Veteran Scots actor John Cairney dies aged 93

SCOTS actor John Cairney has sadly passed away aged 93. The Glasgow-born performer is famed for starring in Jason and the Argonauts as well as a string of other stage, film and television productions. News Group Newspapers LtdGlasgow-born performer John Cairney has sadly passed away aged 93[/caption] AlamyThe Scots actor is famed for starring in 1963 hit Jason and The Argonauts[/caption] The popular star was born in 1930 in the city’s Baillieston area. After leaving school a young Cairney briefly studied art before going on to train at the prestigious Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. The star launched his career on stage and appeared in the UK premiere of Arthur Miller’s The Crucible. And appeared in the original 1958 Titanic adaptation titled A Night to Remember. However, he is best known for the 1963 adventure movie Jason and The Argonauts, where his character is famously crushed to death by a living bronze statue. Shortly after graduating from drama school, the actor met his first wife Sheila. In the 1970s, Cairney swapped the big screen for the small one and appeared in BBC Scotland drama Scotch on the Rocks, playing an SNP politician with links to paramilitaries and the Soviet Union. The seasoned performed had a long-standing association with Robert Burns and toured the world with his one-man play on the poet. He even named his 1987 autobiography after Scotland’s Bard and called it The Man Who Played Burns. In later years Cairney developed a passion for art and became an acclaimed painter. A spokesperson for the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, formerly the RSAMD, said: “We are so incredibly sad to hear of John Cairney’s death. John was a member of our very first acting programme and was literally first in the classroom door when it opened in 1950. “Throughout his life, he was a passionate advocate for the power of performance and the transformative potential of the arts and arts education. He was a lovely man and will be sorely missed.” We pay for your stories and videos! Do you have a story or video for The Scottish Sun? Email us at scoop@thesun.co.uk or call 0141 420 5200

Veteran Scots actor John Cairney dies aged 93

SCOTS actor John Cairney has sadly passed away aged 93.

The Glasgow-born performer is famed for starring in Jason and the Argonauts as well as a string of other stage, film and television productions.

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Glasgow-born performer John Cairney has sadly passed away aged 93[/caption]
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The Scots actor is famed for starring in 1963 hit Jason and The Argonauts[/caption]

The popular star was born in 1930 in the city’s Baillieston area.

After leaving school a young Cairney briefly studied art before going on to train at the prestigious Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

The star launched his career on stage and appeared in the UK premiere of Arthur Miller’s The Crucible.

And appeared in the original 1958 Titanic adaptation titled A Night to Remember.

However, he is best known for the 1963 adventure movie Jason and The Argonauts, where his character is famously crushed to death by a living bronze statue.

Shortly after graduating from drama school, the actor met his first wife Sheila.

In the 1970s, Cairney swapped the big screen for the small one and appeared in BBC Scotland drama Scotch on the Rocks, playing an SNP politician with links to paramilitaries and the Soviet Union.

The seasoned performed had a long-standing association with Robert Burns and toured the world with his one-man play on the poet.

He even named his 1987 autobiography after Scotland’s Bard and called it The Man Who Played Burns.

In later years Cairney developed a passion for art and became an acclaimed painter.

A spokesperson for the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, formerly the RSAMD, said: “We are so incredibly sad to hear of John Cairney’s death. John was a member of our very first acting programme and was literally first in the classroom door when it opened in 1950.

“Throughout his life, he was a passionate advocate for the power of performance and the transformative potential of the arts and arts education. He was a lovely man and will be sorely missed.”

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