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Rex Harrison

Rex Harrison


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The Yellow... Ingrid Bergman, Rex Harrison, Shirley MacLaine. The story of three very... more info $14.95was $19.98 Buy Now

The Happy... Rita Hayworth, Rex Harrison. A dapper art thief enraptures a wealthy duchess in... more info $11.45was $19.95 Buy Now

King Richard... With royal banners unfurled and a regal cast King Richard and the Crusaders... more info $17.56was $21.99 Buy Now

The Reluctant... Angela Lansbury, Rex Harrison, Kay Kendall. The aristocratic Broadbents prepare... more info $15.96was $19.99 Buy Now

The Citadel ... Rosalind Russell and Robert Donat star in this drama about a struggling doctor... more info $15.95was $17.99 Buy Now

A Time to Die ... Edward Albert, Jr., Rex Harrison, Rod Taylor. A WWII vet seeks revenge in 1948... more info $15.95was $21.99 Buy Now

Also Known As: Died: June 2, 1990
Born: March 5, 1908 Cause of Death: pancreatic cancer
Birth Place: Lancashire, England, GB Profession: Cast ...


Harrison was the first actor to win Tony Awards in the dramatic and musical categories. Subsequent dual winners in clude Zero Mostel, Robert Morse and Matthew Broderick.

"We had grown accustomed to his face. It was wrought so artfully. The slit eyes of superior amusement, the lines that mockery etched at the corner of eye and nostril and mouth, the generous and skeptical lips--these were the features and the weapons that Rex Harrison created to win his audience and his knighthood. His was the mobile mask of high comedy. . . . His polish was his performance. He was the noble egoitist, the sympathetic cad" --Andrew Sinclair (from review of Harrison's "A Damned Serious Business" in THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW, January 6, 1991)

Made a Knight Bachelor, the most common type of knighthood, in July 1989

"Originally I had a block about appearing in a musical. I went to a voice teacher for a while, but that did no good. My range is about one and a half notes. I ended up talking the musical numbers, which was revolutionary at the time.

"The lyrics are extremely intricate. They move along like a precisely acted scene. If you miss a word--heaven help you--the orchestra rattles past like an express train, and you've got to run like the devil to catch up." --Rex Harrison, quote recalled in THE NEW YORK TIMES, June 3, 1990

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