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‘Damn fine actor’ Frank Finlay dies at 89

Frank Finlay was nominated for an Oscar, Golden Globe and Bafta for his portrayal of Iago in the 1965 film of Shakespeare’s tragedy Othello, starring opposite Sir Laurence Olivier. Photograph: Larry Ellis Collection/Getty Images

Star of The Three Musketeers, Othello and Bouquet of Barbed Wire died from heart failure at his home, surrounded by family

The family of Frank Finlay has remembered him as a “damn fine actor” and an “amazing storyteller” following his death at 89. The veteran screen star died from heart failure after a short illness at home in Weybridge, Surrey, on Saturday, surrounded by his family.

In a career spanning more than 60 years he graced stage and screen, starring in The Three Musketeers in 1973 alongside Oliver Reed and Richard Chamberlain, as well as Roman Polanski’s The Pianist.

He was nominated for an Oscar, Golden Globe and Bafta for his portrayal of Iago in the 1965 film of Shakespeare’s tragedy Othello, starring opposite Sir Laurence Olivier.

A founder member of the National Theatre, he also starred in the 1976 television series Bouquet of Barbed Wire, regarded as one of the most…

Source: ‘Damn fine actor’ Frank Finlay dies at 89


6 comments on “‘Damn fine actor’ Frank Finlay dies at 89

  1. beetleypete

    I hadn’t heard this news! I will remember him in so many great roles over the decades.
    Best wishes, Pete.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Reblogged this on Smorgasbord – Variety is the spice of life and commented:
    I am afraid this year has seen the loss of both musicians and actors that I grew up listening to or enjoying on stage or screen and here is a tribute to Frank Finlay who has died at the age of 89.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. patriciaruthsusan

    Thanks, Sarah for this lovely tribute to Frank Finlay, a fine actor. 🙂 — Suzanne

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Let's CUT the Crap!

    I read this in the paper not 10 minutes ago. The numbers are rising. I remember his voice. RIP, Frank Finlay.

    Liked by 1 person

  5. First Night Design

    Ah, my friends, it is a sad loss but at least he was a deal older than Rickman or Bowie or even Wogan. I met him briefly once when my father and I were in the audience to see John Mills (still hoofing it up) in The Good Companions. Finlay was in the row in front and turned round to speak to my father. Wonderful voice!


  6. teagan geneviene

    Oh no… another great loss. Hugs.

    Liked by 1 person

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