Biography

James Henderson "Jimmy" Finlayson (August 27, 1887 – October 9, 1953) was a Scottish actor who worked in both silent and sound comedies. Bald, with a fake moustache, Finlayson had many trademark comic mannerisms and is famous for his squinting, outraged, "double take and fade away" head reaction, and characteristic expression "d'ooooooh", and as the most famous comic foil of Laurel and Hardy.

James Henderson "Jimmy" Finlayson (August 27, 1887 – October 9, 1953) was a Scottish actor who worked in both silent and sound comedies. Bald, with a fake moustache, Finlayson had many trademark comic mannerisms and is famous for his squinting, outraged, "double take and fade away" head reaction, and characteristic expression "d'ooooooh", and as the most famous comic foil of Laurel and Hardy.

Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Male

Known Credits 102

Birthday 1887-08-27

Day of Death 1953-10-09

Place of Birth Falkirk, Scotland, UK

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Also Known As

  • Jimmy Finlayson
  • Jimmy Finalyson
  • Jimmie Finlayson
  • Jim Finlayson

Acting TV ShowsMovies

L'allegro mondo di Stanlio & Olio
2002 Laurel & Hardy - Highlights
1967 The Further Perils of Laurel and Hardy
1951 The Slappiest Days of Our Lives as (archive footage)
1951 Royal Wedding as Cabby (uncredited)
1948 Grand Canyon Trail as Sheriff
1947 The Perils of Pauline as Comic Chef
1943 Happy Times and Jolly Moments as (archive footage)
1940 Foreign Correspondent as Dutch Peasant
1940 Saps at Sea as Dr. J.H. Finlayson (uncredited)
1940 A Chump at Oxford as Baldy Vandevere (uncredited)
1939 Raffles as Hansom Cab Driver
1939 The Great Victor Herbert as Lamplighter
1939 The Flying Deuces as Jailor
1939 Hollywood Cavalcade as Keystone Cop
1939 Dog-Gone as Mr. Jones
1938 Block-Heads as Fin - Man on stairs
1937 All Over Town as MacDougal
1937 Way Out West as Mickey Finn
1936 Our Relations as Finn
1936 The Bohemian Girl as Captain Finn
1935 Bonnie Scotland as Sgt. Maj. Finlayson
1935 Thicker Than Water as Auction Manager
1933 Dick Turpin as Jeremy
1933 The Gay Nighties as Mr. Amos Pipp
1933 Mush and Milk as Mr. Brown, the banker
1933 The Druggist's Dilemma as Andrew Finch
1933 Me and My Pal as Peter Cucumber
1933 The Devil's Brother as Lord Rocburg
1932 Pack Up Your Troubles as General
1932 Thunder Below as Scotty
1932 The Chimp as Ringmaster (uncredited)
1931 The Hasty Marriage as Kitty's Father
1931 One Good Turn as A Community Player
1931 Pardon Us as Schoolteacher
1931 Our Wife as Father of the bride
1931 Politiquerías as Criado
1931 Second Hand Kisses as Jimmy Finlayson
1931 Chickens Come Home as Butler
1930 Another Fine Mess as Colonel Wilburforce Buckshot
1930 Dollar Dizzy as House Detective (uncredited)
1930 For the Defense as Parrott
1930 The Dawn Patrol as Field Sergeant
1930 Young Eagles as Scotty
1930 Ladrones
1930 Night Owls as Meadows
1929 The Hoose-Gow as Governor
1929 Men o'War as Soda jerk
1929 Two Weeks Off as Pa Weaver
1929 Big Business as Homeowner
1929 Liberty as Store keeper
1929 Fast Freight as Spooky Wall Painting
1928 Lady Be Good
1928 Flying Elephants as Saxophonus
1928 Should Tall Men Marry? as Joe Skittle
1927 Do Detectives Think? as Judge Foozle
1927 Hats Off as Proprietor, Kwickway Washing Machine Co.
1927 Call of the Cuckoo as Asylum Inmate
1927 The Second Hundred Years as Gov. Browne Van Dyke
1927 Sugar Daddies as Oil tycoon Cyrus Brittle
1927 With Love and Hisses as Captain Bustle
1927 Don't Tell Everything as Lawyer Goldblum
1927 Love 'Em and Weep as Titus Tillsbury
1927 No Man's Law as Jack Belcher
1927 Seeing the World as 'Old Buzz-Fuzz,' teacher
1927 Anything Once! as Mabel's Boss
1926 Raggedy Rose as Simpson Sniffle
1926 Wise Guys Prefer Brunettes as Dean of Pinkham University
1926 Thundering Fleas as Justice of the Peace
1926 Madame Mystery as Struggling Author
1926 What's the World Coming To? as The Father-in-Law
1925 The Caretaker's Daughter as The Prohibition Sleuth (as Jimmie Finlayson)
1925 Moonlight and Noses as Professor Sniff
1925 Innocent Husbands as The Desk Clerk (as Jimmie Finlayson)
1925 Yes, Yes, Nanette as Hillory, the new husband (as Jimmie Finlayson)
1925 Chasing the Chaser as Gilroy (the husband)
1925 In the Grease
1925 Tell It to a Policeman
1925 Sure-Mike! as The Floorwalker
1924 Short Kilts as McGregor's son
1924 Rupert of Hee-Haw as Rupert of Hee Haw
1924 Near Dublin as Brick merchant Sir Patrick
1924 Zeb vs. Paprika as Major Glanders Botts
1924 Smithy as Sergeant
1924 Wide Open Spaces as Jack McQueen
1923 Fully Insured as The Foreman
1923 Scorching Sands
1923 The Whole Truth as Defense lawyer
1923 Frozen Hearts as General Sappovitch
1923 Roughest Africa as Hans Downe
1923 A Man About Town
1923 Oranges and Lemons as Worker
1923 Courtship of Miles Sandwich as Miles Sandwich
1923 Sold at Auction as The Man Who WAS Sold
1923 White Wings
1923 California or Bust as Campground neighbor
1923 Before the Public
1921 A Small Town Idol as J. Wellington Jones
1920 Don't Weaken! as Lightfingered Luke - Professor Yonson's Assistant
1920 Down on the Farm as The Sportive Banker with the Mortgage
1919 Yankee Doodle in Berlin as Commander's Officer (uncredited)
1918 In Dutch

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