Frank Finlay

Frank Finlay

  • Highest Rated: 95% The Pianist (2002)
  • Lowest Rated: 23% The Statement (2003)
  • Birthday: Aug 6, 1926
  • Birthplace: Farnworth, Lancashire, England, UK
  • RADA-trained British stage actor Frank Finlay was 31 when he made his London stage debut. The following year, he scored his first significant theatrical success, playing an elderly Jewish patriarch in Chicken Soup With Barley. In 1962, the RADA-trained Finlay made the first of his infrequent film appearances in The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner. In 1964, Finlay toured with the National Theatre of Great Britain, playing Iago opposite Laurence Olivier's Othello. When Othello was committed to film in 1965, it was Finlay who received the lion's share of excellent notices; he was also nominated for an Academy Award. Most of Finlay's film characters have had sturdy literary pedigrees: he played Porthos in The Three Musketeers (1973) and its two sequels; Inspector Lestrade in a brace of Sherlock Holmes films, A Study in Terror (1965) and Murder by Decree (1979); Jacob Marley in the 1984 George C. Scott version of A Christmas Carol; and Sancho Panza in a 1973 made-for-TV adaptation of Don Quixote. Among the historical figures portrayed by Frank Finlay are John Carter in Cromwell (1969), Sergei Alleluveya in Stalin (1992), the title roles in the British TV productions The Last Days of Hitler and Casanova, and the part of Salieri in the London staging of Amadeus. Finlay continued acting through the 2000s; he died in 2016, at age 89.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Rating

Title

Credit

Box
Office

Year

No Score Yet The Sandwich Man Actor 2013
60% The Waiting Room Roger 2007
No Score Yet Count Dracula Actor 2007
No Score Yet Prime Suspect 7: The Final Act Arnold Tennison 2006
23% The Statement Commissaire Vionne $0.6M 2003
No Score Yet Beethoven: Eroica Actor 2003
95% The Pianist The father $32.6M 2002
No Score Yet Silent Cry Actor 2002
No Score Yet Lighthouse Hill Alfred 2002
No Score Yet Station Jim Riorden Sr. 2001
No Score Yet The Martins (The Tosspots) Mr. Heath 2001
No Score Yet The Magical Legend of the Leprechauns Gen. Bulstrode 1999
36% Dreaming of Joseph Lees Father 1999
38% Stiff Upper Lips Husdon Jr. 1998
No Score Yet Romance And Rejection Mike's Father 1997
No Score Yet Storia di una capinera (Sparrow) Father Nunzio 1993
No Score Yet Stalin Sergei Alliluyeva 1992
No Score Yet Black Magic Mansion Chandu 1991
No Score Yet King of the Wind Edward Coke 1990
60% The Return of the Musketeers Porthos 1989
No Score Yet Casanova Razetta 1987
No Score Yet Nineteen Nineteen Sigmund Freud 1986
No Score Yet Mona Actor 1986
60% Lifeforce Inspector Fallada 1985
No Score Yet Arch of Triumph Actor 1985
No Score Yet The Return of the Soldier Actor 1985
No Score Yet A Christmas Carol Marley's Ghost 1984
No Score Yet The Ploughman's Lunch Matthew Fox 1984
No Score Yet Sakharov Kravtsov 1984
No Score Yet The Key Nino Rolfe 1983
No Score Yet Enigma Canarsky 1983
No Score Yet Return of the Soldier William Grey 1982
88% Murder by Decree Inspector Lestrade 1979
No Score Yet Satan's Wife Actor 1979
63% The Wild Geese Priest 1978
No Score Yet Saturday, Sunday, Monday Actor 1978
No Score Yet The Thief of Baghdad Actor 1978
No Score Yet Count Dracula Actor 1977
No Score Yet Satan's Wife Actor 1977
No Score Yet Bouquet of Barbed Wire Actor 1976
80% The Four Musketeers Porthos 1975
82% The Three Musketeers Porthos 1973
No Score Yet The Death of Adolf Hitler Hitler 1973
60% Shaft in Africa Amafi 1973
No Score Yet Neither the Sea Nor the Sand (The Exorcism of Hugh) George Dabernon 1972
No Score Yet The Merchant of Venice Shylock 1972
No Score Yet Sitting Target Marty Gold 1972
No Score Yet Gumshoe William 1971
33% Cromwell John Carter 1970
89% The Molly Maguires Davies 1970
No Score Yet Assault (In the Devil's Garden)(Satan's Playthings)(The Creepers)(Tower of Terror) Det. Chief Supt. Velyan 1970
No Score Yet Twisted Nerve Henry Durnley 1969
No Score Yet Inspector Clouseau Supt. Weaver 1968
No Score Yet I'll Never Forget What's'isname Chaplain 1968
43% The Shoes of the Fisherman Igor Bounin 1968
80% Robbery Robinson 1967
No Score Yet The Jokers Harassed Man 1967
No Score Yet The Deadly Bees Manfred 1967
82% Othello Iago 1965
No Score Yet Agent 8 3/4 (Hot Enough for June) Janitor 1965
No Score Yet A Study in Terror Inspector Lestrade 1965
No Score Yet Doctor in Distress Corsetiere 1963
No Score Yet Private Potter Capt. Patterson 1963
87% The Longest Day Pvt. Coke 1962
73% The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner Booking Office Clerk 1962

TV

Rating

Title

Credit

Year

82% Merlin
2009-2012
Anhora
  • 2009
100% Prime Suspect
1991-2006
Arnold Tennison
  • 2006
No Score Yet Masterpiece
1971-2014
Arnold Tennison Asquith
  • 2006
  • 2004
No Score Yet Tales of the Unexpected
1979-1988
Arthur
57% The Black Adder
1983
Witch Hunter

QUOTES FROM Frank Finlay CHARACTERS

Rafer Janders
I thought you were dead.
The Priest
Looking at you and your guns, I am.
Inspector Fallada
Death, Colonel Caine, correct. Thanatology's the name for it. Death for you, Colonel, is a bureaucratic problem. Who did it. When, why did they do it. A problem to be solved, am I correct?
The father
One caramel for 20 zloytas? Fine, we will split it.