The British actor Reginald Carey Harrison, Rex Harrison (190890) was born on March 5, 1908, in Tarbock Road, Huyton, and as a young boy changed his name to 'Rex' as it was Latin for king.


He was educated at Liverpool College and after catching measles as a child he lost the sight in his left eye. He first took to the stage at the age of 18 at the Liverpool Repertory Theatre, The Playhouse, before moving to the West End. By 1936 he had become a bona fide British star, starring in the Terrence Rattigan play 'French Without Tears', in which he showed himself to be very skilled in black-tie comedy.

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