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John Young (16 June 1916 – 30 October 1996)[1] was a Scottish actor. He is the father of the actor Paul Young.



Some of his film credits include The Wicker Man (1973, as the fishmonger), Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975, as Frank, the historian, and the "I'm not dead!" man), and Monty Python's Life of Brian (1979, as Matthias). On television, he played Rev Iain McPherson in the Scottish soap opera Take the High Road for a number of years.


Year Title Role Notes
1969 Ring of Bright Water Guard
1971 The Massacre of Glencoe Colonel Hill
1973 The Wicker Man Fishmonger
1975 Monty Python and the Holy Grail Dead Body / Historian Frank
1977 Moonshine County Express Starkey's Man
1978 My Way Home Shop assistant
1979 Monty Python's Life of Brian Matthias, Son of Deuteronomy of Gath
1979 Black Jack Dr. Hunter
1980 Black Angel The Old Man Short
1981 Chariots of Fire Reverend. J.D. Liddell
1981 Time Bandits Reginald
1983 Every Picture Tells a Story Artist


  1. ^ "Obituary : John Young - The Independent". Retrieved 28 March 2017.

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