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  • Albert Finney

    Born on May 9, 1936 in Salford, Greater Manchester, England

awards & nominations

Big Fish (2003)

Albert Finney as "Edward Bloom"

When Edward Bloom (Albert Finney) becomes ill, his son, William (Billy Crudup), travels to be with him. William has a strained relationship with Edward because his father has always told exaggerated stories about his life, and William thinks he's never really told the truth. Even on his deathbed, Edward recounts fantastical anecdotes. When William, who is a journalist, starts to investigate his father's tales, he begins to understand the man and his penchant for storytelling.

British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2003) Nominated Actor in a Supporting Role
Golden Globe (2003) Nominated Best Performance By an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture

Traffic (2000)

Albert Finney as "Chief of Staff"

A contemporary thriller set in the world of drug trafficking. Traffic evokes the high stakes and high risks of the drug trade, as seen through a series of interrelated stories, some of which are highly personal and some of which are filled with intrigue and danger.

Screen Actors Guild Awards (2000) Won Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture

Erin Brockovich (2000)

Albert Finney as "Ed Masry"

Erin Brockovich (Julia Roberts) is a woman in a tight spot. Following a car accident in which Erin is not at fault, Erin pleads with her attorney Ed Masry (Albert Finney) to hire her at his law firm. Erin stumbles upon some medical records placed in real estate files. She convinces Ed to allow her to investigate, where she discovers a cover-up involving contaminated water in a local community which is causing devastating illnesses among its residents.

Academy Award (2000) Nominated Best Supporting Actor
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2000) Nominated Actor in a Supporting Role
Golden Globe (2000) Nominated Best Performance By an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2000) Won Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role

Under the Volcano (1984)

Albert Finney as "Geoffrey Firmin"

Geoffrey Firmin (Albert Finney) is a heavy-drinking British diplomat living in a Mexican town. As the local Day of the Dead celebration gets underway, Geoffrey drowns himself in the bottle, having cut himself off from his family, friends and job. When Geoffrey goes missing, his wife Yvonne (Jacqueline Bisset) convinces his half-brother Hugh (Anthony Andrews) to conduct a last-ditch search for the drunk, hoping that Hugh might be able to rescue her self-destructing husband.

Academy Award (1984) Nominated Best Actor
Golden Globe (1984) Nominated Best Performance By an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama

The Dresser (1983)

Albert Finney as "Sir"

During World War II, an embittered actor known to others as Sir (Albert Finney) is well past his prime. Formerly a renowned performer, Sir must now settle for leading a shoddy troupe of aged actors and army rejects in performances of Shakespeare's greatest plays. His anxiety, regret and age begin to get the better of him, and his work starts to suffer. Only Norman (Tom Courtenay), a timid set dresser who is unfailingly devoted to Sir, can hold the show together as it threatens to collapse.

British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1984) Nominated Actor
Academy Award (1983) Nominated Best Actor
Golden Globe (1983) Nominated Best Performance By an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama

Shoot the Moon (1982)

Albert Finney as "George Dunlap"

After years of marriage, the seemingly perfect relationship between accomplished writer George Dunlap (Albert Finney) and his wife, Faith (Diane Keaton), is rapidly deteriorating. While George becomes involved in an affair with the lovely Sandy (Karen Allen), Faith begins a romance with handsome contractor Frank (Peter Weller). These infidelities not only take a toll on George and Faith, they affect their four daughters, who start to resent their father in particular.

British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1982) Nominated Actor
Golden Globe (1982) Nominated Best Performance By an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama

Gumshoe (1972)

Albert Finney as "Eddie Ginley"

Eddie Ginley (Albert Finney) works at a bingo hall in Liverpool, England, but dreams of becoming a stylish private investigator like those he has read about and seen in films. After finally placing an advertisement in a local newspaper announcing his detective services, he receives a mysterious offer. Even though Ginley is inexperienced and clueless at certain aspects of investigating, he comes to realize that he is entangled in a serious case involving drugs, murder and even his own family.

British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1971) Nominated Actor

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