the iconic actor Richard Harris He died in 2002 after battling Hodgkin’s disease. To this day, he is mostly remembered for his last job as a teacher. Dumbledore in Harry Potter, but behind his brilliant career was a life full of excess and Dependencies, which he could control at times, but it led him to live a living hell. And now it is her children who realize her tumultuous past.
in the documentary The Ghost of Richard Harris, The actor’s children, Jamie, Jared and Damian -from his first marriage, with Elizabeth Rees-Williams-, reveal different episodes that they experienced with their father. Speaking in front of the camera, he is the first of his heirs who especially remembers an incident which showed him how “unpredictable” the actor could be.
“I walked into his room and it was like a scene from scarface. He dropped a bag of cocaine on the mat and his face was sunk in the middle,” he said of who also competed in classics like camelot (1967), Gulliver’s Travels (1977) and Gladiator (2000).
Harris, who died aged 72, made no secret of his hedonistic lifestyle in the 1960s and early 1970s, and admitted to his excessive cocaine and alcohol use on more than one occasion , although in 1978 he decided to quit drugs after nearly dying. of an overdose.
“I am an excessive person. I can resist my first drink, but not the second”, expressed the interpreter in an interview, in addition to admitting that, “when I drank, I devoured alcohol; when he took coke, he devoured coca”, and when he devoted himself to his “love exploits, he devoured women”.
Harris also knew how to stir up trouble at seventy in the pubs of London, where he was known for his fights. His son Jared, 61 and also an acclaimed actor, recalled how his father once clashed with a younger man in Covent Garden. “Dad punched the guy, pretended to put his Guinness down, then got up and knocked the guy out,” he said. “Dad threw his beer in his face, and as the man started to wake up he realized, ‘I’m not going to win the second round, I have to get out of here.’ He got in a taxi and left, but he was 70 and he won the fight.”
In the documentary, the Harris children show their father’s archive, which includes photos, letters, literary works and documents from his life in Hollywood. And they say he spent over ten years working as an actor in England before he rose to prominence as the protagonist of the 1963 film. The cry of an idolfor which he won the prize for best performer at the Cannes Film Festival and after which he became a figure in both London and New York.
Other important roles in his career include his participation in productions such as Oath of VengeanceCamelot Yes The hate inside.
Born October 1, 1930 in Limerick, southern Ireland, Harris suffered from tuberculosis as a teenager. He studied at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts and then joined the company Theater Workshop, avant-garde of British experimental and realist theatre.
Lee Strasberg, of the Actors Studio in New York, said after seeing him perform it had “the strongest impact” he had had in Britain to date.
Harris received praise for her performance in mutiny on board, starring Marlon Brando, despite the film itself receiving poor reviews. His last role was that of Professor Albus Dumbledore in the first two films of the Harry Potter saga.