Alastair Sim (1900–1976)

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The son of Alexander Sim JP and Isabella McIntyre, Alastair Sim was educated in Edinburgh. Always interested in language (especially the spoken word) he became the Fulton Lecturer in Elocution at New College, Edinburgh University from 1925 until 1930. He was invited back and became the Rector of Edinburgh University (1948 - 1951). His first stage ... See full bio »

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A Christmas Carol Ebenezer Scrooge
An Inspector Calls Inspector Poole
Stage Fright Commodore Gill
Wee Geordie The Laird


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 1976 Rogue Male (TV Movie)
The Earl
 1976 The Littlest Horse Thieves
Lord Harrogate
 1975 Royal Flash
Mr. Greig
 1975 The Prodigal Daughter (TV Movie)
Father Perfect
 1972 Play for Today (TV Series)
General Adam Suffolk
- The General's Day (1972) ... General Adam Suffolk
 1972 The Ruling Class
Bishop Bertie Lampton
 1971 A Christmas Carol (TV Short)
Ebenezer Scrooge (voice)
 1967-1971 Misleading Cases (TV Series)
Mr. Swallow, a Stipendiary Magistrate
- Regina Versus Sagittarius (1971) ... Mr. Swallow, a Stipendiary Magistrate
- How Free Is a Freeman? (1971) ... Mr. Swallow, a Stipendiary Magistrate
- A Tiger in Your Bank (1971) ... Mr. Swallow, a Stipendiary Magistrate
- The Sitting Bird (1971) ... Mr. Swallow, a Stipendiary Magistrate
- What Is a Snail? (1971) ... Mr. Swallow, a Stipendiary Magistrate
 1968 Cold Comfort Farm (TV Mini-Series)
Amos Starkadder
- Doom (1968) ... Amos Starkadder
- Woodshed (1968) ... Amos Starkadder
- Folk (1968) ... Amos Starkadder
 1960 The Millionairess
 1960 BBC Sunday-Night Play (TV Series)
Mr. Gillie
- Twentieth Century Theatre: Mr. Gillie (1960) ... Mr. Gillie
 1960 School for Scoundrels
Mr. S. Potter
 1959 Left Right and Centre
Centre - Lord Wilcot
 1958 The Doctor's Dilemma
Cutler Walpole
 1957 Blue Murder at St. Trinian's
Miss Amelia Fritton
 1956 The Green Man
 1956 ITV Play of the Week (TV Series)
Dr. Knox
- The Anatomist (1956) ... Dr. Knox
 1956 The Anatomist (TV Movie)
Dr. Knox
 1955 Wee Geordie
The Laird
 1955 Escapade
Dr. Skillingworth
 1954 The Belles of St. Trinian's
Millicent Fritton / Clarence Fritton
 1954 An Inspector Calls
Inspector Poole
 1953 Innocents in Paris
Sir Norman
 1952 Folly to Be Wise
Rev. William Paris
 1951 A Christmas Carol
Ebenezer Scrooge
 1951 Bikini Baby
Hawtrey Murington - Optimum Films (uncredited)
 1951 Laughter in Paradise
Deniston Russell
 1950 Mr. Gillie (TV Movie)
Mr. Gillie
 1950 The Happiest Days of Your Life
Wetherby Pond
 1950 Stage Fright
Commodore Gill (as Alistair Sim)
 1949 The Anatomist (TV Movie)
Dr. Knox
 1948 Dulcimer Street
Mr. Squales
 1948 Dr. Angelus (TV Movie)
Dr. Angelus
 1947 Captain Boycott
Father McKeogh
 1947 Hue and Cry
Felix H. Wilkinson
 1946 Green for Danger
The Police: Inspector Cockrill
 1945 Waterloo Road
Dr. Montgomery
 1942 Let the People Sing
Prof. Ernst Kronak
 1941 Her Father's Daughter (Short)
Mr. McForrest
 1941 Bombsight Stolen
Charles Dimble
 1941 Mail Train
Sergeant Bingham
 1940 Law and Disorder
Samuel Blight
 1939 The Mysterious Mr. Davis
The Lunatic (as Alistair Sim)
 1939 Inspector Hornleigh on Holiday
Sergeant Bingham
 1939 Shadows of the Underworld
Lochlan Macgregor
 1939 Inspector Hornleigh
Sergeant Bingham
 1938 Climbing High
 1938 This Man Is News
 1938 Alf's Button Afloat
The Genie of the Button
 1938 The Terror
'Soapy' Marx
 1938 Sailing Along
 1937 A Romance in Flanders
Colonel Wexton
 1937 Melody and Romance
Professor Williams
 1937 Murder on Diamond Row
Joshua Collie
 1937 Gangway
Detective Taggett
 1937 Clothes and the Woman
 1937 Strange Experiment
'Pop' Lawler
 1936/II The Big Noise
 1936 The Man in the Mirror
Interpreter (as Alistair Sim)
 1936 Keep Your Seats, Please!
A. S. Drayton
 1936 Wrath of Jealousy
Angus Graham
 1936 Troubled Waters
Mac MacTavish
 1935 Late Extra
 1935 The Private Secretary
Mr. Nebulae
 1935 The Case of Gabriel Perry
Bit Role (uncredited)
 1935 The Riverside Murder
Police Sgt. 'Mac' McKay
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He acted in George Colman and David Garrick's play, "The Clandestine Marriage," at the Savoy Theatre in London, England with Ron Moody, and Dandy Nichols in the cast. Ian McKellen was director. See more »

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2 Print Biographies | 5 Articles | 5 Pictorials | 7 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »

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At first I was not sure if I liked films. The sequences are so disconnected and mechanical I thought I should have difficulty "getting into the skin" of the characters. But I soon found that the care, precision and concentrated energy that attends the photographing of each scene conspires to pitch one into the right frame of mind. See more »


He was awarded an honorary LLD by Edinburgh University at the end of his term as Rector. See more »

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