Bill Simpson

Born Sep 11, 1931

William Nicholson Simpson was a Scottish film and television actor, most famous for his portrayal of the title role in the long-running BBC TV series, Dr. Finlay's Casebook.

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1931 Birth Born on September 11, 1931.


1962 30 Years Old In 1962, BBC Television adapted Robert Louis Stevenson's novel The Master of Ballantrae in which Simpson played the part of Hastie in six 30 minute episodes. … Read More
1965 33 Years Old On 24 July 1965, Simpson married the actress Mary Miller in Callander, near Menteith, Scotland and the couple bought a house there, called Tamavoid. … Read More
1970 38 Years Old Simpson also starred in 104 audio episodes of the A. J. Cronin story, made by BBC Radio 4, from 1970 to 1975.


1973 - 1974 2 More Events
1975 43 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1975, he appeared in one instalment of the BBC's TV series Quiller. … Read More
1976 44 Years Old He had a feature part in "Happy New Year, Some Say", a 1976 episode of the North East England drama, When the Boat Comes In, playing Sandy Lewis. … Read More
1977 45 Years Old In 1977–78, Simpson appeared on stage at the Bradford Alhambra Theatre in the pantomime Cinderella, alongside Charlie Drake and Dora Bryan.
1978 46 Years Old And in 1978, Simpson played Professor Edmund Bartlett in "The Imprudent Professor", an episode of Return of the Saint, which starred Ian Ogilvy as Simon Templar.
1979 47 Years Old He next travelled to France and West Germany to shoot the 1979 television mini-series Die Abenteuer des David Balfour (otherwise known as Robert Louis Stevenson's Kidnapped), a co-production between HTV in England, Technisonor of France and Tele-München of Germany. … Read More
1980 48 Years Old In 1980, he was one of the stars who took part in the ITV variety show performed in front of Princess Margaret, Night of One Hundred Stars, hosted by Terry Wogan. … Read More


1982 50 Years Old Given his history of heart problems, it is perhaps unsurprising that Simpson's career became less busy around this time. He contributed less to television drama, and more to factual subjects, introducing the TV coverage of the British Open Golf Championship at Royal Troon in 1982, with Peter Alliss, and presenting "Leadership Matters", a middle management corporate video on behalf of The Industrial Society in 1984.
1983 51 Years Old His final contributions to the performance side of television were 1983's Tyne Tees Television production, Andy Robson: Lost and Found, as Dr. George McKenzie; then in 1984 the Scottish Television docu-drama Scotland's Story: Mary and an End to the French Connection, playing John Knox; and one more, made in 1986, which he would never live to watch.
1986 55 Years Old On 21 December 1986, at the age of 55, Bill Simpson died from a bronchopneumonia in Mauchline, East Ayrshire. … Read More
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