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Albert Finney as Hercule Poirot

Albert Finney (born 9 May 1936) is an English actor. He achieved prominence in films in the early 1960s, and has maintained a successful career in theatre, film and television.

A recipient of BAFTA, Golden Globe, Emmy and Screen Actors Guild Awards, Finney has been nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor four times, for Tom Jones (1963), Murder on the Orient Express (1974), The Dresser (1983), and Under the Volcano (1984); and was nominated for Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in Erin Brockovich (2000).

FilmographyEdit

Sleeping Beauty (1959) - Dr. (voice)
Ride Lonesome (1959) - Albert Finney
Face of the Fugitive (1959) - Albert Finney
Journey to the Center of the Earth (1959) - Albert Finney
The Entertainer (1960) - Mick Rice
Saturday Night and Sunday Morning (1960) - Arthur Seaton
The Magnificent Seven (1960) - Albert Finney
How the West Was Won (1962) - Albert Finney
The Great Escape (1963) - Albert Finney
Tom Jones (1963) - Tom Jones
Night Must Fall (1964) - Danny
The Greatest Story Ever Told (1965) - Albert Finney
Two for the Road (1967) - Mark Wallace
Cool Hand Luke (1967) - Albert Finney
Bonnie and Clyde (1967) - Albert Finney
Charlie Bubbles (1968) - Charlie Bubbles
The Picasso Summer (1969) - George Smith
The Wild Bunch (1969) - Albert Finney
Scrooge (1970) - Ebenezer Scrooge
The Omega Man (1971) - Albert Finney
Gumshoe (1971) - Eddie Ginley
Soylent Green (1973) - Albert Finney
Zardoz (1974) - Albert Finney
Blazing Saddles (1974) - Albert Finney
Murder on the Orient Express (1974) - Hercule Poirot
The Towering Inferno (1974) - Albert Finney
The Adventure of Sherlock Holmes' Smarter Brother (1975) - Man In Opera Audience (Uncredited cameo)
Nashville (1975) - Albert Finney
The Duellists (1977) - Fouche
Halloween (1978) - Albert Finney
Mad Max (1979) - Albert Finney
The In-Laws (1979) - Albert Finney
Apocalypse Now (1979) - Albert Finney
The Muppet Movie (1979) - Albert Finney
Monty Python's Life of Brian (1979) - Albert Finney
Caddyshack (1980) - Albert Finney
Loophole (1981) - Daniels
Chariots of Fire (1981) - Albert Finney
Excalibur (1981) - Albert Finney
History of the World: Part I (1981) - Albert Finney
Wolfen (1981) - Dewey Wilson
Blow Out (1981) - Albert Finney
Looker (1981) - Dr. Larry Roberts
Time Bandits (1981) - Albert Finney
Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior (1981) - Albert Finney
Annie (1982) - Oliver "Daddy" Warbucks
Blade Runner (1982) - Albert Finney
Shoot the Moon (1982) - George Dunlap
The Dark Crystal (1982) - Albert Finney
The Right Stuff (1983) - Albert Finney
The Dresser (1983) - Sir
This Is Spinal Tap (1984) - Albert Finney
Under the Volcano (1984) - Geoffrey Firmin
The Karate Kid (1984) - Albert Finmey
Once Upon a Time in America (1984) - Albert Finney
The Bounty (1984) - Albert Finney
Conan the Destroyer (1984) - Albert Finney
Missing in Action (1984) - Albert Finney
Revenge of the Nerds (1984) - Albert Finney
Red Dawn (1984) - Albert Finney
The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension (1984) - Albert Finney
The Killing Fields (1984) - Albert Finney
Dune (1984) - Albert Finney
Brazil (1985) - Albert Finney
Eleni (1985) - Albert Finney
Red Sonja (1985) - Albert Finney
Ladyhawke (1985) - Albert Finney
Lifeforce (1985) - Albert Finney
Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome (1985) - Albert Finney
Explorers (1985) - Albert Finney
Legend (1985) - Albert Finney
Labyrinth (1986) - Albert Finney
Platoon (1986) - Albert Finney
Little Shop of Horrors (1986) - Albert Finney
Invaders from Mars (1986) - Albert Finney
Big Trouble in Little China (1986) - Albert Finney
The Golden Child (1986) - Albert Finney
Manhunter (1986) - Albert Finney
The Mission (1986) - Albert Finney
