Stephen M. Silverman
October 30, 2002 11:40 AM

Richard Harris, 72, who died of Hodgkin’s disease last Friday, may end up a winner Wednesday at the British Independent Film Awards in London, where he is in the running for Best Actor, Reuters reports.

The Irish-born Harris — who gained fame in America playing King Arthur in 1967’s “Camelot” and who recently won a whole new generation of fans as the professorial wizard Albus Dumbledore in the “Harry Potter” movies — is up for the BIF award thanks to his role as a gangland boss in “My Kingdom.”

His competition is Timothy Spall for “All or Nothing,” James Nesbitt for “Bloody Sunday” and Bill Nighy for “The Lawless Heart.”

Previous winners include Ben Kingsley, Daniel Craig and Sir Ian McKellen.

Wednesday’s ceremony will also feature a tribute to the late Beatle and film producer George Harrison, who died of cancer at age 58 last November.

Harrison is due to receive a Lifetime Achievement Award for his efforts with independent film.

The movies made by his company, Handmade Films, included Monty Python’s “Life of Brian,” “The Long Good Friday” and “Mona Lisa.”

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