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Richard St John Harris (1 October 1930 – 25 October 2002) was an Irish actor, singer, theatrical producer, film director and writer. He appeared on stage and in many films, and is perhaps best known for his role as Frank Machin in This Sporting Life. He is also known for playing King Arthur in the 1967 film Camelot (with Estelle Winwood) and the subsequent 1981 revival of the show. He played an aristocrat and prisoner in A Man Called Horse (1970; as well as it's two sequels), a gunfighter in Clint Eastwood's Western film Unforgiven (1992, with Gene Hackman and Morgan Freeman), Emperor Marcus Aurelius in Gladiator (2000), and Albus Dumbledore in both of the first two Harry Potter films. Harris had a top ten hit in the UK and the US with his 1968 recording of Jimmy Webb's song "MacArthur Park".

In the RiffTrax experiment Battlefield Earth, Kevin Murphy teases that one of the prisoners being roughly handled by one of the alien guards resembles Harris.


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