Frank Finlay

Frank Finlay

  • Born on
    • August 6th, 1926
  • Died on
    • January 30th, 2016
Frank received Academy Award, Golden Globe and BAFTA Award nominations for his performance as William Shakespeare’s Iago in Stuart Burge’s 1965 film of Laurence Olivier’s staging of Othello. He also won the Best Actor Award at the San Sebastian International Film Festival. He later essayed the definitive screen portrayal of Alexandre Dumas’ musketeer Porthos in three movies for director Richard Lester: The Three Musketeers (1974), The Four Musketeers (1975) and The Return of the Musketeers (1989). Frank’s many other films include The Longest Day; Tony Richardson’s The Lonliness of the Long Distance Runner; Martin Ritt’s The Molly Maguires; Bob Clark’s Murder by Decree; Alan Bridges’ The Return of the Soldier (for which he recieved a BAFTA Award nomination); Franco Zeffrelli’s Sparrow; and Eric Styles’ Dreaming of Joseph Lees; and most recently Roman Polanski’s multi-award winning The Pianist and Norma Jewison’s The Statement. His similarly extensive television projects have earned him two BAFTA Awards, for his performances in The Death of Adolf Hitler (starring as Hitler, with Rex Firkin directing); The Adventures of Don Quixote (as Sancho Panza, opposite Rex Harrison, for director Alvin Rakoff); the ground breaking Bouquet of Barbed Wire and Another Bouquet; 84 Charing Cross Road; and recently the critically acclaimed series The Sins. Born in Farnworth, Lancashire, Finlay had already begun performing on stage when he earned the Sir James Knott Scholarship at London’s Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA). Since then he has led theatre companies in London and on Broadway. He was made a Commander of the British Empire (CBE) in the 1984 New Year’s Honours List, and was presented with his CBE by the Queen in February1984.

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Acting (41 Credits)

2018Tea With the Dames as (archival footage)
2007The Waiting Room as Roger
2003Eroica as Josef Haydn
2003The Statement as Commissaire Vionnet
2002The Pianist as Father
2001The Martins as Mr Heath
1999The Magical Legend of the Leprechauns as General Bulstrode
1997Stiff Upper Lips as Hudson Junior
1992La mansión de los Cthulhu as Chandu
1992Stalin as Sergei
1989The Return of the Musketeers as Porthos
1985Lifeforce as Dr. Hans Fallada
1984Arch of Triumph as Col. Boris Morosov
1984A Christmas Carol as Jacob MarleyWatch Free
1983The Key as Nino Rolfe
1982Enigma as Canarsky
1979Murder by Decree as Inspector Lestrade
1978The Wild Geese as Fr. Geoghagen
1977Count Dracula as Abraham van Helsing
1977Count Dracula
1974The Four Musketeers: Milady's Revenge as Porthos
1973Shaft in Africa as Vincent Amafi
1973The Three Musketeers as Porthos
1972Sitting Target as Marty Gold
1971In the Devil's Garden as Det. Chief Supt. Velyan
1971Gumshoe as William
1970The Molly Maguires as Davies
1970Cromwell as John Carter
1968Inspector Clouseau as Supt. Weaver
1968Twisted Nerve as Henry Durnley
1968The Shoes of the Fisherman as Igor Bounin
1967Robbery as Robinson
1967The Jokers as Harrassed man
1967I'll Never Forget What's'isname as Chaplain
1966The Deadly Bees as H.W. ManfredWatch Free
1965Othello as Iago
1965A Study in Terror as Inspector Lestrade
1964Agent 8 3/4 as British Embassy Porter
1963Doctor in Distress as Corsetiere
1962The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner as Booking Office Clerk
1962The Longest Day as Pvt. Coke (uncredited)

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