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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)|
Finlay Jefferson Currie (20 January 1878 – 9 May 1968) was a Scottish actor of stage, screen, and television.
His acting career began on the stage. He and his wife, Maude Courtney, did a song-and-dance act in the USA in the late 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 as Saint Peter in Quo Vadis (1951), as Balthazar, one of the Three Magi in the multi-Oscar-winning Ben-Hur (1959), The Pope in Francis of Assisi (1961) and as an aged, wise senator in The Fall of the Roman Empire (1964).
In 1966, Currie played Mr. Lundie, the minister, in the television adaptation of the musical Brigadoon.
His last performance was for the television series The Saint which starred Roger Moore. Currie played a dying mafioso boss in the two-part episode "Vendetta for the Saint", which was released posthumously in 1969.
Personal life and death
He was married to Maude Courtney. They had one son, George Francis Courtney Currie, born in Melbourne, Australia, on 26 September 1906.
Finlay Currie died on 9 May 1968, aged 90.
- Finlay Currie at the Internet Movie Database
- Finlay Currie at Find a Grave
- Finlay Currie's appearance on This Is Your Life