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Irish actor Richard Harris is best known for his performances as King Arthur in Broadway's Camelot and Albus Dumbledore in the first two Harry Potter films.
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The following year, he brought to life a beloved literary character. Harris appeared as Professor Albus Dumbledore in J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. He appeared the next installment of the film series, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, in 2002.
Shortly before the start of filming the third Harry Potter movies, Harris died at a London hospital on October 25, 2002. He had suffering from Hodgkin’s Disease.
For many years, Harris was as famous for his hard partying lifestyle as he was for his acting. He counted Peter O’Toole and Richard Burton among his drinking buddies. But it wasn’t all good times for Harris—his substance abuse problem nearly killed him on several occasions. He eventually straightened himself out in the 1980s.
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