Albert Finney

Albert Finney


5/9/1936, Salford, Greater Manchester, England, UK

Birth Name

Albert Finney


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Albert Finney was born on May 9, 1936, in an English borough called Salford. He recognized a love of acting from an early age, but first focused his talents on the stage. He attended the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and made his stage debut in 1958, at…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • In 2002, Albert won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie on The Gathering Storm as Winston Churchill.

    • Albert appeared in the music video: "Since I Left You" by The Avalanches.

    • Albert released Albert Finney's Album in 1977.

    • Albert was given a case of champagne for his role in The Duellists.

    • In 1965, Albert formed Memorial Films in association with Michael Medwin to produce theatrical feature, which included Charlie Bubble, If, Gumshoe, Bleak Moments, O Lucky Man, and Disorder.

    • Albert was the third choice for the role of Hercule Poirot in Murder on the Orient Express. Before him were Alec Guinness & Paul Scofield. Ironically, Agatha Christie felt Finney's performance came closest to her idea of Poirot.

    • Albert was initially asked to reprise his role as Hercule Poirot in Death on the Nile, but he had found the make-up he had to wear for the first movie Murder On The Orient Express very uncomfortable in the hot interior of the train, and on realizing that he would have to undergo the same experience, this time in temperatures exceeding 100 degrees Fahrenheit, he declined the role.

    • Albert was originally chosen for the title role in Lawrence of Arabia after a screen test shot over four days at a cost of £100,000. He later baulked at the film's monumental shooting schedule, and did not want to commit to such a long term contract and opted to play the title role in Tom Jones, a role that gave him his first Oscar nomination.

    • Albert played Michael Medwin's uncle in Scrooge even though he is actually more than twelve years younger than Michael.

    • Albert married Anouk Aimee in 1970. They divorced in 1978.

    • Albert was twice nominated for Broadway's Tony Award as Best Actor (Dramatic). Once was in 1964 for playing the title character of Martin Luther in John Osborne's Luther, and the other in 1968 for Peter Nichols' A Day in the Death of Joe Egg.

    • Albert married Jane Wenham in 1957. They divorced in 1961.

    • Albert was the first choice of Laurence Olivier to take over his post as the head of Britain's National Theatre. Finney had played a season shortly after the National Theatre's inaugural season in 1963-64, but Albert declined the offer.

    • As an aspiring actor in the mid-1950s, Albert made the rounds with Michael Polley, the father of Sarah Polley. Michael Polley says that Finney compared actors to bricklayers, in terms of craft.

    • Albert felt the lead role in Tom Jones wasn't serious enough, and agreed to star only if he got a producing credit; he later traded the credit for profit participation.

    • Albert doesn't have an agent or a manager.

    • Albert is an Associate Member of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.

    • Albert is a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) in Stratford Upon Avon, England, where he performed for three seasons in the early eighties.

    • Albert graduated from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.

    • Albert was awarded the 1986 London Evening Standard Theatre Award for Best Actor for his performance in Orphans.

    • Albert was awarded the Laurence Olivier Theatre Award in 1987 (1986 season) for Best Actor in a New Play for Orphans.

    • Albert allegedly declined an Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) honour in 1980, and 20 years later also a Knighthood.

    • Albert has one child from his first marriage to actress Jane Wenham. Finney's son, Simon, works in the film business as a technician.

    • Albert is 5' 9" (1.75 m) tall.

  • Quotes

    • Albert Finney: I'm not bothered by the paparazzi and I don't feel hemmed in, I've never felt that. My youth, mind you, there wasn't quite the same attention to celebrities as there is now, but I've never felt that.

    • Albert Finney: (on how he feels about the "Oscars") It's a long way to go for a very long party, sitting there for six hours not having a cigarette or a drink. It's a waste of time.

    • Albert Finney: Call me Sir if you like! Maybe people in America think being a Sir is a big deal. But I think we should all be misters together. I think the Sir thing slightly perpetuates one of our diseases in England, which is snobbery. And it also helps keep us "quaint", which I'm not a great fan of. You don't get much with the title anymore. That was all carved up by the robber barons in the Middle Ages.

    • Albert Finney: My job is acting, and that is why I hate interviews or lectures, explaining myself to an audience.

    • Albert Finney: I'm not the romantic type ... I'm a bit like the late, great Peter Sellers, only happy in character roles.

    • Albert Finney: After I played a homosexual character in A Man of No Importance, an American journalist asked if I'd have a rainbow flag on my car's bumper. I said I don't 'do' bumper stickers, but if I did, I'd be pleased to use that one. After all, everyone's included in the rainbow, aren't they?

    • Albert Finney: I was the first man to be seen sleeping with another man's wife in an English film.

    • Albert Finney: On The Waterfront came out and there were 150 guys (at RADA) all doing Brando impressions.

  • Underrated talent!

    Really an underrated talent that doesn't get his credit due as he really doesn't get the type of roles that he used to when he was younger and handsomer hence the Tom Jones movie that put him on the map. As well as really needs to get those kind of roles that he used to. But has been a great supporting player hence as we seen in "Erin Brockovich and Bourne Ultimatum!" He really should had been more of a bigger star like Sean Connery and Paul Newman. But when given what he is given, he makes something little into something awesome with what little he is given.moreless
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    Albert Finney is a true actor. You really believe that he got into acting because he loves it for what it is. You'll never see him in any tabloids and you won't hear any gossip about him. In his roles, you sense more realism than many other actor's who are considered more talented than he. Of all of his roles in all of his movies, my favorite has to be "Corpse Bride."moreless