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Industry mourns the loss Albert Finney who has died aged 82

By: stagedoorscribbler - February 11, 2019

Albert Finney

We were sorry to hear of the death at the age of 82 of Albert Finney one of the finest stage and screen actors of his generation.

He first rose to prominence in the late 1950s - as the working class son of a Salford bookie who had won a scholarship to RADA he was the perfect fit for the era of the angry young men and kitchen Sink drama.

He was a fine stage actor and made critically acclaimed high-profile appearances at the Old Vic and the National Theatre early in his career.

But the role that really made his name was the rebellious young factory worker Arthur Seaton kicking against the system in the film Saturday Night and Sunday Morning.

He was originally first choice, before Peter O’Toole, for David Lean’s Lawrence of Arabia but turned down the role down to appear in Tony Richardson’s Tom Jones winning an Oscar nomination in the process.

In all he earned five Oscar nominations but never got to stand on the winner’s podium. Despite a hugely successful film career, Finney never abandoned his love of the theatre appearing in everything from classical to contemporary drama. He was a rare talent who will be sorely missed.