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Francis "Frank" Finlay, CBE (6 August 1926 – 30 January 2016) was an English stage, film and television actor. He was Oscar-nominated for his supporting role in Olivier's 1965 film of Othello
Othello
and got his first leading role on television in 1971 as Casanova,[1] which led to appearances on The Morecambe and Wise Show.[2] He also appeared in the controversial drama Bouquet of Barbed Wire.[3]

Contents

1 Early life 2 Stage career 3 Television and film 4 Private life and honours 5 Death 6 Filmography 7 References 8 External links

Early life[edit] Finlay was born in Farnworth, Lancashire, the son of Margaret and Josiah Finlay,[4] a butcher. He was educated at St Gregory the Great School, but left at the age of 14 to train as a butcher himself at the family firm,[5] gaining a City and Guilds
City and Guilds
Diploma in the trade. Stage career[edit] Finlay made his first stage appearances at the local Farnworth
Farnworth
Little Theatre, in plays that included Peter Blackmore's Miranda in 1951. The current Little Theatre president, also in the cast of that Miranda production, remembers him as a perfectionist in his craft. He also played in rep, initially in Scotland, before winning a scholarship to RADA
RADA
in London.[5] There followed several parts in productions at the Royal Court Theatre, such as the Arnold Wesker
Arnold Wesker
trilogy. He became particularly associated with the National Theatre, especially during the years when Laurence Olivier
Laurence Olivier
was director. Playing Iago
Iago
opposite Olivier's title character in John Dexter's 1965 production of Othello,[6] and the film adaptation of that production (also 1965), Finlay's performance as Iago
Iago
left theatre critics unmoved, but he later received high praise for the film version and he gained an Academy Award
Academy Award
nomination.[7] The critic John Simon wrote that the close-ups in the film afforded Finlay the chance to give a more subtle and effective performance than he had on stage. At the Chichester Festival Theatre, he played roles ranging from the First Gravedigger in Hamlet
Hamlet
to Josef Frank in Weapons of Happiness. He also had parts in The Party, Plunder, Saint Joan, Hobson's Choice, Amadeus (as Salieri), Much Ado About Nothing
Much Ado About Nothing
(as Dogberry), The Dutch Courtesan, The Crucible, Mother Courage, and Juno and the Paycock. Finlay also made appearances on Broadway, in Epitaph for George Dillon (1958–59) and in the National Theatre and Broadway productions of Filumena (opposite Olivier's wife, Joan Plowright) in 1980.[8] Between November 1988 and April 1989, Finlay toured Australia, performing in Jeffrey Archer's Beyond Reasonable Doubt at theatres in Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide.[9] Television and film[edit]

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Finlay as Jacob Marley's Ghost

One of his earliest television roles was in the family space adventure serial Target Luna (1960), as journalist Conway Henderson. Finlay's first major television success on was in the title role of Dennis Potter's BBC
BBC
2 series Casanova (1971). Following this, he portrayed Adolf Hitler
Adolf Hitler
in The Death of Adolf Hitler
Adolf Hitler
(1972) for London Weekend Television. Finlay portrayed Richard Roundtree's nemesis, Amafi, in Shaft in Africa (1973), before playing Porthos
Porthos
for director Richard Lester
Richard Lester
in The Three Musketeers (also 1973), The Four Musketeers (1975) and The Return of the Musketeers (1989). He appeared in several additional films, including The Wild Geese
The Wild Geese
(1978). Finlay starred as the father in the once controversial Bouquet of Barbed Wire (1976), and its sequel Another Bouquet (1977), and he was reunited with his Bouquet of Barbed Wire co-star, Susan Penhaligon, when he played Professor Van Helsing in the BBC
BBC
Count Dracula (also 1977), with Louis Jourdan. He appeared in two Sherlock Holmes
Sherlock Holmes
films as Inspector Lestrade, solving the Jack the Ripper
Jack the Ripper
murders (A Study in Terror, 1965, and Murder by Decree, 1979). He also played a role in an episode of the Granada Television
Granada Television
adaptation of Sherlock Holmes starring Jeremy Brett, in which his son Daniel played a minor role as well. Finlay appeared on American television in A Christmas Carol (1984) playing Marley's Ghost opposite George C. Scott's Ebenezer Scrooge. He also guest-starred as the title character in an episode of The Black Adder
The Black Adder
("The Witchsmeller Pursuivant", 1983). Finlay played Sancho Panza
Sancho Panza
opposite Rex Harrison's Don Quixote
Don Quixote
in the 1973 British made-for-television film The Adventures of Don Quixote,[10] for which he won a BAFTA
BAFTA
award.[11] He won another BAFTA award that year for his performance as Voltaire
Voltaire
in the BBC
BBC
TV production of Candide.[citation needed] Finlay played the role of Justice Peter Mahon in the award-winning New Zealand television serial Erebus: The Aftermath (1988). In the Roman Polanski film The Pianist (2002), he took on the part of Adrien Brody's father. He starred alongside Pete Postlethwaite
Pete Postlethwaite
and Geraldine James in the BBC drama series The Sins in 2000, playing the funeral director "Uncle" Irwin Green. He appeared in the TV series Life Begins (2004–06) and as Jane Tennison's father in the last two stories of Prime Suspect (2006 and 2007). In 2007, he guest-starred in the Doctor Who
Doctor Who
audio adventure 100. In November 2008, Finlay appeared in the eleventh episode of the BBC
BBC
drama series Merlin, as "Anhora, Keeper of the Unicorns". Private life and honours[edit] Finlay met his future wife, Doreen Shepherd, when they were both members of the Farnworth
Farnworth
Little Theatre. They had three children, Stephen, Cathy and Daniel, and lived in Shepperton, Middlesex. She died in 2005 aged 79.[5] A devout Roman Catholic,[12] he was a member of the British Catholic Stage Guild (now known as the Catholic Association of Performing Arts). Finlay was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire
Order of the British Empire
in the New Year's Honours of 1984[13] and received an honorary doctorate from the University of Bolton
University of Bolton
in 2009.[5] Death[edit] Finlay died on 30 January 2016 at his home in Weybridge, Surrey, England, aged 89, from heart failure after an unspecified illness.[14][15][16][17] Filmography[edit]

