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Behaving Badly: Richard Harris
  • Published: 31 May 2011
  • ISBN: 9780753546512
  • Imprint: Virgin Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 268

Behaving Badly: Richard Harris



Richard Harris was never an easy person to get along with. He was a difficult schoolboy (and was later disowned by his Limerick teachers), then he went to work in the family flour and milling business - where he organised a strike against his father.

It was as a gifted and compelling actor that Richard Harris dominated stage and screen for more than four decades. He was nominated for an Oscar twice: for his earthy portrayal of a rugby player in This Sporting Life and as a dominant and bullish Irish farmer in The Field. More recently he delivered gripping screen performances in Gladiator and two Harry Potter films.

But it was his violent, drunken, womanising private life that fed the public myth and made Harris, one of a new breed of rogue male actors, an international celebrity. Married and divorced twice, with three sons - two actors, one a film director - he claimed the only time he had been miscast was as a husband. His lovers included legends such as Merle Oberon, Sophia Loren, Ava Gardner and Vanessa Redgrave.

  • Published: 31 May 2011
  • ISBN: 9780753546512
  • Imprint: Virgin Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 268

About the author

Cliff Goodwin

Date: 2003-04-02Cliff Goodwin was born in London in 1950. He joined Slough's weekly newspaper as a trainee reporter in 1968 from where he embarked on a journalistic career. He has had news stories and features published in more than 200 newspapers and magazines worldwide, and his coverage of the Lockerbie air crash in 1988 earned him a regional press award. In 1993, after 25 years in journalism, he decided to concentrate on full-time writing and has since written numerous biographies of popular icons including Sid James, Tony Hancock and Oliver Reed.

Date: 2013-08-06Sid James is one of Cliff Goodwin's four best-selling biographies. He is also the author of To Be A Lady: The Story of Catherine Cookson, When the Wind Changed: The Life and Death of Tony Hancock and Evil Spirits: The Life of Oliver Reed.Cliff Goodwin was born in London in 1950. He was educated in Slough, Berkshire, and joined the town's weekly newspaper as a trainee journalist in 1968. Since then he has worked in newspapers, magazines, public relations and for the local radio. His coverage of the 1988 Lockerbie air crash earned him a regional press award. In 1993, after 25 years of journalism, he decided to concentrate on full-time writing. He lives in the north-east of England.

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