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James Finlayson (James Henderson Finlayson)

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Biography

Falkirk, Scotland, UK
Alongside Ben Turpin, diminutive Scots-born Jimmy Finlayson was, arguably, the most instantly recognisable of the many clowns of silent screen slapstick, who made their living as comic foil to stars like Laurel & Hardy, or Harold Lloyd. The perpetually exasperated, squinting, bald-pated master of the 'double-take and fade' with the walrus (fake) moustache, began his working life as an apprentice in his father's iron foundry. Not finding this much to his liking, he decided on a mercantile career and enrolled at Edinburgh University. There, he befriended the actor John Clyde, who, before long, talked him out of business and into acting. Read more...

Actor

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Character: Colonel Wilburforce Buckshot

Another Fine Mess 1930

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Character: Voice of lion

Nature in the Wrong 1933

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Character: Lord Rocburg

The Devil's Brother 1933

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Character: Peter Cucumber

Me and My Pal 1933

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Character: Sergeant Major Finlayson

Bonnie Scotland 1935

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Character: Captain Finn

The Bohemian Girl 1936

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Character: Finn - The Chief Engineer

Our Relations 1936

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Character: Barker's Second Butler

Angel 1937

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Character: Trick-Hat Inventor

The Toast of New York 1937

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Character: Dutch Peasant

Foreign Correspondent 1940

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Character: Dr. J.H. Finlayson

Saps at Sea 1940

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Character: Baldy Vandevere

A Chump at Oxford 1940

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Character: Loafer at Train Station

Nice Girl? 1941

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Character: Scottish Farmer with Mustache

To Be or Not to Be 1942

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Character: Target instructor

Down Memory Lane 1949

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Character: Sergeant Major Finlayson in 'Bonnie Scotland'

The Big Parade of Comedy 1964

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Character: Governor / Homeowner / Mr. Finlayson / Father of the Bride / Colonel Buckshot / Mickey Finn

A Tribute to the Boys: Laurel and Hardy 1992

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Character: Drunken Sailor / Wedding Guest

Here Comes the Groom 1951

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Character: Actor 'Bohemian Girl'

Hollywood: The Gift of Laughter 1982

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Character: Homeowner / Director / General

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