Richard Harris: RIP

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> BREAKING NEWS Award-winning British actor Richard Harris dies at age 72. Details to come.

This has not been a good day.

Tad (llamasfur), Friday, 25 October 2002 20:13 (twenty-one years ago) link

I was figuring he wasn't going to get very far in the Harry Potter film sequence, frankly. RIP, though I admit I mostly know him as almost a stereotype of himself, as a classic British ACTOR in an almost Richard Burton vein. Can somebody detail what the real winners he did are?

Ned Raggett (Ned), Friday, 25 October 2002 20:29 (twenty-one years ago) link

i liked him. im sad.

anthony easton (anthony), Friday, 25 October 2002 20:30 (twenty-one years ago) link

Was that him (the actor's name is "Richard Harris") in the opening of Guns of Navarone (as the soldier telling Gregory Peck and his commander how hopeless the mission is)? It doesn't look like how I remember him...

Joe (Joe), Friday, 25 October 2002 20:32 (twenty-one years ago) link

I'm very saddened at the news, I was talking about him today in fact. I didn't realise he was sick. You're right about the Richard Burton connection though Ned, he was a close friend and drinking buddy of Burtons and generally from the same school of acting. He was an Irish actor though, not British and played the wonderful oscar-nominated Bull McCabe role in John B. Keane's "The Field"

Saskia, Friday, 25 October 2002 20:45 (twenty-one years ago) link

noooo! :(

geeta (geeta), Friday, 25 October 2002 22:58 (twenty-one years ago) link

Nice to see Paul Morley pay tribute on 'Late Review' (Kirsty's husky voice = rowr!), basically saying: even in bad films he was watchable, cos the man didnae give a fuck, and "his death scene in 'Tarzan the Ape Man' is one of the greatest".
'This Sporting Life', 'Man Called Horse', 'The Wild Geese', that film where he played a safe cracker, 'Orca: Killer Whale', 'Gladiator', slagging Micheal Caine off, boozing and not dying till dead old: all Ace!

DavidM (DavidM), Saturday, 26 October 2002 00:04 (twenty-one years ago) link


Don't forget also his two excellent albums with Jimmy Webb - A Tramp Shining (which had "MacArthur Park" on it) and The Yard Went On Forever.

Tom (Groke), Saturday, 26 October 2002 08:46 (twenty-one years ago) link

I liked him in Unforgiven.

Martin Skidmore (Martin Skidmore), Saturday, 26 October 2002 10:27 (twenty-one years ago) link

seven years pass...

Dave Thomas as RH is something to behold here:

kind of shrill and very self-righteous (Dr Morbius), Saturday, 27 March 2010 13:30 (fourteen years ago) link

Haven't clicked yet. Is that from "The Man Who Would Be King Of The Popes"?

Ole Rastaquouère (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 27 March 2010 14:15 (fourteen years ago) link

the whole thing


kind of shrill and very self-righteous (Dr Morbius), Saturday, 27 March 2010 14:16 (fourteen years ago) link

RIP Richard Harris :(

JTS, Saturday, 27 March 2010 15:19 (fourteen years ago) link

In my mind's ear I can still hear him (as it were) singing:

MacArthur Park is melting in the dark,
All the sweet green icing flo-wing down.
Someone left the cake out in the rain.
I don't think that I can take it,
'Cuz it took so long to bake it,
And I'll never have that recipe aga-in.

Aimless, Saturday, 27 March 2010 18:01 (fourteen years ago) link

my son discovered the awe & mystery of that song through SCTV. he thinks the original is the funniest thing ever and refuses to believe it was a huge hit played on the radio.

richard harris you have a big fan!

the mighty the mighty BOHANNON (m coleman), Saturday, 27 March 2010 20:54 (fourteen years ago) link

one year passes...

Richard Harris statue in Thomas St. in Limerick is godawful! Its up there with the MJ Craven Cottage one for me for sheer wretchedness. The dude looks like a constiapted badger.....

Michael B, Wednesday, 21 September 2011 14:31 (twelve years ago) link

smelly's wife (rustic italian flatbread), Wednesday, 21 September 2011 14:32 (twelve years ago) link


Michael B, Wednesday, 21 September 2011 14:33 (twelve years ago) link

four years pass...

broad as hell and very funny in Juggernaut. his exit line in his big confrontation scene with Omar Sharif is priceless (and a wink at his reputation).

skateboards are the new combover (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 27 October 2015 18:58 (eight years ago) link

three years pass...
two years pass...

Richard Harris describes how he once dealt with a British actor who didn't fancy working with the Irish...

— We, The Irish (@wetheirishpod) January 11, 2021

calzino, Wednesday, 13 January 2021 18:26 (three years ago) link

one year passes...

I had been thinking about "A Man Called Horse" which I had saw a few times as a kid with my dad who loved westerns (and of course war movies).

I found it to stream with commercials on one of the sites and watched it again last night.

I liked it and still squirmed on the Vow to the Sun scene. They would have made it much more gory now.

The movie would never be made this way now, I loved how quiet the film was pretty much leaving out soundtrack for a more natural sound. It's probably way too slow for many modern viewers, but I thought it was quite lovely if perhaps a bit awkward by technique how they blended in the nature scenes (from different film formats) into the movie.

Eventually I want to go back and watch "Cromwell" again, which I was surprised to realize he did same year as "A Man Called Horse". I saw Cromwell years ago and would like to eventually reprise as I thought it was an interesting movie.

earlnash, Sunday, 14 August 2022 12:12 (one year ago) link

"Was that him (the actor's name is "Richard Harris") in the opening of Guns of Navarone (as the soldier telling Gregory Peck and his commander how hopeless the mission is)? It doesn't look like how I remember him..."

Indeed it was, Joe from nineteen years ago. I never realised he was supposed to be Australian, which is why he says 'bloody' all the time:

"First, you've got that bloody old fortress on top of that bloody cliff. Then you've got the bloody cliff overhang. You can't even see the bloody cave, let alone the bloody guns. And anyway, we haven't got a bloody bomb big enough to smash that bloody rock. And that's the bloody truth, sir."

It's surprising that despite having Richard Harris, Oliver Reed, and David Hemmings in the cast, there aren't any tales of drunken antics from the filming of Gladiator, so I assume they all filmed their parts separately. David Hemming was in Juggernaut as well. That's a criminally underrated film. It's an odd blend of ahead-of-its-time special forces action and modern-life-is-rubbish circa 1974.

Ashley Pomeroy, Sunday, 14 August 2022 13:46 (one year ago) link

I also rewatched A Man Called Horse in recent times, not having seen it since it came out, and was surprised that I mostly enjoyed it and didn’t cringe. Also seem to remember some kind of reference to it in an Almodóvar movie.

My Little Red Buchla (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 14 August 2022 14:34 (one year ago) link

Okay, it’s in Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!

My Little Red Buchla (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 14 August 2022 14:37 (one year ago) link

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