PROFILE: Limerick’s All Time Great - Richard Harris

PROFILE: Limerick’s All Time Great - Richard Harris

ARGUABLY one of Limerick’s most famous ever sons, Richard Harris appeared in 77 films and was a genuine “movie star”, famed for his hell raising ways.

A love for rugby would shape his life, memorably supporting his beloved Munster at the team’s first Heineken Cup final in Twickenham in 2000, but he was profilic on the silver screen, debuting in Shake Hands with the Devil in 1959.

His breakthrough role was in the 1963 film This Sporting Life, which earned him an Oscar nomination.

A star turn in The Field earned him another Oscar nod, while memorable roles in Patriot Games, Unforgiven and Gladiator ensured a glorious legacy.

Toward the end of his life, his role as Dumbledore in Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone brought him a new legion of fans.

He died in 2002.