Alastair Sim


Actor
Alastair Sim

About

Also Known As
Alistair Sim
Birth Place
United Kingdom
Born
October 09, 1900
Died
August 19, 1976

Biography

Inimitable Scottish comic performer, a truly gifted character player whose brilliant timing, hangdog expression and large, glowering eyes helped propel him to stardom in middle age. Sim made his screen debut in the mid-1930s at the age of 35 and went on to play assorted eccentrics and bumblers, both sympathetic and villainous, through the mid-70s. Sim was especially memorable as the ente...

Photos & Videos

Family & Companions

Naomi Sim
Wife
Actor, writer. Born on November 13, 1913; met Sim at age 12 in 1925; married in 1931 when she turned 18; died on August 2, 1999 at age 85.

Bibliography

"Dance and Skylark: Fifty Years with Alastair Sim"
Naomi Sim (1987)

Biography

Inimitable Scottish comic performer, a truly gifted character player whose brilliant timing, hangdog expression and large, glowering eyes helped propel him to stardom in middle age. Sim made his screen debut in the mid-1930s at the age of 35 and went on to play assorted eccentrics and bumblers, both sympathetic and villainous, through the mid-70s. Sim was especially memorable as the enterprising Inspector Cockrill in "Green for Danger" (1946), the over-taxed headmaster in the prep-school farce, "The Happiest Days of Your Life" (1949), the screen's greatest Scrooge in "A Christmas Carol" (1951), the side-splittingly funny schemer of "The Green Man" (1956) and as a ridiculous clergyman in the outlandish satire, "The Ruling Class" (1972).

Life Events

1935

Screen debut, "Riverside Murder"

Photo Collections

A Christmas Carol (1951) - Movie Poster
A Christmas Carol (1951) - Movie Poster
Green for Danger - Movie Poster
Here is the American One-Sheet Movie Poster from the British film Green for Danger (1946), starring Alastair Sim, Sally Gray, and Trevor Howard. One-sheets measured 27x41 inches, and were the poster style most commonly used in theaters.

Videos

Movie Clip

Christmas Carol, A (1951) - Jacob Marley Scrooge (Alastair Sim) arriving home Christmas evening, spooky business beginning, Michael Hordern as his dead partner Jacob Marley, in the celebrated 1951 version of Dickens' A Christmas Carol, directed by Brian Desmond-Hurst.
Christmas Carol, A (1951) - Are You The Spirit? Scrooge (Alastair Sim) forewarned, awakes to meet the "Spirit Of The Past" (Michael Dolan), beginning their journey where they meet young Ebenezer (George Cole) and his sister (Carol Marsh), in the 1951 British Lion production of Dickens' A Christmas Carol.
Christmas Carol, A (1951) - Addressing Mr. Scrooge Opening scene, introducing Scrooge (Alastair Sim), arriving at his office where Cratchit (Mervyn Johns) has received two businessmen (Peter Bull, the narrator, and Douglas Muir), in Brian Desmond-Hurst's A Christmas Carol, 1951, from the Dickens novel.
Green For Danger (1946) - Churchill Telling Lies Nurse Freddi Linley (Sally Gray) doing rounds at the provincial English military hospital, comes upon suave surgeon Eden (Leo Genn), expressing concern about her relations with her fiancè, his junior colleague, when buzz-bombs intrude, followed by the high-strung chief O-R nurse Bates (Judy Campbell) and a delirious patient, parroting what sounds like Nazi radio propaganda, in the dark Frank Launder-Sidney Gilliat mystery Green For Danger, 1946.
Green For Danger (1946) - You're In His Way Part of another elaborate set-piece in the Frank Launder-Sidney Gilliat production, the hospital dance, Dr Eden (Leo Genn) counsels distraught nurse Esther (Rosamund John) about his ex-lover, her deceased mother, then nurse Bates (Judy Campbell) seethes toward Dr. Barnes (Trevor Howard) whose fianceè nurse Freddi (Sally Gray) becomes his next partner, in Green For Danger, 1946.
Green For Danger (1946) - A Tatty Little Hospital Hop Interlocking exposition in a complex post-operative scene, surgeon Eden (Leo Genn) speaks with the engaged-but-arguing anesthetist Barnes and nurse Linley (Trevor Howard, Sally Gray), then nurse Woods (Megs Jenkins) and overseeing Sister Bates (Judy Campbell), nurse Esther Sanson (Rosamund John) also involved, early in the acclaimed English wartime murder mystery Green For Danger, 1946.
Green For Danger (1946) - He Was The First To Die Alastair Sim narrates as Inspector Cockrill and Moore Marriott features as postman Higgins, followed by a roll call introducing Leo Genn, Megs Jenkins, Rosamund John, Judy Campbell, Sally Gray and Trevor Howard, then Ronald Adam as the administrator Dr. White, all at an English military hospital, in the Frank Launder-Sidney Gilliat mystery, in the first production completed at London’s Pinewood Studios after the end of WWII, Green For Danger, 1946.
Green For Danger (1946) - There'll Have To Be An Inquest The new administrator (Ronald Adam as Dr. White) confers with his doctors, Trevor Howard as the anesthetist Barnes, Leo Genn as surgeon Eden and Henry Edwards as Purdy about the unexplained death of the postman, during surgery and a German air raid at a military hospital, in the Frank Launder-Sidney Gilliat mystery Green For Danger, 1946.
Belles Of St. Trinian's, The (1954) - Scripture And Needlework First scene for Alastair Sim in both parts of his double role, Vivienne Martin as Bella, daughter of Clarence Fritton, arriving with him at the school which evidently has all the locals terrified, and is run by his shiftless sister Millicent, in The Belles Of St. Trinian’s, 1954, based on popular cartoons and books by Ronald Searle.
Belles Of St. Trinian's, The (1954) - Get It Off Your Conscience! Miss Buckland (Mary Merrall) introduces the prized new pupil (Lorna Henderson as Princess Fatima) to ne’er-do-well girls’ school staffers, Renee Houston, Beryl Reid, Balbina, Hermione Baddeley, Irene Handl and Betty Ann Davies, later joined by their boss Miss Fritton (Alastair Sim in drag), in The Belles Of St. Trinian’s, 1954.
Belles Of St. Trinian's, The (1954) - Send A Few Bottles Up Police officer Ruby (Joyce Grenfell) has gotten hired under-cover as the new games-master, being shown around the school by kooky proprietress Millicent (Alastair Sim in drag, one of his two roles), finding out what goes on in the chem lab, not quite meeting in-house crook Harry (George Cole), in The Belles Of St. Trinian’s, 1954.
School For Scoundrels (1960) - He Who Is Not One Up Joining the opening (from a script by Peter Ustinov and others), Ian Carmichael has arrived at a South Somerset town (actually shot in Hertfordshire, suburban London) where he meets a servant (Anita Sharp-Bolster) and the proprietor of his new school, Alastair Sim as Potter, in School For Scoundrels, 1960.

Trailer

Companions

Naomi Sim
Wife
Actor, writer. Born on November 13, 1913; met Sim at age 12 in 1925; married in 1931 when she turned 18; died on August 2, 1999 at age 85.

Bibliography

"Dance and Skylark: Fifty Years with Alastair Sim"
Naomi Sim (1987)