Behaving Badly.

By Cliff Goodwin

Printed: 2003

Publisher: Virgin Books. London

Edition: First edition

Dimensions 17 × 24 × 3 cm

Language: English

Size (cminches): 17 x 24 x 3

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In the original dustsheet. Black cloth binding with silver title on the spine.

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Review by author: I agree this is a badly written – although originally extensively researched – biography that has been edited and presented in a highly confusing way… And I wrote it. Anyone who decides to read and take a pop at this book should be aware of one or two facts.

Firstly, having been commissioned and commenced research on this book I was placed under extreme pressure by the publishers to complete the manuscript shortly after Harris’s death. This haste, in my view, was also responsible for the actor’s widow suing over its contents and demanding numerous changes. After a High Court ruling it was withdrawn and pulped by Virgin Publishing. If you are lucky enough to own a copy I would quit moaning about its literary merits and prize its value as a collector’s item. In America they are selling for anything over $200.00. For a couple of quid I will even sign it for you!


Richard St John Francis Harris (1 October 1930 – 25 October 2002) was an Irish actor and singer. Having studied at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art he rose to prominence as an icon of the British New Wave. He received numerous accolades including the Cannes Film Festival Award for Best Actor, and a Grammy Award. In 2020, he was listed at number 3 on The Irish Times’s list of Ireland’s greatest film actors. Harris received two Academy Award for Best Actor nominations for his performances in This Sporting Life (1963), and The Field (1991). Other notable roles include in The Guns of Navarone (1961), Red Desert (1964), A Man Called Horse (1970), Cromwell (1970), Unforgiven (1992), Gladiator (2000), and The Count of Monte Cristo (2002). He gained acclaim for his role as Albus Dumbledore in the first two Harry Potter films: Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (2001) and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002), the latter of which was his final film role. He portrayed King Arthur in the 1967 film Camelot based of the Lerner and Loewe musical of the same name. For his performance he received the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy. He reprised the role in the 1981 Broadway musical revival. He received a Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actor for his role in Pirandello’s Henry IV.(1991). Harris received a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie nomination for his role in The Snow Goose (1971). Harris had a number-one singing hit in Australia, Jamaica and Canada, and a top-ten hit in the United Kingdom, Ireland, and the United States with his 1968 recording of Jimmy Webb’s song “MacArthur Park”. He earned a Grammy Award for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance for the song.

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