Albert Finney 1936-2019

Albert Finneyopens a new window passed away on February 7, 2019.  He was one of those actors that most people knew, but did not always recognize. This may be because, like Meryl Streepopens a new window, he “disappeared” into his roles. He was also excellent at being part of ensemble pieces and adding presence to small roles. Finney was remarkably versatile, a star of both stage and screen, and handled a diversity of roles easily.  Actors and film buffs who are not familiar with his films will find this list a good start, and Finney fans may enjoy a chance to remember.

Tom Jonesopens a new window  Absolutely essential. Still his defining and best known role.

Murder On the Orient Expressopens a new window Finney as Hercule Poirot, the template for all future screen incarnations of Christie’s famous detective.

Scroogeopens a new window Not necessarily the favorite adaptation of Dicken’s Christmas Carol, but Finney is fine as Scrooge.

Wolfenopens a new window Finney does campy horror!        

Annieopens a new window Finney as Daddy Warbucks. With Carol Burnett, Bernadette Peters, Tim Curry, and the fabulous Ann Reinking.         

The Dresseropens a new window In some ways this movie is more Tom Courtenay’s than Finney’s, but Courntenay’s dresser needs the fabulously decadent and bloated Finney to shine.  Of the movies on this list, Tom Jones and The Dresser are the two most essential.

Under The Volcanoopens a new window Often paired with The Dresser at Art House double features.

Breakfast of Championsopens a new window  This is included for Vonnegut as well as Finney. Unfortunately, this movie is not in our catalog, it was not widely released, and it received mostly mediocre reviews, but Finney and Vonnegut fans will not want to miss it.

Erin Brockovichopens a new window Next to Big Fish and the Jason Bourne movies, this film is likely where  Millennials encountered Finney for the first time.

Big Fishopens a new window If Burton didn’t write this character for Finney, he should have. One of Finney’s finest performances.

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