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Richard Harris
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Harris in 2001
Richard St John Harris

(1930-10-01)1 October 1930
Limerick, Ireland
Died25 October 2002(2002-10-25) (aged 72)
Bloomsbury, London, England
Resting placeAshes scattered in the Bahamas
OccupationActor, singer
Years active1956–2002
Elizabeth Rees-Williams
(m. 1957; div. 1969)

(m. 1974; div. 1982)
ChildrenDamian Harris
Jared Harris
Jamie Harris
RelativesAnnabelle Wallis (great-niece)
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Richard John Harris (1 October 1930 – 25 October 2002) was an Irish actor and singer. He appeared on stage and in many films, notably as Frank Machin in This Sporting Life, for which he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor, and as King Arthur in the 1967 film Camelot, as well as the 1981 revival of the stage musical.

He played an aristocrat captured by Native Americans in A Man Called Horse (1970), a gunfighter in Clint Eastwood's Western film Unforgiven (1992), Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius in Gladiator (2000), The Count of Monte Cristo (2002) as Abbé Faria, and Albus Dumbledore in the first two Harry Potter films: Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (2001), and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002), the latter of which was his final film role. Harris had a number-one singing hit in Australia, Jamaica and Canada, and a top-ten hit in the United Kingdom, Ireland, and United States with his 1968 recording of Jimmy Webb's song "MacArthur Park." In 2020, he was listed at number 3 on The Irish Times list of Ireland's greatest film actors.[1]

Early life[edit]

Harris was born on 1 October 1930, in Limerick.[2][3] He was schooled by the Jesuits at Crescent College. A talented rugby player, he appeared on several Munster Junior and Senior Cup teams for Crescent, and played for Garryowen.[4] Harris's athletic career was cut short when he caught tuberculosis in his teens. He remained an ardent fan of the Munster Rugby and Young Munster teams until his death, attending many of their matches, and there are numerous stories of japes at rugby matches with actors and fellow rugby fans Peter O'Toole and Richard Burton.

After recovering from tuberculosis, Harris moved to Great Britain, wanting to become a director. He could not find any suitable training courses, and enrolled in the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA) to learn acting. He had failed an audition at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) and had been rejected by the Central School of Speech and Drama, because they felt he was too old at 24.[5] While still a student, he rented the tiny "off-West End" Irving Theatre, and there directed his own production of Clifford Odets's play Winter Journey (The Country Girl).

After completing his studies at the Academy, he joined Joan Littlewood's Theatre Workshop. He began getting roles in West End theatre productions, starting with The Quare Fellow in 1956, a transfer from the Theatre Workshop. He spent nearly a decade in obscurity, learning his profession on stages throughout the UK.[6]


Early supporting roles[edit]

Harris made his film debut in 1959 in the film Alive and Kicking, and played the lead role in The Ginger Man in the West End in 1959. In his second film he had a small role as an IRA Volunteer in Shake Hands with the Devil (1959), supporting James Cagney. The film was shot in Ireland and directed by Michael Anderson who offered Harris a role in his next movie, The Wreck of the Mary Deare (1959), shot in Hollywood.

Harris in the 1960s

Harris played another IRA Volunteer in A Terrible Beauty (1960), alongside Robert Mitchum. He had a memorable bit part in the film The Guns of Navarone (1961) as a Royal Australian Air Force pilot who reports that blowing up the "bloody guns" of the island of Navarone is impossible by an air raid. He had a larger part in The Long and the Short and the Tall (1961), playing a British soldier; Harris clashed with Laurence Harvey during filming.

For his role in the film Mutiny on the Bounty (1962), despite being virtually unknown to film audiences, Harris reportedly insisted on third billing, behind Trevor Howard and Marlon Brando, an actor he greatly admired, but Harris fell out with Brando over the latter's behaviour during the film's production.

This Sporting Life[edit]

Harris's first starring role was in the film This Sporting Life (1963), as a bitter young coal miner, Frank Machin, who becomes an acclaimed rugby league football player. It was based on the novel by David Storey and directed by Lindsay Anderson. For his role, Harris won Best Actor in 1963 at the Cannes Film Festival and an Academy Award nomination.

Harris followed this with a leading role in the Italian film, Michelangelo Antonioni's Il Deserto Rosso (Red Desert, 1964). This won the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival.

