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Rex Harrison (I) (1908–1990)


Rex Harrison was born Reginald Carey Harrison in Huyton, Lancashire, England, to Edith Mary (Carey) and William Reginald Harrison, a cotton broker. He changed his name to Rex as a young boy, knowing it was the Latin word for "King". Starting out on his theater career at age 18, his first job at the Liverpool Rep Theatre was nearly his last - ... See full bio »

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Known For

Моя прекрасная леди Professor Henry Higgins
(1964)
Клеопатра Julius Caesar
(1963)
Doctor Dolittle Dr. John Dolittle
(1967)
The Ghost and Mrs. Muir Capt. Daniel Gregg
(1947)

Filmography

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 1986 Anastasia: The Mystery of Anna (TV Movie)
Grand Duke Cyril Romanov
 1985 Great Performances (TV Series)
Captain Shotover
- Heartbreak House (1985) ... Captain Shotover
 1985 The Kingfisher (TV Movie)
Cecil
 1982 A Time to Die
Van Osten
 1981 Titanic in a Tub: The Golden Age of Toy Boats (Short)
Narrator (voice)
 1979 The Fifth Musketeer
Colbert
 1979 Ashanti
Brian Walker
 1978 Shalimar
Sir John Locksley
 1977 The Prince and the Pauper
The Duke of Norfolk
 1971-1973 BBC Play of the Month (TV Series)
Don Quixote / Mikhail Platonov, schoolmaster
- The Adventures of Don Quixote (1973) ... Don Quixote
- Platonov (1971) ... Mikhail Platonov, schoolmaster
 1969 Staircase
Charlie Dyer
 1968 A Flea in Her Ear
Victor Chandebisse / Poche
 1968 Fenomenal e il tesoro di Tutankamen
Extra (uncredited)
 1967 Doctor Dolittle
Dr. John Dolittle
 1967 The Honey Pot
Cecil Fox
 1965 The Agony and the Ecstasy
Pope Julius II
 1964 The Yellow Rolls-Royce
Lord Charles Frinton - The Marquess of Frinton
 1964 Моя прекрасная леди
Professor Henry Higgins
 1963 Клеопатра
Julius Caesar
 1961 The Happy Thieves
Jimmy Bourne
 1960 Midnight Lace
Anthony Preston
 1960 Dow Hour of Great Mysteries (TV Series)
Cyril Paxton
- The Dachet Diamonds (1960) ... Cyril Paxton
 1960 Startime (TV Series)
Fred Cortin
- Dear Arthur (1960) ... Fred Cortin
 1958 The Reluctant Debutante
Jimmy Broadbent
 1957 The DuPont Show of the Month (TV Series)
Mr. Sir
- Crescendo (1957) ... Mr. Sir
 1955 The Constant Husband
The Patient
 1954 King Richard and the Crusaders
Emir Hderim Sultan Saladin
 1953 This Is London (Short)
Narrator (voice)
 1953 The United States Steel Hour (TV Series)
Raymond Dabney
- The Man in Possession (1953) ... Raymond Dabney
 1953 Main Street to Broadway
Rex Harrison
 1952 Omnibus (TV Series)
Henry VIII (segment "The Trial of Anne Boleyn")
- The Trial of Anne Boleyn (1952) ... Henry VIII (segment "The Trial of Anne Boleyn")
 1952 The Four Poster
John Edwards
 1951 The Long Dark Hall
Arthur Groome
 1950 The Chevrolet Tele-Theatre (TV Series)
 1948 Unfaithfully Yours
Sir Alfred De Carter
 1948 Escape
Matt Denant
 1947 The Foxes of Harrow
Stephen Fox
 1947 The Ghost and Mrs. Muir
Capt. Daniel Gregg
 1946 Anna and the King of Siam
King Mongkut
 1945 The Rake's Progress
Vivian Kenway
 1945 Journey Together
Guest (uncredited)
 1945 I Live in Grosvenor Square
Major David Bruce
 1945 Blithe Spirit
Charles Condomine
 1941 Major Barbara
Adolphus Cusins
 1940 Night Train to Munich
Dickie Randall a.k.a. Gus Bennett
 1940 Ten Days in Paris
Bob Stevens
 1939 The Silent Battle
Jacques Sauvin
 1939 Over the Moon
Dr. Freddie Jarvis
 1938 Villa for Sale (TV Short)
Gaston
 1938 The Citadel
Dr. Lawford
 1938 St. Martin's Lane
Harley Prentiss
 1937 School for Husbands
Leonard Drummond
 1937 Storm in a Teacup
Frank Burdon
 1936 Men Are Not Gods
Tommy Stapledon
 1936 All at Sea
Aubrey Bellingham
 1934 Get Your Man
Tom Jakes
 1934 Leave It to Blanche
Ronnie
 1930 School for Scandal
Bit Part (uncredited)
 1930 The Great Game
George
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Personal Details

Other Works:

Stage: Appeared in Frederick Lonsdale's play, "Aren't We All?", at the Theatre Royal Haymarket in London, England, with Claudette Colbert, Nicola Pagett and Francis Matthews in the cast. Clifford Williams was the director. See more »

Publicity Listings:

1 Biographical Movie | 4 Print Biographies | 2 Articles | 5 Pictorials | 3 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »

Alternate Names:

Sir Rex Harrison

Height:

6' 1" (1.86 m)
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Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

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 ... See more »

Trivia:

He had a reputation for being very abrupt with his fans. One night, after a stage performance of "My Fair Lady," it was late, cold and pouring rain and an old woman was standing alone outside the stage door. As Rex emerged, she asked him for his autograph. Rex told her abruptly to "Sod off"; the old woman was so enraged that she rolled up her program and struck him with it. Harrison's co-star ... See more »

Trademark:

A clipped, witty, off-the-cuff line delivery See more »

Nickname:

Sexy Rexy

Star Sign:

Pisces

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