Date of birth: 03/05/1908 Year
Age: 82 year
Birthplace: Huyton, Merseyside, United States
Date of Death: 06/02/1990 Year
Place of death: New York, United States
Height: 185 cm
His acting career was interrupted by World War II, he served in the Royal Air Force, Lieutenant discharged. He played in numerous productions. As a young and attractive, he played a role in a play by Terence Rettig «French Without Tears». This role was his breakthrough to the world of cinema.
Harrison was born March 5, 1908 in Lancashire, England. He studied at the Liverpool College. Rex for the first time appeared on the scene in 1924 in Liverpool. His acting career was interrupted by World War II, he served in the Royal Air Force, Lieutenant discharged. He played in numerous productions. As a young and attractive, he played a role in a play by Terence Rettig «French Without Tears». This role was his breakthrough to the world of cinema.
During his acting career he was handed a lot of awards and prizes. For his role as Henry VIII in «Anne of the Thousand Days», he received the first “Tony”. After playing Henry Higgins in the musical «My Fair Lady», – the second. Harrison roles that brought him fame were: Enrico IV; In 1984, he appears in the Haymarket Theatre in «Are not We All?»; followed by «The Admirable Crichton» in the Brooks Atkinson Theatre. In 1981, in the role of Henry Higgins, it appears in «My Fair Lady». For the role of Shotover in the play by Bernard Shaw «Heartbreak House» actor receives a third statuette “Tony”. Also, one can not forget Caesar «Caesar and Cleopatra» and General Burgoyne in «The Devil’s Disciple».
In 1930, the actor made his debut in the film «The Great Game». Other, earlier appearance of Harrison in the movie included: «The Citadel» (1938), «Night Train to Munich» (1940), «Major Barbara» (1941), «Blithe Spirit» (1945), «Anna and the King of Siam »(1946),« The Ghost and Mrs. Muir »(1947) and« The Foxes of Harrow »(1947). Unprecedented fame to the actor brought the role of Professor Henry Higgins in the musical «My Fair Lady», based on a play by Bernard Shaw’s “Pygmalion.” After the screen adaptation of the 1964 Rex Harrison received the “Oscar” in the category “Best Actor”. In 1967, Harrison starred in «Doctor Dolittle».
Despite the fact that he was described as “the best comic actor,” he played a lot of dramatic roles. For example, Julius Caesar in «Cleopatra» (1963), Pope II in «The Agony» and «Ecstasy» (1965), where he played the role of Michelangelo. He also appeared in such films as «Staircase» and «Shalimar».
Life was intense actor. He was married six times. After divorcing his first wife Collette Thomas in 1942, he married the German actress Lilli Palmer. After the sex scandal, which committed suicide young star of the screen Karol Landi, with his wife Lily became strained. Harrison (by this time he was already known as “Sexy Rex”) began a relationship with British actress Kay Kendall and divorced Lily to marry Kay terminally ill. In 1962, Harrison married actress Rachel Roberts. This alliance, and another after that, Elizabeth Harris, also ended in divorce. In 1978, Harrison married Mercia Tinker. This marriage was a happy one until death of Harrison. Rex Harrison died of cancer on June 2, 1990.
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