Creator: Rex Harrison

That's Sir Rex Harrison to you.

"The important thing is to learn through experience.
The more you do the more you learn. I don't think
anyone can teach acting from a podium."
Rex Harrison

Born in Lancashire as Reginald Carey Harrison, Rex Harrison KBE (March 5, 1908 — June 2, 1990) was an English stage and screen actor. He changed his name to Rex as a boy with the knowledge that it was Latin for "king." He started his theater career in his teens in Liverpool. In spite of botching his first small role, he was able to retain his job and made his breakthrough appearance in French Without Tears, a play by Terence Rattigan. His film debut was in The Great Game in 1930. His acting career was briefly put on the back burner in favor of serving in the Royal Air Force in WWII.

He attained international fame in 1946 when he portrayed the King in Anna and the King of Siam, his first American film. The following year he starred as the eponymous ghost in The Ghost and Mrs. Muir. In spite of admittedly having a vocal range of "one and half notes," Harrison was offered the role of Professor Henry Higgins in the original production of My Fair Lady in 1956 and again later in the film adaptation in 1964. He won the Tony for the play and an Oscar for the film version.

Off screen, he gained a reputation for being very domineering and hard to work with, especially after his success in My Fair Lady. For instance, Doctor Dolittle cast him at the height of his power and he annoyed everyone with unreasonable demands such as objecting to casting Sammy Davis Jr as a co-star because he didn't want to work with an "entertainer" (Read: someone who could sing better than him) and demanded Sidney Poitier instead, despite the inconvenient detail that Poitier was no musical performer. That was just the beginning of his antics whether it was continually demanding pointless script changes or flinging anti-Semitic abuse at Jewish co-star Anthony Newley. It got to the point where Harrison was fired and about to be replaced by Christopher Plummer until he begged for the job back. As it was, Harrison's antics were one of many reasons why Doctor Dolittle failed spectacularly at the box office and his career never recovered.

He was also a serial philanderer, marrying six times in total and earning the nickname "sexy Rexy." His marriage drama was know to disrupt filming almost as much as his own bad behavior.

In 1989, Rex was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II. He later died of pancreatic cancer three weeks after his last stage appearance, as Lord Porteous in W. Somerset Maugham's The Circle.

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