Cathy O'Donnell and Harold Russell, On-Set of the Film, The Best Years of our Lives, 1946 Stock Photo

Cathy O'Donnell and Harold Russell, On-Set of the Film, The Best Years of our Lives, 1946 Stock Photo

Harold Russell holds his two Oscars. Best supporting actor for The Best Years of Our Lives, which is a real gem of a movie, about three WWII vets relearning life at home among civilians....

The Academy Awards through the years

Harold Russell holds his two Oscars. Best supporting actor for The Best Years of Our Lives, which is a real gem of a movie, about three WWII vets relearning life at home among civilians....

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. 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.**

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.**

"Moon River"  music by Henry Mancini, lyrics by Johnny Mercer    Hear Audrey Hepburn sing "Moon River" (a .MP3 file).   	 Moon River, wider ...

"Moon River" music by Henry Mancini, lyrics by Johnny Mercer Hear Audrey Hepburn sing "Moon River" (a .MP3 file). Moon River, wider ...

1947 Shirley Temple, Harold Russell & Claude Jarman, Jr. at the Academy Awards

1947 Shirley Temple, Harold Russell & Claude Jarman, Jr. at the Academy Awards

Olivia De Haviland, Harold Russell, Cathy O'Donnell and Ann Baxter are shown at the Academy Awards.

Olivia De Haviland, Harold Russell, Cathy O'Donnell and Ann Baxter are shown at the Academy Awards.

Harold Russell won best supporting actor for The Best Years of Our Lives in 1946

Harold Russell won best supporting actor for The Best Years of Our Lives in 1946

Harold Russell in The Best Years of Our Lives

The Best Years of Our Lives (1946)

Harold Russell in The Best Years of Our Lives

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