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Niall MacGinnis (1913–1977)

Niall MacGinnis is not as well known outside of Europe, but he was a wonderful character actor whose variety of roles matched his great gift for characterization and the look beyond just makeup that he projected. He was educated at Stonyhurst College and Trinity College, Dublin. He obtained a basic medical education which qualified him as a house ... See full bio »


(age 63) in Wales, UK

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 1978 Crisis in Sun Valley (TV Movie)
 1976 Shades of Greene (TV Series)
The Professor
- Dream of a Strange Land (1976) ... The Professor
 1973 The MacKintosh Man
 1971 River of Mystery (TV Movie)
Garwood Drum
 1970 Darling Lili
Von Hindenburg (uncredited)
 1970 The Kremlin Letter
Erector Set
 1969 Sinful Davey
Boots Simpson (as Niall MacGinniss)
 1968 Krakatoa: East of Java
Harbor Master (as Niall Macginnis)
 1968/I The Shoes of the Fisherman
Capuchin Monk
 1968 Contrasts (TV Series)
John Nash
- Bold Nash (1968) ... John Nash
 1967 Torture Garden
Dr. Silversmith (segment 1 "Enoch")
 1967 The Viking Queen
 1966 The Saint (TV Series)
Colonel Probst
- Paper Chase (1966) ... Colonel Probst (as Niall McGinnis)
 1966 Blackmail (TV Series)
- The Setup (1966) ... Fred
 1966 Theatre 625 (TV Series)
Dorn, a doctor
 1966 A Man Could Get Killed
Ship's Captain
 1965 The War Lord
 1965 The Spy Who Came in from the Cold
German Checkpoint Guard
 1965 The Truth About Spring
 1964 Secret Agent (TV Series)
A.J.A. Kent / Donovan
- The Battle of the Cameras (1964) ... A.J.A. Kent
- Colony Three (1964) ... Donovan
 1964 Festival (TV Series)
Peter Keegan
- John Bull's Other Island (1964) ... Peter Keegan
 1964 Becket
 1963 Face in the Rain
 1963 The Man Who Finally Died
Brenner (as Niall McGinnis)
 1963 Playboy of the Western World
Old Mahon
 1962 Billy Budd
Nathaniel Graveling - Ship's Master, Rights of Man (as Niall McGinnis)
 1962 The Devil's Agent
Paul Vass
 1962 The Webster Boy
 1961 Johnny Nobody
Defending Counsel Sullivan
 1960 Sword of Sherwood Forest
Friar Tuck (as Niall McGinnis)
 1960 Foxhole in Cairo
 1960 In the Nick
Prison Governor
 1960 The Night Fighters
Ned O'Neill (Dermot's brother) (as Niall McGinnis)
 1960 Never Take Sweets from a Stranger
Defense Counsel
 1959 This Other Eden
 1959 Tarzan's Greatest Adventure
Kruger (as Niall Macginnis)
 1959 Shake Hands with the Devil
Michael O'Leary
 1959 The Nun's Story
Father Vermeuhlen (Leprosarium)
 1959/II Kidnapped
Mr. Shuan
 1958 Behind the Mask
Neil Isherwood
 1958 She Didn't Say No!
James Casey
 1958 The Veil (TV Mini-Series)
Walter Durst
- Jack the Ripper (1958) ... Walter Durst
 1957 The Shiralee
Beauty Kelly (as Niall Macginnis)
 1956 Lust for Life
 1956 Alexander the Great
Parmenio (as Niall Macginnis)
 1955 Special Delivery
 1954 Betrayed
 1954 Conflict of Wings
Harry Tilney
 1954 Hell Below Zero
Dr. Howe
 1951 No Highway in the Sky
Captain Samuelson, Pilot (uncredited)
 1951 Talk of a Million
Tom Cassidy
 1950 Chance of a Lifetime
 1949 Diamond City
Hans Muller
 1949 Which Will Ye Have? (Short)
 1948 No Room at the Inn
 1948 Anna Karenina
Levin (as Niall Macginnis)
 1948 Death at Newtownstewart (TV Movie)
District Inspector Montgomery
 1947 Captain Boycott
Mark Killain
 1944 The Hundred Pound Window
Chick Slater
 1943 Adventure for Two
Man on ship-dedication stand (uncredited)
 1943 Underground Guerrillas
Dr. Jordon
 1943 We Dive at Dawn
Torpedo Gunner's Mate - C / P.O. Mike Corrigan
 1942 The Avengers
 1941 49th Parallel
 1941 The Strangler
 1938 Mountains O'Mourne
Paddy Kelly
 1938 Spring Meeting (TV Movie) (as Niall McGinnis)
 1937 The Last Adventurers
Jeremy Bowker
 1937 The Edge of the World
The Gray Family: Andrew, His Son (as Niall Macginnis)
 1937 Theatre Parade (TV Series)
Mat Burke
- Anna Christie (1937) ... Mat Burke (as Niall MacGinniss)
 1936 The Luck of the Irish
Derek O'Neill
 1936 Ourselves Alone
Terence Elliott (as Nick O'Dea)
 1936 Debt of Honour
Lt. Peter Stretton
 1936 The Crimson Circle
Jack Beardmore
 1935 Turn of the Tide
John Lunn
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Other Works:

He acted in Ben Jonson's play, "Volpone," at the Westminster Theatre in London, England with Donald Wolfit, Alan Wheatley, Mark Dignam, and Rachel Kempson in the cast. Michael MacOwan was director. Peter Goffin was designer. Edmund Rubbra was musical director. See more »

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Alternate Names:

Niall MacGinniss | Niall Macginnis | Niall McGinnis | Nick O'Dea

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He made four films with Patrick Troughton: Hamlet (1948), Chance of a Lifetime (1950), Jason and the Argonauts (1963) and The Viking Queen (1967). See more »

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