Russell Obit Harold Russell, the double amputee who won two Oscars for his role of Homer Parrish in the move The Best Years of Our Lives died earlier this week. He was 88. He is the only person to get two Academy Awards for the same part. One was Best Supporting Actor, the other was a special award for his portrayal of a man, like him, with no hands, returning to society after a war accident. Russell was not a professional actor, and later went into public relations and served as chairman of a presidential committee designed to find jobs for people with disabilities.

Russell Obit

Russell Obit

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Harold Russell, the double amputee who won two Oscars for his role of Homer Parrish in the move The Best Years of Our Lives died earlier this week. He was 88. He is the only person to get two Academy Awards for the same part. One was Best Supporting Actor, the other was a special award for his portrayal of a man, like him, with no hands, returning to society after a war accident. Russell was not a professional actor, and later went into public relations and served as chairman of a presidential committee designed to find jobs for people with disabilities.