“Forgotten Hollywood”- Uncle Albert…

Posted on February 8, 2019 by raideoman1 | No Comments

Manny P. here… 

“`Albert Finney  became one of the most respected and versatile actors of his generation, and the star of such films as Murder on the Orient Express and Erin Brockovich. From his early days as a strikingly handsome and magnetic screen presence,  the actor was a Brit treasure that delivered charismatic and memorable work. Finney was a rare star who avoided the Hollywood limelight despite more than five decades of worldwide fame.        ALBERT FINNEY –>

“`Albert took to the stage at an early age.  Despite a lack of connections and working-class roots, he earned a place at London’s prestigious Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts. Some critics hailed him as the next Laurence Olivier; a commanding presence who would light the British stage. And Finney excelled both in Shakespeare plays and in contemporary offerings.

“`Albert famously turned down an opportunity to play the lead part in director David Lean’s epic  Lawrence of Arabia. This cleared the way for Peter O’Toole to accept what became a career-defining role. Finney also kept a lingering skepticism about the British establishment and turned down a knighthood when it was offered, declining to become Sir Albert. He tried his hand at directing and producing, and played a vital role in sustaining British theater.

“`Finney burst to international fame in 1963 as the star of Tom Jones, a motion picture that earned a Best Picture Oscar. This performance gained him the first of five Academy Award nominations. Other nominations followed for Murder on the Orient Express, The Dresser, Under the Volcano and Erin Brockovich. Each time he fell short. The actor starred in The Entertainer, Scrooge, Wolfen, Miller’s Crossing, AnnieSkyfall, and the Bourne series.

“`Albert Finney was eighty-two.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

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