Job Actor
Years active 1910-1951
Known for Comic foil to Laurel and Hardy; the original "D'oh"
Top Roles Dutch Peasant, Baldy Vandevere, Drunken Sailor / Wedding Guest, Hansom Cab Driver, Bit Role
Top GenresComedy, Short Films, Silent Films, Musical, Drama, Family
Top TopicsRomance (Comic), Screwball Comedy, Dance
Top Collaborators (Producer), , , (Producer)
Shares birthday with Martha Raye, George Montgomery, Leo Penn  see more..

James Finlayson Overview:

Character actor, James Finlayson, was born James Henderson Finlayson on Aug 27, 1887 in Larbert, Scotland. Finlayson died at the age of 66 on Oct 9, 1953 in Los Angeles, CA .


With bald head and walrus mustache, James Finlayson appeared in over 240 roles and is probably best remembered as a great comic foil to Laurel and Hardy. He is known for the double-take-&-squint, the one-eyed stare… and the ORIGINAL “D’oh”.

(Source: article by Annmarie Gatti for Classic Movie Hub).



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By Annmarie Gatti on Aug 27, 2012 From Classic Movie Hub Blog

Born August 27, 1887, Character Actor ! Over 240 roles and the GREAT Comic Foil to Laurel & Hardy! Known for the double-take-&-squint, the one-eyed stare… and the ORIGINAL “D’oh” !!! “And the next time, I want my payment without any detour! Huh, ... Read full article

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James Finlayson Quotes:

Captain Finn: Oh! My good eye!

Schoolteacher: We shall now have an intelligence test. Who was Columbus?
Prisoner: The mayor of Ohio.
Schoolteacher: [pause] What did he do?
Insurgent Convict: He died.
Schoolteacher: Well, of course he died. Who killed him?
The Tiger: Cock Robin.
Schoolteacher: Who said *that*?
The Tiger: I did.
Schoolteacher: [pause] Correct.

Schoolteacher: How many times does three go into nine?
Stanley: ...Three times.
Schoolteacher: Correct.
Stanley: And two left over.
Schoolteacher: [nods; Ollie begins to giggle] What are you laughing at?
Oliver: There's only one left over.
Schoolteacher: D'oh!

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James Finlayson Facts
Dan Castellaneta, the voice of Homer Simpson for "The Simpsons" (1989), has said that Homer's "D'oh!" was inspired by Finlayson's use of the same exclamation.

His famous moustache was a phoney that he only wore in films.

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