Albert Finney Biography (1936-)

Born May 9, 1936, in Salford, Manchester, England; son of Albert, Sr. (a bookmaker) and Alice (maiden name, Hobson) Finney; married Jane Wenham (an actress), 1957 (divorced, 1961); married Anouk Aimee (an actress), 1970 (divorced,1978); children: (first marriage) Simon (film technician).

Nationality
British
Gender
Male
Occupation
Actor, producer, director, singer
Birth Details
May 9, 1936
Salford, Manchester, England

Famous Works

  • CREDITS
  • Stage Appearances
  • (Stage debut) Decius Brutus, Julius Caesar, Birmingham Repertory Company, Birmingham, England, 1956
  • (London debut) Belzanor, Caesar and Cleopatra, Old Vic Theatre, 1956
  • Francis Archer, The Beaux Strategem, Birmingham Repertory Company,1956-58
  • Face, The Alchemist, Birmingham Repertory Company, 1956-58
  • Malcolm, The Lizard on the Rock, Birmingham Repertory Company, 1956-58
  • Title role, Henry V, Birmingham Repertory Company, 1956-58
  • Title role, Macbeth,Birmingham Repertory Company, 1958
  • Soya Marshall, The Party, New Theatre, London, 1958
  • Edgar, King Lear, Memorial Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, England,1959
  • Cassio, Othello, Memorial Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, 1959
  • Lysander, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Memorial Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, 1959
  • Title role, Coriolanus, Shakespeare Memorial Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, 1959
  • Ted, The Lily-White Boys, Royal Court Theatre, London, 1960
  • Billy Fisher, Billy Liar, Cambridge Theatre, London, 1960
  • Title role, Luther, Paris International Festival, Theatre des Nations, Paris, then Holland Festival, later Royal Court Theatre, all 1961
  • Feste, Twelfth Night, Royal Court Theatre, 1962
  • (Broadway debut) Title role, Luther, St. James Theatre, 1963
  • Title role, Henry IV, Glasgow Citizens Theatre, Glasgow, Scotland,1963
  • Don Pedro, Much Ado about Nothing, Old Vic Theatre, London, 1965
  • John Armstrong, Armstrong's Last Goodnight, Chichester Festival, Chichester, England, 1966
  • Jean, Miss Julie, Chichester Festival, Chichester, 1966
  • Harold Gorringe, Black Comedy, Chichester Festival, 1966
  • Bri, A Day in the Death of Joe Egg, Brooks Atkinson Theatre, New York City, 1968
  • Mr. Elliot, Alpha Beta, Royal Court Theatre, then Apollo Theatre,both London, 1972
  • Krapp, Krapp's Last Tape, Royal Court Theatre, 1973
  • O'Halloran, Cromwell, Royal Court Theatre, 1973
  • Phil, Chez Nous, Globe Theatre, London, 1974
  • Title role, Hamlet, National Theatre, London, then Old Vic Theatre, both 1975, later Lyttelton Theatre, London, 1976
  • Title role, Tamburlaine the Great, Olivier Theatre, London, 1976
  • Narrator, Tribute to a Lady, Old Vic Theatre, 1976
  • Mr. Horner, The Country Wife, Olivier Theatre, 1977
  • Lopakhin, The Cherry Orchard, Olivier Theatre, 1978
  • Title role, Macbeth, National Theatre, 1978
  • Title role, Uncle Vanya, Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester, England, 1978
  • Gary Essendine, Present Laughter, Royal Exchange Theatre, 1978
  • John Bean, Has "Washington" Legs?, National Theatre, 1978
  • John Armstrong, Armstrong's Last Goodnight, Old Vic Theatre, 1983
  • Musgrave, Sergeant Musgrave's Dance, Old Vic Theatre, 1984
  • The lawyer, The Biko Inquest, Riverside Studios, Hammersmith, London, 1984
  • Harold, Orphans, Hampstead Theatre, London, then Apollo Theatre, London, 1986
  • J. J. Farr, Phoenix Theatre, London, 1987
  • Another Time, Wyndham's Theatre, London, 1989, then Chicago, IL, 1991
  • Reflected Glory, Vaudeville Theatre, London, 1992
  • Stage Work
  • Director, The Birthday Party,Glasgow Citizens Theatre, Glasgow, Scotland, 1963
  • Director, The School for Scandal, Glasgow Citizens Theatre, 1963
  • Director, Armstrong's Last Goodnight, Old Vic Theatre, 1965
  • Producer, A Day in the Death of Joe Egg, Comedy Theatre, London, 1967
  • Director, The Freedom of the City, Royal Court Theatre, 1973
