Albert Finney

Albert Finney

His role as Hercule Poirot in 'Murder On The Orient Express' (1974)
Finney was born on 9th May 1936 in the working class town of Salford, Lancashire. He attended RADA, graduating in 1955. Before long he won the coveted spot as understudy for Laurence Olivier in Stratford-upon-Avon, on one occasion stepping into the great man's shoes to play the title role in Coriolanus. After a small role in The Entertainer, Finney won critical praise for his role as the 'angry young man', Arthur Seaton, in Karel Reisz's Saturday Night and Sunday Morning (1960). His success led to the title role in Tom Jones, Tony Richardson's film scripted from the Henry Fielding novel by John Osborne. Wenching, feasting and quaffing ale, Finney helped the film to triumph at the Academy Awards where it won four Oscars. Finney continued to perform and direct on stage, with the National Theatre Company at the Old Vic, playing Shakespeare and modern roles. He won Tony nominations for Luther (1961) and A Day in the Death of Joe Egg (1968), and a best actor Olivier Award for Orphans. His next film, in 1967, paired him with Audrey Hepburn in Stanley Donan's Two for the Road and was another critical success. In 1965 he founded Memorial Enterprises Productions with actor Michael Medwin. The company was responsible for several outstanding features including Finney's directorial debut Charlie Bubbles (1967), and Lindsay Anderson's if.... (1968) and O Lucky Man! (1973). Finney has played a huge range of characters, from Scrooge to the Pope, a bickering husband to a werewolf hunter, Hercule Poirot to, most recently, Winston Churchill. He won an Oscar nomination for his performance in 1982's Shoot the Moon, for his role as a boozy Shakespearean actor in The Dresser and for his role in John Huston's Under the Volcano (which also earned him a Golden Globe nomination). In the late 80s and early 90s Finney took diverse and challenging roles primarily in small independent productions such as the Coen brothers' gangster movie, Miller's Crossing (1990). In 1999 he won a best actor BAFTA for his role in the TV drama A Rather English Marriage, co-starring Tom Courtenay. Finney and Courtenay have worked together several times including in The Dresser and on stage in the original London cast of hit play Art. Finney excelled as the attorney Ed Masry, the perfect foil to Julia Roberts' brassy Erin Brockovich, securing Golden Globe and Academy Award nominations for best supporting actor. He has been married twice, to Jane Wenham by whom he had a son, and to Anouk Aimee until 1978.Source: bfi.org.uk
Within two weeks of working with her, I realized how good she was for the role because she was absolutely with it and she has got terrific instincts, I think, as an artist, too.More Albert Finney quotes [04/06/2006 12:04:00]
I don't think that we necessarily lie. I mean, we make our living by pretending that we're someone else. I don't tell tall tales. I always tell the truth.More Albert Finney quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
It was great to do and it's exciting to do those things. That's another thing, that one enjoys the game.More Albert Finney quotes [04/06/2006 12:04:00]
You just feel comfortable with him, and he certainly makes sure that you're comfortable. He makes sure that you feel good and that you're happy with what you're doing.More Albert Finney quotes [04/06/2006 12:04:00]
You mean actors? There are quite a few. There is an old saying: "Old actors don't retire; their parts just get smaller."More Albert Finney quotes [04/06/2006 12:04:00]

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