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Harrison, Rex

Born: 1908 AD
Died: 1990 AD
Nationality: English
Categories: Actors

1908 – He was born Reginald Carey Harrison on the 5th day of March this year in Huyton, Knowsley, Lancashire, England.


1924 – He first appeared on the stage in 1924 in Liverpool. His acting career was interrupted during World War II, whilst he served in the Royal Air Force, reaching the rank of flight lieutenant. He acted in various stage productions until  on the 11th of May 1990.


1942 – He divorced his first wife, Colette Thomas, and married actress Lilli Palmer the next year; the two later appeared together in numerous plays and films, including The Fourposter. His affair with young actress Carole Landis, which is suspected to have played some part in her suicide, caused a scandal but failed to derail his career. Harrison and Palmer divorced in 1957.


1945 – After several years in film, he achieved wide acclaim starring in the adaptation of Noel Coward’s Blithe Spirit .


1947 – Saw the release of the classic The Ghost and Mrs. Muir opposite the beautiful Gene Tierney.


1949 – He won Tony Award’s Best Actor (Play) trophy for the movie “Anne of the Thousand Days”.


1957 – He won Tony Award’s Best Actor trophy (Musical) for his performance in “My Fair Lady” in which he also won a Best Actor trophy in the Academy Award in 1964.


1984 – He continued to appear in London, in George Bernard Shaw’s Heartbreak House, Pirandello’s Enrico IV, and in 1984 he appeared at the Haymarket Theatre with Claudette Colbert in Frederick Lonsdale’s Aren’t We All?


1989 – He was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace on the 25th of July this year, while an orchestra played the music of songs from My Fair Lady.


1990 – He was appearing on Broadway in The Circle by W. Somerset Maugham, opposite Glynis Johns, when he fell ill. It was discovered that he had pancreatic cancer but had been unaware of it, and he died peacefully three weeks later in New York City at the age of 82, causing the show to end prematurely. He passed away on the 2nd day of June this year in New York City, USA.