Harold Russell , who had lost both hands in an Army train­ing ex­er­cise, earns two Oscars, sup­port­ing act­or and a spe­cial award, for his per­form­ance as a vet­er­an strug­gling to ad­apt in “The Best Years of Our Lives".

The Academy Awards through the years

Harold Russell , who had lost both hands in an Army train­ing ex­er­cise, earns two Oscars, sup­port­ing act­or and a spe­cial award, for his per­form­ance as a vet­er­an strug­gling to ad­apt in “The Best Years of Our Lives".

Harold Russel / Born: Harold John Russell, January 14, 1914 in North Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada / Died: January 29, 2002 (age 88) in Needham, Massachusetts, USA / in "The Best Years of Our Lives" 1946, age 33. #actor

Harold Russel / Born: Harold John Russell, January 14, 1914 in North Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada / Died: January 29, 2002 (age 88) in Needham, Massachusetts, USA / in "The Best Years of Our Lives" 1946, age 33. #actor

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

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

19th Academy Awards® (1947) ~ Samuel Goldwyn ~ (1879 – 1974) with Best Supporting Actor Harold Russell ~ (1914 – 2002) and Best Director William Wyler ~ (1902 – 1981) for "The Best Years of Our Lives" (1946)

19th Academy Awards® (1947) ~ Samuel Goldwyn ~ (1879 – 1974) with Best Supporting Actor Harold Russell ~ (1914 – 2002) and Best Director William Wyler ~ (1902 – 1981) for "The Best Years of Our Lives" (1946)

Harold Russell: Army-Instructor in the Parachute Corps. In 1944 a defective fuse exploded a charge he was holding as he instructed a demolition squad. Both hands were amputated. He won 2 Oscars for his performance in the film "Best Years of Our Lives" Served 3 terms as the commander of AMVETS.

Harold Russell: Army-Instructor in the Parachute Corps. In 1944 a defective fuse exploded a charge he was holding as he instructed a demolition squad. Both hands were amputated. He won 2 Oscars for his performance in the film "Best Years of Our Lives" Served 3 terms as the commander of AMVETS.

"The best years of our lives" Homer loses his hands in War... Nevertheless, he learns to play the piano with the hooks replacing his hands!!

"The best years of our lives" Homer loses his hands in War... Nevertheless, he learns to play the piano with the hooks replacing his hands!!

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