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Remembering Harold Russell, the soldier-actor who won two Oscars for 'Best Years of Our Lives'

Remembering Harold Russell, the soldier-actor who won two Oscars for 'Best Years of Our Lives'

This year marks the 70th anniversary of the classic 1946 film “The Best Years of Our Lives.” Director William Wyler’s post-World War II drama remains one of the most popular movies of all time. “Best Years” is remarkably contemporary in its appeal, still touching the hearts of millions of fans throughout the world. Ten years ago, the late movie critic Roger Ebert noted: As long as we have wars and returning veterans, some of them wounded, ’The Best Years of Our Lives’ will not be dated.”

Watching the film recently on Turner Classic Movies, I was moved by seeing my old friend Harold Russell come back to life again on screen. His role as Homer Parrish, an...

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