Finlay Currie was a terrific Scottish character actor in British and U.S. films from the thirties right through to the sixties. He was born in Edinburh in 1878. He and his Maude Courtney had a vaudeville act and they toured the U.S. with their revue in the 1890′s. His first film was “The Old Man” in 1932. His film career highlights include “The Edge of the World” in 1937, “49th Parallel”, “Thunder Rock” and “I Know Where I’m Going”. He gave a wonderful performance in David Lean’s verision of “Great Expectations” as Magwitch in 1946. He went to Hollywood in the early 1950′s and made such films as “People Will Talk” with Cary Grant and Jeanne Crain, “Stars and Stripes Forever” and “Treasure of the Golden Condor”. Back in Britain in his eighties he was featured in “Billy Liarin 1963 “, “The Battle of the Villa Fiorita” and “Bunny Lake is Missing”. He died in 1968 at the age of 90.
Anyone who knows me are aware that I am a bit of a movie buff. Over the past few years I have been collecting signed photographs of my favourite actors.
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