Sad, excellent actor. Last film of his I saw (in a small role) was the excellent Before the Devil Knows You're Dead. Check it out, truly superb. RIP Albert. Hopefully having a drink with his co-star, Philip Seymour Hoffman.
A truly superb actor who will always live on in my mind by bringing the character Arthur Seaton to life in the film adaptation of Saturday Night and Sunday Morning, one of my favourite books of all time.
Loved him in the Gathering Storm also, a performaance as Churchill which for me far exceeded Gary Oldmans attempt last year in the same role.
Didn't like talking about being an actor and turned down both a CBE & Knighthood, whats not to like.
I think David Morrisey's description of him as a "powerhouse" of an actor says it all. So good in loads of things but what always sticks in my memory is the scene in Millers Crossing with him striding down the street in his dressing gown, tommy gun blazing, to the tune of Danny Boy. Superb.
I watched Saturday Night and Sunday Morning last night and I don't think any other actor could have nailed such a complex character as Arthur Seaton as Finney did and he was only around 23 years old when he filmed it. The venom in which he spits out those classic lines are truly superb.
Spot on daz. If you only see one Albert Finney film then it has to be 'Saturday Night & Sunday Morning'.
Indeed. There were lots of good actors and performances in the film, but Finney took it to another level. They must have known they had a star in their midst when they cast him. Would have been great to return to the part of Seaton is subsequent novels.