Frank Finlay

Age: 87
Birthplace: Farnworth, Lancashire, UK

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.

Movie Character Year
Ftyicypqog9qa09znnlpgzf3xtj Inspector Clouseau Supt. Weaver 1968
Aqryswbmyimwt3uildr6w6lxsr2 The Molly Maguires Davies 1970
Tlv1pwofg28vy7y55ougrw3t2mi Cromwell John Carter 1970
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A2utn3blsa6x68udalqjlqpr4um The Three Musketeers Porthos 1973
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U2vbgyq6lvyrzepy5xfo9dnxnt1 The Wild Geese Fr. Geoghagen 1978
2hnaqxl16qqeduvyzj0limo0vgk Murder by Decree Inspector Lestrade 1979
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Xd8apxwzildtuw8va4oujurkykw La clé Nino Rolfe 1983
U0awhmxlpisxjja73eufgmfbm6k The Key Nino Rolfe 1983
Ggwfazcb1pi8komr39iayuj657t Lifeforce Dr. Hans Fallada 1985
Dbk7tpc6rwfqz2qwdr4e2iwbzfu Tiré à part 1997
Xir6z7kx2motmtpgfbqgvtmhfsj Stiff Upper Lips Hudson Junior 1999
Hfmeo073rxkkjzzv4gsgema1yog The Pianist Father 2002
Wlwqkmt9ialphub22hpumpu28gp The Statement Commissaire Vionnet 2003