Albert Finney was born May 9, 1936, in Salford, Greater Manchester,
England, United Kingdom.
Originally a theater buff, Albert Finney brought his talents to
the silver screen in 1960 with his debut in "The Entertainer." Albert Finney found success with his performances in many William
Shakespeare plays with various acting companies. Albert Finney
graduated from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts.
Albert Finney was married to Jane Wenham in 1957. They divorced
in 1961, after the birth of their child, Simon. Finney remarried
in 1970 to Anouk Aimee; they would later divorce in 1978.
It is rumored that Finney turned down a Knighthood in
2000. His reasoning: "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."
Finney won the Laurence Olivier Theatre Award and the London
Evening Standard Theatre Award for Best Actor in 1986 for
his performance in the play "Orphans."
Finney is best known for his role in the 1963 award-winning
Jones," for which he both acted and helped produce.
Finney won an Oscar nomination for his performance in the
film. Ironically he was also chosen to star that year in the
major motion picture "Lawrence of Arabia" but opted
for "Tom Jones" due to a more amicable filming schedule.
Finney has been nominated twice for Broadway's Tony Award
for Best Actor (Dramatic). He was first nominated for his
1964 performance as Martin Luther in "Luther." In
1968, he was again nominated for his role in "A Day in
the Death of Joe Egg."
Albert Finney's other film credits inlcude: