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Albert Finney

Highest Rated:   100% The Dresser (1983)
Lowest Rated:   25% Simpatico (1999)
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Birthplace:   Salford, Greater Manchester, England, UK
Throughout his acting career, Albert Finney has impressed critics with his protean ability to step into a role and wear a character's persona no matter the age, nationality, or m├ętier. In stage, film, and television productions over more than 40 years, Finney has portrayed a Polish pope, a Belgian detective, an Irish gangster, a British miser, a gruff American lawyer, a Scottish King, a German religious reformer, and an Roman warrior -- all with convincing authenticity. Finney was born on May 9, 1936, in the working-class town of Salford, Lancashire, England. After graduating from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in 1955, he performed Shakespeare and quickly earned a coveted spot as understudy for the great Laurence Olivier in Shakespeare productions at Stratford-upon-Avon. On one occasion, he stepped into Olivier's shoes to play the lead role in Coriolanus, a play about the downfall of a proud Roman soldier, and won recognition that led to film roles.Finney's upbringing in Lancashire, a region of mills and smokestacks, exposed him to the kind of social injustice and economic hardship that helped prepare him for his role as a nonconformist factory worker in the 1960 film Saturday Night and Sunday Morning, a milestone in the development of British realist cinema. Critics -- who hardly noticed him in the bit-part role he played in his first film, The Entertainer -- universally praised his vibrant performance in Saturday Night. This success earned him the lead role in director Tony Richardson's 1963 film Tom Jones, adapted by screenwriter John Osborne from the Henry Fielding novel of the same name. As the wenching country boy Jones, Finney was a bawdy, rollicking, uproarious success, helping the film win four Academy awards.Rather than abandon live stage drama, Finney continued to pursue it with the National Theatre Company at the Old Vic in London, performing in Shakespeare productions and plays by other authors. He won Tony nominations for Luther and A Day in the Death of Joe Egg, as well as a best actor Oliver for Orphans. When he made his next film in 1967, he starred opposite Audrey Hepburn in Stanley Donen's Two for the Road, a comedy-drama about marital mayhem, and again won high critical praise.If there was a pattern to the types of roles he selected, it was that there was no pattern. For example, after playing a 20th century art enthusiast in 1969's Picasso Summer, he took on the role of a 19th century Dickens character in Scrooge (1970), then played a bickering husband in Alpha Beta (1973), Belgian sleuth Hercule Poirot in Murder on the Orient Express (1974), a Napoleon-era Frenchman in The Duellists (1978), a werewolf hunter in Wolfen (1981), and a plastic surgeon/murder suspect in the ludicrous Looker (1981).After winning an Academy award nomination for his performance in 1982's Shoot the Moon, Finney delivered another outstanding performance in Peter Yates' 1983 film The Dresser, which earned five Oscar nominations, including a nomination for Finney as best actor. In the film, Finney plays a boozing Shakespearean actor whose life strangely parallels the tragic life of one of the characters he portrays, King Lear. In 1984, Finney won still another Oscar nomination, as well as a Golden Globe nomination, for his role as a self-defeating alcoholic in director John Huston's Under the Volcano. In the same year, critics praised him highly for his dynamic portrayal of Pope John Paul II in an American TV production.Finney continued to take on diverse and challenging roles in the late 1980s and during the 1990s, primarily in small, independent productions. Among the films that earned him more accolades were the Coen brothers' gangster epic Miller's Crossing (1990) -- for which Finney replaced actor Trey Wilson after his untimely death -- as well as A Man of No Importance (1994), The Browning Version (1995), and Simpatico (1999). Also in 19

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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
93% Skyfall
  • Kincade
2012
56% The Bourne Legacy
  • Dr. Albert Hirsch
2012
No Score Yet Churchill - The Gathering Storm
  • Actor
2012
88% Before the Devil Knows You're Dead
  • Charles
2007
93% The Bourne Ultimatum
  • Dr. Albert Hirsch
2007
70% Amazing Grace
  • John Newton
2007
26% A Good Year
  • Uncle Henry
2006
No Score Yet Tony Palmer's Classic Film of John Osborne and the Gift of Friendship
  • Actor
2006
83% Tim Burton's Corpse Bride
  • Finnis Everglot
2005
56% Ocean's Twelve
  • Gaspar La Marque
2004
77% Big Fish
  • Senior Ed Bloom
2003
No Score Yet The Gathering Storm
  • Winston Churchill
2002
No Score Yet Delivering Milo
  • Elmore
2001
92% Traffic
  • Chief of Staff
2000
84% Erin Brockovich
  • Ed Masry
2000
25% Simpatico
  • Simms
1999
26% Breakfast of Champions
  • Kilgore Trout
1999
No Score Yet A Rather English Marriage
  • Reggie Cunningham-Jarvis
1998
82% Washington Square
  • Dr. Austin Sloper
1997
No Score Yet Nostromo
  • Actor
1996
43% The Run of the Country
  • Father
1995
82% The Browning Version
  • Andrew Crocker-Harris
1994
85% A Man of No Importance
  • Alfie Byrne
1994
67% Rich in Love
  • Warren Odom
1993
91% The Playboys
  • Constable Brendan Hegarty
1992
91% Miller's Crossing
  • Leo
1990
No Score Yet The Image
  • Jason Cromwell
1990
No Score Yet Green Man
  • Actor
1990
No Score Yet Roger Waters - The Wall Live in Berlin
  • Actor
1990
No Score Yet The Endless Game
  • Alec Hillsden
1989
67% Orphans
  • Harold
1987
75% Under the Volcano
  • Geoffrey Firmin
1984
No Score Yet Pope John Paul II
  • Karol Wojty?a, Pope John Paul II
1984
No Score Yet Observations Under the Volcano
  • Actor
1984
No Score Yet The Biko Inquest
  • Actor
  • Director
1984
100% The Dresser
  • Sir
1983
52% Annie
  • Daddy Warbucks
1982
89% Shoot the Moon
  • George Dunlap
1982
29% Looker
  • Dr. Larry Roberts
1981
73% Wolfen
  • Dewey Wilson
1981
No Score Yet Loophole
  • Mike Daniels
1981
91% The Duellists
  • Fouche
1977
95% Murder on the Orient Express
  • Hercule Poirot
1974
No Score Yet Gumshoe
  • Eddie
1971
75% Scrooge
  • Ebenezer Scrooge
1970
No Score Yet The Picasso Summer
  • George Smith
1969
97% If....
  • Producer
1968
No Score Yet Charlie Bubbles
  • Charlie
  • Director
1968
80% Two for the Road
  • Mark Wallace
1967
No Score Yet Night Must Fall
  • Danny
1964
No Score Yet The Victors
  • Russian Soldier
1963
83% Tom Jones
  • Tom Jones
1963
100% Saturday Night And Sunday Morning
  • Arthur Seaton
1961
89% The Entertainer
  • Mick Rice
1960

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet Masterpiece
1971-2015
  • Reggie Cunningham-Jarvis Silas Uncle Silas

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