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.**

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 ...

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 ...

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 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....

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

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

"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!!

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

"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

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.

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.

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