RICHARD HARRIS, NASSAU, BAHAMAS, SEPTEMBER, 1976
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David Steen: “Richard had just married Ann Turkel and I was sent to do some shots of the honeymooners at home. Richard had many homes, 16 in all at that time all over the world including one in Nassau where they were staying and I was visiting.
Like a few of the guys I have photographed, Richard was a heavy drinker and you had to keep up with him. If he asked, ‘Do you want a drink?’ you couldn’t ask for a lemonade, better you just had what he was having. I found him in one of his moods where he was adamant that he didn’t want to be photographed. Well, when you’ve flown all that way to photograph somebody and then the somebody says forget it, you’re not happy. The days passed and I was due to fly back to London in the evening and I still didn’t have any photographs and was starting to panic. At about three o’clock in the afternoon Richard eventually came around and said, ‘Come on then…’ and I got my session with him and Ann on the beach and also managed to get some shots of him alone such as this image of him fishing.
It was such a relief. That’s the sort of guy he was, unpredictable. He had a quirky sense of humour. Later on in life when he was living permanently in a suite at The Savoy Hotel, he was taken ill and needed to go into hospital. As they carried him on a stretcher through the foyer to the waiting ambulance, people were coming into the hotel for lunch. He couldn’t resist the opportunity, and raising himself up he told the astonished customers, ‘It’s the food, it’s the food!’.”
Richard St John Harris (1 October 1930 – 25 October 2002) was an Irish actor, singer-songwriter, theatrical producer, film director and writer. He appeared on stage and in many films and is perhaps best known for his roles as King Arthur in Camelot (1967), as Oliver Cromwell in Cromwell (1970) and as Albus Dumbledore in the first two films in the Harry Potter series, his final works. He played a British aristocrat and prisoner in A Man Called Horse (1970), Emperor Marcus Aurelius in Gladiator (2000), Saint John in Apocalypse Revelation (2002), gunfighter English Bob in Clint Eastwood’s Western film Unforgiven (1992) and Dom Frollo in the 1997 TV movie version of The Hunchback of Notre Dame. Harris had a top ten hit in the UK and the US with his 1968 recording of Jimmy Webb’s song “MacArthur Park”.