Gordon James (actor)

Gordon James (22 July 1877 – February 3, 1949) was an English actor who became known as the "heavy" in the Aldwych farces, between 1923 and 1933. He also appeared in some twenty films between 1929 and 1942.

Born in Manchester as Sydney Lynn, he was the brother of Ralph Lynn, who co-starred in the Aldwych farces with Tom Walls.[1] James appeared alongside his brother in all twelve of the farces. They were two of only three performers to appear in every one of the Aldwych series; the other was Robertson Hare. James's roles were: George McChesney in It Pays to Advertise (1923, under his real name);[2] Noony in A Cuckoo in the Nest (1925);[3] Admiral Juddy in Rookery Nook;[4] Death in Thark (1927);[5] Simon Veal in Plunder (1928);[6] Nicholas Ramsbotham in A Cup of Kindness (1929);[7] Knee in A Night Like This (1930);[8] Luke Meate in Turkey Time (1931);[9] Toom in Dirty Work (1932);[10] Francis in Fifty-Fifty (1932);[11] and Old Dale in A Bit of a Test (1933).[12]

He made his first screen appearance in the 1929 film Atlantic, followed by film versions of the Aldwych farces in the early 1930s (often alongside his brother Ralph), and a variety of other films until 1942.[13][14]

James died in London in 1949.[13]



  1. McFarlane, Brian (16 May 2016). "The Encyclopedia of British Film: Fourth edition". Oxford University Press via Google Books.
  2. "New Play at the Aldwych", The Times, 2 February 1924, p. 8
  3. "Aldwych Theatre", The Times, 23 July 1925, p. 12
  4. "Aldwych Theatre – Rookery Nook", The Times, 1 July 1926, p. 14
  5. "Aldwych Theatre", The Times, 5 July 1927, p. 14
  6. "Aldwych Theatre", The Times, 27 June 1928, p. 4
  7. "Aldwych Theatre", The Times, 8 May 1929, p. 14
  8. "Aldwych Theatre", The Times , 19 February 1930, p. 12
  9. "Aldwych Theatre", The Times, 6 September 1931, p. 10
  10. "Aldwych Theatre", The Times, 8 March 1932, p. 12
  11. "Aldwych Theatre", The Times, 6 September 1932, p. 10
  12. "Aldwych Theatre", The Times, 31 January 1933, p. 8
  13. "Gordon James", British Film Institute, accessed 17 February 2013
  14. "Gordon James". IMDb.
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