Friday, September 8, 2023

RIP John Cairney


Glasgow-born actor John Cairney died September 7, 2023. He appeared in the films “Jason and the Argonauts” and the Titanic drama “A Night to Remember”. Born in Glasgow, Scotland on February 16, 1930, and briefly attended art college but dropped out to pursue the life of an actor. After drama school, where he met his first wife Sheila, he began a successful career in the theatre. He was in the British premiere of Arthur Miller's The Crucible in Bristol and played Hamlet at Glasgow's Citizens Theatre. His most famous film role came in 1963's adventure Jason and The Argonauts, where his character is crushed to death by the living bronze statue, Talos. He lived for many years in New Zealand with his second wife Alannah. The couple moved to Glasgow in 2008, where Cairney returned to the canvas, picking up his paint brushes and finding fresh acclaim for his paintings. He is survived by Alannah and five children from his first marriage. Cairney appeared as Grandpa Scott in the Canadian, French, New Zealand produced 1993 TV series “White Fang”.

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