Person Details

Birthday: 1926-08-06 22:36:17

Death: 2016-01-30 22:36:17

Aliases: No known aliases

Gender: Male

Place of birth: Farnworth, Lancashire, UK

Homepage: http://www.frankfinlay.net/

Movie Involvements: 60

TV Involvements: 18


Most Famous Work

Biography

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.

Most Famous Work

Merlin
Average
8

Merlin

(2008) Anhora
Rosamunde Pilcher's Four Seasons
Average
0

Rosamunde Pilcher's Four Seasons

(2008) Alexander 'Alex' Combe
Sherlock Holmes
Average
8

Sherlock Holmes

(1984) Professor Coram / Sergius
The Pianist
Average
8

The Pianist

(2002) Father
Tales of the Unexpected
Average
7

Tales of the Unexpected

(1979) Arthur Pearson
The Key
Average
6

The Key

(1983) Nino Rolfe
Heartbeat
Average
7

Heartbeat

(1992) Howard Franklin
Prime Suspect
Average
8

Prime Suspect

(1991) Arnold Tennison

Acting

Year Character Movie/Tv
2018 Self (archive footage)
2015 N/A
2008 Alexander 'Alex' Combe
Anhora
2007 Roger
2006 N/A
Tom Maxwell
2004 Alfred
N/A
2003 Commissaire Vionnet
Josef Haydn
2002 Father
2001 Riorden Snr
Mr Heath
2000 Uncle Irwin Green
N/A
1999 General Bulstrode
1998 Hudson Junior
N/A
1997 Mike's Dad
John Rathbone
1995 Monsignor
1993 Alcuin
1992 Sergei
Arthur Conan Doyle
Howard Franklin
1991 Chandu
Arnold Tennison
1990 Edward Coke
1989 Porthos
1987 Razetta
1986 N/A
1985 Sigmund Freud (voice)
Dr. Hans Fallada
Col. Boris Morosov
Frank Strange
1984 Jacob Marley
Kravtsov
Professor Coram / Sergius
1983 Nino Rolfe
The Witchsmeller Pursuivant
Matthew Fox
Canarsky
Narrator
William Grey
1982 Captain Manson
Self
1979 Paul
Arthur Pearson
Inspector Lestrade
1978 Fr. Geoghagen
Abu Bakar
Peppino
1977 Abraham van Helsing
N/A
N/A
1976 Peppino
N/A
1975 Frank Doel
1974 Porthos
1973 Van der Valk
Porthos
Vincent Amafi
Sancho Panza
Adolf Hitler
1972 George Dabernon
Marty Gold
N/A
Shylock
1971 William Ginley
Casanova
Det. Chief Supt. Velyan
1970 Andrew Firth
N/A
Narrator
John Carter
Davies
1969 Brutus
Wilfred Tilley
1968 Henry Durnley
Igor Bounin
Supt. Weaver
1967 Chaplain
Jean Valjean
Robinson
Harrassed Man
Dogberry
1966 H.W. Manfred
1965 Iago
Voltaire
Sancho Panza
Marcus Brutus
N/A
Inspector Lestrade
Archive Footage
1964 Prout
British Embassy Porter
1963 Leon Sale
Corsetiere
1962 Pvt. Coke (uncredited)
Booking Office Clerk
Teddy's Father
Fernand Destayac
N/A
Capt. Patterson
Pavel Rhele
Year Character Movie/Tv

Sound

Year Role Movie/Tv
1983 Vocals
Year Role Movie/Tv

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