Harold Russell. He was training paratroopers at Camp MacKall NC June 6, 1944 when some TNT he was using exploded in his hands. He lost both hands. After receiving hooks & training on them he was chosen to make an Army training film. Wm Wyler saw the film and cast him in The Best Years of Our Lives (1946). Russell played Homer Parish. He received 2 Oscars, a Best Supporting and one for being an inspiration to all returning veterans. He is the only actor to receive 2 Oscars for the same role.
Harold Russell AKA Harold John Russell Born: 14-Jan-1914 Birthplace: North Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada Died: 29-Jan-2002 Location of death: Needham, MA Cause of death: Heart Failure **After a film-related explosives accident on 6 June 1944, both of Russell's hands had to be amputated.**