Albert Finney

Albert Finney

Infobox actor

birthdate = birth date and age|1936|5|9
birthplace = Salford, Greater Manchester, England, UK
spouse = Jane Wenham (1957–1961)
Anouk Aimée (1970–1978)
Katherine Attson (1989–1991)
Pene Delmage (2006— )
baftaawards = Best Newcomer
1960 "Saturday Night and Sunday Morning"
Academy Fellowship
2001 Lifetime Achievement
Best TV Actor
2002 "The Gathering Storm"
emmyawards = Outstanding Lead Actor - Miniseries/Movie
2002 "The Gathering Storm"
goldenglobeawards = Most Promising Newcomer - Male
1964 "Tom Jones"
Best Actor - Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
1971 "Scrooge"
Best Actor - Miniseries/TV Movie
2003 "The Gathering Storm"
laurenceolivierawards = Best Actor in a New Play
1987 "Orphans"
sagawards = Outstanding Supporting Actor - Motion Picture
2000 "Erin Brockovich"
Outstanding Cast - Motion Picture
2000 "Traffic"
awards = BSFC Award for Best Actor
1994 "The Browning Version"
LAFCA Award for Best Actor
1984 "Under the Volcano"
NBR Award for Best Actor
1960 "Saturday Night and Sunday Morning"
NYFCC Award for Best Actor
1963 "Tom Jones"
Volpi Cup for Best Actor
1963 "Tom Jones"
Silver Berlin Bear for Best Actor
1983 "The Dresser"

Albert Finney, Jr. (born 9 May 1936) is a five-time Academy Award-nominated and Emmy Award-winning English actor. Hailed as a "second Olivier" as a young stage actor in the late 1950s, Finney rose to film star fame in the early 1960s. Although his early fame was later tempered by long absences from major motion pictures, he continues to earn awards and acclaim in a varied five-decade career on stage, films, and television.


Personal life

Finney was born in Pendleton, Salford, Lancashire, the son of Alice (née Hobson) and Albert Finney, Sr., a bookmaker. [ [ Albert Finney Biography (1936–)] ]


Finney's 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. Ironically this turned out to be Laughton's last London stage appearance.His first film was "The Entertainer" (1960), 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", for which he turned down the role of T. E. Lawrence in "Lawrence of Arabia". After he starred in and directed "Charlie Bubbles" in 1968, his film appearances became less frequent. One of his more high profile later roles was as Agatha Christie's Belgian master detective Hercule Poirot in the 1974 film "Murder On The Orient Express". Finney was 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. Finney also found success with the Hollywood film version of "Annie", which was a huge hit.

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, he played Winston Churchill in "The Gathering Storm", for which he won BAFTA and Emmy awards as Best Actor. Finney also had a voice-over role as Finnis Everglot in Tim Burton's 2005 film "Corpse Bride".

He also played the leading role in the television series "My Uncle Silas", about a Cornish country gentleman looking after his great-nephew. The series ran from 2000 until 2002, then again for a mini-series in 2003.

Awards and nominations

Albert Finney turned down the offer of a CBE in 1980 and a knighthood in 2000. [ [ Revealed: secret list of 300 who scorned honours] , "Sunday Times"]

He 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). He was nominated for Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in "Erin Brockovich" (2000). 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. Despite being nominated 15 more times, he finally won for "The Gathering Storm". He was nominated for an Emmy Award for his performance in the HBO telefilm "The Image" (1990), and won an Emmy, for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Mini-Series or TV Film, for his performance as Winston Churchill in HBO's "The Gathering Storm" in 2002.

He has received Golden Globe nominations for his performances in:
*"Big Fish"
*"Erin Brockovich"
*"Under the Volcano"
*"The Dresser"
*"Shoot the Moon"
*"Tom Jones (he received two nominations, winning one below)

Additionally, he has won Golden Globes for "The Gathering Storm", "Scrooge", and for "Tom Jones".
*For "The Gathering Storm", he won "Best Performance by an Actor in a Mini-Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television" for 2003.
*For his role in "Scrooge", his portrayal of the both the old miser and the young Ebenezer Scrooge earned him "The Best Motion Picture Actor in a Musical/Comedy" for 1971.
*For "Tom Jones", he shared a win as "Most Promising Newcomer - Male" for 1964.

In 1971 he was nominated for a Golden Laurel for his work on "Scrooge". For his work on Tom Jones, 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 for Best Actor in "Saturday Night and Sunday Morning", and the New York Film Critics' Circle for Best Actor in "Tom Jones".

Finney has also received three nominations from the Screen Actors' Guild Awards, being nominated for his performance in "The Gathering Storm", winning for his performances in "Erin Brockovich", and as a member of the acting ensemble in the film "Traffic". He won the Silver Berlin Bear award for Best Actor for "The Dresser" at the 1984 Berlin International Film Festival.

Finney been nominated for two Tony Awards for his performances in the plays, "Luther" and "Joe Egg". He won the Volpi Cup for Best Actor for "Tom Jones" at the Venice Film Festival.



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title = New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actor
years = 1963
for" Tom Jones"
before= Maximilian Schell
for "Judgment at Nuremberg"
after = Rex Harrison
for "My Fair Lady"
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title = Golden Globe Award for Best Actor - Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
years = 1971
for "Scrooge"
before= Peter O'Toole
for "Goodbye, Mr. Chips"
after = Chaim Topol
for "Fiddler on the Roof"
succession box
title = Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role - Motion Picture
years = 2000
for "Erin Brockovich"
before= Michael Caine
for "The Cider House Rules"
after = Ian McKellen
for ""
succession box
title = Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
years = 2003
for "The Gathering Storm"
before= James Franco
for "James Dean"
after = Al Pacino
for "Angels in America"

NAME= Finney, Albert
DATE OF BIRTH= 9 May 1936
PLACE OF BIRTH= Pendleton, Salford, Lancashire, England, UK

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