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Also Known As: George Harold Harrison Died: November 29, 2001
Born: February 24, 1943 Cause of Death: cancer
Birth Place: Liverpool, England, GB Profession: musician, composer, producer, actor

Biography CLOSE THE FULL BIOGRAPHY

Known to millions of fans as "the quiet Beatle," George Harrison's life during and after the Fab Four was anything but retiring. As the singer-songwriter of two of the band's most immortal hits, "Here Comes the Sun" and "Something," Harrison's sharp wit and musical chops were unfortunately often overshadowed by the leaders of the band, John Lennon and Paul McCartney. A devoted student of rock-n-roll and Eastern philosophy, he blended both in his successful solo music career, which yielded such enduring classics as the triple album All Things Must Pass and songs like "My Sweet Lord." His later dabbling in film production through his HandMade Films company also bring beloved film classics like "Monty Python's Life of Brian," "Time Bandits," and "Withnail and I" to audiences around the world. But mostly, Harrison concentrated on enjoying life with his family and many friends, who counted him as a loving and spiritual individual. When he passed away from cancer in 2001, the world mourned the Baby Beatle and music historians and fans paid tribute to his special genius in a way many felt should have happened in his lifetime.

Known to millions of fans as "the quiet Beatle," George Harrison's life during and after the Fab Four was anything but retiring. As the singer-songwriter of two of the band's most immortal hits, "Here Comes the Sun" and "Something," Harrison's sharp wit and musical chops were unfortunately often overshadowed by the leaders of the band, John Lennon and Paul McCartney. A devoted student of rock-n-roll and Eastern philosophy, he blended both in his successful solo music career, which yielded such enduring classics as the triple album All Things Must Pass and songs like "My Sweet Lord." His later dabbling in film production through his HandMade Films company also bring beloved film classics like "Monty Python's Life of Brian," "Time Bandits," and "Withnail and I" to audiences around the world. But mostly, Harrison concentrated on enjoying life with his family and many friends, who counted him as a loving and spiritual individual. When he passed away from cancer in 2001, the world mourned the Baby Beatle and music historians and fans paid tribute to his special genius in a way many felt should have happened in his lifetime.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Imagine: John Lennon (1988) Himself
2.
 Water (1986) Singing Rebel Band Member
3.
 Shanghai Surprise (1986) Night-Club Singer
5.
 Monty Python's Life Of Brian (1979) Mr Papadopoulis
7.
 Raga (1971)
8.
 Let It Be (1970)
9.
 Help! (1965) The Beatles
10.
 A Hard Day's Night (1964) George
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Milestones close milestones

1956:
With brother Peter, formed first musical group, The Rebels, at the age of 13
1957:
Joined John Lennon and Paul McCartney in The Quarry Men
1961:
Group--now called The Beatles--"discovered" by promoter Brian Epstein; makes first commercial recording
1962:
Ringo Starr joined The Beatles, which is signed by EMI Records
1963:
First real year of world-wide fame; Harrison's first song ("Don't Bother Me") recorded
1964:
Film acting debut in "A Hard Day's Night"
1965:
Appeared in film "Help!"; took up sitar music and collaborated with Ravi Shankar
1968:
First solo album, "Wonderwall Music"
1970:
First solo hit, "My Sweet Lord"
1971:
Organized charity Concert for Bangladesh
1974:
Formed Dark Horse Records
1976:
Successfully sued for "subconsciously plagiarizing" song "He's So Fine" for "My Sweet Lord"
1978:
Forms HandMade Films with Denis O'Brien
1979:
Autobiography, "I Me Mine" published privately (mass market edition published 1982)
1988:
Joined band The Traveling Wilburys, with Bob Dylan and Tom Petty; recorded albums
1994:
Sold interest in HandMade Films
1998:
Revealed in June that he had been battling throat cancer
1999:
In December, attacked in home by knife-wielding intruder
2001:
Announced he was suffering with a brain tumor (summer)
2001:
With son, co-wrote song "Horse to Water"; recorded on October 1
2003:
Nominated for 3 grammy awards, including Best Male Pop Vocal Performance
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Education

Dovedale Primary School: -
Liverpool Institute: -

Notes

He won an additional five Grammy Awards and an Oscar shared with The Beatles.

Harrison was treated for lung cancer in early May 2001 and a brain tumor in July 2001.

"The Beatles exist apart from my Self. I am not really Beatle George. Beatle George is like a suit or shirt that I once wore on occasion and until the end of my life people may see that shirt and mistake it for me." --George Harrison quoted in Newsweek, October 23, 1995.

Harrison always believed his birthday was February 25 but his birth certificate indicates he was born shortly before midnight on February 24.

Companions close complete companion listing

wife:
Patti Boyd. Born on March 17, 1945; married on January 21, 1966; divorced in 1977.
wife:
Olivia Harrison. Married in September 1978 after long-time romance; with Barbara Bach, Elton John, Linda McCartney and Yoko Ono organized the album "Nobody's Child" to benefit the Romanian Angel Appeal (1990).

Family close complete family listing

father:
Harold Harrison. Bus driver.
mother:
Louise Harrison.
sister:
Louise Harrison. Older.
brother:
Harold Harrison Jr. Older.
brother:
Peter Harrison. Older.
son:
Dhani Harrison. Born in August 1978; mother, Olivia Arias.
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Bibliography close complete biography

"I, Me, Mine"
"Before He Wa Fab: George Harrison's First American Visit" Cache River Press
"George Harrison" Sanctuary

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