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Iain Cuthbertson is a Actor British born on 4 january 1930 at Glasgow (United-kingdom)

Iain Cuthbertson

Iain Cuthbertson
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Nationality United-kingdom
Birth 4 january 1930 at Glasgow (United-kingdom)
Death 4 september 2009 (at 79 years) at Glasgow (United-kingdom)

Iain Cuthbertson (4 January 1930 – 4 September 2009) was a Scottish character actor. At 6' 4", he was known for his tall imposing build and also his distinctive "gravelly" heavily accented voice.


Cuthbertson's first marriage, to Anne Kristen in 1964, was dissolved in 1988. He is survived by his second wife, Janet Smith.

From 1975 to 1978, he served as Rector of the University of Aberdeen. He listed his hobbies as sailing and fishing, and, after retiring, he lived in Dalrymple, Ayrshire.

He suffered a severe stroke in 1982, which caused paralysis down one side of his body and speech loss. It took him almost two years to recover sufficiently to be able to act again. Although he avoided live theatre work thereafter, due to a fear of forgetting and/or stumbling on lines, he was still able to take parts in films and TV.

Best films

Gorillas in the Mist (1988)

Usually with

Peter Capaldi
Peter Capaldi
(1 films)
Robert Lynn
Robert Lynn
(1 films)
Source : Wikidata

Filmography of Iain Cuthbertson (11 films)

