THE GREAT RICHARD HARRIS – R.I.P.

A gentleman and a rogue is lost to the world today.

Sir Richard Harris has passed away at the age of 72.

Read on and remember him…

(CNN) — Richard Harris, the classically trained actor whose roles ranged from King Arthur in “Camelot” to Headmaster Albus Dumbledore in the Harry Potter movies, has died. He was 72.

Harris died Friday at a London hospital, his family reported.
“With great sadness, Damian, Jarid and Jamie Harris announced the death of their beloved father. He died peacefully at University College Hospital,” the family said in a statement.
Harris had been receiving treatment for Hodgkin’s Disease.

He was a great talent, and has graced our screens for decades in such classics as A MAN CALLED HORSE, THE GUNS OF THE NAVARONE, CAMELOT, ROBIN AND MARIAN, UNFORGIVEN and GLADIATOR.

Harris started his career on the stage, and made his film debut in 1959 in the classic SHAKE HANDS WITH THE DEVIL and after 40+ years on the screen, he was still a cinema mainstay, appearing as Emperor Marcus Aurelius in 2000’s Oscar winning GLADIATOR and taking on the role of Professor Albus Dumbledore in last year’s colossal smash HARRY POTTER AND THE PHILOSOPHERS STONE. Most recently, Harris reprised his role as Dumbledore for the soon to be released sequel HARRY POTTER AND THE CHAMBER OF SECRETS, as well as playing Lucius in a TV version of JULIUS CAESAR, yet to be released.

“Death smiles at us all. All a man can do is smile back.”

Rest in peace, good sir.

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