Harold Russell, Canadian-American soldier and actor (d. 2002) was born on January 14, 1914.

January 14, 1914

Harold Russell, Canadian-American soldier and actor (d. 2002) was born on January 14, 1914.

Harold John Avery Russell was a Canadian-born American World War II veteran. After losing his hands during his military service, Russell was cast in the epic drama film The Best Years of Our Lives (1946), which earned him an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. He was the first non-professional actor to win an Academy Award for acting, along with being the only performer to sell his Oscar at auction.