Name Cec Linder
Years active 1955–92
Other names Cecil Linder
Role Film actor
|Born March 10, 1921 (1921-03-10) Galicia, Poland|
Died April 10, 1992, Toronto, Canada
TV shows The Edge of Night, Seaway, Seeing Things, House of Pride
Movies Goldfinger, Quatermass and the Pit, Deadly Eyes, A Touch of Class, An American Christma
Similar People Austin Willis, Nadja Regin, Guy Hamilton, Massimo Dallamano, James B Harris
Cec Linder (March 10, 1921 – April 10, 1992) was a Polish-born Canadian film and television actor. In the 1950s and 1960s, he worked extensively in the United Kingdom, often playing Canadian and American characters in various films and television programmes.
In television, he is best remembered for playing Dr. Matthew Roney in the BBC serial Quatermass and the Pit (1958–59). In film, he is best remembered for his role as James Bond's friend, CIA agent Felix Leiter, in Goldfinger (1964). Another well-known film in which he appeared was Lolita (1962), as Doctor Keegee.
Cec Linder grew up in Timmins, Ontario. His sister Anna Linder is still living.
Linder enjoyed an extensive and successful television career on both sides of the Atlantic. In the UK, probably his most prominent role was as the palaeontologist Roney in the original BBC version of Quatermass and the Pit (1958–59). In the United States, he was a regular in the CBS soap operas The Secret Storm and The Edge of Night and in the 1980s appeared in several of the Perry Mason revival TV films as District Attorney Jack Welles. Linder was also a regular on the popular 1980s Canadian crime series Seeing Things, playing Crown Attorney Spenser.
During his career, he also had guest roles in episodes of a variety of other popular British, American and Canadian television programmes, including: The Forest Rangers, Doomwatch, The Littlest Hobo, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, Ironside, The Saint, Danger Bay and The New Avengers.
During his time in Canada, Linder worked as an announcer at CKGB in Timmins, Ontario.
Linder's last work was as Syd Grady in two episodes of the television series Sweating Bullets (1991). He died the following year at home in Toronto, Ontario, of complications from emphysema.