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: There even are places where English completely disappears; in America they haven't used it for years.

Dr. Dolittle: [singing about why he's a vegetarian] I stay away from deviled ham on principle/I wouldn't eat roast duckling if I could/Willpower has made me invincible!/My word, those sausages look good...

Professor Henry Higgins: All right, Eliza, say it again.
Eliza Doolittle: The rine in spine sties minely in the pline.
Professor Henry Higgins: [sighs] The *rain* in *Spain* stays *mainly* in the *plain*.
Eliza Doolittle: Didn't ah sy that?
Professor Henry Higgins: No, Eliza, you didn't "sy" that, you didn't even "say" that. Now every night before you get into bed, where you used to say your prayers, I want you to say "The rain in Spain stays mainly in the plain" fifty times. You'll get much further with the Lord if you learn not to offend His ears.

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First came to notice in the London stage version of "French Without Tears" in 1937, but was not considered for the 1940 film version since he was unknown in Hollywood.

Harrison nearly missed out on reprising his stage role of Henry Higgins in the film version of My Fair Lady (1964), since he was in his mid-fifties and the character was supposed to be in his late thirties.

He was the brother-in-law of Sir David Maxwell-Fyfe, one of the prosecutors at the Nuremberg Trials, the British Home Secretary from 1951 to 1954 and the Lord Chancellor from 1954 to 1962.

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