Albert Finney Wiki, Albert Finney Biography
Albert Finney Wiki
Albert Finney (9 May 1936 – 8 February 2019) was an English actor. He attended the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and began to work in the theatre as a Shakespearean actor before switching to film. Finney quickly attained prominence on screen in the early 1960s, debuting with The Entertainer (1960), directed by Tony Richardson, who had previously directed him in plays. He became a leading Free Cinema figure at the same time as maintaining a successful career in theatre, film, and television.
|Born||9 May 1936, Charlestown, Pendleton, England|
|Died||8 February 2019 (aged 82)|
(m. 1957; Div. 1961)
(m. 1970; Div. 1978)
Albert Finney Biography
He is known for his roles in Saturday Night and Sunday Morning (also 1960), Tom Jones (1963), Two for the Road (1967), Scrooge (1970), Annie(1982), The Dresser (1983), Miller’s Crossing (1990), Erin Brockovich (2000), Big Fish (2003), The Bourne Ultimatum (2007), Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead (2007), The Bourne Legacy (2012), and the James Bond film Skyfall (2012).
A recipient of BAFTA, Golden Globe, Emmy, and Screen Actors Guild Awards, Finney has been nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor four times, for Tom Jones (1963), Murder on the Orient Express (1974), The Dresser (1983), and Under the Volcano (1984); he was also nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in Erin Brockovich (2000). His performance as Winston Churchill in the BBC–HBO television biographical film The Gathering Storm (2002) saw him receive a number of accolades.
Albert Finney Early Wiki
Finney was born in the Charlestown area of Pendleton, Salford, Lancashire, England, the son of Alice (née Hobson) and Albert Finney, Sr., a bookmaker. He was educated at Total Drive Primary School, Salford Grammar School and the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.
Albert Finney Personal Wiki
By his first wife, Jane Wenham, he had a son, Simon, who works in the film industry as a camera operator.
From 1970 to 1978, he was married to French actress Anouk Aimée.
In May 2011, Finney disclosed that he had been receiving treatment for kidney cancer.
On 8 February 2019 Finney died following a short illness.
Albert Finney Awards and honors
Finney turned down the offer of a CBE in 1980 and a knighthood in 2000. He has criticized the honors system for “perpetuating snobbery”.
He has five Oscar nominations but has never won. He was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor four times, for Tom Jones (1963), Murder on the Orient Express (1974), The Dresser (1983), and Under the Volcano (1984); and was nominated for Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in Erin Brockovich (2000).
Julia Roberts mentioned Albert Finney in her Oscar acceptance speech for Best Actress in Erin Brockovich, thanking him and sharing the Oscar with him.
Finney has 13 BAFTA nominations (9 film, 4 TV), winning two:
- 1960 Best British Actor for Saturday Night and Sunday Morning
- 1960 Most Promising Newcomer for Saturday Night and Sunday Morning Won
- 1963 Best British Actor for Tom Jones
- 1973 Best Actor for Gumshoe
- 1974 Best Actor for Murder on the Orient Express
- 1982 Best Actor for Shoot the Moon
- 1984 Best Actor for The Dresser
- 1990 Best Actor (BAFTA TV Awards) for The Green Man
- 1996 Best Actor (BAFTA TV Awards) for Karaoke/Cold Lazarus
- 1998 Best Actor (BAFTA TV Awards) for A Rather English Marriage
- 2000 Best Supporting Actor for Erin Brockovich
- 2002 Best Actor (BAFTA TV Awards) for The Gathering Storm Won
- 2003 Best Supporting Actor for Big Fish
In addition, Finney received the BAFTA Fellowship in 2001.
He won an Emmy Award, for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Made for TV Movie, for his performance as Winston Churchill in HBO’s The Gathering Storm. He had previously been nominated for the HBO telefilm The Image (1990).
He has received nine Golden Globe nominations, winning three:
- 1963 Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy for Tom Jones
- 1963 Most Promising Newcomer (Male) for Tom Jones – Won
- 1970 Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy for Scrooge, Won
- 1982 Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama for Shoot the Moon
- 1983 Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama for The Dresser
- 1984 Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama for Under the Volcano
- 2000 Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture for Erin Brockovich
- 2002 Best Performance by an Actor in a Mini-Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television for The Gathering Storm Won
- 2003 Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture for Big Fish
For his work on Broadway, Finney has been nominated for two Tony Awards, both for Best Actor in a Play, for Luther in 1964, and A Day in the Death of Joe Egg in 1968. For the London stage, he won the Olivier Award, for Best Actor, for Orphans in 1986. He has won the Evening Standard Theatre Award for Best Actor three times, for A Flea in Her Ear in 1966, Tamburlaine the Greatin 1976 and Orphans in 1986.
Other awards include a Golden Laurel for his work on Scrooge (1970) and for his work on Tom Jones, for which he was the 3rd Place Winner for the “Top Male Comedy Performance” for 1964. He was honored by the Los Angeles Film Critics’ Association as Best Actor for Under the Volcano (which he tied with F. Murray Abraham for Amadeus), the National Board of Review Best Actor award for Saturday Night and Sunday Morning, and the New York Film Critics’ Circle Best Actor award for Tom Jones.
Finney has won two Screen Actors’ Guild Awards, for Best Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role, for Erin Brockovich, and as a member of the acting ensemble in the film Traffic. He was also nominated for The Gathering Storm, for Best Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries, but did not win.
He won the Silver Berlin Bear award for Best Actor, for The Dresser, at the 34th Berlin International Film Festival in 1984.
He won the Volpi Cup for Best Actor, for Tom Jones, at the Venice Film Festival.
Albert Finney Movies
Albert Finney Cause of Death
Albert Finney, who forged his reputation as one of the leading actors of Britain’s early 60s new wave cinema, has died aged 82 after a short illness, his family have announced. In 2011, he disclosed he had kidney cancer.
A publicist told the Guardian that Finney died of a chest infection at the Royal Marsden hospital, which specializes in cancer treatment, just outside London. His wife, Pene, and son, Simon, were by his side.
Having shot to fame as the star of Saturday Night and Sunday Morning, Finney received five Oscar nominations, but never won, and refused a knighthood.
Stars have been sharing memories and paying tribute to the actor on Twitter.
Very sad to hear about Albert Finney. I had the enormous privilege of working with him early on. Apart from being effortlessly great he was also a great all round example of how to behave. https://t.co/mZXeqmWrqJ
— Rufus Sewell (@FredrikSewell) February 8, 2019
One of the true great. Both on stage and screen. A powerhouse of an actor. A real hero of mine. RIP Albert Finney https://t.co/FuSu6948tS
— David Morrissey (@davemorrissey64) February 8, 2019