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Harold Russell (Harold John Russell)

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Biography

North Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
Harold John Russell was born in Nova Scotia in 1914. His family moved to Cambridge Massachusetts when his father died in 1919. He was training paratroopers at Camp MacKall NC on June 6, 1944 when some TNT he was using exploded in his hands. He lost both hands. After receiving hooks, and training on them, he was chosen to make an Army training film called "Diary Of A Sergeant". William Wyler saw the film and decided to cast him in The Best Years of Our Lives (1946). Harold Russell played Homer Parish. Read more...

Actor

Character: Homer Parrish

The Best Years of Our Lives 1946

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Character: Himself - Co-Presenter: Best Visual Effects

The 52nd Annual Academy Awards 1980

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Character: Blessed William

Dogtown 1997

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Character: Himself - Past Winner

The 70th Annual Academy Awards 1998

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