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Albert Finney (1936–2019)

The son of a Lancashire bookmaker, Albert Finney came to motion pictures via the theatre. In 1956, he won a scholarship to RADA where his fellow alumni included Peter O'Toole and Alan Bates. He joined the Birmingham Repertory where he excelled in plays by William Shakespeare. A member of the Royal Shakespeare Company, Finney understudied Laurence ... See full bio »

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 2012 Skyfall
 2012 The Bourne Legacy
Dr. Albert Hirsch
 2007 The Bourne Ultimatum
Dr. Albert Hirsch
 2006 Amazing Grace
John Newton
 2006 A Good Year
Uncle Henry
 2005 Aspects of Love
George Dillingham
 2005 Corpse Bride
Finis Everglot (voice)
 2004 Ocean's Twelve
Gaspar LeMarque (uncredited)
 2003 Big Fish
Ed Bloom - Senior
 2001-2003 My Uncle Silas (TV Series)
Uncle Silas
- The Christening (2003) ... Uncle Silas
- A Happy Man (2003) ... Uncle Silas
- The Race (2003) ... Uncle Silas
- Shandy Lil (2003) ... Uncle Silas
- Finger Wet, Finger Dry (2003) ... Uncle Silas
 2002 The Gathering Storm (TV Movie)
Winston Churchill
 2001 Delivering Milo
Elmore Dahl
 2001 Hemingway, the Hunter of Death
Ernest Hemingway
 2000 Traffic
Chief of Staff
 2000 Erin Brockovich
Ed Masry
 1999 Simpatico
 1999 Breakfast of Champions
Kilgore Trout
 1998 A Rather English Marriage (TV Movie)
Reggie Conyngham-Jervis
 1997 Washington Square
Dr. Austin Sloper
 1996-1997 Nostromo (TV Mini-Series)
Dr. Monygham
- Episode #1.1 (1997) ... Dr. Monygham
- Episode #1.4 (1996) ... Dr. Monygham
- Episode #1.3 (1996) ... Dr. Monygham
- Episode #1.2 (1996) ... Dr. Monygham
 1996 Cold Lazarus (TV Mini-Series)
Daniel Feeld
- Episode #1.4 (1996) ... Daniel Feeld
- Episode #1.3 (1996) ... Daniel Feeld
- Episode #1.2 (1996) ... Daniel Feeld
- Episode #1.1 (1996) ... Daniel Feeld
 1996 Karaoke (TV Mini-Series)
Daniel Feeld
- Friday (1996) ... Daniel Feeld
- Thursday (1996) ... Daniel Feeld
- Wednesday (1996) ... Daniel Feeld
- Tuesday (1996) ... Daniel Feeld
 1995 The Run of the Country
Danny's Father
 1994 A Man of No Importance
Alfred Byrne
 1994 The Browning Version
Andrew Crocker-Harris
 1992 Rich in Love
Warren Odom
 1992 The Playboys
Constable Brendan Hegarty
 1990 The Green Man (TV Mini-Series)
- Episode #1.3 (1990) ... Maurice
- Episode #1.2 (1990) ... Maurice
- Episode #1.1 (1990) ... Maurice
 1990 Miller's Crossing
 1990 The Image (TV Movie)
Jason Cromwell
 1989 The Endless Game (TV Mini-Series)
Alec Hillsden
- Episode #1.2 (1989) ... Alec Hillsden
- Episode #1.1 (1989) ... Alec Hillsden
 1987 A Simple Man (TV Movie)
 1987 Orphans
 1984 The Biko Inquest (TV Movie)
Sidney Kentridge, for Biko family
 1984 Under the Volcano
Geoffrey Firmin
 1984 Pope John Paul II (TV Movie)
Karol Wojtyla (Pope John Paul II)
 1983 The Dresser
 1982 Annie
Daddy Warbucks
 1982 Shoot the Moon
George Dunlap
 1981 Looker
Dr. Larry Roberts
 1981 Wolfen
Dewey Wilson
 1981 Loophole
Mike Daniels
 1977 The Duellists
 1975 The Adventure of Sherlock Holmes' Smarter Brother
Man in Audience at Opera (uncredited)
 1975 Forget-Me-Not-Lane (TV Movie)
 1974 Murder on the Orient Express
Hercule Poirot
 1974 Alpha Beta
Frank Elliot
 1971 Gumshoe
Eddie Ginley
 1970 Scrooge
Ebenezer Scrooge
 1969 The Picasso Summer
George Smith
 1968 Charlie Bubbles
Charlie Bubbles
 1967 Two for the Road
Mark Wallace
 1964 Night Must Fall
 1963 The Victors
Russian Soldier
 1963 Tom Jones
Tom Jones
 1960 Theatre Night (TV Series)
Billy Fisher
- Billy Liar (1960) ... Billy Fisher
 1960 The Entertainer
Mick Rice
 1959 A Midsummer Night's Dream (TV Movie)
 1959 Emergency-Ward 10 (TV Series)
Tom Fletcher
- Episode #1.208 (1959) ... Tom Fletcher
- Episode #1.207 (1959) ... Tom Fletcher
- Episode #1.206 (1959) ... Tom Fletcher
- Episode #1.204 (1959) ... Tom Fletcher
 1958 BBC Sunday-Night Theatre (TV Series)
- View Friendship and Marriage (1958) ... Arnold
 1957 The Claverdon Road Job (TV Movie)
PC George Grayson
 1956 The Miser (TV Movie)
 1956 She Stoops to Conquer (TV Movie)
Mr. Hardcastle
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He acted in August Strindberg's play, "Miss Julie," and Peter Shaffer's play, "Black Comedy," in a National Theatre Company production at the Old Vic Theatre in London, England with Maggie Smith, Derek Jacobi, and Graham Crowden in the cast. Michael Elliott and John Dexter were directors. See more »

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1 Print Biography | 2 Interviews | 4 Articles | 1 Pictorial | 4 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »


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[1987 comment on John Huston] I kinda loved John. He was like a second father to me in many ways, which I know may sound odd considering I was 45 when I first worked with him, but when you had to say goodbye there was always this feeling of loss, that terrible sadness that you'd be deprived of his company. I've seen more films by him than anybody else on the planet. See more »


As an aspiring actor in the mid-1950s, he made the rounds with Michael Polley, the father of Sarah Polley. Michael Polley says that Finney compared actors to bricklayers, in terms of craft. See more »


His versatility as an actor and range of voices and accents



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