The late Rex Harrison first appeared on the stage in 1924 in Liverpool, but his acting career was put on hold while he served in the Royal Air Force as a Flight Lieutenant during World War II.
Born Reginald Carey Harrison, he changed his name to Rex – Latin for King, and made his breakthrough performance in the play French Without Tears, before going on to attain international recognition when he portrayed the titular role Anna and the King of Siam in 1946, directed by the late, great Arthur Miller. However, he later turned down the same part in the 1956 remake The King and I.
Harrison went on to win two awards for Best Actor in the Tony Awards for his performance in Anne of the Thousand Days in 1949, and My Fair Lady.
Harrison’s life wasn’t without scandal however, and whilst married to German actress Lilli Palmer, ‘sexy rexy’, as he became known, began a relationship with starlet Carole Landis, only for the troubled woman to commit suicide when Harrison finished the affair in 1948. She was 29 years old. His reputation as a love rat continued throughout his life.
Harrison was known for his love of fine wine, often sending bottles back if they were not to his liking.
What Was The Nationality of Rex Harrison?
Rex Harrison was an English actor who began his career on the stage in 1924. He was born on March 5, 1908, in Huyton, Lancashire, England, and passed away on June 2, 1990.
How Old Was Rex Harrison?
Rex Harrison was 82 years old when he passed away from the effects of pancreatic cancer. He was a Pisces.
How Tall Was Rex Harrison And How Much Did He Weigh?
Rex Harrison was 6 feet tall and weighed 160 pounds.
Was Rex Harrison Married or Single?
Rex Harrison had six marriages. His first wife was Noel Marjorie Collette Thomas. They married in 1933 and got divorced in 1942. His second wife was Lili Palmer, whom he married in 1943 and then divorced in 1957. His third wife was the terminally ill Kay Kendall. They were married in 1957 until her death in 1959 from myeloid leukemia.
His fourth wife was Rachel Roberts. Marrying in 1962, they were divorced in 1971. He married wife #5, Elizabeth Ross, in 1971 and were divorced by 1975. Three years later, he found wife #6, Mercia Tinker, and remained with her until his death in 1990.
How Much Was Rex Harrison’s Net Worth?
Rex Harrison’s net worth was $49 million when he was still alive.
Did Rex Harrison Have Any Children?
Rex Harrison has two children. His first child was with his first wife, Noel Marjorie Collette Thomas, and his second child was with Lili Palmer.