Directors and producers have to put up with a lot of rubbish from temperamental actors
The younger generation remembers him as a kindly wizard. But Richard Harris' acting career had many highlights.
Born in Limerick in 1930, Richard was set to be a young rugby star until he contracted tuberculosis. He recovered and decided to try to learn to direct. He couldn't find any courses, so went to the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art to learn acting instead.
He struggled for recognition in his early work until he won the lead role in This Sporting Life (1963). For this, he won Best Actor at Cannes and an Oscar nomination.
Known as a Hollywood hellraiser in his prime, he various starring roles included in the movies Camelot (1967), and Cromwell (1970). He even sang, and released several albums. . Those heady days were marked with an indulgence in the high life.
“I often sit back and think, I wish I'd done that, and find out later that I already have,” he once remarked.
Over time, his star waned a little, but he continued acting in a solid career. Finally came the role which captured the hearts of children everywhere - Harry Potter's mentor Dumbledore.
His contribution to the film industry is memorialised in the Richard Harris International Film Festival, which takes place in his birthplace, Limerick, every year.