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Frank Finlay is a Actor British born on 6 august 1926 at Farnworth (United-kingdom)

Frank Finlay

Frank Finlay
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Birth name Francis Finlay
Nationality United-kingdom
Birth 6 august 1926 at Farnworth (United-kingdom)
Death 30 january 2016 (at 89 years)
Awards Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire

Francis Finlay, CBE (born 6 August 1926) is an English stage, film and television actor.


Finlay was born in Farnworth, Lancashire, the son of Margaret and Josiah Finlay, a butcher. A devout Catholic, he belongs to the British Catholic Stage Guild. He was educated at St. Gregory the Great School but left at the age of fourteen and then trained as a butcher himself, gaining a City and Guilds Diploma in the trade. He met his future wife, Doreen Shepherd, when they were both members of the Farnworth Little Theatre. They had three children, Stephen, Cathy and Daniel and they lived in Shepperton, Middlesex and were married until her death in 2005.

Best films

The Pianist (2002)
The Wild Geese (1978)

Usually with

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Source : Wikidata

Filmography of Frank Finlay (65 films)

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The Lost Prince
Directed by Stephen Poliakoff
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, Documentary
Themes Political films
Actors Matthew James Thomas, Miranda Richardson, Tom Hollander, Rollo Weeks, Bill Nighy, Gina McKee
Roles Asquith
Rating77% 3.893383.893383.893383.893383.89338
John suffered from epileptic seizures and an autism-like developmental disorder, and the Royal Family tried to shelter him from public view; the script shied away from presenting the Royal Family as unsympathetic, instead showing how much this cost them emotionally (particularly John's mother, Queen Mary). Poliakoff explores the story of John, his relationship with his family and brother Prince George, the political events going on at the time (such as the fall of the House of Romanov in 1917) and the love and devotion of his nanny, Charlotte Bill.
The Statement, 2h
Directed by Norman Jewison
Origin Canada
Genres Drama, Thriller
Actors Michael Caine, Tilda Swinton, Jeremy Northam, Alan Bates, Charlotte Rampling, Ciarán Hinds
Roles Commissaire Vionnet
Rating61% 3.098873.098873.098873.098873.09887
Pierre Brossard (Michael Caine), a French Nazi collaborator, orders seven Jews executed during World War II. Some 40 years later, he is pursued by "David Manenbaum" (Matt Craven), a hitman who is under orders to kill Brossard and leave a printed 'Statement' on his body proclaiming the assassination was vengeance for the Jews executed in 1944. Brossard kills "Manenbaum," hiding the dead body after finding the printed "Statement" and discovering that his pursuer was travelling on a Canadian passport. Brossard for years has taken refuge in sanctuaries in southern France within the Traditionalist Catholic community, appealing to long-time allies who have operated in great secrecy to shield him and provide him with funds. But now they bring increased scrutiny to themselves for continuing to do so.
Eroica (2003)
, 1h23
Directed by Simon Cellan Jones
Genres Drama, Biography, Musical
Themes Films about music and musicians, Films about classical music and musicians, Musical films
Actors Ian Hart, Tim Pigott-Smith, Lucy Akhurst, Leo Bill, Anton Lesser, Frank Finlay
Roles Josef Haydn
Rating75% 3.7835753.7835753.7835753.7835753.783575
The film is set in Vienna on June 9, 1804, the date of the private, first performance of Beethoven’s third symphony, later to be known as the ‘Eroica’. The performance, and most of the action in the film, takes place at the palace of one of Beethoven’s patrons, Prince Franz Lobkowitz. Midway during the performance, Beethoven tries to get his lover, a widow named Josephine von Deym, to marry him, but she refuses because of the unfair laws regarding child custody — she is a member of the nobility, and cannot marry a commoner without losing custody of her children. Later, composer Joseph Haydn, now old and feeble, arrives just in time to hear the last movement of the symphony.
The Pianist, 2h24
Directed by Roman Polanski
Origin France
Genres Drama, War, Biography, Historical, Musical
Themes French war films, Films about music and musicians, Politique, Films about religion, Films about classical music and musicians, Musical films, Piano, Political films, Films about Jews and Judaism
Actors Adrien Brody, Thomas Kretschmann, Frank Finlay, Maureen Lipman, Emilia Fox, Michał Żebrowski
Roles Father
Rating84% 4.2493454.2493454.2493454.2493454.249345
