He may not have appeared in very many horror movies, but we’d be remiss if we didn’t mention the passing yesterday of one of the best actors of our time, Albert Finney. Per BBC News, Finney died on February 7, 2019, at the age of 82 following a brief illness.
A five-time Oscar nominee, Finney began his career at the Royal Shakespeare Company before making his mark in films like Tom Jones, Murder on the Orient Express, Erin Brockovich, The Bourne Ultimatum/The Bourne Legacy, and Skyfall. His genre credits include 1981’s Wolfen and Looker, the horror-comedy TV miniseries “The Green Man,” voice work in Corpse Bride, and the starring role in Scrooge (one of this writer’s all-time favorite interpretations of Dickens’ A Christmas Carol).
Finney was nominated four times for a Best Actor Oscar and once in the Best Supporting Actor category. He was the recipient of two BAFTA Awards from 13 nominations and received a British Academy Fellowship in 2001. He was married three times, to fellow actors Jane Wenham and Anouk Aimée from 1957-61 and 1970-78, respectively, and to Pene Delmage since 2006. He is survived by Delmage and his son, Simon, from his first marriage.
We here at Brainwaves would like to take this time to honor Albert Finney and reflect on his many gifts to us over the years. He will never be forgotten!