Over the Top (1987) - Albert Finney
Orphans (1987) - Harold
Empire of the Sun (1987) - Albert Finney
Spaceballs (1987) - Albert Finney
Predator (1987) - Albert Finney
Bloodsport (1988) - Albert Finney
Beetlejuice (1988) - Albert Finney
Willow (1988) - Albert Finney
Killer Klowns from Outer Space (1988) - Albert Finney
Mac & Me (1988) - Albert Finney
They Live (1988) - Albert Finney
Dangerous Liaisons (1988) - Albert Finney
Earth Girls Are Easy (1988) - Albert Finney
The Adventures of Baron Munchausen (1988) - Albert Finney
Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure (1989) - Albert Finney
Leviethan (1989) - Albert Finney
Next to Kin (1989) - Albert Finney
Always (1989) - Albert Finney
Back to the Future: Part II (1989) - Albert Finney
Tango & Cash (1989) - Albert Finney
Spaced Invaders (1990) - Albert Finney
Miller's Crossing (1990) - Leo O'Bannon
Young Guns II (1990) - Albert Finney
Goodfellas (1990) - Albert Finney
Dances with Wolves (1990) - Albert Finney
Total Recall (1990) - Albert Finney
Predator 2 (1990) - Albert Finney
Hamlet (1990) - Albert Finney
The Sliance of the Lambs (1991) - Albert Finney
Out for Justice (1991) - Albert Finney
Thelma & Lousie (1991) - Albert Finney
Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991) - Albert Finney
Point Break (1991) - Albert Finney
Harley Davidson and the Marlboro Man (1991) - Albert Finney
Hook (1991) - Albert Finney
The Last Boy Scout (1991) - Albert Finney
JFK (1991) - Albert Finney
The Playboys (1992) - Hegarty
Honeymoon in Vegas (1992) - Albert Finney
Unforgiven (1992) - Albert Finney
Rich in Love (1993) - Warren Odom
Robin Hood: Men in Tights (1993) - Albert Finney
The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993) - Dr. Albert (voice)
Tombstone (1993) - Albert Finney
Benny & Joon (1993) - Albert Finney
Six Degress of Separation (1993) - Albert Finney
The Browning Version (1994) - Albert Finney
Airheads (1994) - Albert Finney
A Man of No Importance (1994) - Alfred Byrne
Natural Bron Killers (1994) - Albert Finney
The Pagemaster (1994) - Albert Finney
Wyatt Earp (1994) - Albert Finney
Timecop (1994) - Albert Finney
Maverick (1994) - Albert Finney
Just Case (1995) - Albert Finney
French Kiss (1995) - Albert Finney
Die Hard With a Vengeance (1995) - Albert Finney
Species (1995) - Albert Finney
Showgirls (1995) - Albert Finney
Braveheart (1995) - Albert Finney
The American President (1995) - Albert Finney
Heat (1995) - Albert Finney
12 Monkeys (1995) - Albert Finney
Broken Arrow (1996) - Albert Finney
Nostromo (1996) - Dr. Monyghan
Eraser (1996) - Albert Finney
Washington Square (1997) - Dr. Austin Sloper
The Postman (1997) - Albert Finney
Con Air (1997) - Albert Finney
Contact (1997) - Albert Finney
Conspiracy Theroy (1997) - Albert Finney
Starship Troopers (1997) - Albert Finney
The Man Knew Too Little (1997) - Albert Finney
The Big Lebowski (1998) - Albert Finney
Hope Floats (1998) - Albert Finney
The Man in the Iron Mask (1998) - Albert Finney
Soldier (1998) - Albert Finney
The Matrix (1999) - Albert Finney
Breakfast of Champions (1999) - Kilgore Trout
Simpatico (1999) - Simms
Fight Club (1999) - Albert Finney
Wild Wild West (1999) - Albert Finney
Erin Brockovich (2000) - Ed Masry
Gladiator (2000) - Albert Finney
Traffic (2000) - White House Chief of Staff
The Art of War (2000) - Albert Finney
Delivering Milo (2001) - Elmore Dahl
Hannibal (2001) - Albert Finney
Rat Race (2001) - Albert Finney
Swordfish (2001) - Albert Finney
Monsters Inc. (2001) - Dr. Albert CDA (voice)
Vanilla Sky (2001) - Albert Finney
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001) - Albert Finney
Showtime (2002) - Albert Finney
Minority Report (2002) - Albert Finney
Half Past Dead (2002) - Albert Finney
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002) - Albert Finney
Big Fish (2003) - Edward Bloom, Sr.
