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|Born||Finlay Jefferson Currie
20 January 1878
|Died||9 May 1968
Gerrards Cross, Buckinghamshire, England
|Spouse(s)||Maude Courtney (1884–1959) (her death) 3 daughters|
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.
Finlay Currie was married to Maude Courtney. They had one son, George Francis Courtney Currie, born in Melbourne, Australia, on 26 September 1906.
- Finlay Currie at the Internet Movie Database
- Finlay Currie at Find a Grave
- Finlay Currie's appearance on This Is Your Life