Harris received an offer to support Kirk Douglas in a British war film, The Heroes of Telemark (1965), directed by Anthony Mann, playing a Norwegian resistance leader. He then went to Hollywood to support Charlton Heston in Sam Peckinpah's Major Dundee (1965), as an Irish immigrant who became a Confederate cavalryman during the American Civil War.

He played Cain in John Huston's film The Bible: In the Beginning... (1966). More successful at the box office was Hawaii (1966), in which Harris starred alongside Julie Andrews and Max von Sydow. As a change of pace, he was the romantic lead in a Doris Day spy spoof comedy, Caprice (1967), directed by Frank Tashlin.

Camelot, A Man Called Horse[edit]

Harris next performed the role of King Arthur in the film adaptation of the musical play Camelot (1967). Critic Roger Ebert described the casting of Harris and Vanessa Redgrave as "about the best King Arthur and Queen Guenevere I can imagine".[7] Harris revived the role in a Broadway revival at the Winter Garden Theatre from 15 November 1981, to 2 January 1982, and broadcast on HBO a year later. Starring Meg Bussert as Guenevere, Richard Muenz as Lancelot and Thor Fields as Tom of Warwick. Harris, who had starred in the film, and Muenz also took the show on tour nationwide.[8]

In The Molly Maguires (1970), he played James McParland, the detective who infiltrates the title organisation, headed by Sean Connery. It was a box office flop. However A Man Called Horse (1970), with Harris in the title role, an 1825 English aristocrat who is captured by Native Americans, was a major success.

He played the title role in the film Cromwell in 1970 opposite Alec Guinness as King Charles I of England. That year British exhibitors voted him the 9th-most popular star at the UK box office.[9]

Singing career[edit]

Harris recorded several albums of music, one of which, A Tramp Shining, included the seven-minute hit song "MacArthur Park" (Harris insisted on singing the lyric as "MacArthur's Park").[10] This song was written by Jimmy Webb, and it reached number 2 on the American Billboard Hot 100 chart. It also topped several music sales charts in Europe during the summer of 1968. "MacArthur Park" sold over one million copies and was awarded a gold disc.[11] A second album, also consisting entirely of music composed by Webb, The Yard Went on Forever, was released in 1969.[12] In the 1973 TV special "Burt Bacharach in Shangri-La", after singing Webb's "Didn't We", Harris tells Bacharach that since he was not a trained singer he approached songs as an actor concerned with words and emotions, acting the song with the sort of honesty the song is trying to convey. Then he proceeds to sing "If I Could Go Back", from the Lost Horizon soundtrack.


In 1971 Harris starred in a BBC TV film adaptation The Snow Goose, from a screenplay by Paul Gallico. It won a Golden Globe for Best Movie made for TV and was nominated for both a BAFTA and an Emmy.[13] and was shown in the U.S. as part of the Hallmark Hall of Fame.

He made his directorial debut with Bloomfield (1971) and starred in Man in the Wilderness (1971) a revisionist Western based on the Hugh Glass story.

Action star[edit]

Harris in Orca

Harris starred in a Western for Samuel Fuller, Riata, which stopped production several weeks into filming. The project was re-assembled with a new director and cast, except for Harris, who returned: The Deadly Trackers (1973).

In 1973, Harris published a book of poetry, I, In the Membership of My Days, which was later reissued in part in an audio LP format, augmented by self-penned songs such as "I Don't Know."

Harris starred in two thrillers: 99 and 44/100% Dead (1974), for John Frankenheimer, and Juggernaut (1974), for Richard Lester. In Echoes of a Summer (1976) he played the father of a young girl with a terminal illness. He had a cameo as Richard the Lionheart in Robin and Marian (1976), for Lester, then was in The Return of a Man Called Horse (1976).

Harris led the all-star cast in the train disaster film The Cassandra Crossing (1976). He played Gulliver in the part-animated Gulliver's Travels (1977) and was reunited with Michael Anderson in Orca (1977), battling a killer whale.

He appeared in another action film, Golden Rendezvous (1977), based on a novel by Alistair Maclean, shot in South Africa. Harris was sued by the film's producer for his drinking; Harris counter-sued for defamation and the matter was settled out of court.[14]

Golden Rendezvous was a flop but The Wild Geese (1978), where Harris played one of several mercenaries, was a big success outside America.[15] Ravagers (1979) was more action, set in a post-apocalyptic world. Game for Vultures (1979) was set in Rhodesia and shot in South Africa.

In Hollywood he appeared in a comedy, The Last Word (1979), then supported Bo Derek in Tarzan, the Ape Man (1981).

