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Rex Harrison Biography

  • Profession: Actor
  • Born: Mar 5, 1908
  • Died: Jun 2, 1990
  • Birth Name: Reginald Carey Harrison

Debonair and distinguished British star of stage and screen for more than 50 years, Sir Rex Harrison is best remembered for playing charming, slyly mischievous characters. Born Reginald Carey in 1908, he made his theatrical debut at age 16 with the Liverpool Repertory Theater, remaining with that group for three years. Making his British stage and film debut in 1930, Harrison made the first of many appearances on Broadway in Sweet Aloes in 1936. He became a bona fide British star that same year when he appeared in the theatrical production French Without Tears, in which he showed himself to be very skilled in black-tie comedy. He served as a flight lieutenant in the RAF during World War II, although this interruption in his career was quickly followed by several British films. Harrison moved to Hollywood in 1945, where his career continued to prosper. Among his many roles was that of the king in the 1946 production of [[Feature~V83754~Anna and the King of Siam~annaandthekingofsiam]]. Harrison was perhaps best known for his performance as Professor Henry Higgins in the musical My Fair Lady, a character he played on Broadway from 1956-1958 (winning a Tony award in 1957) and again in its 1981 revival, as well as for a year in London in the late '50s; in 1964, he won an Oscar for his onscreen version of the role. He had previously received a Best Actor Oscar nomination for his portrayal of Julius Caesar in [[Feature~V9962~Cleopatra~cleopatra]] (1963). Harrison continued to act on both the stage and screen in the 1970s and into the '80s. He published his autobiography, Rex, in 1975, and, four years later, edited and published an anthology of poetry If Love Be Love. Knighted in 1989, he was starring in the Broadway revival of [[Performer~P184385~Somerset Maugham~wsomersetmaugham]]'s The Circle (with [[Performer~P28178~Stewart Granger~stewartgranger]] and [[Performer~P96142~Glynis Johns~glynisjohns]]) until one month before he died of pancreatic cancer in 1990. Three of Harrison's six marriages were to actresses[[Performer~P54836~Lilli Palmer~lillipalmer]], [[Performer~P37658~Kay Kendall~kaykendall]], and [[Performer~P60655~Rachel Roberts~rachelroberts]]. ~ Rovi

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