James Robertson-Justice

Actor, Journalist
With his broad chest, bushy beard, and booming voice, Scottish actor James Robertson Justice brought a commandingly regal air to his performances in films of the '40s, '50's, and '60s. Justice flitted between colleges ... Read more »
Born: 06/15/1905 in United Kingdom

Filmography

Actor (34)

Doctor in Trouble 1969 (Movie)

Sir Lancelot Spratt (Actor)

Toby Dammit 1969 (Movie)

Countess' Advisor (Actor)

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang 1968 (Movie)

Lord Scrumptious (Actor)

Mayerling 1968 (Movie)

Edward--Prince of Wales (Actor)

Doctor in Clover 1967 (Movie)

Sir Lancelot Spratt (Actor)

Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines 1965 (Movie)

Narration (Narrator)

The Face of Fu Manchu 1964 (Movie)

Sir Charles Fortesque (Actor)

Up From the Beach 1964 (Movie)

British Beachmaster (Actor)

Crooks Anonymous 1962 (Movie)

Sir Harvey Russellrod (Actor)

Love On A Pillow 1962 (Movie)

Katov (Actor)

The Fast Lady 1962 (Movie)

Charles Chingford (Actor)

Very Important Person 1962 (Movie)

Sir Ernest Pease (Actor)

Guns of Darkness 1961 (Movie)

Hugo Bryant (Actor)

Raising the Wind 1961 (Movie)

Sir Benjamin (Actor)

The Guns of Navarone 1961 (Movie)

Narration (Narrator)

The Guns of Navarone 1961 (Movie)

Jensen (Actor)

Orders to Kill 1957 (Movie)

Naval Commander (Actor)

An Alligator Named Daisy 1956 (Movie)

Sir James (Actor)

Moby Dick 1956 (Movie)

(Actor)

Storm Over the Nile 1956 (Movie)

General Burroughs (Actor)

The Iron Petticoat 1956 (Movie)

Sklarnoff (Actor)

Doctor in the House 1955 (Movie)

Sir Lancelot (Actor)

Land of the Pharaohs 1955 (Movie)

Vashtar (Actor)

Doctor at Sea 1954 (Movie)

Captain Hogg (Actor)

Rob Roy, the Highland Rogue 1954 (Movie)

Duke of Argyll (Actor)

The Voice of Merrill 1952 (Movie)

Jonathan Roach (Actor)

Captain Horatio Hornblower (Movie)

Quist (Actor)

Champagne Charlie (Movie)

Patron (Actor)

David and Bathsheba (Movie)

Abishai (Actor)

Mystery Submarine (Movie)

Rear Adm. Rainbird (Actor)

The Black Rose (Movie)

Simeon Beautrie (Actor)

The Story of Robin Hood (Movie)

Little John (Actor)

The Sword and the Rose (Movie)

Henry VIII (Actor)

Whisky Galore! (Movie)

Dr. MacLaren (Actor)

Biography

With his broad chest, bushy beard, and booming voice, Scottish actor James Robertson Justice brought a commandingly regal air to his performances in films of the '40s, '50's, and '60s. Justice flitted between colleges in England and Germany before landing at Reuters, serving as a reporter beside future James Bond creator Ian Fleming. Additional exploits included selling insurance in Canada and fighting against Franco in the Spanish Civil War before Justice made his way into small film roles in the mid '40s. Eventually, he began to get larger parts, including that of an ill-fated explorer in "Scott of the Antarctic". Further climbing the credits, he put his stature to good use as King Henry VIII in "The Sword and the Rose" before establishing his best known role, as the intimidating Sir Lancelot Spratt in "Doctor in the House", a part he would revisit in several more films in the series. He played strong supporting roles in other renowned dramas of the era, including "Moby Dick" and "The Guns of Navarone", both with Gregory Peck. As the amusingly named Lord Scrumptious in "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang", he had the chance to bring to a life a less famous character created by his old friend Ian Fleming. Off-screen, he also lived a full life, with a passion for women, fast cars, falconry, and politics, as well as serving as the Rector of the University of Edinburgh for two separate terms.

EDUCATION

Bonn University

Marlborough College

Wiltshire

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