He made a film in Canada, Your Ticket Is No Longer Valid (1981), a drama about impotence. He followed it with another Canadian film, Highpoint, a movie so bad it was not released for several years.

Camelot again and Henry IV[edit]

For a while in the 1980s, Harris went into semi-retirement on Paradise Island, in the Bahamas, where he kicked his drinking habit and embraced a healthier lifestyle. It had a beneficial effect. Harris's career was revived by his success on stage in Camelot, and powerful in the West End run of Pirandello's Henry IV.[16]

He was the subject of This Is Your Life in 1990, when he was surprised by Michael Aspel during the curtain call of the Pirandello's play Henry IV at the Wyndham’s Theatre in London.[citation needed]

His film work during this period included: Triumphs of a Man Called Horse (1983), Martin's Day (1985), Strike Commando 2 (1988), King of the Wind (1990) and Mack the Knife (1990) (a film version of The Threepenny Opera in which he played J.J. Peachum ) plus the TV film version of Maigret, opposite Barbara Shelley. This indicated declining popularity which Harris told his biographer, Michael Feeney Callan, he was "utterly reconciled to".

The Field and Harry Potter[edit]

Harris in 1985

In June 1989, director Jim Sheridan cast Harris in the lead role in The Field, written by the esteemed Irish playwright John B. Keane. The lead role of "Bull" McCabe was to be played by former Abbey Theatre actor Ray McAnally. When McAnally died suddenly on 15 June 1989, Harris was offered the McCabe role. The Field was released in 1990 and earned Harris his second Academy Award nomination for Best Actor. He lost to Jeremy Irons for Reversal of Fortune.

In 1992, Harris had a supporting role in the film Patriot Games. He had good roles in Unforgiven (1992), Wrestling Ernest Hemingway (1993) and Silent Tongue (1994). He played the title role in Abraham (1994) and had the lead in Cry, the Beloved Country (1995).

A lifelong supporter of Jesuit education principles,[17] Harris established a friendship with University of Scranton President Rev. J. A. Panuska[18][19] and raised funds for a scholarship for Irish students established in honour of his brother and manager, Dermot, who had died the previous year of a heart attack.[18][19] He chaired acting workshops and cast the university's production of Julius Caesar in November 1987.

Over several years in the late 1980s, Harris worked with Irish author Michael Feeney Callan on his biography, which was published by Sidgwick & Jackson in 1990.

Harris appeared in two films which won the Academy Award for Best Picture. First, as the gunfighter "English Bob" in the Western Unforgiven (1992); second, as the Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius in Ridley Scott's Gladiator (2000). He also played a lead role alongside James Earl Jones in the Darrell Roodt film adaptation of Cry, the Beloved Country (1995). In 1999, Harris starred in the film To Walk with Lions. After Gladiator, Harris played the supporting role of Albus Dumbledore in the first two of the Harry Potter films, and as Abbé Faria in Kevin Reynolds' film adaptation of The Count of Monte Cristo (2002). The film Kaena: The Prophecy (2003) was dedicated to him posthumously as he had voiced the character Opaz before his death.

Harris hesitated to take the role of Dumbledore at first due to his declining health, but ultimately accepted because his 11-year-old granddaughter threatened never to speak to him again if he did not take it.[20] In an interview with the Toronto Star in 2001, Harris expressed his concern that his association with the Harry Potter films would outshine the rest of his career. He explained, "Because, you see, I don't just want to be remembered for being in those bloody films, and I'm afraid that's what's going to happen to me."[21]

Harris also made part of the Bible TV movie project filmed as a cinema production for the TV, a project produced by Lux Vide Italy with the collaboration of Radio Televisione Italiana RAI and Channel 5 of France,[22] and premiered in the United States in the channel TNT in the 1990s. He portrayed the main and title character in the production Abraham (1993) as well as Saint John of Patmos in the 2000 TV film production Apocalypse.

