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Frank Finlay

Highest Rated:   96% The Pianist (2002)
Lowest Rated:   24% The Statement (2003)
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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
24% The Statement
  • Commissaire Vionne
$0.6M 2003
No Score Yet Beethoven: Eroica
  • Actor
2003
96% 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
67% 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
60% The Wild Geese
  • Priest
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
79% The Four Musketeers
  • Porthos
1975
82% The Three Musketeers
  • Porthos
1973
No Score Yet The Death of Adolf Hitler
  • Hitler
1973
50% 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
No Score Yet 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
50% The Shoes of the Fisherman
  • Igor Bounin
1968
No Score Yet Robbery
  • Robinson
1967
No Score Yet The Jokers
  • Harassed Man
1967
No Score Yet The Deadly Bees
  • Manfred
1967
80% 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
91% The Longest Day
  • Pvt. Coke
1962
74% The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner
  • Booking Office Clerk
1962

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Merlin
2009-2012
  • Anhora
  • 2009
No Score Yet Masterpiece
1971-2015
  • Arnold Tennison Asquith
  • 2006
  • 2004

Quotes from Frank Finlay's Characters