British actor played Scrooge in 1951 Christmas classic
What information can you share about Alastair Sim, who played Scrooge in the 1951 film “A Christmas Carol”?
—Maryann Ashbaugh, Middletown, Md.
One of the most popular actors in British cinema history, Sim was born in Edinburgh, Scotland, and made about 60 films between 1935 and 1976. Besides Scrooge, his other best-known role was as headmistress Miss Fritton in the comedies “The Belles of St. Trinian’s” (1954) and “Blue Murder at St. Trinian’s” (1957). Among his other noted movies are “The Happiest Days of Your Life,” “Waterloo Road,” “Stage Fright” and “Green for Danger.” Also a star of the London stage, Sim, who never signed autographs, died of lung cancer in 1976 at the age of 75.
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