Personal life[edit]

Richard Harris and Ann Turkel in 1977

In 1957, Harris married Elizabeth Rees-Williams, daughter of David Rees-Williams, 1st Baron Ogmore. They had three children: actor Jared Harris, actor Jamie Harris, and director Damian Harris. Harris and Rees-Williams divorced in 1969, after which Elizabeth married Rex Harrison. Harris's second marriage was to the American actress Ann Turkel. In 1982, they divorced.[citation needed]

Harris was a member of the Roman Catholic Knights of Malta, and was also dubbed a knight by the Queen of Denmark in 1985.[citation needed]

Harris paid £75,000 for William Burges' Tower House in Holland Park in 1968, after discovering that the American entertainer Liberace had arranged to buy the house but had not yet put down a deposit.[23][24] Harris employed the original decorators, Campbell Smith & Company Ltd., to carry out extensive restoration work on the interior.[24]

Harris was a vocal supporter of the Provisional Irish Republican Army (PIRA) from 1973 until 1984.[25] In January 1984 remarks he made on the previous month's Harrods bombing caused great controversy, after which he discontinued his support for the PIRA.[26][27][25]

At the height of his stardom in the 1960s and early 1970s Harris was almost as well known for his hellraiser lifestyle and heavy drinking as he was for his acting career. He was a longtime alcoholic until he became a teetotaler in 1981. Nevertheless, he did resume drinking Guinness a decade later.[citation needed] He gave up drugs after almost dying from a cocaine overdose in 1978.

On 25 June 2019, The New York Times Magazine listed Richard Harris among hundreds of artists whose master tapes were destroyed in the 2008 Universal fire.[28]

Illness and death[edit]

Harris was diagnosed with Hodgkin's disease in August 2002, reportedly after being hospitalised with pneumonia.[29] He died at University College Hospital in Bloomsbury, London, on 25 October 2002, aged 72.[30] Harris had quipped that "It was the food!" as he was wheeled out of the Savoy Hotel for the last time.[31] He was survived by his three sons, Damian, Jared and Jamie, having spent his final three days in a coma.[32] Harris's body was cremated, and his ashes were scattered in the Bahamas, where he owned a home.[33]

Harris was a lifelong friend of actor Peter O'Toole, and his family reportedly hoped that O'Toole would replace Harris as Dumbledore in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. There were, however, concerns about insuring O'Toole for the six remaining films in the series.[34] Harris was ultimately succeeded as Dumbledore by Michael Gambon.[35]


A statue in Kilkee, Ireland, of the young Richard Harris playing squash

On 30 September 2006, Manuel Di Lucia, of Kilkee, County Clare, a longtime friend, organised the placement in Kilkee of a bronze life-size statue of Richard Harris. It shows Harris at the age of eighteen playing the sport of squash. The sculptor was Seamus Connolly and the work was unveiled by Russell Crowe.[36] Harris was an accomplished squash racquets player, winning the Tivoli Cup in Kilkee four years in a row from 1948 to 1951, a record unsurpassed to this day.[37]

Another life-size statue of Richard Harris, as King Arthur from his film Camelot, has been erected in Bedford Row, in the centre of his home town of Limerick. The sculptor of this statue was the Irish sculptor Jim Connolly, a graduate of the Limerick School of Art and Design.

At the 2009 BAFTAs, Mickey Rourke dedicated his Best Actor award to Harris, calling him a "good friend and great actor".

In 2013, Rob Gill and Zeb Moore founded the annual Richard Harris International Film Festival.[38] The Richard Harris Film Festival is one of Ireland's fastest-growing film festivals, growing from just ten films in 2013 to over 115 films in 2017. Each year, one of Harris's sons attends the annual festival (October Bank Holiday Weekend) in Limerick.


In 1996 Harris was honoured with a commemorative Irish postage stamp for the "Centenary of Irish Cinema", a four-stamp set featuring twelve Irish actors in four Irish films. He was recognized for his role as Bull McCabe in 1990 film The Field.



