Frank Finlay

Francis"Frank"Finlay, CBE (6 August 1926 – 30 January 2016) was an English stage, film and television actor. He was Oscar-nominated for his supporting role in Olivier's 1965 film ofOthelloand got his first leading role on television in 1971 asCasanova,which led to appearances onThe Morecambe and Wise Show.He also appeared in the controversial dramaBouquet of Barbed Wire.

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 Frank Finlay's Early life

a butcher. He was educated at St Gregory the Great School but left at the age of 14 to train as a butcher himself at the family firm,gaining a City and Guilds Diploma in the trade.

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 Frank Finlay's Stage career

in 1951. The current Little Theatre president, also in the cast of thatMirandaproduction, remembers him as a perfectionist in his craft. He also played in rep , initially in Scotland, before winning a scholarship to RADA in London.

,and the film adaptation of that production (also 1965), Finlay's performance as the NCO left theatre critics unmoved, but later received high praise for the film version and he received an Academy Award nomination.Critic John Simon wrote that the closeups in the film afforded Finlay the chance to give a more subtle and effective performance than he had onstage.

At the Chichester Festival Theatre , he played roles ranging from the First Gravedigger inHamletto Josef Frank inWeapons of Happiness. He also had parts inThe Party,Plunder,Saint Joan,Hobson's Choice,Amadeus(as Salieri),Much Ado About Nothing(as Dogberry ),The Dutch Courtesan,The Crucible,Mother Courage, andJuno and the Paycock.

Epitaph for George Dillon(1958–59) and in the National Theatre and Broadway productions ofFilumena(opposite Olivier's wife, Joan Plowright ) in 1980.

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 Frank Finlay's Television and film

Finlay as Jacob Marley 's Ghost

One of his earliest television roles was in the family space adventure serialTarget Luna(1960), as journalist Conway Henderson. Finlay's first major success on television was in the title role of Dennis Potter 's BBC 2 seriesCasanova(1971). Following this, he portrayed Adolf Hitler inThe Death of Adolf Hitler(1972) for London Weekend Television .

He portrayed Richard Roundtree 's nemesis, Amafi, inShaft in Africa(1973) before playing Porthos for director Richard Lester inThe Three Musketeers(also 1973),The Four Musketeers(1975) andThe Return of the Musketeers(1989). He has also appeared in several other films, includingThe Wild Geese(1978).

He went on to star as the father in the once controversialBouquet of Barbed Wire(1976), and its sequelAnother Bouquet(1977), and he was reunited with hisBouquet of Barbed Wireco-star, Susan Penhaligon , when he played Van Helsing in the BBCCount Dracula(also 1977), with Louis Jourdan . He appeared in two Sherlock Holmes films as Inspector Lestrade , solving the Jack the Ripper murders (A Study in Terror, 1965, andMurder by Decree, 1979). He also played a role in an episode of the Granada Television adaptation ofSherlock Holmesstarring Jeremy Brett , in which his son Daniel also played a minor role. Finlay appeared on American television inA Christmas Carol(1984) playing Marley's Ghost opposite George C. Scott 's Ebenezer Scrooge . He also guest-starred as the title character in an episode ofThe Black Adder(" The Witchsmeller Pursuivant ", 1983).

,for which he won a BAFTA award.He won another BAFTA award that year for his performance as Voltaire in the BBC TV production ofCandide.[citation needed]

Finlay played the role of Justice Peter Mahon in the award-winning New Zealand television serialErebus: The Aftermath(1988). In the Roman Polanski filmThe Pianist(2002), he portrayed Adrien Brody 's character's father.

He appeared in the TV seriesLife Begins(2004–06) and as Jane Tennison 's father in the last two stories ofPrime Suspect(2006 and 2007). In 2007, he guest-starred in theDoctor Whoaudio adventure100. In November 2008, Finlay appeared in the eleventh episode of the BBC drama seriesMerlin, as "Anhora, Keeper of the Unicorns".

