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Frank Finlay

1926-08-06 Farnworth, Lancashire, UK

Image of Frank Finlay


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.


Fifty Shades of Erotica 2015-04-13
Four Seasons - Winter Alexander 'Alex' Combe 2009-12-25
Four Seasons - Summer Alexander 'Alex' Combe 2008-12-25
Four Seasons - Autumn Alexander 'Alex' Combe 2008-12-25
The Waiting Room Roger 2007-08-18
Lighthouse Hill Alfred 2004-05-04
The Statement Commissaire Vionnet 2003-12-12
Eroica Josef Haydn 2003-01-01
The Pianist Father 2002-09-17
The Martins Mr Heath 2001-09-14
Station Jim Riorden Snr 2001-12-30
For My Baby 2000-10-19
Stiff Upper Lips Hudson Junior 1998-06-12
Mr. Right... zur falschen Zeit Mike's Dad 1997-11-01
Tiré à part John Rathbone 1997-01-22
Gospa Monsignor 1995-10-12
The Other Side Arthur Conan Doyle 1992-08-29
Stalin Sergei 1992-11-21
La mansión de los Cthulhu Chandu 1991-05-01
King of the Wind Edward Coke 1990-05-25
The Return of the Musketeers Porthos 1989-04-12
Casanova Razetta 1987-03-01
Nineteen Nineteen Sigmund Freud (voice) 1985-11-14
Arch of Triumph Col. Boris Morosov 1985-05-29
Lifeforce Dr. Hans Fallada 1985-06-21
A Christmas Carol Jacob Marley 1984-10-09
Sakharov Kravtsov 1984-06-20
The Spanish Civil War Narrator 1983-01-07
The Ploughman's Lunch Matthew Fox 1983-05-30
The Return of the Soldier William Grey 1983-01-06
La chiave Nino Rolfe 1983-10-19
Enigma Canarsky 1982-10-15
Un ombra nell'ombra Paul 1979-10-29
Murder by Decree Inspector Lestrade 1979-02-01
Saturday, Sunday, Monday Peppino 1978-01-01
The Thief of Bagdad Abu Bakar 1978-01-10
The Wild Geese Fr. Geoghagen 1978-07-05
Count Dracula Abraham van Helsing 1977-12-22
Bouquet of Barbed Wire Peter Manson 1976-01-09
84 Charing Cross Road Frank Doel 1975-11-04
The Four Musketeers Porthos 1974-10-31
The Death of Adolf Hitler Adolf Hitler 1973-01-07
Shaft in Africa Vincent Amafi 1973-06-14
Van der Valk und die Reichen Van der Valk 1973-12-26
The Three Musketeers Porthos 1973-12-11
The Adventures Of Don Quixote Sancho Panza 1973-04-23
Sitting Target Marty Gold 1972-06-19
The Merchant of Venice Shylock 1972-04-16
Danny Jones 1972-05-01
Neither the Sea Nor the Sand George Dabernon 1972-11-01
Gumshoe William 1971-12-01
Assault Det. Chief Supt. Velyan 1971-02-11
The Lie Andrew Firth 1970-10-29
The Molly Maguires Davies 1970-02-08
The Body Narrator 1970-10-09
Cromwell John Carter 1970-09-16
Julius Caesar Brutus 1969-04-13
The Piano Tuner Wilfred Tilley 1969-03-08
The Shoes of the Fisherman Igor Bounin 1968-11-14
Twisted Nerve Henry Durnley 1968-12-20
Inspector Clouseau Supt. Weaver 1968-07-19
The Jokers Harrassed man 1967-05-15
Robbery Robinson 1967-08-01
Much Ado About Nothing Dogberry 1967-01-01
I'll Never Forget What's'isname Chaplain 1967-12-18
The Deadly Bees H.W. Manfred 1966-12-23
Olivier Talks About Othello Archive Footage 1965-01-01
Othello Iago 1965-12-15
A Study in Terror Inspector Lestrade 1965-10-01
The Comedy Man Prout 1964-09-03
Hot Enough for June British Embassy Porter 1964-01-01
Doctor in Distress Corsetiere 1963-07-30
The Longest Day Pvt. Coke (uncredited) 1962-09-25
Private Potter Capt. Patterson 1962-01-01
The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner Booking Office Clerk 1962-09-20
Life for Ruth Teddy's Father 1962-09-06
An Exchange of Fire Pavel Rhele