Finlay Currie

Actor, Organist, Choirmaster
Finlay Currie was an actor who made his name working on stage before he moved into feature films in the early 1930s. He was severe and serious in appearance, and his role in the 1946 David Lean adaptation of the Dickens ... Read more »
Born: 01/20/1878 in United Kingdom

Filmography

Actor (44)

The Edge of the World 2000 (Movie)

James Gray (Actor)

Brigadoon 1966 - 1967 (TV Show)

Actor

Bunny Lake Is Missing 1964 (Movie)

Doll Maker (Actor)

The Battle of the Villa Fiorita 1964 (Movie)

M C (Actor)

Billy Liar 1963 (Movie)

Duxbury (Actor)

The Fall of the Roman Empire 1963 (Movie)

Caecina (Actor)

The Three Lives of Thomasina 1963 (Movie)

Grandpa Stirling (Actor)

Lisa 1962 (Movie)

De Kooi (Actor)

Francis of Assisi 1961 (Movie)

Pope (Actor)

Go to Blazes 1961 (Movie)

(Actor)

Kidnapped 1960 (Movie)

Cluny MacPherson (Actor)

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn 1960 (Movie)

Captain Sellers (Actor)

The Angel Wore Red 1960 (Movie)

The Bishop (Actor)

Ben-Hur 1959 (Movie)

Balthasar (Actor)

Giuseppe Venduto Dai Fratelli 1959 (Movie)

Jacob (Actor)

Solomon and Sheba 1958 (Movie)

King David (Actor)

The Tempest 1958 (Movie)

Count Griniev (Actor)

Abandon Ship! 1957 (Movie)

Seaman (Actor)

Dangerous Exile 1957 (Movie)

Mr Patient (Actor)

Saint Joan 1957 (Movie)

Archibishop of Rheims (Actor)

The Little Hut 1957 (Movie)

Reverend Brittingham-Brett (Actor)

Around the World in 80 Days 1956 (Movie)

Whist Partner (Actor)

Captain Lightfoot 1955 (Movie)

Callahan (Actor)

Footsteps in the Fog 1955 (Movie)

Inspector Peters (Actor)

King's Rhapsody 1954 (Movie)

King Paul (Actor)

Rob Roy, the Highland Rogue 1954 (Movie)

Hamish MacPherson (Actor)

Deadly Game 1953 (Movie)

Mr Darius (Actor)

Treasure of the Golden Condor 1953 (Movie)

MacDougal (Actor)

Quo Vadis 1951 (Movie)

Peter (Actor)

Treasure Island 1950 (Movie)

(Actor)

Trio 1950 (Movie)

Mr Macleod (Actor)

The History of Mr. Polly 1948 (Movie)

Uncle Jim (Actor)

Bonnie Prince Charlie (Movie)

Marquis of Tullibardine (Actor)

Corridors of Blood (Movie)

Dr. Matheson (Actor)

Ivanhoe (Movie)

Cedric (Actor)

People Will Talk (Movie)

Shunderson (Actor)

Sleeping Car to Trieste (Movie)

Alastair MacBain (Actor)

So Evil My Love (Movie)

Dr. Krylie (Actor)

Stars and Stripes Forever (Movie)

Col. Randolph (Actor)

The Black Rose (Movie)

Alfgar (Actor)

The Good Companions (Movie)

Monte Mortimer (Actor)

The Mudlark (Movie)

John Brown, Queen's Ghillie (Actor)

Whisky Galore! (Movie)

Narrator (Voice)

Whisky Galore! (Movie)

Narrator (Actor)

Biography

Finlay Currie was an actor who made his name working on stage before he moved into feature films in the early 1930s. He was severe and serious in appearance, and his role in the 1946 David Lean adaptation of the Dickens novel "Great Expectations", as the graveyard-lurking escaped prisoner, Magwitch, was a career best, and scary to boot. His ill-tempered characterization served him well with other roles, including his part as Captain Billy Bones in the 1950 Walt Disney version of the pirate adventure "Treasure Island" and as Queen Victoria's servant in "The Mudlark". He worked frequently in historical epics, such as "Quo Vadis", "Ben-Hur", and "Ivanhoe", a good fit for his commanding style. His role in John Schlesinger's British New Wave classic "Billy Liar", as the doddering, dull undertaker, Duxbury, is small but memorable. Currie also guest-starred in one episode of the cult classic sci-fi television show "The Prisoner", "The Chimes of Big Ben." He played a mob boss in an episode of "The Saint", his final role before dying at age 90.

Relationships

Maude Courtney

Wife
died 1959

Milestones

1932

First film as actor

1898

Stage acting debut

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