Niall Macginnis


Biography

An Irish character actor, Niall MacGinnis appeared in a variety of roles but was especially adept at historical dramas. Trained as a doctor, he briefly worked as a surgeon in World War II before pursuing acting. He studied at the famed Old Vic Theatre in London under John Gielgud and became well-versed in Shakespeare. His first significant role was with young director Michael Powell, wh...

Biography

An Irish character actor, Niall MacGinnis appeared in a variety of roles but was especially adept at historical dramas. Trained as a doctor, he briefly worked as a surgeon in World War II before pursuing acting. He studied at the famed Old Vic Theatre in London under John Gielgud and became well-versed in Shakespeare. His first significant role was with young director Michael Powell, who cast him in the historical drama "The Edge of the World." He worked with Powell again in the war thriller "49th Parallel," winning praise for his portrayal of a Nazi officer. Co-star Laurence Olivier was impressed, casting MacGinniss in his 1948 film "Hamlet." He had a rare leading role playing the title character in the 1953 biographical drama "Martin Luther" and would appear in several more historical films throughout the decade, including "Alexander the Great" and "Helen of Troy." MacGinnis also made his Broadway debut in the early '50s and began appearing in both American and British films. He had a memorable role in the B-movie classic "Curse of the Demon," playing the demonic Dr. Julian Karswell, and he portrayed Zeus in the 1963 fantasy classic "Jason and The Argonauts." MacGinnis had a smattering of TV appearances in the latter part of his career while continuing to appear in some of his era's most significant films like the 1965 thriller "The Spy Who Came in from the Cold."

Filmography

 

Cast (Feature Film)

Crisis in Sun Valley (1978)
River of Mystery (1971)
The Kremlin Letter (1970)
Erector Set
Darling Lili (1970)
Von Hindenburg
Sinful Davey (1969)
Boots Simpson
Krakatoa, East of Java (1969)
Henley
Torture Garden (1968)
Doctor
The Shoes of the Fisherman (1968)
Capuchin Monk
Island of Terror (1967)
Mr. Campbell
The Viking Queen (1967)
Tiberion
The Man Who Finally Died (1967)
Brenner
A Man Could Get Killed (1966)
Ship's captain
The Truth About Spring (1965)
Cleary
The War Lord (1965)
Odins
Johnny Nobody (1965)
Defending counsel
The Spy Who Came In From the Cold (1965)
Becket (1964)
The Playboy of the Western World (1963)
Old Mahon
Jason and the Argonauts (1963)
Zeus
A Face in the Rain (1963)
Klaus
She Didn't Say No! (1962)
Jamesy Casey
Billy Budd (1962)
Captain Graveling
The Webster Boy (1962)
Headmaster
Foxhole in Cairo (1961)
Radek
Sword of Sherwood Forest (1961)
Friar Tuck
Never Take Candy From a Stranger (1961)
Defense counsel
Kidnapped (1960)
Shuan
Shake Hands with the Devil (1959)
Michael O'Leary
Tarzan's Greatest Adventure (1959)
Kruger
The Nun's Story (1959)
Father Vermeuhlen
Behind The Mask (1958)
Neil Isherwood
Curse of the Demon (1957)
Doctor [Julian] Karswell
The Shiralee (1957)
Beauty Kelly
Alexander the Great (1956)
Parmenio
Lust for Life (1956)
Roulin
Helen of Troy (1956)
Menelaus
Special Delivery (1955)
Sidney
Betrayed (1954)
"Blackie"
Knights of the Round Table (1954)
Green Knight
Hell Below Zero (1954)
Dr. Howe
Martin Luther (1953)
Martin Luther
No Highway in the Sky (1951)
Capt. Samuelson
Chance of a Lifetime (1950)
Anna Karenina (1948)
Hamlet (1948)
Captain
Captain Boycott (1947)
Tawny Pipit (1944)
Jimmy Bancroft
Henry V (1944)
Macmorris
49th Parallel (1941)
The Edge of the World (1937)

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Jason and the Argonauts - Color Still Set
Here is a set of color stills from Columbia Pictures' Jason and the Argonauts (1963). For certain prestigious color productions, studios would send out sets of color stills as promotional material.

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