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the Kings (2003) - Albert Finney
The Day After Tomorrow (2004) - Albert Finney
Ocean's Twelve (2004) - Gaspar LeMargue (Uncredited)
The Aviator (2004) - Albery Finney
Howl's Moving Castle (2004) - Dr. Albert (voice)
National Treasure (2004) - Albert Finney
Constantine (2005) - Albert Finney
Hitch (2005) - Albert Finney
The Amityville Horror (2005) - Albert Finney
The Brothers Grimm (2005) - Albert Finney
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005) - Albert Finney
Mr. & Mrs. Smith (2005) - Albert Finney
Into the Blue (2005) - Albert Finney
Corpse Bride (2005) - Finis Everglot (voice)
V for Vendetta (2005) - Albert Finney
The Wicker Man (2006) - Albert Finney
Superman Returns (2006) - Albert Finney
A Good Year (2006) - Uncle Henry Skinner
Little Miss Sunshine (2006) - Albert Finney
Firewall (2006) - Albert Finney
16 Blocks (2006) - Albert Finney
Amazing Grace (2006) - John Newton
The Departed (2006) - Albert Finney
The Fountain (2006) - Albert Finney
Apocalypto (2006) - Albert Finney
Blood Diamond (2006) - Albert Finney
300 (2006) - Albert Finney
The Bourne Ultimatum (2007) - Dr. Albert Hirsch
Before the Devil Knows You're Dead (2007) - Charles Hanson
Silk (2007) - Albert Finney
TMNT (2007) - Dr. Albert (voice)
The Golden Compass (2007) - Albert Finney
The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (2007) - Albert Finney
Juno (2007) - Albert Finney
Lions for Lambs (2007) - Albert Finney
Beowulf (2007) - Albert Finney
I Am Legend (2007) - Albert Finney
Fool's Gold (2008) - Albert Finney
The Day with Earth Stood Still (2008) - Albert Finney
Speed Racer (2008) - Albert Finney
Appaloosa (2008) - Albert Finney
Get Smart (2008) - Albert Finney
Marley & Me (2008) - Albert Finney
Watchmen (2009) - Albert Finney
All About Steve (2009) - Albert Finney
Fame (2009) - Albert Finney
Public Enemies (2009) - Albert Finney
Whip It (2009) - Albert Finney
Where the Wild Things Are (2009) - Albert Finney
Ninja Assassin (2009) - Albert Finney
Planet 51 (2009) - Dr. Albert (voice)
Professor Layton and the Eternal Diva (2009) - Dr. Albert (voice)
The Imagination of Doctor Parnassus (2009) - Albert Finney
Sherlock Holmes (2009) - Albert Finney
The Book of Eli (2010) - Albert Finney
Knight and Day (2010) - Albert Finney
Cop Out (2010) - Albert Finney
Jonah Hex (2010) - Albert Finney
Inception (2010) - Albert Finney
Date Night (2010) - Albert Finney
The Karate Kid (2010) - Albert Finney
Gulliver's Travelers (2010) - Albert Finney
Predators (2010) - Albert Finney
Unknown (2011) - Albert Finney
Sucker Punch (2011) - Albert Finney
X-Men: First Class (2011) - Albert Finney
Wrath of the Titans (2012) - Albert Finney
Battleship (2012) - Albert Finney
The Means War (2012) - Albert Finney
The Bourne Legacy (2012) - Dr. Albert Hirsch
Ted (2012) - Albert Finney
Skyfall (2012) - Kincade
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012) - Albert Finney
Broken City (2013) - Albert Finney
Jack and the Giant Slayer (2013) - Albert Finney
The Intership (2013) - Albert Finney
R.I.P.D. (2013) - Albert Finney
Gurdage Match (2013) - Albert Finney
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (2013) - Albert Finney
The Monuments Men (2014) - Albert Finney
Non-Stop (2014) - Albert Finney
A Million Ways to Die in the West (2014) - Albert Finney
X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014) - Albert Finney
Birdman (2014) - Albert Finney
Annie (2014) - Albert Finney
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Aemies (2014) - Albert Finney
Mas Max: Fury Road (2015) - Albert Finney
Hot Pursuit (2015) - Albert Finney
Ted 2 (2015) - Albert Finney
The Walk (2015) - Albert Finney
Creed (2015) - Albert Finney
The Revenant (2015) - Albert Finney
Deadpool (2016) - Albert Finney
Finding Dory (2016) - Dr. Albert (voice)
Sing (2016) - Dr. Albert (voice)

