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|Also Known As:||Died:||June 2, 1990|
|Born:||March 5, 1908||Cause of Death:||pancreatic cancer|
|Birth Place:||Lancashire, England, GB||Profession:||Cast ...|
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Was member of Liverpool Repertory Theatre
London stage debut as Honorable Fred Thripplehorn in "Getting George Married"
Film debut, "The Great Game"
Broadway debut as Tubbs Barrow in "Sweet Aloes"
Became stage star in Terrence Rattigan's "French Without Tears"
Had supporting part in King Vidor's "The Citadel", based on the A J Cronin novel
Acted onstage in S N Behrman's "No Time for Comedy" and Noel Coward's "Design for Living"
Starred in Carol Reed's "Night Train to Munich"
Offered brilliant turn opposite Wendy Hiller in Gabriel Pascal's "Major Barbara"
Served in Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
Portrayed Charles Condimine in David Lean's film version of Coward's "Blithe Spirit"
Signed by 20th Century-Fox to seven year contract
Scored major triumph as the 19th Century Siamese King Mongkut in his Hollywood debut, "Anna and the King of Siam"; years later Rodgers and Hammerstein would offer him the role of the King in their musical version of the tale, but other commitments prevented him from accepting
Followed with another film success, "The Ghost and Mrs. Muir", opposite Gene Tierney
Starred as a music conductor who plots to kill his adulterous wife in Preston Sturges' comedy "Unfaithfully Yours"
Returned to Broadway as Henry VIII in Maxwell Anderson's "Anne of the Thousand Days"; earned first Tony Award
Received acclaim for his performances in T S Eliot's "The Cocktail Party" in London and in John van Druten's "Bell, Book and Candle" on both sides of the Atlantic
Directed and appeared as the Man in Broadway production of "The Love of Four Colonels"
"My Fair Lady" opened on Broadway with Harrison as Professor Henry Higgins and Julie Andrews as Eliza Doolittle; received TOny Award for Best Actor in a Musical
After two years on Broadway, reprised "My Fair Lady" in London
Played Doris Day's husband in "Midnight Lace"
Earned first Best Actor Academy Award nomination for his portrayal of Julius Caesar in "Cleopatra", stealing the film from his more famous co-stars Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton
Acted in "The Yellow Rolls-Royce"; screenplay by Rattigan
Reprised Higgins for film version of "My Fair Lady" opposite Audrey Hepburn; won Best Actor Oscar
Reteamed with director Carol Reed to play Pope Julius II in "The Agony and the Ecstacy"
Portrayed title role in "Doctor Dolittle"
Played title role in Luigi Pirandello's "Henry IV" on London stage and Sebastian Crutwell in Rattigan's "In Praise of Love" on Broadway
Appeared as Caesar in Broadway production of "Caesar and Cleopatra"
Returned to drawing-room comedy for Broadway production of "The Kingfisher", opposite Claudette Colbert
Filmed last feature, "A Time to Die" (released in 1983)
Reprised "My Fair Lady" on Broadway
Received much critical acclaim for his portrayal of the aging Captain Shotover in Broadway revival of Shaw's "Heartbreak House"; Walter Kerr of THE NEW YORK TIMES called it "the best work the actor has ever done"; filmed for Showtime in 1985
Played Lord Grenham in "Aren't We All?", first in London and then on Broadway; again teamed opposite Claudette Colbert
Portrayed Grand Duke Cyril Romanov in NBC miniseries, "Anastasia: The Story of Anna"
Last appearance on the London stage, "The Admirable Crichton"
Performed the part of Lord Porteus in W Somerset Maugham's 1920s comedy "The Circle" on Broadway up unitl three weeks prior to his death
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