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Summary Article: Finney, Albert
From Chambers Biographical Dictionary


♦ English actor

Born in Salford, Lancashire, he was a student at RADA, before making his stage debut at Birmingham in Julius Caesar (1956) and his London debut in The Party (1958). At Stratford in 1959 he appeared in King Lear, Othello and A Midsummer Night's Dream. He made his film debut in The Entertainer (1960) but it was his definitive portrayal of the working-class rebel in Saturday Night and Sunday Morning (1960) that established him as a star. On stage he appeared in Billy Liar (1960) and Luther (1961), joining the National Theatre in 1965 and serving as associate artistic director of the Royal Court Theatre (1972-75). On film he directed Charlie Bubbles (1967) and received Academy Award nominations for his appearances in Tom Jones (1963), Murder on the Orient Express (1974), The Dresser (1983), Under the Volcano (1984) and Erin Brockovich (2000). Other films include Miller's Crossing (1990), Big Fish (2003) and The Bourne Ultimatum (2007). His television work includes the series The Green Man (1990), the Dennis Potter plays Karaoke (1996) and Cold Lazarus (1996), and his portrayal of Churchill in The Gathering Storm (2002), for which he won BAFTA, Emmy and Golden Globe awards.

  • Falk, Quentin Albert Finney: In Character (1998).
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