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Strictly Sinatra, 1h37
Directed by Peter Capaldi
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, Action, Romance
Actors Ian Hart, Kelly Macdonald, Brian Cox, Alun Armstrong, Tommy Flanagan, Iain Cuthbertson
Roles Connolly
Rating57% 2.85412.85412.85412.85412.8541
The film is about a young Glaswegian-Italian lounge singer, Toni Cocozza (Ian Hart), with a passion for Frank Sinatra and the dream of becoming a famous musician. He grows weary of playing to elderly crowds in third-rate bars and decides to accept career help from mob enforcer Chisolm (Brian Cox) and his boss Connolly (Iain Cuthbertson) whose wife (Una McLean) has taken a liking to Toni. In exchange for assisting the organization with their illegal activities, Chisholm pays for new clothes for Toni and pressures the producer of a talent show to allow Toni to compete in the contest. Meanwhile, he tries to keep his ties with the mob secret from his friend and accompanist Bill (Alun Armstrong) and pretty cigarette girl Irene (Kelly Macdonald) who he has fallen for. The trio form a modern day Rat Pack with Irene as Shirley MacLaine. Eventually his luck runs out. While he is helping to rob a store, Toni misses a date with Irene and she and Bill discover that he is leading a double life. They beg him not to compete in the talent show as he will be forever indebted to Chisholm, but he goes anyway. He only places fifth and continues his career singing in lounges, but is deeply unhappy. One day while making a drug drop the drugs he is carrying are stolen by a street kid. Toni refuses to harm the street kid, thus making him a target for the mob hitmen. He performs one last time at a birthday bash for Connolly's wife, fully expecting to be killed after he finishes his number. Bill rescues him by creating a distraction, which gives him a chance to get away with Irene. Using assumed names, the two manage to evade the mobsters and escape to New York City.
The Tichborne Claimant, 1h38
Directed by David Yates
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama
Actors Robert Pugh, Stephen Fry, Robert Hardy, John Gielgud, Charles Gray, James Villiers
Roles Dr. McKechnie
Rating60% 3.0056953.0056953.0056953.0056953.005695
Based on a true story, the film is set in the late 19th century. Lord Tichborne, the ninth richest nobleman in England, disappears after a South American shipwreck. Some years later his erudite Afro-English valet, Bogle, is sent to investigate rumors that Tichborne survived and settled in Australia. An alcoholic ruffian answers Bogle's inquiries claiming to be the lost heir. Bogle suspects fraud, but conspires with the claimant to split the inheritance should the latter successfully pass himself off to friends, family and the courts. As the claimant returns to England to continue his charade, enough people confirm his identity to make both the claimant and Bogle believe that he just might be the rightful heir after all.
Le Miroir du mort, 50minutes
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Crime
Actors David Suchet, Hugh Fraser, Philip Jackson, Iain Cuthbertson, Richard Lintern, Jeremy Northam
Roles Gervase Chevenix
Rating77% 3.8818653.8818653.8818653.8818653.881865
Poirot est à une vente aux enchères pour acheter un miroir qui irait très bien dans son vestibule, cependant c'est un collectionneur, Gervase Chevenix, qui remporte l'enchère. Chevenix demande à Poirot de venir enquêter chez lui en échange du miroir. Il pense être victime d'une arnaque par son associé. Poirot, malgré l'impolitesse et l'air supérieur de Chevenix, décide d'accepter l'invitation. À son arrivée, la femme de Chevenix confie à Poirot qu'un esprit lui a dit que la mort est imminente pour un membre de son entourage...
Let Him Have It, 1h55
Directed by Peter Medak
Genres Drama, Biography, Crime
Themes Prison films, Films about capital punishment
Actors Christopher Eccleston, Paul Reynolds, Tom Courtenay, Eileen Atkins, Tom Bell, Edward Hardwicke
Roles Sir David Maxwell-Fyfe
Rating71% 3.595593.595593.595593.595593.59559
The film is based on the true story of Derek Bentley. Within the film, Bentley (Eccleston) is an illiterate young adult with developmental disabilities who falls into a gang led by a younger teenager named Chris Craig (Reynolds). The two become trapped by the police, who tell Chris to put down his gun. Bentley says, "Let him have it, Chris." Chris begins firing, killing one officer and wounding another. Because he is a minor (under 18), Chris is given a minor sentence, but Bentley, although he did not shoot anyone, is sentenced to death, on the basis that his statement to Chris was an instigation to begin shooting.
Antonia and Jane
Directed by Beeban Kidron
Actors Imelda Staunton, Saskia Reeves, John Bennett, Maria Charles, Brenda Bruce, Alfred Marks
Roles Edgar
Rating72% 3.6474053.6474053.6474053.6474053.647405
Les rapports au quotidien, alternant chamaillerie et copinerie, de deux amies d'enfance, la belle Antonia et la boulotte Jane, leurs déboires sentimentaux et professionnels, le tout ponctué de séances de psychanalyse…
Scandal (1989)
, 1h55
Directed by Michael Caton-Jones
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, Historical, Politic, Romance
Actors John Hurt, Joanne Whalley, Bridget Fonda, Ian McKellen, Leslie Phillips, Britt Ekland
Roles Lord Hailsham
Rating64% 3.246543.246543.246543.246543.24654
An English bon-vivant osteopath is enchanted with a young exotic dancer and invites her to live with him. He serves as friend and mentor, and through his wide range of contacts and his parties she and her friend meet and date members of the Conservative Party. A scandal develops when her affair with the Minister of War comes to public attention.
Gorillas in the Mist, 2h9
Directed by Michael Apted
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Biography, Historical
Themes Films set in Africa, Films about animals, Assassinat, Environmental films, Politique, Films about apes, Political films, Mise en scène d'un mammifère
Actors Sigourney Weaver, Bryan Brown, Julie Harris, Iain Glen, Iain Cuthbertson, Constantin Alexandrov
Roles Dr. Louis Leakey
Rating69% 3.4996753.4996753.4996753.4996753.499675
Physical therapist Dian Fossey (Sigourney Weaver) is inspired by the anthropologist Louis Leakey (Iain Cuthbertson) to devote her life to the study of primates. To this end, she writes ceaselessly to him for a job cataloguing and studying the rare mountain gorillas of Africa. With some effort, she manages to convince Leakey of her conviction and devotion to the cause at hand after personally approaching him following a lecture in Louisville, Kentucky, on his part in 1966. Thereafter, Fossey embarks into the Congo, where Leakey and his foundation equip her with the necessary equipment and housing to achieve personal contact with the gorillas, and introduce her to a local animal tracker, Sembagare (John Omirah Miluwi), to assist her in her endeavors. Settling deep in the jungle, Fossey and Sembagare manage to locate a troop of gorillas, but they are ultimately displaced by the events of the Congo Crisis after being forcibly evicted from their research site by Congolese soldiers, who accuse Fossey of being a foreign spy and agitator.
Up the Chastity Belt, 1h34
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Comedy
Actors Frankie Howerd, Graham Crowden, Bill Fraser, Norman Beaton, David Prowse, Roy Hudd
Roles Teutonic Knight
Rating53% 2.698022.698022.698022.698022.69802
Howerd played dual roles as King Richard the Lionheart and cowardly peasant Lurkalot (his character in Up Pompeii was the slave Lurcio). The plot served as an excuse to serve up the usual collection of puns and double entendres that characterised most British film comedy in the 1970s, but did feature Eartha Kitt singing "A Knight for My Nights" and Hugh Paddick (of Julian and Sandy fame in the Round the Horne BBC radio series) as a notable Robin Hood, leader of a band of men who were camp homosexual rather than merry.
The Railway Children, 1h50
Directed by Lionel Jeffries
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, Comedy
Themes Transport films, Rail transport films, Children's films
Actors Jenny Agutter, Gary Warren, Sally Thomsett, Dinah Sheridan, Bernard Cribbins, Iain Cuthbertson
Roles Charles Waterbury
Rating72% 3.6444053.6444053.6444053.6444053.644405
The story follows the adventures of the Waterbury children, who are forced to move with their mother (Dinah Sheridan) from a luxurious Edwardian villa in the London suburbs to "Three Chimneys", a house near the fictional 'Great Northern and Southern Railway' in Yorkshire, as their father (Iain Cuthbertson), who works at the Foreign Office, has been imprisoned as a result of being wrongly accused of selling state secrets to the Russians.