awake at night until he one day built a nursery for the boy to play in, which calmed the disturbances to some extent...

Harris was a vocal supporter of the IRA from the early 1970s until they carried out the Harrods bombing in 1983, after which he disavowed them...Richard may have exaggerated these stories somewhat and that he actually stayed with a few aunts, sleeping on their living room sofas...The Field was released in 1990. For his performance, Harris earned his second Academy Award nomination for Best Actor but lost to Jeremy Irons for Reversal of Fortune. In 1992, Harris had a supporting role in the film Patriot Games, as an Irish-American radical...
Richard recorded several albums of music, one of which, (A Tramp Shining), included the seven-minute hit song "MacArthur Park" ...Concerning his role as Dumbledore, Harris had stated that he did not intend to take the part at first, since he knew that his own health was in decline, but he relented and accepted it because his 10-year-old granddaughter threatened never to speak to him again if he did not take it...shortly before his death, he warned the diners, "It was the food!"...Harris died of Hodgkin's lymphoma on 25 October 2002, aged 72, two and a half weeks before the American premiere of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets...Mickey Rourke dedicated his Best Actor award to Richard, calling him a "good friend, and great actor."...


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