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 Russell, 1914 - world war ll veteran who was cast in The Best Years of Our Lives who became one of only two non-professional actors to win an academy award. Autobiographies Victory in my hands 1949 and The Best Years of My Life
"The Best of Our Lives" Homer Parrish (Harold Russell) accompanies Uncle Butch (Hoagy Carmichael) on the piano as Al Stephenson (Fredric March) looks on. In the background (deep focus), Fred Derry (Dana Andrews) is making a phone call.
Harold Russell, winner of the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor in 1946 for his performance in The Best Years of Our Lives (William Wyler). He also received a second honorary Oscar “for bringing hope and courage to his fellow veterans.
Winners at the Academy Awards: Olivia de Havilland (To Each His Own), Harold Russell (The Best Years of Our Lives), Cathy O´Donnell (who accepted for absentee Fredric March) and Anne Baxter (The Razor´s Edge).
The Best Years of Our Lives, Harold Russell, Dana Andrews, Frederic March, 1946