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 Frank Finlay's Death

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 Frank Finlay's Filmography

1962 Private Potter Captain Patterson
Life for Ruth Henry - Teddy's father
The Longest Day Private Coke
The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner Booking Office clerk
1963 Doctor in Distress Corsetiere
The Informers Leon Sale
The Wild Affair Drunk
1964 Hot Enough for June British Embassy porter
The Comedy Man Prout
1965 Othello Iago San Sebastián International Film Festival Award for Best Actor
Nominated —Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated —BAFTA Award for Most Promising Newcomer to Leading Film Roles
Nominated —Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor - Motion Picture
A Study in Terror Inspector Lestrade Reprised the role fourteen years later inMurder by Decree
1966 The Sandwich Man Second fish porter
1967 The Deadly Bees H.W. Manfred
The Jokers Harassed man
Robbery Robinson
I'll Never Forget What's'isname Chaplain
The Spare Tyres Council foreman
1968 Inspector Clouseau Superintendent Weaver
The Shoes of the Fisherman Igor Bounin
Twisted Nerve Henry Durnley
1970 The Molly Maguires Davies
Cromwell John Carter
1971 Assault Det. Chief Supt. Velyan
Gumshoe William Ginley
1972 Sitting Target Marty Gold
Danny Jones Mr. Jones
Neither the Sea Nor the Sand George Dabernon
1973 Shaft in Africa Amafi
The Three Musketeers Porthos/ O'Reilly
1974 The Four Musketeers Porthos Sequel toThe Three Musketeers
1977 Count Dracula Abraham Van Helsing TV film
1978 The Wild Geese Father Geoghagen
1979 Ring of Darkness (it) Paul akaSatan's Wife
Murder by Decree Inspector Lestrade
1982 The Return of the Soldier William Grey Nominated —BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role
Enigma Canarsky
1983 The Ploughman's Lunch Matthew Fox
The Key Nino Rolfe
1984 A Christmas Carol Jacob Marley's Ghost TV film
Sakharov Kravtsov TV film
1985 1919 Sigmund Freud(voice)
Lifeforce Dr. Hans Fallada
1989 The Return of the Musketeers Porthos Final film in the Musketeers trilogy
1990 King of the Wind Edward Coke
1992 Cthulhu Mansion Chandu
1993 Sparrow Father Nunzio
1995 Gospa Monsignor
1996 Tiré à part John Rathbone
1997 For My Baby Rudi Wittfogel
1998 Stiff Upper Lips Hudson Junior
So This Is Romance? Mike's dad
1999 Dreaming of Joseph Lees Father
2000 Ghosthunter Charlie Fielding Short film
2001 The Martins Mr. Heath
2002 The Pianist Father
Silent Cry Dr. Robert Barrum
2003 The Statement Commissaire Vionnet
Eroica Joseph Haydn TV film
The Lost Prince H.H. Asquith TV film
2004 Lighthouse Hill Alfred
2007 The Waiting Room Roger

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 Frank Finlay's References

  1. BBC News, "Actor Frank Finlay dies aged 89", 31 January 2016. Accessed 1 February 2016
  2. Gary Morecambe, Eric Morecambe: Life's Not Hollywood It's Cricklewood. BBC Books, 2004. p 210.
  3. "Bouquet Of Barbed Wire scandalised Seventies viewers - but will a remake have the same impact?", Daily Mail, 3 September 2010. Accessed 5 February 2016
  4. "Frank Finlay profile". Retrieved 30 January 2016. 
  5. Retrieved 7 February 2016.
  6. Fox, Margalit (2016-02-06). "Frank Finlay, 89, Is Dead; Was Iago to Olivier’s Othello". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2016-02-11. 
  7. "Session Timeout - Academy Awards® Database - AMPAS". Retrieved 2016-01-31. 
  8. The Broadway League. "Frank Finlay profile". Retrieved 30 January 2016. 
  9. Josephdreams. "Frank Finlay website". Frank Finlay. Retrieved 30 January 2016. 
  10. "BAFTA Television Awards". Retrieved 31 January 2016. 
  11. Deborah Ross (24 February 1998). "Interview: Frank Finlay: Getting over the barbed wire". The Independent. Retrieved 30 January 2016. 
  12. The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 49583. p. 8. 30 December 1983.
  13. "Frank Finlay dead: British Oscar-nominated actor who played opposite Olivier dies aged 89". 30 January 2016. Retrieved 31 January 2016. 
  14. "Actor Frank Finlay dies aged 89". BBC 30 January 2016. Retrieved 31 January 2016. 

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