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7-foot-7 'Game of Thrones' actor Neil Fingleton dies at 36

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7-foot-7 'Game of Thrones' actor Neil Fingleton dies at 36

Post  Lamplighter on Mon Feb 27, 2017 12:57 pm

LONDON (AP) February 27, 2017 — Neil Fingleton, a 7-foot 7-inch actor who played the giant Mag the Mighty in "Game of Thrones" has died at 36. The Tall Persons Club says Fingleton, who was Britain's tallest man, died Saturday. British media reported the cause as heart failure.

Fingleton was recognized by Guinness World Records in 2007 as the U.K.'s tallest man. Born in northeast England in 1980, Fingleton told the Guinness records website in 2006 that "I have always been taller than everyone since I can remember."

His height made him a basketball natural, and Fingleton played college basketball in the United States for the University of North Carolina and the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts.

He went on to a short professional basketball career in the U.S. and Europe before turning to acting. He appeared in films including "417 Ronin and "X-Men: First Class" and in TV shows including "Doctor Who" and the hit fantasy series "Game of Thrones."

In the "Games of Thrones" the fearsome Mag was a giant on the northern side of the great ice wall that was guarded by Lord Commander Jon Snow and the black-clad men of the Night's Watch.

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Post  bb1 on Mon Feb 27, 2017 1:22 pm

Very sad, LL, he was a real fan favourite:

http://watchersonthewall.com/neil-fingleton-game-thrones-mag-mighty-passed-away/



Fingleton’s time on Game of Thrones was brief but notable. The scene with Mag the Mighty attacking the Wall’s gate, with Grenn leading the defense, was a favorite of fans. Among our readers here at Watchers on the Wall, the scene was chosen as one of the Top 5 Dramatic Scenes of season 4 in our annual awards voting. The episode’s segment with Mag the Mighty, another giant and a mammoth attacking the outer door of the Wall was chosen by fans as the Best Visual Effects Scene of season 4. Fingleton’s contribution to Game of Thrones will not be forgotten.


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He was a giant, not a man of the Watch, but I’ll say the words all the same:

And now his watch is ended.

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Post  Lamplighter on Mon Feb 27, 2017 1:31 pm

I have never seen Game of Thrones, so I know nothing about the show or his character in it. LL
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