Year Film Role Notes

1962 Private Potter Captain Patterson

Life for Ruth Henry – Teddy's father

The Longest Day Private Coke

The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner Booking Office clerk

1963 Doctor in Distress Corsetiere

The Informers Leon Sale

1964 Hot Enough for June British Embassy porter

The Wild Affair Drunk

The Comedy Man Prout

1965 Othello Iago San Sebastián International Film Festival
San Sebastián International Film Festival
Award for Best Actor Nominated — Academy Award
Academy Award
for Best Supporting Actor Nominated — BAFTA
BAFTA
Award for Most Promising Newcomer to Leading Film Roles Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor - Motion Picture

A Study in Terror Inspector Lestrade Reprised the role fourteen years later in Murder by Decree

1966 The Sandwich Man Second fish porter

1967 The Deadly Bees H.W. Manfred

The Jokers Harassed man

Robbery Robinson

I'll Never Forget What's'isname Chaplain

The Spare Tyres Council foreman

1968 Inspector Clouseau Superintendent Weaver

The Shoes of the Fisherman Igor Bounin

Twisted Nerve Henry Durnley

1970 The Molly Maguires Davies

Cromwell John Carter

1971 Assault Det. Chief Supt. Velyan

Gumshoe William Ginley

1972 Sitting Target Marty Gold

Danny Jones Mr. Jones

Neither the Sea Nor the Sand George Dabernon

1973 Shaft in Africa Amafi

The Three Musketeers Porthos
Porthos
/ O'Reilly

1974 The Four Musketeers Porthos Sequel to The Three Musketeers

1977 Count Dracula Abraham Van Helsing TV film

1978 The Wild Geese Father Geoghagen

1979 Ring of Darkness (it) Paul aka Satan's Wife

Murder by Decree Inspector Lestrade

1982 The Return of the Soldier William Grey Nominated — BAFTA
BAFTA
Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role

Enigma Canarsky

1983 The Ploughman's Lunch Matthew Fox

The Key Nino Rolfe

1984 A Christmas Carol Jacob Marley's Ghost TV film

Sakharov Kravtsov TV film

1985 1919 Sigmund Freud
Sigmund Freud
(voice)

Lifeforce Dr. Hans Fallada

1989 The Return of the Musketeers Porthos Final film in the Musketeers trilogy

1990 King of the Wind Edward Coke

1992 Cthulhu Mansion Chandu

1993 Sparrow Father Nunzio

1995 Gospa Monsignor

1996 Tiré à part John Rathbone

1997 For My Baby Rudi Wittfogel

1998 Stiff Upper Lips Hudson Junior

So This Is Romance? Mike's dad

1998–99 How Do You Want Me? Astley Yardley

1999 Dreaming of Joseph Lees Father

2000 Ghosthunter Charlie Fielding Short film

2000 The Sins 'Uncle' Irwin Green BBC
BBC
drama series

2001 The Martins Mr. Heath

2002 The Pianist Samuel Szpilman

Silent Cry Dr. Robert Barrum

2003 The Statement Commissaire Vionnet

Eroica Joseph Haydn TV film

The Lost Prince H.H. Asquith TV film

2004 Lighthouse Hill Alfred

2007 The Waiting Room Roger

2008 Merlin Anhora Episode: "The Labyrinth of Gedref"

References[edit]