Video GamesEdit

Professor Layton and the Curious Village (2007) - Dr. Albert (voice)
Professor Layton and the Diabolical Box (2007) - Dr. Albert (voice)
Professor Layton and the Unwound Future (2008) - Dr. Albert (voice)
Alien Isolation (2014) - Dr. Albert (voice)

CareerEdit

Finney is a graduate of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company. His career began in the theatre; he made his first appearance on the London stage in 1958 in Jane Arden's The Party, directed by Charles Laughton, who starred in the production along with his wife, Elsa Lanchester. Then in 1959 he appeared at Stratford in Coriolanus opposite Laurence Olivier (as Coriolanus), Edith Evans and Vanessa Redgrave.

His first film appearance was a role in Tony Richardson's The Entertainer (1960), with Laurence Olivier, but he made his breakthrough with his portrayal of a disillusioned factory worker in Karel Reisz's film version of Alan Sillitoe's Saturday Night and Sunday Morning. This led to a series of "Angry Young Man" roles in kitchen sink dramas, before he starred in the Academy Award-winning 1963 film Tom Jones. Prior to this, Finney had been chosen to play T. E. Lawrence in David Lean's production of Lawrence of Arabia after a successful, and elaborate, screen-test that took 4 days to shoot. However Finney baulked at signing a multi-year contract for Producer Sam Spiegel and chose not to accept the role. The tremendous success of Tom Jones saw British exhibitors vote Finney the ninth most popular star at the box office in 1963.

After Charlie Bubbles (1968), which he also directed, his film appearances became less frequent as he focused more on acting on stage. During this period, one of his high-profile film roles was as Agatha Christie's Belgian master detective Hercule Poirot in the 1974 film Murder On The Orient Express. Finney became so well known for the role that he complained that it typecast him for a number of years. "People really do think I am 300 pounds with a French accent" he said.

While being known for his dramatic roles, Finney appeared and sang in two musical films: Scrooge and the Hollywood film version of Annie, which was directed by John Huston, who would direct him once again in Under The Volcano two years later. He also sings in Tim Burton's Corpse Bride.

Finney made several television productions for the BBC in the 1990s, including The Green Man (1990), based on a story by Kingsley Amis, the acclaimed drama A Rather English Marriage (1998) (with Tom Courtenay), and the lead role in Dennis Potter's final two plays, Karaoke and Cold Lazarus in 1996 and 1997. In the latter he played a frozen, disembodied head.

