Job Actor
Years active 1910-1951
Known for Comic foil to Laurel and Hardy; the original "D'oh"
Top Roles Dutch Peasant, James, Man at Golf Course, Cabby, Mickey Finn
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:

Schoolteacher: We will now have the role call. Those that are here will answer "present". Those that are not here will say "absent".

Peter Cucumber: [taking the IN MEMORY wreath] I just might have some use for this.

Schoolteacher: What is a blizzard?
Stanley: A blizzard? A blizzard is the inside of a buzzard.
Schoolteacher: Fresh, huh?

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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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