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Occupation  Actor
Name  Finlay Currie
TV shows  United!
Years active  1899–68
Role  Actor

Full Name  Finlay Jefferson Currie
Born  20 January 1878 (1878-01-20) Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland
Died  May 9, 1968, Gerrards Cross, United Kingdom
Spouse  Maude Courtney (m. 1884–1959)
Children  George Francis Courtney Currie, Nina Currie
Movies  Ben‑Hur, Quo Vadis, Great Expectations, People Will Talk, Around the World in 80 Days
Similar People  Martita Hunt, Karl Tunberg, Anthony Havelock‑Allan, Sam Zimbalist, Francis L Sullivan


Finlay Jefferson Currie (20 January 1878 – 9 May 1968) was a Scottish actor of stage, screen and television.


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, did a song-and-dance act in the USA in the late 1890s. He made his first film (The Old Man (1931 film)) in 1931. He appeared as a priest in the 1943 Ealing Second World War film Undercover. His most famous film role was the convict Abel Magwitch in David Lean's Great Expectations (1946).

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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). 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 NBC's The DuPont Show of the Week, The Ordeal of Dr. Shannon, an adaptation of A. J. Cronin's novel, Shannon's Way.

He was the subject of This Is Your Life in February 1963, when he was surprised by Eamonn Andrews at the BBC Television Theatre in London.

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.

Later he became a much respected antiques dealer, specialising in coins and precious metals. He was also a longtime collector of the works of Robert Burns.

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.


Currie died on 9 May 1968 in Gerrards Cross, Buckinghamshire, at age 90. His ashes were scattered into the English Channel.


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