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.**
WWII veteran, Harold Russell Actor: The Best Years of Our Lives. Harold John Russell was born in Nova Scotia in 1914. His family moved to Cambridge Massachusetts when his father died in 1919. He was training paratroopers at Camp MacKall NC on June 6, 1944 when some TNT he was using exploded in his hands. He lost both hands. After receiving hooks, and training on them, he was chosen to make an Army training film called "Diary Of A Sergeant". William Wyler saw ...
Clinical photograph of Harold Russell, taken while he was being treated at the Army's Walter Reed General Hospital. Russell would later star in the film The Best Years of Our Lives and win an Academy Award
Best Years of Our Lives is a 1946 American drama film directed by William Wyler and starring Fredric March, Myrna Loy, Dana Andrews, Teresa Wright, Virginia Mayo, and Harold Russell. The film is about three United States servicemen trying to piece their lives back together after coming home from World War II.