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John Cairney

16 February 1930 to 6 September 2023

A British actor, who forged a successful career in film and television, particularly in the 1950s and 1960s. John Cairney made his television debut in a small role in the feature-length television film Knock (1954), securing further parts on the small screen before landing a series of film roles. These included Lucky Jim (1957), A Night to Remember (1958), Shake Hands with the Devil (1959), Marriage of Convenience (1960), Victim (1961), Jason and the Argonauts, Cleopatra (both 1963) and A Study in Terror (1965). Cairney was oft associated with the Scottish poet Robert Burns, having portrayed him in the play There Was A Man, which was filmed for television in 1966. He also toured the world with his successful one-man play about Burns. Notable television credits included This Man Craig (1966-1967), Barbara in Black (1962), The Master of Ballantrae (1962) and Scotch on the Rocks (1973), although he appeared as guest star in many other popular series. He was also the narrator of more than 20 Jackanory stories (1971-1975).

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