Jim Norton (actor)
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4 January 1938 |
Jim Norton (born 4 January 1938) is an Irish character actor.
Jim Norton has been acting for over forty years in theatre, television, and movies, and frequently plays clergymen, most notably Bishop Brennan in the sitcom Father Ted, as well as roles in The Sweeney (1977), Peak Practice (1993), Sunset Heights (1997), A Love Divided (1999), Rebus: Black and Blue (2000), Mad About Mambo (2000), and Boxed (2003).
He starred as Finian McLonergan in the critically acclaimed New York City Center's 2009 production of Finian's Rainbow, and in October 2009, reprised the role in the Broadway revival at the St. James Theatre. His co-stars were Cheyenne Jackson (Woody) and Kate Baldwin (Sharon).
As well as Bishop Brennan in Father Ted, he also played Albert Einstein in two episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation. Norton appeared in an edition of the highly acclaimed 1970's British television drama series Colditz, as the librarian Lieutenant James Porteous. He appeared in two episodes of Van der Valk. On Babylon 5 he appeared in a number of roles including "Ombuds Wellington" in 1994 episodes "Grail" and "The Quality of Mercy"; a Narn ("Dust to Dust", 1996); and Dr. Lazarenn, a Markab doctor in "Confessions and Lamentations" (1995). In Fall of Eagles he played Alexander Kerensky.
In stark contrast to his role as the terrifying Bishop Brennan in the TV series Father Ted, one of Norton's earlier UK television roles was as the timid Gardener in the first series of the long-running CITV children's series T-Bag, ('Wonders in Letterland').
He also played the role of Stan Laurel in the BBC drama Stan.
He appeared as the character Larry Joyce in the 2013 television drama Deception
He appeared in the 1969 epic film Alfred the Great as Thanet.
Norton played the part of "Pongo" in the screen version of Spike Milligan's war-time memoir 'Adolf Hitler. My Part in his Downfall.' In 1971 he played "Chris Cawsey" (aka "The Rat Man"), one of several villains in the controversial Sam Peckinpah movie Straw Dogs starring Dustin Hoffman. His character had a deviously infectious, deliberately irritating laugh that helped build tension throughout the film.(see external links)
He appeared in the 1992 Irish-made film Into the West.
He appeared in the comedy On the Nose as Patrick Cassidy, along with Dan Aykroyd and Robbie Coltrane, in 2001.
He played an Irish immigrant in the 2005 Australian/UK co-production, The Oyster Farmer.
In 2012, he performed as The chairman in a Broadway adaptation of The Mystery of Edwin Drood.
In 2013/2014 he played Maurice in Conor McPherson's The Night Alive, a Donmar Warehouse production, transferred to the Atlantic Theatre Company in New York.
He has recorded the whole of James Joyce's Ulysses (with Marcella Riordan), Dubliners, Finnegans Wake (abridged with Marcella Riordan) and A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man for Naxos Records.
Thorndyke: Forensic Investigator: for BBC Radio 4 Extra 2011.
The House on the Borderland by William Hope Hodgson: BBC Radio 4 Extra, May 2012
Narrator: The Stack, short story by Rose Tremain, broadcast on BBC Radio 4 Extra, 24 September 2012.
- Legend Award – as the older Stan Laurel in a television docudrama about Laurel and Hardy. (Elk Acting Festival, Dundonald, Belfast). Norton did not appear as he did not expect to win the award.
- Isherwood, Charles (28 March 2009). "An Irish Immigrant in Missitucky With the Lowdown on High Finance". New York Times. Retrieved 19 August 2009.
- Scheck, Frank (28 March 2009). "Brief Dazzling Vision". New York Post. Retrieved 19 August 2009.
- Suskin, Steven (28 March 2009). "Finian's Rainbow". Variety. Retrieved 19 August 2009.
- Joyce, James. "Ulysses". Naxos (2004).
- Jim Norton at the Internet Movie Database
- Jim Norton at the Internet Broadway Database
- List of Performances at FilmReference.com