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.

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.

Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Male

Known Credits 100

Birthday 1926-08-06

Day of Death 2016-01-30

Place of Birth Farnworth, Lancashire, UK

Official Site http://www.frankfinlay.net/

Also Known As

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Acting TV ShowsMovies

Another Bouquet (9 episodes)
2015 Fifty Shades of Erotica
2009 Four Seasons - Winter as Alexander 'Alex' Combe
2008 Four Seasons - Autumn as Alexander 'Alex' Combe
2008 Four Seasons - Summer as Alexander 'Alex' Combe
2008 Merlin (1 episode) as Anhora
2007 The Waiting Room as Roger
2006 Johnny and the Bomb (3 episodes)
2005 The Lost Prince as Asquith
2004 Lighthouse Hill as Alfred
2004 Life Begins (20 episodes)
2003 The Statement as Commissaire Vionnet
2003 Eroica as Josef Haydn
2002 The Pianist as Father
2001 Station Jim as Riorden Snr
2001 The Martins as Mr Heath
2000 The Sins (7 episodes) as Uncle Irwin Green
2000 For My Baby
1999 The Magical Legend of the Leprechauns (2 episodes) as General Bulstrode
1998 Stiff Upper Lips as Hudson Junior
1998 How Do You Want Me? (12 episodes)
1997 Romance and Rejection (So This Is Romance?) as Mike's Dad
1997 Limited Edition as John Rathbone
1995 Virgin Mary as Monsignor
1993 Charlemagne (3 episodes) as Alcuin
1992 Stalin as Sergei
1992 The Other Side as Arthur Conan Doyle
1992 Heartbeat (1 episode)
1991 Cthulhu Mansion as Chandu
1991 Prime Suspect (4 episodes) as Arnold Tennison
1990 King of the Wind as Edward Coke
1989 The Return of the Musketeers as Porthos
1987 Casanova as Razetta
1986 Lovejoy (1 episode)
1985 Nineteen Nineteen as Sigmund Freud (voice)
1985 Lifeforce as Dr. Hans Fallada
1985 Arch of Triumph as Col. Boris Morosov
1984 A Christmas Carol as Jacob Marley
1984 Sakharov as Kravtsov
1983 The Key as Nino Rolfe
1983 Blackadder (1 episode) as The Witchsmeller Pursuivant
1983 The Ploughman's Lunch as Matthew Fox
1983 The Spanish Civil War as Narrator
1982 Enigma as Canarsky
1982 The Return of the Soldier as William Grey
1982 Wogan (1 episode)
1979 Ring of Darkness as Paul
1979 Tales of the Unexpected (1 episode)
1979 Murder by Decree as Inspector Lestrade
1978 The Wild Geese as Fr. Geoghagen
1978 The Thief of Bagdad as Abu Bakar
1978 Saturday, Sunday, Monday as Peppino
1977 Count Dracula (2 episodes) as Abraham van Helsing
1976 Laurence Olivier Presents (1 episode) as Peppino
1976 Bouquet of Barbed Wire (7 episodes) as Peter Manson
1975 84 Charing Cross Road as Frank Doel
1974 The Four Musketeers as Porthos
1973 Van der Valk und die Reichen as Van der Valk
1973 The Three Musketeers as Porthos (2 episodes)
1973 Shaft in Africa as Vincent Amafi
1973 The Adventures Of Don Quixote as Sancho Panza
1973 The Death of Adolf Hitler as Adolf Hitler
1972 Neither the Sea Nor the Sand as George Dabernon
1972 Sitting Target as Marty Gold
1972 Danny Jones
1972 The Merchant of Venice as Shylock
1971 Gumshoe as William
1971 Casanova (6 episodes) as Casanova
1971 Assault as Det. Chief Supt. Velyan
1970 The Lie
1970 Play for Today (2 episodes)
1970 The Body as Narrator
1970 Cromwell as John Carter
1970 The Molly Maguires as Davies
1969 Julius Caesar as Brutus
1969 The Piano Tuner as Wilfred Tilley
1968 The Shoes of the Fisherman as Igor Bounin
1968 Twisted Nerve as Henry Durnley
1968 Inspector Clouseau as Supt. Weaver
1967 I'll Never Forget What's'isname as Chaplain
1967 Les Misérables (8 episodes)
1967 Robbery as Robinson
1967 The Jokers as Harrassed man
1967 Much Ado About Nothing as Dogberry
1966 The Deadly Bees as H.W. Manfred
1965 Othello as Iago
1965 Play of the Month (3 episodes)
1965 Thirty-Minute Theatre (1 episode)
1964 The Comedy Man as Prout
1964 Hot Enough for June as British Embassy Porter
1963 Doctor in Distress
1962 The Longest Day as Pvt. Coke (uncredited)
1962 The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner as Booking Office Clerk
1962 Life for Ruth as Teddy's Father
1962 Studio Four (1 episode)
1962 Z-Cars (1 episode)
1962 Private Potter as Capt. Patterson

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