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James Finlayson
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    (August 27, 1887-October 9, 1953)
    Born in Falkirk, Scotland, United Kingdom
    Was a Keystone Kop
    Appeared in several ‘Our Gang’ shorts
    Best known for appearing in 33 Laurel and Hardy films
    He dropped out of college to join a Scottish theatrical company.
    His famed walrus mustache was a fake that he wore only for his films.
    His attempts to succeed as a leading player never panned out.
    Hal Roach Studios briefly considered promoting him, Laurel and Hardy as a comedy trio, before deciding to focus on Laurel and Hardy as the leads with Finlayson as their foil.
    Stan Laurel directed three of the short films he starred in.
    He was a master of the comedic double-take.
    His frustrated cry of ‘Dohhhh’ would be shortened by Dan Castellaneta to create Homer Simpson’s exclamation of ‘D’oh!’

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