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Finlay Currie

1878-01-20 Edinburgh, Scotland, UK

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Finlay Jefferson Currie (20 January 1878 – 9 May 1968) was a Scottish actor of stage, screen and television. Born in Edinburgh, Scotland, Currie's acting career began on the stage. He and his wife Maude Courtney (1884–1959) did a song and dance act in the US in the 1890s. He made his first film (The Old Man) in 1931. He appeared as a priest in the 1943 Ealing World War II movie Undercover. His most famous film role was as the convict Abel Magwitch in David Lean's Great Expectations (1946), based on the novel, 'Great Expectations' by Charles Dickens. He later began to appear in Hollywood film epics, including the 1951 Quo Vadis (as Saint Peter), the multi-Oscar winning 1959 Ben-Hur, as Balthazar, one of the Three Wise Men, and The Fall of the Roman Empire (1964) as an aged, wise senator; He appeared in People Will Talk with Cary Grant; and he also portrayed Robert Taylor's embittered father in MGM's Technicolor 1952 version of Ivanhoe. In 1962, he starred in an episode of The DuPont Show of the Week (NBC) entitled The Ordeal of Dr. Shannon, an adaptation of A. J. Cronin's novel, Shannon's Way. Currie's last role was as Mr. Lundie, the minister, in the 1966 television adaptation of the musical Brigadoon. In one of his very last performances, Currie plays a dying mafioso boss in the two part "Vendetta For The Saint" (1968) starring Roger Moore. Later in life he became a much respected antiques dealer, specialising in coins and precious metals. He had been a long time collector of the works of Robert Burns. Description above from the Wikipedia article Finlay Currie, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.


Brigadoon Mr. Lundie 1966-10-15
Alice in Wonderland Dodo 1966-12-26
The Battle of the Villa Fiorita Emcee 1965-05-26
Bunny Lake Is Missing The Doll Maker 1965-10-03
The Fall of the Roman Empire Senator 1964-03-24
Who Was Maddox? 1964-06-01
Cleopatra Titus 1963-06-12
The Three Lives of Thomasina Grandpa Stirling 1963-12-11
West 11 Gash 1963-10-08
Billy Liar Duxbury 1963-08-15
The Cracksman Feathers 1963-01-01
Murder at the Gallop Old Enderby 1963-06-24
The Amorous Prawn Lochaye 1962-11-26
The Inspector De Kool 1962-05-24
Go to Blazes Judge 1962-04-18
Clue of the Silver Key 1961-08-01
Hand in Hand Mr. Pritchard 1961-02-06
Francis of Assisi The Pope 1961-07-12
Five Golden Hours Father Superior 1961-02-01
Giuseppe venduto dai fratelli Jacob 1961-08-23
The Angel Wore Red Bishop 1960-04-14
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Captain Sellers 1960-07-21
Solomon and Sheba David 1959-12-25
Kidnapped Cluny MacPherson 1959-12-07
Ben-Hur Balthasar 1959-11-18
6.5 Special 1958-03-01
Corridors of Blood Supt. Charles Matheson 1958-12-01
La tempesta Count Grinov 1958-12-01
The Naked Earth Father Verity 1958-02-05
Rockets Galore Narrator (uncredited) 1958-12-26
Abandon Ship Mr. Wheaton 1957-03-12
The Little Hut The Rev. Bertram Brittingham-Brett 1957-05-03
Dangerous Exile Mr. Patient 1957-12-12
Saint Joan Archbishop of Rheims 1957-05-08
Campbell's Kingdom Old Man 1957-09-03
Zarak The Mullah 1956-12-01
Around the World in Eighty Days Whist Partner 1956-10-17
King's Rhapsody King Paul 1955-06-07
Footsteps in the Fog Inspector Peters 1955-09-14
Captain Lightfoot Callahan 1955-03-26
Third Party Risk Mr. Darius 1954-10-08
Make Me an Offer! Abe Sparta 1954-12-08
The End of the Road Old 'Mick-Mack' 1954-01-01
Rob Roy, The Highland Rogue Hamish MacPherson 1954-02-27
Treasure of the Golden Condor MacDougal 1953-02-04
Ivanhoe Cedric 1952-07-31
Walk East on Beacon! Professor Albert Kafer 1952-06-01
Stars and Stripes Forever Col. Randolph 1952-01-01
Kangaroo Michael McGuire 1952-05-16
Quo Vadis Peter 1951-11-08
People Will Talk Shunderson 1951-08-29
Trio Mr. McLeod 1950-10-10
The Mudlark John Brown 1950-10-03
The Black Rose Alfgar 1950-09-01
Treasure Island Capt. Billy Bones 1950-07-19
My Daughter Joy Sir Thomas McTavish 1950-08-21
The History of Mr. Polly Uncle Jim 1949-02-08
My Brother Jonathan Dr. Hammond 1948-02-05
Bonnie Prince Charlie Marquis of Tullibardine 1948-10-25
So Evil My Love Dr. Krylie 1948-08-02
Mr. Perrin and Mr. Traill Sir Joshua Varley 1948-09-27
Sleeping Car To Trieste Alastair McBain 1948-10-06
The Brothers Hector Macrae 1947-05-07
Spring Song Cobb 1946-12-23
Great Expectations Abel Magwitch 1946-12-26
School for Secrets Sir Duncan Wills 1946-12-23
In the Zone 1946-01-02
The Trojan Brothers W.H. Maxwell 1946-02-04
Don Chicago Bugs Mulligan 1945-08-06
I Know Where I'm Going! Ruairidh Mhór 1945-11-16
The Bells Go Down District Officer McFarlane 1943-05-16
The Shipbuilders McWain 1943-12-15
Theatre Royal Clement J. Earle 1943-07-26
They Met in the Dark Merchant Captain 1943-08-11
Warn That Man Captain Andrew Fletcher 1943-07-13
Thunder Rock Capt. Joshua Stuart 1942-12-04
The Day Will Dawn Capt. Alstad 1942-06-08
49th Parallel The Factor 1941-11-24
Crook's Tour Tourist on Desert Bus (uncredited) 1940-09-03
The Claydon Treasure Mystery Rubin 1938-09-04
Catch as Catch Can Al Parsons 1937-07-01
Command Performance Al, Arthur's Manager 1937-01-01
Paradise for Two Creditor 1937-12-22
Wanted! Uncle Mart 1937-08-23
The Edge of the World James Gray 1937-09-10
Glamorous Night Angus MacKintosh 1937-04-28
The Improper Duchess Milton Lee 1936-01-17
Heat Wave Captain 1935-05-30
The Big Splash Hartley Bassett 1935-01-01
Little Friend Grove 1934-11-18
Mister Cinders Henry Kemp 1934-01-01
Gay Love Highams 1934-09-01
My Old Dutch Mo 1934-10-01
Princess Charming Baron Seegman 1934-04-24
The Good Companions Monte Mortimer 1933-02-28
Orders Is Orders Dave 1933-07-18
Rome Express Sam, Publicist 1932-10-31
The Frightened Lady Brooks 1932-03-01
The Old Man Rennett 1931-12-31