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Niall MacGinnis (29 March 1913 – 6 January 1977) was an Irish actor who made around 80 screen appearances.

Niall MacGinnis
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Born(1913-03-29)29 March 1913
Died6 January 1977(1977-01-06) (aged 63)
Years active1935–1977
Spouse(s)Sheila Macdonald
Eleonore Mac Ginnis (1955–1977) (his death) (1 child)


Early lifeEdit

MacGinnis was born in Dublin in 1913. He was educated at Stonyhurst College in England, and studied medicine at Trinity College, Dublin. He qualified as a house surgeon. During the Second World War, MacGinnis served as a surgeon in the Royal Navy.

In 1938 he starred in the hit comedy play Spring Meeting in the West End.

Film careerEdit

MacGinnis played a German sailor in the British war film 49th Parallel (1941). He portrayed Captain MacMorris in Henry V (1944) and the title character in the film Martin Luther (1953). He played the villainous Julian Karswell opposite American actor Dana Andrews in the British horror film Night of the Demon (1957, released in the United States as Curse of the Demon). He also played Zeus opposite Honor Blackman's Hera in Jason and the Argonauts (1963), played the arch-criminal A. J. Kent in an episode of Danger Man entitled "Battle of The Cameras" (1965); and had a supporting role in John Huston's film The Kremlin Letter (1969).

Later lifeEdit

MacGinnis returned to medical practice during the 1970s. He died of cancer in Haverfordwest, Wales in 1977, aged 63.

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