^ BBC
BBC
News, "Actor Frank Finlay
Frank Finlay
dies aged 89", 31 January 2016. Accessed 1 February 2016 ^ Gary Morecambe, Eric Morecambe: Life's Not Hollywood It's Cricklewood. BBC
BBC
Books, 2004. p 210. ^ "Bouquet Of Barbed Wire scandalised Seventies viewers – but will a remake have the same impact?", Daily Mail, 3 September 2010. Accessed 5 February 2016 ^ " Frank Finlay
Frank Finlay
profile". Filmreference.com. Retrieved 30 January 2016.  ^ a b c d Retrieved 7 February 2016. ^ Fox, Margalit (2016-02-06). "Frank Finlay, 89, Is Dead; Was Iago
Iago
to Olivier's Othello". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2016-02-11.  ^ "Session Timeout – Academy Awards® Database – AMPAS". Awardsdatabase.oscars.org. Archived from the original on 14 January 2012. Retrieved 31 January 2016.  ^ The Broadway League. " Frank Finlay
Frank Finlay
profile". IBDB.com. Retrieved 30 January 2016.  ^ "Beyond Reasonable Doubt". FrankFinlay.Net. Retrieved 1 February 2018.  ^ Josephdreams. " Frank Finlay
Frank Finlay
website". Frank Finlay. Retrieved 30 January 2016.  ^ " BAFTA
BAFTA
Television Awards". Bafta.org. Retrieved 31 January 2016.  ^ Deborah Ross (24 February 1998). "Interview: Frank Finlay: Getting over the barbed wire". The Independent. Retrieved 30 January 2016.  ^ "No. 49583". The London Gazette
The London Gazette
(Supplement). 30 December 1983. p. 8.  ^ http://frankfinlay.net/index.html ^ " Frank Finlay
Frank Finlay
dead: British Oscar-nominated actor who played opposite Olivier dies aged 89". Independent.co.uk. 30 January 2016. Retrieved 31 January 2016.  ^ "Actor Frank Finlay
Frank Finlay
dies aged 89". BBC
BBC
News.com. 30 January 2016. Retrieved 31 January 2016.  ^ "Obituary: Frank Finlay". HeraldScotland. Retrieved 2017-08-01. 

External links[edit]

Frank Finlay
Frank Finlay
on IMDb Obituary at the Bolton News [1 February 2016] Retrieved 7 February 2016.

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BAFTA
BAFTA
TV Award for Best Actor

Paul Rogers (1955) Peter Cushing
Peter Cushing
(1956) Michael Gough (1957) Michael Hordern
Michael Hordern
(1958) Donald Pleasence
Donald Pleasence
(1959) Patrick McGoohan
Patrick McGoohan
(1960) Lee Montague (1961) Rupert Davies
Rupert Davies
(1962) Harry H. Corbett
Harry H. Corbett
(1963) Alan Badel
Alan Badel
(1964) Patrick Wymark
Patrick Wymark
(1965) Alan Badel
Alan Badel
(1966) Warren Mitchell
Warren Mitchell
(1967) Eric Porter (1968) Roy Dotrice
Roy Dotrice
(1969) Edward Woodward
Edward Woodward
(1970) Keith Michell
Keith Michell
(1971) John Le Mesurier
John Le Mesurier
(1972) Anthony Hopkins
Anthony Hopkins
(1973) Frank Finlay
Frank Finlay
(1974) Peter Barkworth (1975) John Hurt
John Hurt
(1976) Derek Jacobi
Derek Jacobi
(1977) Peter Barkworth (1978) Edward Fox (1979) Alec Guinness
Alec Guinness
(1980) Denholm Elliott
Denholm Elliott
(1981) Anthony Andrews
Anthony Andrews
(1982) Alec Guinness
Alec Guinness
(1983) Alan Bates
Alan Bates
(1984) Tim Pigott-Smith
Tim Pigott-Smith
(1985) Bob Peck (1986) Michael Gambon
Michael Gambon
(1987) David Jason (1988) Ray McAnally (1989) John Thaw
John Thaw
(1990) Ian Richardson
Ian Richardson
(1991) Robert Lindsay (1992) John Thaw
John Thaw
(1993) Robbie Coltrane
Robbie Coltrane
(1994) Robbie Coltrane
Robbie Coltrane
(1995) Robbie Coltrane
Robbie Coltrane
(1996) Nigel Hawthorne (1997) Simon Russell Beale
Simon Russell Beale
(1998) Tom Courtenay
Tom Courtenay
(1999) Michael Gambon
Michael Gambon
(2000) Michael Gambon
Michael Gambon
(2001) Michael Gambon
Michael Gambon
(2002) Albert Finney
Albert Finney
(2003) Bill Nighy
Bill Nighy
(2004) Rhys Ifans
Rhys Ifans
(2005) Mark Rylance
Mark Rylance
(2006) Jim Broadbent
Jim Broadbent
(2007) Andrew Garfield
Andrew Garfield
(2008) Stephen Dillane
Stephen Dillane
(2009) Kenneth Branagh
Kenneth Branagh
(2010) Daniel Rigby (2011) Dominic West
Dominic West
(2012) Ben Whishaw
Ben Whishaw
(2013) Sean Harris (2014) Jason Watkins (2015) Mark Rylance
Mark Rylance
(2016) Adeel Akhtar (2017)

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