Year Title Role Notes
1959 Alive and Kicking Lover
1959 Shake Hands with the Devil Terence O'Brien
1959 The Wreck of the Mary Deare Higgens
1960 A Terrible Beauty Sean Reilly a.k.a. The Night Fighters
1961 The Guns of Navarone Squadron Leader Barnsby RAAF
1961 The Long and the Short and the Tall Corporal Edward "Johnno" Johnstone
1962 Mutiny on the Bounty Seaman John Mills
1963 This Sporting Life Frank Machin Cannes Film Award for Best Actor
Nominated—Academy Award for Best Actor
Nominated—BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role
Nominated—New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actor
1964 Red Desert Corrado Zeller
1965 The Heroes of Telemark Knut Straud
1965 Major Dundee Capt. Benjamin Tyreen
1966 The Bible: In The Beginning Cain a.k.a. La Bibbia in Italy
1966 Hawaii Rafer Hoxworth
1967 Caprice Christopher White
1967 Camelot King Arthur Golden Globe Award for Best Actor - Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
1970 The Molly Maguires Detective James McParlan
1970 A Man Called Horse John Morgan
1970 Cromwell Oliver Cromwell Moscow International Film Award for Best Actor[39]
1971 Bloomfield Eitan a.k.a. The Hero; entered into the 21st Berlin International Film Festival
1971 The Snow Goose Philip Rhayader TV
Nominated—Emmy Award for Outstanding Single Performance by an Actor
1971 Man in the Wilderness Zachary Bass
1973 The Deadly Trackers Sheriff Sean Kilpatrick
1974 99 and 44/100% Dead Harry Crown a.k.a. Call Harry Crown
1974 Juggernaut Lt. Cmdr. Anthony Fallon a.k.a. Terror On the Britannic
1976 Echoes of a Summer Eugene Striden a.k.a. The Last Castle
1976 Robin and Marian Richard the Lionheart
1976 The Return of a Man Called Horse Lord John Morgan
1976 The Cassandra Crossing Dr. Jonathan Chamberlain a.k.a. Treffpunkt Todesbrücke in Germany
1977 Gulliver's Travels Gulliver
1977 Orca Captain Nolan a.k.a. Orca: Killer Whale
1977 Golden Rendezvous John Carter a.k.a. Nuclear Terror
1978 The Wild Geese Capt. Rafer Janders
1979 Ravagers Falk
1979 Game for Vultures David Swansey
1980 The Number Danny Travis a.k.a. The Last Word
1981 Tarzan, the Ape Man James Parker Nominated—Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Actor
1981 Your Ticket Is No Longer Valid Jason a.k.a. L' Ultime passion in Canada
1982 Triumphs of a Man Called Horse John Morgan a.k.a. El Triunfo de un hombre llamado Caballo in Spain
1982 Camelot King Arthur TV
1984 Martin's Day Martin Steckert
1984 Highpoint Lewis Kinney
1985 Martin's Day Martin Steckert
1988 Maigret Jules Maigret TV
1988 Strike Commando 2 Vic Jenkins
1990 King of the Wind King George II
1990 Mack the Knife Mr. Peachum a.k.a. The Threepenny Opera
1990 The Field 'Bull' McCabe Nominated—Academy Award for Best Actor
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Actor - Motion Picture Drama
Nominated—Dallas–Fort Worth Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor
1992 Patriot Games Paddy O'Neil
1992 Unforgiven English Bob
1993 Wrestling Ernest Hemingway Frank
1994 Silent Tongue Prescott Roe a.k.a. Le Gardien des esprits in France
1994 Abraham Abraham TV; a.k.a. Die Bibel - Abraham (in Germany) & La Bible: Abraham (in France)
1995 Cry, the Beloved Country James Jarvis
1995 The Great Kandinsky Ernest Kandinsky TV
1996 Trojan Eddie John Power
1997 Savage Hearts Sir Roger Foxley
1997 Smilla's Sense of Snow Dr. Andreas Tork a.k.a. Fräulein Smillas Gespür für Schnee in Germany
1997 The Hunchback Dom Frollo TV; a.k.a. The Hunchback of Notre Dame
1997 This Is the Sea Old Man Jacobs
1998 Upright Affair
1998 The Barber of Siberia Douglas McCraken a.k.a. Сибирский цирюльник in Russia
1999 To Walk with Lions George Adamson a.k.a. Un homme parmi les lions in Canada
1999 Grizzly Falls Old Harry
2000 Apocalypse Revelation John of Patmos TV; a.k.a. San Giovanni - L'apocalisse
2000 Gladiator Marcus Aurelius
2001 The Pearl Dr. Karl
2001 My Kingdom Sandeman
2001 Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone Professor Albus Dumbledore
2002 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Nominated—Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Ensemble Acting
Posthumous release
2002 The Count of Monte Cristo Abbé Faria a.k.a. Alexandre Dumas' The Count of Monte Cristo
2003 Julius Caesar Lucius Sulla TV mini series; a.k.a. Giulio Cesare in Italian
Posthumous release
2004 Kaena: The Prophecy Opaz Voice, English dub;
Posthumous release


