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Born in Edinburgh, Scotland, UK
Died in Gerrards Cross, Buckinghamshire, England, UK
Birth NameWilliam Finlay Currie
Height 6' 2" (1.88 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Scottish-born Finlay Currie was a former church organist and choirmaster, who made his stage debut at 20 years of age. It took him 34 more years before making his first film, but he worked steadily for another 30 years after that. Although he was a large, imposing figure, with a rich, deep voice and somewhat authoritarian demeanor, he was seldom cast in villainous parts. He received great acclaim for his role as Magwitch in Great Expectations (1946), & one of his best remembered roles was the role of Balthazar in Ben-Hur (1959). Shunderson, Cary Grant's devoted servant with a secret past, in People Will Talk (1951). Later in his life-time, he became a much respected antiques dealer, specializing in coins and precious metals, (coinage). He died in England at age 90. While biggest Academy Awards theatrical film, Ben-Hur (1959) was in it's final four+ months of filming, he became a widower, when his only wife, Maude Courtney entered eternity.

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Spouse (1)

Maude Courtney (14 April 1905 - 29 July 1959) ( her death) ( 1 child)

Trivia (5)

He and wife Maude did a song-and-dance act in the US in the 1890s.
Made his theatrical debut in Edinburgh in 1898. Subsequently acted on stage in London and New York, as well as spending ten years in Australia as part of Sir Benjamin Fuller's troupe of players. He was a comedian and singer before graduating to dramatic parts, initially half of a double act with his wife Maude Courtney.
Appeared in seven films that were nominated for the Best Picture Oscar: 49th Parallel (1941), Great Expectations (1946), Quo Vadis (1951), Ivanhoe (1952), Around the World in 80 Days (1956), Ben-Hur (1959) and Cleopatra (1963). Of those, Around the World in 80 Days (1956) and Ben-Hur (1959) are winners in the category.
Lost the sight in his right eye, so is frequently, but not always, photographed from the left side, to disguise his disability.
His remains were cremated at Breakspear Crematorium in Ruislip, Middlesex, England.

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