Finney also made an appearance at Roger Waters' The Wall Concert in Berlin, where he played "The Judge" during the performance of "The Trial".

In 2002 his critically acclaimed portrayal of Winston Churchill in The Gathering Storm won him BAFTA and Emmy awards as Best Actor.

He also played the title role in the television series My Uncle Silas, based on the short stories by H. E. Bates, about a roguish but lovable poacher-cum-farm labourer looking after his great-nephew. The show ran for two series from 2000 until 2003.

A lifelong supporter of Manchester United, Finney narrated the documentary Munich, about the aircrash that killed most of the Busby Babes in 1958, which was shown on United's TV channel MUTV in February 2008.

Personal lifeEdit

Finney was born in Salford, Lancashire, the son of Alice (née Hobson) and Albert Finney, Sr., a bookmaker. He was educated at Tootal Drive Primary School, Salford Grammar School and the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.

He has a son by his first wife, Jane Wenham: Simon, who works in the film business as a camera operator.

From 1970 to 1978 he was married to French actress Anouk Aimée.

Awards and honoursEdit

Albert Finney turned down the offer of a CBE in 1980 and a Knighthood in 2000. He has criticised the honours system for "perpetuating snobbery".

He has five Oscar nominations but has never won. He was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor four times, for Tom Jones (1963), Murder on the Orient Express (1974), The Dresser (1983), and Under the Volcano (1984); and was nominated for Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in Erin Brockovich (2000).

Julia Roberts mentioned Albert Finney in her Oscar acceptance speech for Best Actress in Erin Brockovich, thanking him and sharing the Oscar with him.

Finney received a BAFTA award for Most Promising Newcomer to Leading Film Roles in 1961 for Saturday Night and Sunday Morning (1960). He was also nominated for Best British Actor for the same film. He was nominated nine more times before he finally won again, for the telefilm The Gathering Storm (2002). He has 13 BAFTA nominations in total, and also received a BAFTA Fellowship in 2001.

He won an Emmy Award, for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Made for TV Movie, for his performance as Winston Churchill in HBO's The Gathering Storm. He had previously been nominated for the HBO telefilm The Image (1990).

He has received Golden Globe nominations for:

Best Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama

  • Shoot the Moon
  • The Dresser
  • Under the Volcano

Best Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy/Musical

  • Tom Jones (he received two nominations, winning for "Most Promising Newcomer". See below.)
  • Scrooge, WINNER. His portrayal of both the old miser and the young Ebenezer Scrooge earned him "The Best Motion Picture Actor in a Musical/Comedy" for 1971.

Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture

  • Erin Brockovich
  • Big Fish

Best Performance by an Actor in a Mini-Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television

  • The Gathering Storm, WINNER.

Most Promising Newcomer - Male.

  • Tom Jones, WINNER.

For his work on Broadway, Finney has been nominated for two Tony Awards, both for Best Actor in a Play, for Luther in 1964, and A Day in the Death of Joe Egg in 1968. For the London stage, he won two Olivier Awards, both for Best Actor, for A Flea in Her Ear and Orphans.

Other awards include: a Golden Laurel for his work on Scrooge (1970) and for his work on Tom Jones, for which he was the 3rd Place Winner for the "Top Male Comedy Performance" for 1964. He was honoured by the Los Angeles Film Critics' Association as Best Actor for Under the Volcano (which he tied with F. Murray Abraham for Amadeus), the National Board of Review Best Actor award for Saturday Night and Sunday Morning, and the New York Film Critics' Circle Best Actor award for Tom Jones.

Finney has won two Screen Actors' Guild Awards, for Best Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role, for Erin Brockovich, and as a member of the acting ensemble in the film Traffic. He was also nominated for The Gathering Storm, for Best Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries, but did not win.

He won the Silver Berlin Bear award for Best Actor, for The Dresser, at the 34th Berlin International Film Festival in 1984.

He won the Volpi Cup for Best Actor, for Tom Jones, at the Venice Film Festival.