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  Potter director pays tribute to Dumbledore actor
Updated 26 October 2002, 19.11
Richard Harris
The director of the Harry Potter films has said Richard Harris's death feels like losing someone from his own family.

Chris Columbus was paying tribute to the actor who died on Friday night.

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Richard played Professor Albus Dumbledore in the Harry Potter films. He was 72 and had been ill with cancer.

'Complete shock'

Potter director Chris Columbus had this to say:

"We're all still in an incredible amount of shock. We knew Richard was sick but he was such a fighter that somehow deep down we all expected him to make it and get through it and be in the third Harry Potter film.

"So it's a complete shock because we've all worked so closely together. It's like losing a member of your family."

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Head wizard

Richard Harris as the great Professor Dumbledore

Harris starred as the wise and white-haired wizard Dumbledore in Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone and the Chamber of Secrets.

The film's cast and crew made this statement:

"Richard Harris was a remarkable actor and a generous and free spirit. He will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this very sad time."

He was a controversial character during his career and was known for his wild ways.

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