Behaving Badly: Richard Harris

Behaving Badly: Richard Harris

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Richard Harris was never an easy person to get along with. He was a difficult schoolboy (and was later disowned by his Limerick teachers), then he went to work in the family flour and milling business - where he organised a strike against his father.

It was as a gifted and compelling actor that Richard Harris dominated stage and screen for more than four decades. He was nominated for an Oscar twice: for his earthy portrayal of a rugby player in This Sporting Life and as a dominant and bullish Irish farmer in The Field. More recently he delivered gripping screen performances in Gladiator and two Harry Potter films.

But it was his violent, drunken, womanising private life that fed the public myth and made Harris, one of a new breed of rogue male actors, an international celebrity. Married and divorced twice, with three sons - two actors, one a film director - he claimed the only time he had been miscast was as a husband. His lovers included legends such as Merle Oberon, Sophia Loren, Ava Gardner and Vanessa Redgrave.
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  • Electronic book text | 268 pages
  • Ebury Publishing
  • Virgin Digital
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 0753546515
  • 9780753546512

About Cliff Goodwin

Cliff Goodwin, author of the bestselling Evil Spirits: The Life of Oliver Reed, has interviewed some of Harris's closest friends and fellow actors to amass a wealth of previously unpublished stories and information about a man who frequently lived as a recluse - but never failed to make headlines.
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People may look at Peter O'Toole and Richard Burton and me and say we never fulfilled our talent. But I laugh at that and say anyone with that view that didn't fulfil their idea of my talent. I didn't fulfil the dreams that they had for me.'

'I am happily in love with myself. We invent ourselves and we keep on reinventing ourselves until we are stuck in the skin of our invention. That's why there is no question about it. I became Richard Harris.'

'I genuinely believe I am the greatest success of all time. I got it right.'

'I don't know what people mean by behaving badly. If they mean being outspoken and not being polite; well, yes, I'm like that.
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