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Sex, Death & the Moviesby Michael Feeney Callan
First published in 2003
Described as a hellraiser and womaniser, Harris passed away in London on October 25, 2002 with both his ex-wives and his three sons by his bedside. Again, in what was a complete opposite to his younger Silent Tongue co-star, Harris reached the end of his days an old man. "I don't want immortality," he said once. "I've lived it all. I've done it all."
It appears very much that he had indeed led a very full life and biographer Michael Feeney Callan, who was a friend of Harris since 1975, works hard to document that extensive life that was lived to the full.
The book features a modest collection of photographs taken throughout the actors' life, the last of which is a still from one of the very last pictures he would star in. For the first two films of the Harry Potter series, Richard Harris would play Hogwarts worldly-wise head-master, Albus Dumbledore. While it was fascinating to learn that Harris took the part only after a great deal of persuasion from his own granddaughter, as River Phoenix fans we could hardly fail to notice that in the photograph itself, River's I Love You to Death co-star, Miriam Margolyes, is incorrectly credited as Elizabeth Sprigg.
Most disappointing of all though is the fact that River himself and the whole production of Silent Tongue receives but a fleeting mention - just a miserly half paragraph in fact - which is most inconsistent with the rest of this otherwise lengthy piece of work. To name just one example, the strong bond the two actors forged in the Arizona desert is not mentioned at all.