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Born: August 27, 1887, in Larbert, Falkirk,
Died: October 9, 1953 in Hollywood, California.
Nickmanes: James Finlayson NEVER went by the
nickname "Fin." That has been attributed to him
posthumously, by his fans. To his friends, he was simply
Laurel and Hardy related:
- Jimmy Finlayson can still be seen today in 33 Laurel
& Hardy films (including two of the boys'
Spanish-language films). He also appeared in the
long-missing HATS OFF and in ANY OLD PORT, but his scenes
were deleted from the final film. This brings the total
number of films made with Laurel & Hardy to
- In addition, he appeared in 19 films with Stan Laurel
and numerous films directed and/or written by Stan, prior
to the teaming of Laurel & Hardy. He appeared in 5
films with Oliver "Babe" Hardy prior to the teaming of
Laurel & Hardy.
Our Gang related:
- While working for the Hal Roach Studios, Finlayson
appeared in six Our Gang shorts. He appeared with Oliver
Hardy in one of these films, and with Stan Laurel in
- MUSH & MILK is probably his best known Our Gang
film. Spanky McFarland proves to frustrate Fin as well as
Charley Chase related:
- Finlayson appeared numerous times with Charley Chase.
Curiously, he did not always have his moustache...even
though he had one in other films made around the same
time. This tells us that Finlayson's trademark moustache
was not real.