  • Director, Loot, Royal Court Theatre, 1975
  • Director, Armstrong's Last Goodnight, Old Vic Theatre, 1983
  • Director, The Biko Inquest, Riverside Studios, 1984
  • Director, Sergeant Musgrave's Dance, Old Vic Theatre, 1984
  • Film Appearances
  • Mick Rice, The Entertainer, Continental, 1959
  • Arthur Seaton, Saturday Night and Sunday Morning, Continental, 1960
  • Russian soldier, The Victors, Columbia, 1963
  • Title role, Tom Jones, Lopert, 1963
  • Danny, Night Must Fall, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1964
  • Mark Wallace, Two for the Road, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1967
  • Title role, Charlie Bubbles, Universal, 1968
  • George Smith, The Picasso Summer, 1969
  • Title role, Scrooge, National General, 1970
  • Eddie Ginley, Gumshoe, Columbia, 1972
  • Bleak Moments, 1972
  • Mr. Frank Elliot, Alpha Beta, Memorial, 1973
  • Hercule Poirot, Murder on the Orient Express, Paramount, 1974
  • (Uncredited) Cameo appearance, The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes'Smarter Brother (also known as Sherlock Holmes' Smarter Brother), Twentieth Century-Fox, 1975
  • Fouche, The Duellists, Paramount, 1978
  • Mike Daniels, Loophole (also known as Break In), 1980
  • Dr. Larry Roberts, Looker, 1981
  • Dewey Wilson, Wolfen, Warner Bros., 1981
  • George Dunlap, Shoot the Moon, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/United Artists,1982
  • Daddy Warbucks, Annie, Columbia, 1982
  • Sir, The Dresser, Columbia, 1983
  • Geoffrey Firmin--the Consul, Under the Volcano, Universal, 1984
  • Himself, Observations Under the Volcano, 1984
  • Himself, Notes from Under the Volcano, 1984
  • Harold, Orphans, Lorimar, 1987
  • Leo O'Bannion, Miller's Crossing, 1990
  • Warren Odom, Rich in Love, 1992
  • Constable Hegarty, The Playboys, 1992
  • Andrew Crocker-Harris, The Browning Version, 1994
  • Alfie Byrne, A Man of No Importance, 1994
  • Danny's father, The Run of the Country, 1995
  • Dr. Austin Sloper, Washington Square, Buena Vista, 1997
  • Kilgore Trout, Breakfast of Champions, Buena Vista, 1999
  • Darryl P. Simms and Ryan Ames, Simpatico, Fine Line Features, 1999
  • Ed Masry, Erin Brockovich, Universal, 2000
  • Chief of staff, Traffic, USA Films, 2000
  • Joan of Arc: The Virgin Warrior, 2000
  • Elmore, Delivering Milo, IMMI Pictures, 2000
  • Ernest Hemingway, Hemingway, the Hunter of Death, 2001
  • Film Work
  • Producer, Gumshoe, Columbia, 1963
  • Producer, Night Must Fall, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1964
  • Producer and director, Charlie Bubbles, Universal, 1968
  • Producer, if ... , Paramount, 1969
  • Producer, Bleak Moments, British Film Institute, 1972
  • Producer, O Lucky Man!, Warner Bros., 1973
  • Television Appearances
  • Series
  • My Uncle Silas, 2000
  • Movies
  • Forget-Me-Not Lane, 1975
  • Title role, Pope John Paul II (also known as The Pope), CBS, 1984
  • Kentridge, The Biko Inquest, 1984
  • Jason Cromwell, The Image, HBO, 1990
  • Alec Hillsden, The Endless Game, Showtime, 1990
  • Maurice Allington, The Green Man, Arts and Entertainment 1990
  • Also appeared in View Friendship and Marriage, The Claverdon Road Job, and The Miser.
  • Miniseries
  • Daniel Feeld, Karaoke, Bravo, 1996
  • Daniel Feeld, Cold Lazarus, Bravo, 1996
  • Doctor Monygham, Nostromo (also known as Joseph Conrad's Nostromo), PBS, 1996
  • Specials
  • Oliver "Daddy" Warbucks, Lights, Camera, Annie!, 1982
  • The Wall: Live in Berlin (also known as The Wall: Berlin 90), 1990
  • Reggie Conyngham-Jervis, A Rather English Marriage, PBS, 1998
  • Television Work
  • Movies
  • Director, The Biko Inquest, 1984

Further Reference

OTHER SOURCES

    Books:
    • Falk, Quentin, Albert Finney in Character, Robson Books, 1992.
    • International Dictionary of Films and Filmmakers, Volume 3: Actors and Actresses, St. James Press, 1996.
    • International Dictionary of Theatre, Volume 3: Actors, Directors and Designers, St. James Press, 1996.