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Albert Finney 9th May 1936 – 7th February 2019

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The wonderful British actor Albert Finney has died. Born in Salford, he began in theatre in Birmingham and at the Old Vic where he created the role of Billy Liar and also came to prominence as Luther. His first screen appearance in The Entertainer didn’t excite, but when he played the Angry Young Man in Saturday Night and Sunday Morning a star was born. He was at his best doing gruff and savage and he became a global sensation in Tom Jones, an eighteenth century tale of a Northern lad made good in a kind of upmarket epic of kitchen sink realism.  He didn’t do enough work and sometimes years passed between his films – yet found he was in his element when he was mining his Northern roots – in Charlie Bubbles which he directed from Shelagh Delaney’s screenplay and especially in Gumshoe where the combination of humour and movies fit him to a T.  His love of musicals came as a surprise and he was a fascinating Scrooge and later Daddy Warbucks in Annie for John Huston. He starred in two of my favourite movies, the astonishing Wolfen and the highly emotive Shoot the Moon as the divorced father. He wasn’t the only one crying. And how about Miller’s Crossing?! Two For the Road?  And talk about an unexpected Hercule Poirot in Murder on the Orient Express. He starred in two films written by my friend Shane Connaughton – The Playboys and The Run of the Country – a writer’s dream come true, to have Albert Finney reincarnate your father – and then graced Erin Brockovich with real character. His last appearance as gamekeeper Kincade in Skyfall gave that navel-gazing James Bond outing real class. Fleet, funny, plain and powerful, Finney was some kind of man. Whatever people say I am, that’s what I’m not

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One response to “Albert Finney 9th May 1936 – 7th February 2019

  1. Paul S

    Sad, sad news. I always enjoyed watching Albert Finney. He’s from my part of the world and he never lost touch with his Salford roots.

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