Dumbledore star Richard Harris seen by son ‘with face in cocaine’

Richard Harris does hilarious Marlon Brando impression

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Richard Harris died in 2002 from Hodgkin’s Disease, leaving Harry Potter needing to find a new Dumbledore for the franchise. The Hollywood star was infamous for his cocaine and alcohol addictions in his younger years, with the actor’s sons exposing all in a new Sky Arts documentary, The Ghost of Richard Harris.

It was like a scene from Scarface!

Jamie Harris

In the doc, Richard’s three sons, Jared, Jamie and Damian, will give an honest look over their father’s acting life, exposing the actor’s excessive lifestyle.

Speaking to the camera, Jamie recalled one incident that showed him the extent of how “unpredictable” his father was.

He said: “I walked into his bedroom and it was like a scene from Scarface.

“He’d dropped this pound of cocaine on the carpet and it had burst open and his face was just in the middle of it. He was unpredictable.”

Richard still used to cause trouble in his seventies at pubs in London as he was known for his brawling.

His son, Jared, 61, also an acclaimed actor, recalled how his father once went head to head with a younger man in Covent Garden.

He said, as reported by The Times: “Dad hits the guy with a sucker punch. He pretends to put his Guinness down and then leaps up and knocks the man out.

“The guy’s out cold on the floor and his girlfriend’s dancing around, saying ‘You killed my boyfriend!’

“So Dad throws his Guinness in the guy’s face and, when he starts to wake, realises, ‘I’m not going to win round two, I have to run out of here quickly’.

“He leaps into a taxi and takes off. But f**k me, he was 70 when he had this fistfight. And he won.”

In the documentary, Richard’s sons unpack their father’s archive, which included photos, letters, literary works and documents from his Hollywood life.

Harris spent more than ten years working as an actor in England before finding fame as the star of the 1963 film This Sporting Life.

For this, he earned his first Oscar nomination, before going on to star in Hollywood classics such as The Heroes of Telemark, Camelot and A Man Called Horse.

After finding fame, Richard then became known for his wild lifestyle with other stars, such as actors Richard Burton and Peter O’Toole, as well as footballer George Best.

One of Richard’s last roles before his death was playing Dumbledore in the first two Harry Potter films alongside Daniel Radcliffe, who starred as Harry Potter.

The child star previously opened up about his drinking habits while working on Harry Potter, which was not helped by Richard’s stories about his boozy antics.

In a 2012 interview with Mirror, Daniel spoke about working with Richard and the other acting legends in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.

He said: “Harry Potter put me around people like the actor Richard Harris, and I heard all their amazing stories about their drunken nights.

“That was what I was desperately trying to pursue.”

You can watch the Sky Arts documentary, The Ghost of Richard Harris from November 19

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