Finlay Currie

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Finlay Currie
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Born Finlay Jefferson Currie
(1878-01-20)20 January 1878
Edinburgh, Scotland
Died 9 May 1968(1968-05-09) (aged 90)
Gerrards Cross, Buckinghamshire, England
Occupation Actor
Years active 1931–68
Spouse(s) Maude Courtney (1884–1959) (her death) 3 daughters

Finlay Jefferson Currie (20 January 1878 – 9 May 1968) was a Scottish actor of stage, screen, and television.

Currie was born in Edinburgh, where he later attended George Watson's College. His acting career began on the stage. He and his wife, Maude Courtney (1884–1959), did a song-and-dance act in the USA 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 the convict Abel Magwitch in David Lean's Great Expectations (1946). 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 Magi), and in 1964 The Fall of the Roman Empire (as an aged, wise senator).

He appeared in People Will Talk with Cary Grant, and he 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), 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 last performances, Currie played a dying mafioso boss in the two part "Vendetta for the Saint" (1968), starring Roger Moore.

He was the subject of This Is Your Life in February 1963, when he was surprised by Eamonn Andrews at the BBC Television Theatre in London.

Later he became a much respected antiques dealer, specialising in coins and precious metals. He was also a longtime collector of the works of Robert Burns.

Personal life[edit]

Finlay Currie was married to Maude Courtney. They had one son, George Francis Courtney Currie, born in Melbourne, Australia, on 26 September 1906.

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