In September 1939, Władysław Szpilman (Adrien Brody), a Polish-Jewish pianist, is playing live on the radio in Warsaw when the station is bombed during Nazi Germany's invasion of Poland which caused the outbreak of World War II. Hoping for a quick victory, Szpilman celebrates with his posh family at home when learning that Britain and France have declared war on Germany. German troops soon enter Warsaw and the Nazi authorities implement measures to identify, isolate, financially ruin and reduce the Jewish population in Warsaw. Jews are ordered to provide their own identifying armbands with the Star of David.
The Martins, 1h27
Genres Drama, Comedy
Actors Lee Evans, Kathy Burke, Linda Bassett, Mark Strong, Paddy Considine, Frank Finlay
Roles Mr Heath
Rating55% 2.754442.754442.754442.754442.75444
Out of work scrounger Robert Martin lives with his dysfunctional family who are long suffering wife Angie, accident prone son Little Bob who is bullied at school even by his teacher who Robert brandishes a gun at also... and pregnant teenage of 14 daughter Katie in a shabby house in Hatfield next door to the Galleria shopping centre above the A1 about 25 miles north of London. Competition addict Robert dreams of winning a holiday for his family to a dream island that turns out to be Isle Of Man and when he gets to the final few for a dream holiday but fails to win a competition in which he feels cheated out of, he flips and first goes to the editors office with a gun and steals his suit, then to an ice cream shop with his family and steals a parrot from a pet shop for Little Bob's birthday, he then tracks down the elderly winners, threatens them with a gun, ties them up in the cellar and steals their tickets. The police find them tied up. Upon arriving, Angie finds out Robert has cheated on her with their next door neighbour however the family enjoy the holiday. However, the Police catch up with Martin, he's convicted and goes to jail. He is later released to find his family life has improved since he was released from jail.
Station Jim, 1h30
Genres Drama, Romance
Actors George Cole, Charlie Creed-Miles, John Thomson, Laura Fraser, Celia Imrie, Frank Finlay
Roles Riorden Snr
Rating70% 3.52963.52963.52963.52963.5296
Un jeune homme tente de sauver, avec l'aide de son chien et de sa fiancée, l'orphelinat où il a grandi.
In the Beginning, 3h9
Directed by Kevin Connor
Origin USA
Genres Drama
Themes Films set in Africa, Films about religion, Films based on the Bible, Films about Jews and Judaism
Actors Martin Landau, Jacqueline Bisset, Billy Campbell, Eddie Cibrian, Diana Rigg, Fred Weller
Roles God's voice (uncredited)
Rating65% 3.295923.295923.295923.295923.29592
In the Beginning is the story about the travels and travails of the tribe of Abraham (Martin Landau). Set around the year 2000 B.C., the narrative opens with "Genesis 12," wherein the LORD has told Abraham and company to leave their country to a land of milk and honey to be named later. In order to keep up the morale of his followers while on the road, Abraham gives a sermon that sums up God's creation of the universe. By illustrating this sermon with stock footage and special-effects shots, the producers attempt to make a connection between sermons of old and popular entertainments of today. From there, the twists and turns of the Old Testament are treated like a soap opera. Family dramas take center stage, whether it's God testing Abraham by telling him to kill his son in sacrifice, Joseph gaining power in Egypt after being sold to slave traders by his brothers, or one of the many other stories of brothers fighting (Cain and Abel, Isaac and Ishmael, etc.). Many events are visualized such as the plagues and the parting of the Red Sea, to name but two.
The Magical Legend of the Leprechauns, 2h50
Directed by John Henderson
Genres Drama, Science fiction, Comedy, Fantasy, Action, Adventure, Romance
Themes Films about magic and magicians, Children's films
Actors Randy Quaid, Whoopi Goldberg, Roger Daltrey, Colm Meaney, Kieran Culkin, Caroline Carver
Roles General Bulstrode
Rating76% 3.8250453.8250453.8250453.8250453.825045
An American businessman, Jack Woods (Randy Quaid), ostensibly wants to spend a calm holiday in the sleepy Irish town Kerry and rents a cottage there. During a hike, he sees Irish beauty Kathleen Fitzpatrick (Orla Brady) swimming naked. Kathleen catches him and chases him off, but Jack is smitten with her beauty. That evening, Jack tries to drown his sorrows in Irish poitín, when he has an encounter with an invisible leprechaun. They struggle for the bottle of poitín, and Jack falls, knocking himself unconscious. The next morning, he sees the little man again and chases him to a nearby river, where the leprechaun falls in. Jack jumps in after him, saving his life (because water is the only thing that can kill the immortal leprechauns), then Seamus Muldoon (Colm Meaney), the saved leprechaun, becomes Jack's new friend. Seamus introduces Jack to his wife Mary (Zoë Wanamaker) and his son, Mickey (Daniel Betts), and shows him the mystical world of the leprechauns.
