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Richard Harris

Richard Harris


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Also Known As: Died: October 25, 2002
Born: October 1, 1930 Cause of Death: Hodgkin's Disease
Birth Place: Limerick, IE Profession: Cast ...


Other songs besides "MacArthur Park" which Harris has recorded include "Didn't We" (1969) and "My Boy" (1971).

Harris set up a scholarship at the Universiy of Scranton in Pennsylvania in memory of his brother Dermot.

Speaking of his 1978 cocaine overdose, Harris notes, "The doctor told me [that] . . . if my body, my cardiovascular system, hadn't been so strong, I'd have been dead. So I went home and flushed $5000 of cocaine down the toilet." --quoted in The New York Times, December 16, 1990.

Harris also reports how he overcame alcoholism: "My doctor told me I had hypoglycemia and that soon I'd been going into insulin shock and die if I didn't stop drinking. It was in August 1982, and I was with my mates at the Jockey Club one night, and I had them serve us two bottles of Chateau Margaux--$370 a bottle they were. When the last bottle was empty, and I had this much left in my glass, I looked at my watch, and it was 20 past 11, and I said, 'This is my last drink.' And I never touched the stuff again." --quoted in The New York Times, December 16, 1990.

Harris fell ill in August 2002 after filming the second Harry Potter film, "The Chamber of Secrets," and went to a hospital suffering with a severe chest infection, He had been in University College Hospital, central London for two months, where he has had a course of chemotherapy for Hodgkin's disease. According to his agent Sharon Thomas Harris responded extremely well to the treatment.

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