Rex Harrison Overview:

Legendary actor, Rex Harrison, was born Reginald Carey Harrison on Mar 5, 1908 in Huyton, Lancashire. Harrison died at the age of 82 on Jun 2, 1990 in New York City, NY and was cremated and his ashes scattered on grave of second wife Lilli Palmer in Forest L.


Elegant, fair-haired British actor, rising to stardom as central characters with more than a touch of the rogue about them, especially where ladies were concerned. About this time his much-married private life earned him the nickname "Sexy Rexy." Career damaged in 1948 by scandal involving Carole Landis' suicide. In 1964 he won an Oscar for repeating his successful stage role, Professor Higgins, in My Fair Lady. Married to Lilli Palmer (1943-1957), Kay Kendall (1957-1959), and Rachel Roberts (1962-1971), second, third, and fourth of six. Also received an Oscar nomination for Cleopatra. Knighted in 1989. Died from pancreatic cancer. Suffered from poor sight in his declining years, but kept working.

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Rex Harrison was nominated for two Academy Awards, winning one for Best Actor for My Fair Lady (as Professor Henry Higgins) in 1964.

Academy Awards

YearAwardFilm nameRoleResult
1963Best ActorCleopatra (1963)Julius CaesarNominated
1964Best ActorMy Fair Lady (1964)Professor Henry HigginsWon

He was honored with two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the categories of Television and Motion Pictures. Rex Harrison's handprints and footprints were 'set in stone' at Grauman's Chinese Theater during imprint ceremony #75 on Jul 8, 1946.

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Rex Harrison Quotes:

Professor Henry Higgins: I paid five pounds for her. She's mine!

Pope Julius II: You dare to dicker with your pontiff?

Professor Henry Higgins: The question is not whether I've treated you rudely but whether you've ever heard me treat anyone else better.

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Won three Tony Awards: in 1949, as Best Actor (Dramatic) for "Anne of the Thousand Days"; in 1957, as Best Actor (Musical) for "My Fair Lady", which he recreated in an Oscar-winning performance in the film version of the same title, My Fair Lady (1964) and a Special Tony Award in 1969. He was also nominated in 1984 as Best Actor (Play) for his role as Capt. Shotover in George Bernard Shaw's "Heartbreak House".

Hated the nickname given to him by the press, "Sexy Rexy".

Father, with Lilli Palmer, of Carey Harrison, born in 1944.

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