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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.

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Aug 6, 1926 In Farnworth, Lancashire, UK
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie Private Potter 1962-01-01
Latest Project:
Movie An Exchange of Fire 2022
Known For
Poster of Lifeforce
Poster of A Christmas Carol
Poster of The Key
Poster of The Spanish Civil War
Movie An Exchange of Fire Pavel Rhele 2022
Movie Nothing Like a Dame (archival footage) 2018-05-02
Movie Fifty Shades of Erotica 2015-04-13
Movie Four Seasons - Winter Alexander 'Alex' Combe 2009-12-25
Series Merlin Anhora 2008-09-20
Movie Four Seasons - Summer Alexander 'Alex' Combe 2008-12-25
Movie Four Seasons - Autumn Alexander 'Alex' Combe 2008-12-25
Movie The Waiting Room Roger 2007-08-18
Series Johnny and the Bomb Unknown 2006-01-15
Series Life Begins Unknown 2004-02-16
Movie Lighthouse Hill Alfred 2004-05-04
Movie Eroica Josef Haydn 2003-01-01
Movie The Statement Commissaire Vionnet 2003-12-12
Movie The Pianist Father 2002-09-17
Movie The Martins Mr Heath 2001-09-14
Movie Station Jim Riorden Snr 2001-12-30
Movie For My Baby 2000-10-19
Series The Sins Uncle Irwin Green 2000-10-24
Series The Magical Legend of the Leprechauns General Bulstrode 1999-11-07
Series How Do You Want Me? Unknown 1998-02-24
Movie Stiff Upper Lips Hudson Junior 1998-06-12
Movie Limited Edition John Rathbone 1997-01-22
Movie Romance and Rejection (So This Is Romance?) Mike's Dad 1997-11-01
Movie Virgin Mary Monsignor 1995-10-12
Series Charlemagne Alcuin 1993-02-28
Series Heartbeat Unknown 1992-04-10
Movie Stalin Sergei 1992-11-21
Movie The Other Side Arthur Conan Doyle 1992-08-29
Series Prime Suspect Arnold Tennison 1991-04-07
Movie Cthulhu Mansion Chandu 1991-05-01
Movie King of the Wind Edward Coke 1990-05-25
Movie The Return of the Musketeers Porthos 1989-04-12
Movie Casanova Razetta 1987-03-01
Series Lovejoy Unknown 1986-01-10
Movie Arch of Triumph Col. Boris Morosov 1985-05-29
Movie Lifeforce Dr. Hans Fallada 1985-06-21
Movie Nineteen Nineteen Sigmund Freud (voice) 1985-11-14
Series Sherlock Holmes Professor Coram / Sergius 1984-04-24
Movie Sakharov Kravtsov 1984-06-20
Movie A Christmas Carol Jacob Marley 1984-10-09
Movie The Spanish Civil War Narrator 1983-01-07
Movie The Ploughman's Lunch Matthew Fox 1983-05-30
Movie The Return of the Soldier William Grey 1983-01-06
Movie The Key Nino Rolfe 1983-10-19
Series Blackadder The Witchsmeller Pursuivant 1983-06-15
Series Wogan Unknown 1982-05-04
Movie Enigma Canarsky 1982-10-15
Movie Murder by Decree Inspector Lestrade 1979-02-01
Series Tales of the Unexpected Arthur Pearson 1979-03-24
Movie Ring of Darkness Paul 1979-10-29
Movie Saturday, Sunday, Monday Peppino 1978-01-01
Movie The Thief of Bagdad Abu Bakar 1978-01-10
Movie The Wild Geese Fr. Geoghagen 1978-07-05
Series Another Bouquet Unknown 1977-01-06
Series Count Dracula Unknown 1977-12-22
Movie Count Dracula Abraham van Helsing 1977-12-22
Series Bouquet of Barbed Wire Unknown 1976-01-07
Movie Bouquet of Barbed Wire Peter Manson 1976-01-09
Series Laurence Olivier Presents Peppino 1976-12-05
Movie 84 Charing Cross Road Frank Doel 1975-11-04
Movie The Four Musketeers Porthos 1974-10-31
Movie The Death of Adolf Hitler Adolf Hitler 1973-01-07
Movie The Adventures Of Don Quixote Sancho Panza 1973-04-23
Movie Shaft in Africa Vincent Amafi 1973-06-14
Movie Van der Valk und die Reichen Van der Valk 1973-12-26
Movie The Three Musketeers Porthos 1973-12-11
Movie Danny Jones 1972-05-01
Movie The Merchant of Venice Shylock 1972-04-16
Movie Sitting Target Marty Gold 1972-06-19
Movie Neither the Sea Nor the Sand George Dabernon 1972-11-01
Movie Assault Det. Chief Supt. Velyan 1971-02-11
Series Casanova Casanova 1971-11-16
Movie Gumshoe William 1971-12-01
Movie Cromwell John Carter 1970-09-16
Movie The Body Narrator 1970-10-09
Movie The Molly Maguires Davies 1970-02-08
Series Play for Today Unknown 1970-10-15
Movie The Lie Andrew Firth 1970-10-29
Movie The Piano Tuner Wilfred Tilley 1969-03-08
Movie Julius Caesar Brutus 1969-04-13
Movie Inspector Clouseau Supt. Weaver 1968-07-19
Movie Twisted Nerve Henry Durnley 1968-12-20
Movie The Shoes of the Fisherman Igor Bounin 1968-11-14
Movie Much Ado About Nothing Dogberry 1967-01-01
Movie The Jokers Harrassed man 1967-05-15
Movie I'll Never Forget What's'isname Chaplain 1967-12-18
Series Les Misérables Jean Valjean 1967-10-22
Movie Robbery Robinson 1967-08-01
Movie The Deadly Bees H.W. Manfred 1966-12-23
Movie Olivier Talks About Othello Archive Footage 1965-01-01
Movie A Study in Terror Inspector Lestrade 1965-10-01
Movie Othello Iago 1965-12-15
Series Thirty-Minute Theatre Unknown 1965-10-07
Series Play of the Month Unknown 1965-10-19
Movie Hot Enough for June British Embassy Porter 1964-01-01
Movie The Comedy Man Prout 1964-09-03
Movie Doctor in Distress Corsetiere 1963-07-30
Movie The Informers Leon Sale 1963-11-29
Series Z-Cars Unknown 1962-01-02
Movie Private Potter Capt. Patterson 1962-01-01
Series Studio Four Unknown 1962-01-22
Movie Life for Ruth Teddy's Father 1962-09-06
Movie The Longest Day Pvt. Coke (uncredited) 1962-09-25
Movie The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner Booking Office Clerk 1962-09-20