Noel Harrison

Noel Harrison
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Harrison in 1972
Born
Noel John Christopher Harrison

(1934-01-29)29 January 1934
Kensington, London, England
Died20 October 2013(2013-10-20) (aged 79)
Exeter, Devon, England
OccupationActor, singer
Years active1960–1999
Spouse(s)
Sara Lee Eberts Tufnell
(m. 1959; div. 1969)

Margaret Benson
(m. 1972; div. 1989)

Lori Chapman
(m. 1991)
Children5, including Cathryn Harrison
Parent(s)
Relatives

Noel John Christopher Harrison (29 January 1934 – 19 October 2013) was an English actor who had a hit singing "The Windmills of Your Mind" in 1968, and was a member of the British Olympic skiing team in the 1950s. He was the son of the actor Rex Harrison.

Early life

He was born in Kensington in London in 1934.[1] His mother, Noel Margery Collette-Thomas, was the first of Rex Harrison's six wives; they divorced in 1942. Noel was raised together with his nephew Richard Michael Collette Thomas (later a Lt.-Col. who was KIA in France in 1944) during their early years by his grandparents (Major John Cyril Collette Thomas & Jessie Maud Scott-Brown) in Bude, North Cornwall. At age fifteen she took him out of school at Radley to live in the Swiss Alps. He never returned to school and began ski-racing.[2] He joined the Ipswich repertory theatre group and taught himself guitar, but his main interest and most of his spare time was spent skiing. At an early age he was a member of the British ski team, becoming its first giant-slalom champion in 1953, and representing Great Britain at the 1952 Winter Olympics in Oslo, Norway, and at the 1956 Winter Olympics in Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy.

Harrison undertook National Service and, after leaving the army in the 1950s, toyed with the idea of becoming a journalist, but instead, concentrated on his guitar. His early break came when he took a regular part in the BBC Television programme, Tonight, as part of a team who sang the day's news in a calypso style.

When Harrison was 20, he started playing professionally, around the tables in a Greek restaurant in London. He also made a living playing in bars and nightclubs all over Europe, including appearances at the Blue Angel Night Club, where one show was recorded for a live album.

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