Stringer Davis

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Stringer Davis
Born James Buckley Stringer Davis
(1899-06-04)4 June 1899
Birkenhead, Cheshire, England, UK
Died 29 August 1973(1973-08-29) (aged 74)
Chalfont St Giles, Buckinghamshire, England, UK
Years active 1938-1973
Spouse(s) Margaret Rutherford (1945–1972; her death)

James Buckley Stringer Davis, generally known as Stringer Davis (4 June 1899 – 29 August 1973), was an English character actor. He was married to actress Dame Margaret Rutherford.

Background and marriage[edit]

Davis was born in Birkenhead, Cheshire, England.

He was reportedly bisexual[1] and married fellow performer Margaret Rutherford in 1945 when he was still struggling professionally.[2] The marriage was happy and they stayed together until her death in 1972.


Stringer was best known for his supporting roles in various films and television series, where he often played a gentle old Englishman character. His wife always insisted that he be given a small role in every film she made and he appeared alongside Rutherford in a number of films, including (as the character "Mr. Stringer") in four adaptations of Agatha Christie novels featuring Rutherford as Miss Marple. He was both supportive of Rutherford, whose earlier life had been somewhat troubled, and very protective of her: for example, after an alligator had attacked its keeper while she was filming An Alligator Named Daisy in 1955, he stood next to the cameraman wearing a long raincoat under which he concealed a claw hammer.[3]


Davis died in Chalfont St Giles, Buckinghamshire, in 1973, one year after Rutherford's death. Rutherford and Davis are interred at the graveyard of St. James's Church, Gerrards Cross, Buckinghamshire.l

Partial filmography[edit]


  1. ^ Andy Merriman, Margaret Rutherford: Dreadnought with Good Manners (London: Aurum Press,; ISBN 978-1-84513-445-7), 2009. See also Merriman in Radio Times, 4–10 June 2011, referring to a suggestion that he was "not resolutely heterosexual".
  2. ^ Radio Times, loc.cit.
  3. ^ Radio Times, loc.cit.

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