LONDON (AP) — Irish actor Richard Harris, the roistering star of screen gems such as ``A Man Called Horse'' and ``This Sporting Life,'' died Friday night at a London hospital, his family said. He was 72.
``With great sadness, Damian, Jarid and Jamie Harris announced the death of their beloved father, Richard Harris,'' the family said.
``He died peacefully at University College Hospital,'' where he was been receiving treatment for Hodgkin's Disease after falling ill earlier this year, the family said.
Harris also played Dumbledore in ``Harry Potter and the Sorceror's Stone'' and will play that role in the next chapter in the Harry Potter Saga, ``Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.''
A tall, sturdy figure with a reputation as a hellraiser and a lived-in face, and once described as looking like ``five miles of bad country road,'' Harris was never cut out to join contemporaries as a smooth matinee idol.
The critic Clive Barnes called him one of a new breed of British actors, who are ``rougher, tougher, fiercer, angrier and more passionately articulate than their well-groomed predecessors ... roaring boys, sometimes with highly colored private lives and lurid public images.''
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