Niall MacGinnis

An Irish character actor, Niall MacGinnis appeared in a variety of roles but was especially adept at historical dramas. Trained as a doctor, he briefly worked as a surgeon in World War II before pursuing acting. He ... Read more »
Born: 03/29/1913 in Dublin, IE

Filmography

Actor (35)

The Edge of the World 2000 (Movie)

Andrew Gray (Actor)

The Kremlin Letter 1970 (Movie)

Erector Set (Actor)

Krakatoa, East of Java 1969 (Movie)

Henley (Actor)

Sinful Davey 1969 (Movie)

Boots Simpson (Actor)

The Shoes of the Fisherman 1968 (Movie)

Capuchin Monk (Actor)

A Man Could Get Killed 1965 (Movie)

Captain of (Actor)

Island of Terror 1965 (Movie)

Mr Campbell (Actor)

The Spy Who Came in From the Cold 1965 (Movie)

German Checkpoint Guard (Actor)

Becket 1964 (Movie)

Henry II's Baron (Actor)

The Truth About Spring 1964 (Movie)

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The War Lord 1964 (Movie)

Odins (Actor)

Jason and the Argonauts 1963 (Movie)

Zeus (Actor)

A Face in the Rain 1962 (Movie)

Klaus (Actor)

Billy Budd 1962 (Movie)

Captain Graveling (Actor)

The Webster Boy 1962 (Movie)

Headmaster (Actor)

A Terrible Beauty 1960 (Movie)

Ned McGinniss (Actor)

Kidnapped 1960 (Movie)

Shuan (Actor)

Never Take Sweets From a Stranger 1960 (Movie)

Defense Counsel (Actor)

Shake Hands With the Devil 1959 (Movie)

Michael O'Leary (Actor)

Sword of Sherwood Forest 1959 (Movie)

Friar Tuck (Actor)

Tarzan's Greatest Adventure 1959 (Movie)

Kruger (Actor)

Behind the Mask 1958 (Movie)

Neil Isherwood (Actor)

Curse of the Demon 1958 (Movie)

Doctor Karswell (Actor)

The Nun's Story 1958 (Movie)

Father Vermeuhlen (Actor)

Alexander the Great 1956 (Movie)

Parmenio (Actor)

Helen of Troy 1956 (Movie)

Menelaus (Actor)

Lust For Life 1956 (Movie)

Roulin (Actor)

The Shiralee 1956 (Movie)

Beauty Kelly (Actor)

Special Delivery 1955 (Movie)

Sidney (Actor)

Betrayed 1954 (Movie)

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Hell Below Zero 1954 (Movie)

Dr Howe (Actor)

Knights of the Round Table 1953 (Movie)

Green Knight (Actor)

Chance of a Lifetime 1949 (Movie)

Frank Baxter (Actor)

Hamlet 1948 (Movie)

Captain (Actor)

Henry V 1943 (Movie)

MacMorris (Actor)

Biography

An Irish character actor, Niall MacGinnis appeared in a variety of roles but was especially adept at historical dramas. Trained as a doctor, he briefly worked as a surgeon in World War II before pursuing acting. He studied at the famed Old Vic Theatre in London under John Gielgud and became well-versed in Shakespeare. His first significant role was with young director Michael Powell, who cast him in the historical drama "The Edge of the World." He worked with Powell again in the war thriller "49th Parallel," winning praise for his portrayal of a Nazi officer. Co-star Laurence Olivier was impressed, casting MacGinniss in his 1948 film "Hamlet." He had a rare leading role playing the title character in the 1953 biographical drama "Martin Luther" and would appear in several more historical films throughout the decade, including "Alexander the Great" and "Helen of Troy." MacGinnis also made his Broadway debut in the early '50s and began appearing in both American and British films. He had a memorable role in the B-movie classic "Curse of the Demon," playing the demonic Dr. Julian Karswell, and he portrayed Zeus in the 1963 fantasy classic "Jason and The Argonauts." MacGinnis had a smattering of TV appearances in the latter part of his career while continuing to appear in some of his era's most significant films like the 1965 thriller "The Spy Who Came in from the Cold."

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