Year Title Role Venue
1958 ITV Play of the Week Michael O'Riordan Episode: The Iron Harp
1958 ITV Television Playhouse Dan Galvin Episode: Rest in Violence
1958 The DuPont Show of the Month Performer Episode: The Hasty Heart
1960 Armchair Theatre Major Gaylord Episode: Come in Razor Red
1960 The Art Carney Special Performer Episode: Victory
1971 The Snow Goose Philip Rhayader Television movie
1982 Camelot King Arthur Television movie
1985 Maigret Jules Maigret Television movie
1993 Abraham Abraham Television movie
1995 The Great Kandinsky Ernest Kandinsky Television movie
1997 The Hunchback Dom Frollo Television movie
2000 The Apocalypse John Television movie
2004 Julius Caesar Lucius Cornelius Sulla 2 part miniseries


Year Title Role Venue
early 1970s Becket Unsure Haymarket Theatre, London
1981–1985 Camelot King Arthur Old Vic Theatre, London
Winter Garden Theatre, Broadway
National Tour
1990 Henry IV Henry IV Wyndham's Theatre, London

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result Ref.
1963 Academy Awards Best Actor in a Leading Role This Sporting Life Nominated
1991 Best Actor in a Leading Role The Field Nominated
1968 Golden Globe Awards Best Motion Picture Actor – Musical/Comedy Camelot Won
1991 Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama The Field Nominated
1972 Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Single Performance by an Actor The Snow Goose Nominated
1968 Grammy Awards Album of the Year A Tramp Shining Nominated
1968 Contemporary Pop Male Vocalist MacArthur Park Nominated
1973 Best Spoken Word Recording Jonathan Livingston Seagull Won
1975 Best Spoken Word Recording The Prophet Nominated
1964 British Academy Film Award Best British Actor This Sporting Life Nominated
2001 Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Cast in a Motion Picture Gladiator Nominated
1963 Cannes Film Festival Best Actor Award This Sporting Life Won
1971 Berlin International Film Festival Golden Berlin Bear Bloomfield Nominated
2002 British Independent Film Awards Best Actor My Kingdom Nominated
2002 Outstanding Contribution by an Actor N/A Won
2000 European Film Awards Lifetime Achievement Award N/A Won
1990 Evening Standard Theatre Awards Best Actor Henry IV Won
2001 Empire Awards Lifetime Achievement Award N/A Won
2001 London Film Critics Circle Awards Dilys Powell Award N/A Won
1991 Laurence Olivier Awards Best Actor Henry IV Nominated
2003 Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards Best Acting Ensemble Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Nominated
1971 Moscow Film Festival Best Actor Cromwell Won [39][40]



  • Camelot (Motion Picture Soundtrack) (1967)
  • A Tramp Shining (1968)
  • The Yard Went On Forever (1968)
  • The Richard Harris Love Album (1970)
  • My Boy (1971)
  • Slides (1972)
  • His Greatest Performances (1973)
  • The Prophet (1974) (music by Arif Mardin, based on The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran)
  • I, in the Membership of My Days (1974)
  • Gulliver Travels (1977)
  • Camelot (Original 1982 London Cast recording) (1982)
  • Mack The Knife (Original Soundtrack) (1989)
  • Little Tramp (1992) Musical
  • The Apocalypse (2004) the story of John the Apostle on Island named Patmos


  • "Here in My Heart" (Theme from This Sporting Life)" (1963)
  • "How to Handle a Woman (from Camelot)" (1968)
  • "MacArthur Park" (1968)
  • "Didn't We?" (1968)
  • "The Yard Went On Forever" (1968)
  • "The Hive" (1969)
  • "One of the Nicer Things" (1969)
  • "Fill the World With Love" (1969)
  • "Ballad of A Man Called Horse" (1970)
  • "Morning of the Mourning for Another Kennedy" (1970)
  • "Go to the Mirror" (1971)
  • "My Boy" (1971)
  • "Turning Back the Pages" (1972)
  • "Half of Every Dream" (1972)
  • "Trilogy (Love, Marriage, Children)" (1974)
  • "The Last Castle (Theme from Echoes of a Summer)" (1976)
  • "Lilliput (Theme from Gulliver's Travels)" (1977)

Soundtracks and compilations[edit]

  • Camelot (Original 1982 London Cast Recording) (1988)
  • Mack the Knife (Motion Picture Soundtrack) (1989)
  • Tommy (studio recording) (1990)
  • Camelot (Motion Picture Soundtrack) (1993)
  • A Tramp Shining (1993)
  • The Prophet (1995)
  • The Webb Sessions 1968–1969 (1996)
  • MacArthur Park (1997)
  • Slides/My Boy (2-CD Set) (2005)
  • My Boy (2006)
  • Man of Words Man of Music The Anthology 1968–1974 (2008)


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