May. 9th, 1936
Salford, Greater Manchester, England, UK
Albert Finney's Main TV Roles
Main Movie Roles2007 - The Bourne Ultimatum
2007 - Before the Devil Knows You're Dead
2006 - A Good Year
2006 - Amazing Grace
2005 - Corpse Bride
2004 - Ocean's Twelve
2003 - Big Fish
2001 - Delivering Milo
2000 - Traffic
2000 - Erin Brockovich
1999 - Breakfast of Champions
1997 - Washington Square
1992 - The Playboys
1990 - Miller's Crossing
1987 - Orphans
1984 - Under the Volcano
1983 - The Dresser
1982 - Annie
1981 - Looker
1981 - Wolfen
1977 - The Duellists
1975 - The Adventure of Sherlock Holmes' Smarter Brother
1974 - Murder on the Orient Express
1970 - Scrooge
1967 - Two for the Road
1963 - Tom Jones
1963 - The Victors
1960 - The Entertainer
1960 - Saturday Night and Sunday Morning
Guest TV Roles
Hercule Poirot in 'The Orient Express'
Albert Finney came from the theatre, where he was especially successful in plays of William Shakespeare (I), to the movies. There he became a leading figure of the young Free Cinema. His debut in cinema was in 1960 with The Entertainer (1960) of Tony Richardson (I) who had directed him also in theatre plays various times before. His typical role were young prolets like, e.g. Arthur Seaton in Saturday Night and Sunday Morning (1960).
- He allegedly declined a C.B.E. (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) in 1980 and Knighthood in 2000 for his services to drama.
- He was awarded the 'Laurence Olivier' (qv) Theatre Award in 1987 (1986 season) for Best Actor in a New Play for "Orphans".
- Appears, uncredited, in drag as The Matron in the ladies' bathroom scene in _Miller's Crossing (1990)_ (qv).
- Originally chosen for the title role in _Lawrence of Arabia (1962)_ (qv) after a screen test shot over four days at a cost of £100,000. He later baulked at the film's monumental shooting schedule, and did not want to commit to such a long term contract and opted to play the title role in _Tom Jones (1963)_ (qv), which gave him his first Oscar nomination.
- Although he was born working class (and indeed, along with 'Tom Courtenay' (qv), was one of the leading avatars of the wave of working class/provincial actors that revolutionized British theater and film in the 1950s and '60s, his was a relatively privileged upbringing as his father was a successful bookie.
- Doesn't have an agent nor a manager.
- He has one child from his first marriage to actress 'Jane Wenham' (qv). Finney's son, 'Simon Finney' (qv), works in the film business as a technician.
- He was awarded the 1986 London Evening Standard Theatre Award for Best Actor for his performance in Orphans.
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