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....

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 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, 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

Olivia de Havilland and Harold Russell with their Oscars at the 19th Academy Awards, March 1947. Russell is the only person in the history of the Academy Awards to receive two Oscars for the same performance.

Olivia de Havilland and Harold Russell with their Oscars at the Academy Awards, March Russell is the only person in the history of the Academy Awards to receive two Oscars for the same.

Harold Russell won best supporting actor for The Best Years of Our Lives in 1946

Harold Russell - Best Supporting Actor Oscar for "The Best Years of Our Lives" 1946

Directed by David Burton Morris. With Stephen Collins, Keri Russell, Phylicia Rashad, Tobin Bell. The mother of the family for which Michelle baby-sits dies unexpectedly. Michelle is asked to take over looking after the children and is gradually "seduced" by the father. When suspicions arise that the mother had been murdered (and had been having an affair), Michelle unknowingly becomes enveloped in a web of lies until she herself is suspected. Gradually she realises all is not as i...

Eye color, dimples and freckles are physical traits we inherit from our parents that are obvious to the naked eye. But when was the last time you looked at someone's face and noticed a widow's peak?

"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 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.

"The Best Years of Our Lives" (1946). Country: United States. Director: William Wyler. Cast: Dana Andrews, Fredric March, Myrna Loy, Harold Russell, Teresa Wright, Virginia Mayo, Cathy O'Donnell, Hoagy Carmichael

"The Best Years of Our Lives". Myrna Loy, Frederic March, Dana Andrews, Teresa Wright and Virginia Mayo. Directed by William Wyler,

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

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.

Cathy O'Donnell and Harold Russell, On-Set of the Film, The Best Years of our Lives, 1946 Stock Photo

Cathy O'Donnell and Harold Russell, On-Set of the Film, The Best Years of our Lives, 1946 Stock Photo

Harold Russell in The Best Years of Our Lives

The Best Years of Our Lives (1946)

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). March, 1947

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, from left: Harold Russell, Dana Andrews, Frederic March, 1946 Posters at AllPosters.com

The Best Years of Our Lives, Harold Russell, Dana Andrews, Frederic March, 1946

In this scene from "The Best Years of Our Lives," HAROLD RUSSELL sits down to ping out a jazzy little duet with Hoagy Carmichael. Russell uses prosthetic hooks for hands and fingers that were lost when some TNT he was carrying accidentally exploded on an Army base. 1946  Note: as in the movie, Russell married his childhood sweetheart.

Hoagy Carmichael and Harold Russell share a candid moment at the piano during the filming of "The Best Years of Our Lives"

Harold Russell sings " Let's be sweethearts again" .....My husbands late uncle, wish our baby girl could've met him, she would've danced all day to him. R.I.P

Harold Russell sings " Let's be sweethearts again" .My husbands late uncle, wish our baby girl could've met him, she would've danced all day to him.

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