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Sir Reginald Carey "Rex" Harrison (5 March 1908 – 2 June 1990) was an English actor of stage and screen. He won Tony Awards for his performance as Henry VIII in the play Anne of the Thousand Days in 1949, and the role of Professor Henry Higgins in the stage production of My Fair Lady in 1957. He reprised the role for the 1964 film version, which earned him a Golden Globe Award and Best Actor Oscar. On 25 July 1989, Harrison was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II. Rex Harrison has two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Harrison was born at Derry House in Huyton, Lancashire, the son of Edith Mary (née Carey) and William Reginald Harrison, a cotton broker. After a bout of childhood measles, Harrison lost most of the sight in his left eye. In World War II in the Royal Air Force he reached the rank of Flight Lieutenant.
He was married six times: Colette Thomas, 1934–1942 (divorced); one son, the actor/singer Noel Harrison, (29 January 1934 – 19 October 2013) Lilli Palmer, 1943–1957 (divorced); one son, the novelist/playwright Carey Harrison Kay Kendall, 1957–1959 (her death) Rachel Roberts, 1962–1971 (divorced) Elizabeth Harris, 1971–1975 (divorced); three stepsons, Damian Harris, Jared Harris, and Jamie Harris Mercia Tinker, 1978–1990 (his death)
Harrison died of pancreatic cancer at his home in Manhattan on 2 June 1990. He was cremated.
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