Dreaming of Joseph Lees
Genres Drama, Romance
Actors Rupert Graves, Samantha Morton, Nicholas Woodeson, Frank Finlay, Lee Ross, Miriam Margolyes
Roles Father
Rating63% 3.197623.197623.197623.197623.19762
Set in rural England in the 1950s Eva (Samantha Morton) fantasises about her handsome, worldly cousin Joseph Lees (Rupert Graves), with whom she fell in love as a girl. However, stuck in a closed community she becomes the object of someone else's fantasy, Harry (Lee Ross). When Harry learns that Eva is planning to leave the village in order to live with and look after the injured Lees, he devises a gruesome scheme in order to force her to stay and look after him.
Stiff Upper Lips
Directed by Gary Sinyor
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Comedy
Actors Sean Pertwee, Georgina Cates, Prunella Scales, Peter Ustinov, Samuel West, John Boswall
Roles Hudson Junior
Rating63% 3.199423.199423.199423.199423.19942
England, 1908: Emily Ivory (Cates) is a wealthy young woman who lives with her Aunt Agnes (Scales) at Ivory's End, a large country house. At 22, as her aunt constantly reminds her, she is verging on spinsterhood. She meets her brother's best friend, Cedric Trilling (Portal), when the two come home from university. Aunt Agnes wants the two to fall in love: Cedric, however, is a pompous bore who is overly fond of quoting Homer on all sorts of not-quite-appropriate occasions; also, he's a repressed homosexual. When Emily's aunt sees the sparks failing to fly, she whisks everyone off to Italy, then India, hoping the romantic locations will bring on love.
Limited Edition, 1h25
Directed by Bernard Rapp, Emmanuel Gust
Origin France
Genres Drama, Thriller
Themes Films about writers
Actors Terence Stamp, Maria de Medeiros, Daniel Mesguich, Jean-Claude Dreyfus, Frank Finlay, Amira Casar
Roles John Rathbone
Rating66% 3.335673.335673.335673.335673.33567
Nicolas (Daniel Mesguich) apporte son dernier manuscrit à son ami Edward (Terence Stamp). Si le style séduit Edward, l'histoire lui rappelle étrangement un crime dont il fut l'un des acteurs 30 ans auparavant...
Sparrow (1993)
, 1h46
Directed by Franco Zeffirelli
Origin France
Genres Drama
Actors Angela Bettis, Johnathon Schaech, Vanessa Redgrave, Valentina Cortese, Frank Finlay, Sinéad Cusack
Roles Father Nunzio
Rating71% 3.585333.585333.585333.585333.58533
Maria est une jeune étudiante d'un couvent qui attend de devenir religieuse. En été, elle est renvoyée à la maison par sa famille parce qu'une épidémie de choléra a éclaté. Au cours de cette période, elle rencontre un jeune étudiant nommé Nino qui vit dans la même région et dont elle tombe amoureuse dès le premier regard. Le jeune homme semble également s'intéresser à elle: il l'invite à danser lors d'une fête et la courtise à d'autres occasions. Maria est indécise : elle aimerait être avec Nino, mais en même temps elle pense que son destin est de devenir religieuse. Un jour, Nino lui déclare son amour et lui demande de quitter le couvent : cela accentue le tourment de Marie, partagé entre le sentiment de l'amour et son devoir envers Dieu. Après avoir refusé Nino, elle retourne au couvent. Ici, contrairement à ses attentes, son tourment ne se calme pas et, au contraire, lui fait comprendre qu'elle aime Nino et qu'elle n'a pas pris la bonne décision. Marie pense aux moments passés avec Nino et se confesse à Soeur Agatha, une religieuse prétendument folle qui en fait elle aussi tourmentée par un sentiment d'amour pour un homme connu plusieurs années auparavant. Elle est devenue une religieuse par erreur. Au cours d'une confession à l'église, Maria voit une cérémonie de mariage et voit que le marié est Nino tandis que la mariée est la sœur de Maria, Giuditta. Maria tombe dans la dépression. Un soir, elle quitte le couvent et décide de courir vers Nino après avoir appris de son père qu'ils sont allés vivre dans la ville et que la maison est face à l'église. Maria est accueillie à la maison par Nino et Judith, mais elle comprend que maintenant il n'y a plus rien à faire et espère revenir Nino est parti parce que Judith attend un enfant. Désespérée, Maria révèle au garçon qu'elle a toujours été amoureuse de lui. Nino explique à Maria qu'elle a eu l'occasion et surtout le moment d'être avec lui, mais refuse; Nino a donc beaucoup souffert et a dû essayer d'oublier Maria. A la fin, les deux jeunes hommes s'embrassent et Maria retourne au couvent, résignée à ce qui s'est passé et devient religieuse, servant Dieu et l'Église pour toujours.