James Harcourt

James Harcourt (born 20 April 1873 in Headingley, Leeds, West Riding of Yorkshire) was an English character actor.[1][2]

He started work as a cabinet maker, and drifted into amateur dramatics. He appeared as a stage actor first in 1903 and worked with the Liverpool Repertory Company from 1919 to 1931, and was with the Old Vic in the mid 1940s.[3][4]

In 1947, Harcourt appeared in the original West End production of the popular musical Bless the Bride, directed by Wendy Toye.[5][6]

He was married to the actress Isadora Keith, and was the father of camera operator and cinematographer David Harcourt.[7]

He died in Eton, Buckinghamshire on 18 February 1951 aged 77.[8]


Year Title Role Notes
1931Hobson's ChoiceHobson
1933Paris Plane
1933Song of the PloughDoctor
1934The Old Curiosity Shopthe Single Gentleman
1935Look Up and LaughMr. PearsonUncredited
1936All at SeaMr. Humphrey
1936The Avenging HandSam HuppUncredited
1936Laburnum GroveJoe Fletten
1936Seven SinnersVicar (Father Blanchard)
1936Wings Over AfricaWilkins
1936Men Are Not GodsPorterUncredited
1937Return of a StrangerJohnson
1938Kate Plus TenBank Manager
1938Penny ParadiseAmos Cook
1938You're the DoctorWilliam Firmstone
1938Follow Your StarMr. Tee
1939I Met a MurdererHay Wagon Driver
1940The Stars Look DownWill
1940Night Train to MunichAxel Bomasch
1940The House of the ArrowBoris Raviart
1941The Farmer's WifeValiant Dunnybrigg
1941You Will RememberJudgeUncredited
1941Love on the DoleOld Man Who Has His Dole StoppedUncredited
1941This England
1942Atlantic FerryMinor roleUncredited
1942Penn of PennsylvaniaFox
1942Hard SteelJim Calver
1942The Young Mr. PittBellamyUncredited
1945He Snoops to ConquerCounciler Hopkins
1945Johnny FrenchmanJoe Pender
1946The Captive HeartDoctor
1946I See a Dark StrangerGrandfather
1947The Grand EscapadeOld Traveller
1947Meet Me at DawnHenri, the butler
1949ObsessionAikins (butler)(final film role)


  • "Halliwell's Who's Who in the Movies" - published by Harper-Collins 1981 - ISBN 0-06-093507-3

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