Neil Fingleton News Archive

The Tall Tales of Men Too Big for Basketball: Neil Fingleton

Neil Fingleton moved from his hometown of Durham, England, to Worcester, Massachusetts, in 1997 to pursue his apparent basketball potential. He led Holy Name High School—oddly, coached by future Toronto Blue Jays GM J.P. Ricciardi—to a divisional championship, earning state player of the year honors and an invite to the 2000 McDonald’s All American Game.

Game of Thrones giant actor Neil Fingleton's funeral attended by hundreds

Neil Fingleton, who was 7ft 7in, died from a heart attack at home last month. In a service at Durham Cathedral the 36-year-old was described as someone who "touched the lives" of many. Canon Alan Bartlett, from his church in Gilesgate, said he remembered him as "a politely spoken and gracious man who just happened to be a bit taller than most of us", rather than a global star.

Remembering Neil Fingleton

Mag the Mighty roars no more. "Game of Thrones" fans know the giant, who fought in the wildling army, died at the end of Season 4 of the show. And this week, Neil Fingleton, the actor who played Mag, died at his home in England. He was just 36. Whether Fingleton liked it or not, there was another number that defined him. At 7-foot-7, Fingleton was the tallest man in Britain.

Neil Fingleton: A look back at the beginning of his ascent

From the time Neil Fingleton set foot in the United States 17 years ago, he was always the center of attention, due to his height — 7 feet, 6 inches. The former Holy Name standout passed away this weekend in his native England at the age of 36 from heart failure. Fingleton played his college ball at North Carolina and Holy Cross.

Neil Fingleton had boisterous nature

On the HBO series “Game of Thrones,” he played a colossal, bearded creature named “Mag the Mighty,” a beastly-looking character draped in bones who rode atop a mammoth in the fantasy world created by George R.R. Martin. Off screen, Neil Fingleton, who stood 7 feet 7 inches tall, was more than a remarkable physical presence.

Larger than life, Neil Fingleton remembered as a ‘Worcester guy’

Dave McNamara and other members of the Holy Name High boys' basketball team were practicing for a summer tournament at Assumption's Laska Gym one August day in 1997 when their coach, J.P. Ricciardi, walked in with their newest HN teammate, 7-foot-6-inch Neil Fingleton, who had just arrived in Worcester from his native Durham, England.

Former Tar Heel center Neil Fingleton passes away

Former North Carolina center Neil Fingleton passed away Saturday in his native Durham, England at the age of 36, according to multiple reports. Fingleton, who stood 7-foot-6, was a high school McDonald's All-American and spent two years at UNC before transferring to Holy Cross. After playing professionally in Spain, China, Italy, Greece and England, Fingleton turned his attention to acting.

Doctor Who to fight tallest ever Briton, Neil Fingleton, who plays alien living in Loch Ness

Doctor Who is to face his biggest real-life enemy – the tallest man in Europe. British former basketball ace Neil Fingleton, who is 7ft 7in, will play underwater creature the Fisher King, a crashed alien that makes its home in Loch Ness. He will tower over Peter Capaldi’s Doctor, who is 6ft, and 5ft 1in Jenna Coleman’s Clara in a two-part story in the new BBC1 series - the Doctor's ninth - starting in the autumn.

'Game of Thrones' giant was former UNC basketball player Neil Fingleton

Sunday's "Game of Thrones," titled "The Watchers on the Wall," was singularly focused on the wall being attacked from both sides. Among the things attacking: wildlings, mammoths and giants. One of those giants, who made his way to the inner gate at the wall, was played by former North Carolina and Holy Cross big man Neil Fingleton. Really.

Keanu Reeves battles Britain's tallest man, former Tar Heel Neil Fingleton, in movie '47 Ronin'

Keanu Reeves will be seen battling one of the tallest men in the world, Neil Fingleton, in '47 Ronin'. Here is a photo of the former Tar Heel, in costume for the movie.

Neil Fingleton appears in new X-Men movie

Remember Neil Fingleton? At 7'7", Fingleton was a McDonald's all-american in the class of 2000. He started out at North Carolina where, after redshirting a season and playing in just a single game in 2001-2002, he then transferred to Holy Cross. Things didn't get much better for Fingleton in the Patriot League, as he finished his career with a grand total of 89 points scored.

Former Heel Fingleton aims to become Hollywood star

Record-breaker Neil Fingleton, from Gilesgate in County Durham, wants to capitalise on his height and talent to become a Hollywood actor. The 26-year-old has already spent some time playing basketball in America, and is now awaiting a work permit.

7ft 7in Neil Fingleton's tallest in Britain

Say high to Britain’s tallest man – lofty Neil Fingleton, who stands an incredible 7ft 7in. Experts at Guinness World Records have been up their step-ladders to measure the mighty 26-year-old and confirmed that he tops the current record. That had been held by 7ft 6in Chris Greener, 63, since 1967.

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