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Reginald Carey Harrison (March 5, 1908 - June 2, 1990) was a British stage
and film actor. He was born in Huyton, Lancashire, England. He died in New
York City of pancreatic cancer.
He first appeared on the stage in 1924 in Liverpool. He acted in various
stage productions until May 11th of the year that he died. He acted in the
West End of London when he was young, appearing in the Terrence Rattigan
play French Without Tears, which proved to be his breakthrough role.
In 1942 he divorced his first wife, Marjorie Thomas, and married actress
Lilli Palmer the next year, and the two appeared in numerous plays and
films. His first starring film role was as the king in Anna and the King of
Siam. But the scandal of his affair with young actress Carole Landis, which
led to her suicide, almost derailed his career. Harrison and Palmer divorced
in 1957, and he soon remarried, to actress Kay Kendall.
Harrison was best known for his portrayal of Professor Henry Higgins in the
musical My Fair Lady, based on the George Bernard Shaw play Pygmalion,
especially after he reprised the role in the 1964 film version. He also
starred in 1967's Doctor Dolittle.
Kay Kendall died in 1959, and in 1962, Harrison married actress Rachel
Roberts, whom he divorced in 1971. He would marry twice more, his final
marriage lasting until his death.
In 1989, he was knighted.
Academy Awards and Nominations
* 1964 Nominated Best Actor in a Leading Role for Cleopatra
* 1965 Won Best Actor in a Leading Role for My Fair Lady