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Albert Finney

Mostly Credited As: Albert Finney
Date Of Birth: May 09, 1936 (Age 78)
Country Of Birth: United Kingdom
Birth Place: Salford, Greater Manchester, England
Height: 5' 9" (1.75 m)

Albert Finney


This popular British actor got the best scene in Miller's Crossing (1990), hands down. Who could ever forget him, playing a Prohibition-era Irish gangster, purposefully marching down a dark street in a hail of bullets, calmly firing a smoking machine gun to the strains of "Danny Boy" on the soundtrack? Sure, it's pure pulp, but a wonderful moment in a screen career loaded with them. Finney began as an extremely handsome, tousled-haired leading man associated with some of the brightest lights of the British Free Cinema movement of the early 1960s, which combined the working-class ethos of England's "angry young man" writers with the cinema-agitating tendencies of the French "nouvelle vague" directors.

Finney's first film was 1960's The Entertainer in which he shared screen time with the great Laurence Olivier; he quickly followed up with Saturday Night and Sunday Morning (1960), a "kitchen sink" drama about a dissolute factory worker, directed by Karel Reisz from Alan Sillitoe's novel. Originally tapped for the title role in Lawrence of Arabia Finney balked at the film's monumental shooting schedule and opted instead to play the title role in Tony Richardson's freewheeling adaptation of Henry Fielding's novel Tom Jones (1963). The bawdy film won him his first Oscar nomination and made him an international star overnight, but rather than taking the Hollywood plunge, Finney continued his stage work full force and appeared in relatively few films (but successful ones) during the 1960s, including Two for the Road (1967, opposite Audrey Hepburn) and Charlie Bubbles (1968, his directorial debut as well).

In the 1970s he made a transition to character roles and quirky leads, often unrecognizable under a mound of makeup-as the title character in Scrooge (1970), or as the chunky, mustached, insufferable detective Hercule Poirot in Murder on the Orient Express (1974, an Oscar-nominated turn). In the 1980s he took on more "visible" but no less varied roles, from the addled actor (reportedly based on the very theatrical Donald Wolfit) in The Dresser (1983, an Oscar nomination) to the title role in the 1984 TV movie Pope John Paul II other madefor-TV projects include The Image and The Green Man (both 1990). Though the quality of his recent films may be uneven, his work remains consistently outstanding.

OTHER FILMS INCLUDE: 1981: Wolfen, Looker 1982: Shoot the Moon 1982: Annie (as Daddy Warbucks); 1984: Under the Volcano (snagging his fourth Academy Award nomination as the alcoholic protagonist of John Huston's ambitious drama); 1987: Orphans 1992: The Playboys 1993: Rich in Love 1994: The Browning Version, A Man of No Importance.

Copyright © 1994 Leonard Maltin

TV Appearances

Main cast 
My Uncle Silas (2001)As: Uncle Silas
Nostromo (1997)As: Dr Monygham
Emergency Ward 10 (1957)As: Tom Fletcher
Episode Cast Credits 

The Golden Globes (1944) 
  The 28th Annual Golden Globe Awards 28x01: (Feb/05/1971) As Winner: Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical (for 'Scrooge') 
  The 21st Annual Golden Globe Awards 21x01: (Mar/11/1964) As Winner: New Star Of The Year - Actor (for 'Tom Jones') 
  The 60th Annual Golden Globe Awards 60x01: (Jan/19/2003) As Winner: Best Performance by an Actor in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture made for Television (for 'The Gathering Storm') 

The Emmy Awards (1949) 
  The 54th Annual Emmy Awards 54x01: (Sep/22/2002) As Winner: Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Movie (for 'The Gathering Storm') 

The Academy Awards (1953) 
  The 73rd Annual Academy Awards 49x01: (Mar/25/2001) As Nominee: Best Supporting Actor, [Co-Guest Stars]

The Screen Actors Guild Awards (1995) 
  7th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 07x01: (Mar/11/2001) As Winner: Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role (for 'Erin Brockovich') 

ABC Stage 67 (1966) 
  David Frost's Night Out in London 01x18: (Feb/02/1967) As Himself 
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Trivia

Albert appeared in a music video: "Since I Left You" by The Avalanches.

Albert released Albert Finney's Album in 1977.

Albert was given a case of champagne for his role in The Duellists (1977).

In 1965, Albert formed Memorial Films in association with Michael Medwin to produce theatrical feature, which included Charlie Bubble, If, Gumshoe, Bleak Moments, O Lucky Man and Disorder.

Albert was the third choice for "Hercule Poirot" in Murder on the Orient Express (1974). Before him were Alec Guinness & Paul Scofield. Ironically, Agatha Christie felt Finney's performance came closest to her idea of Poirot.

Albert was originally chosen for the title role in Lawrence of Arabia (1962).

Albert played Michael Medwin's uncle in Scrooge (1970) even though he is actually more than twelve years younger than him

Albert married Anouk Aimee in 1970, they divorced in 1978.

Albert was twice nominated for Broadway's Tony Award as Best Actor (Dramatic): in 1964 for playing the title character of Martin Luther in John Osborne's Luther, and in 1968 for Peter Nichols' A Day in the Death of Joe Egg.

Albert married Jane Wenham in 1957, they divorced in 1961.

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