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James Henderson Finlayson (Jimmy, Fin) was born on 27 August, 1887 in Larbert, United Kingdom, is an Actor. Discover James Finlayson’s Biography, Age, Height, Physical Stats, Dating/Affairs, Family and career updates. Learn How rich is He in this year and how He spends money? Also learn how He earned most of James Finlayson networth?

Popular As James Henderson Finlayson (Jimmy, Fin)
Occupation actor
Age 66 years old
Zodiac Sign Virgo
Born 27 August 1887
Birthday 27 August
Birthplace Larbert, United Kingdom
Date of death October 9, 1953
Died Place Los Angeles, CA
Nationality United Kingdom

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James Finlayson Height, Weight & Measurements

At 66 years old, James Finlayson height
is 5′ 5″ (1.65 m) .

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Height 5′ 5″ (1.65 m)
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Who Is James Finlayson’s Wife?

His wife is Emily Cora Gilbert (m. 1919)

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Wife Emily Cora Gilbert (m. 1919)
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James Finlayson Net Worth

His net worth has been growing significantly in 2022-2023. So, how much is James Finlayson worth at the age of 66 years old? James Finlayson’s income source is mostly from being a successful Actor. He is from United Kingdom. We have estimated
James Finlayson’s net worth
, money, salary, income, and assets.

Net Worth in 2023 $1 Million – $5 Million
Salary in 2023 Under Review
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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.


A short film called “M-G-M’s Galaxy of Stars” was a promotional reel of scenes from upcoming films to be released in Europe in the 1935 -36 season. It begins and ends with scenes of Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy and Finlayson. While their voices were dubbed into French, Ollie can be heard in his own voice saying, “Ooooh” and Finlayson saying, “Dooh!”.


On a visit to England to promote March of the Wooden Soldiers (1934) he filmed some scenes in the Will Hay film Dandy Dick (1935), but they were cut before release.


It is by no means certain that Finlayson was ever one of the original Keystone Kops, though he certainly donned police uniform for several of his two-reelers and appeared as a Kop in both Stout Hearts and Willing Hands (1931) and Hollywood Cavalcade (1939). In several of his early films, he was also co-starred with Ben Turpin, invariably playing the part of the villain or straight man to Turpin’s cross-eyed antics.

Jimmy appeared in some of the best two-reelers Roach made at MGM, and was subsequently involved as an integral part in most of Laurel & Hardy’s feature films, standing out in Pardon Us (1931), Our Relations (1936) , and, above all, as the perfidious Mickey Finn in Way Out West (1937).

He also appeared opposite other leading comics, including Charley Chase in, among others, Hasty Marriage (1931) and His Silent Racket (1933) – on occasion even without wearing his famous whiskers. It is now generally acknowledged that another of Jimmy’s screen mannerisms — his drawn-out, frustration-borne exclamation “d’ohhhhh” — famously inspired Dan Castellaneta’s Homer Simpson, uttering his suitably shortened trademark, “d’oh”. With the era of madcap comedy drawing to a close, Jimmy Finlayson continued on in movie bit parts and walk-ons, often with credits like ‘loafer’ or ‘Scottish Farmer with Mustache’.


Much of the joy in anarchic comedies like Big Business (1929) is derived precisely in the anticipation of the ‘civilised’, well-ordered violence which is about to take place when Laurel & Hardy square off against Finlayson.


However, this idea was quickly abandoned, and, by 1928, Jimmy had comfortably settled into his niche as antagonist or mainstay comic support. By this time he had rather perfected his inimitable mannerisms: the long double-take, the squint, one-eyed stare and raised eyebrow, usually followed by a palpable state of near-apoplexy.


Stan Laurel turned director for three short films with Jimmy as the nominal lead: Yes, Yes, Nanette (1925), Chasing the Chaser (1925) and Should Husbands Pay? (1926). Since these failed to propel Finlayson into the first comedic echelon, he was instead briefly touted as one third of a starring trio alongside Laurel and Oliver Hardy.


Jimmy’s prospects improved when he joined Hal Roach at Culver City in 1923. He started off as the antagonist in several of Stan Laurel’s early solo efforts, but Roach — recognising his potential — attempted to elevate him to first billing.


In 1916, Jimmy was given a few minor roles at L-KO, but it was not until 1920 that he signed a three-year contract with Mack Sennett.


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. So, Jimmy quit university and found a job as small part character player with the Theatre Royal in Edinburgh. Soon after, he began to work in comedy with a local repertory company and in music hall, appearing in plays written by Harry Lauder’s brother – and fellow Scotsman – Alec. A year later (in 1911), Jimmy crossed the Atlantic to appear on Broadway in the West End cast of “Bunty Pulls the Strings”, followed in 1912 by “The Great Game”. Buoyed by success, he decided to stay in America and embarked on a nationwide tour in vaudeville, again accompanied by Alec Lauder. Ending up in California after four years on the road, Jimmy decided to settle in Hollywood. He was joined there by his younger brother Bob who eventually became a camera technician.