News Albert Finney Dies at 82

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  1. auntiehill

    auntiehill The Blueness Premium Member

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    The 5-time Oscar nominee died yesterday following a brief illness.

    The powerhouse character actor starred in films such as The Gathering Storm, Big Fish, Under the Volcano, Tom Jones, Scrooge, Annie, Murder in the Orient Express , The Dresser, and the ground-breaking "Saturday Night and Sunday Morning."

    full story: https://www.bbc.com/news/amp/entertainment-arts-47175304

    I always admired his "no nonsense" approach. He declined a knighthood-- saying titles promoted snobbery -- and never attended the Oscars, describing it as a "waste of time."

    They don't make actors like him any more.
     
  2. Admiral2

    Admiral2 Vice Admiral Admiral

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    Indeed he was one in a million. the performance of his I remember most is Hercules Poirot in "Murder On The Orient Express."

    Rest In Peace.
     
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  3. Professor Zoom

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    Wow. An unmistakable actor. He was one of the greats.
     
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  4. J.T.B.

    J.T.B. Rear Admiral Premium Member

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    One of the greats indeed. Under the Volcano is the most devastating film performance I have ever seen. For some reason I though he had won an Oscar, but he didn't. Shows what awards are worth.

    Almost all those great "kitchen sink" leading men are gone, more time slipped away.
     
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  5. drt

    drt Fleet Captain Fleet Captain

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    I'm not (too) embarrassed to admit my favorite Finney movie was Looker.
     
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  6. Janeway’s Girl

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    I know him best as Daddy Warbucks. R.I.P.
     
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  7. Captaindemotion

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    One of the finest actors of all time. Too many great performances to name them all. RIP, Albert.
     
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  8. FormerLurker

    FormerLurker Commodore Commodore

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    Two things:

    His Daddy Warbucks is the model for my headcanon Professor X.
    He, Richard Harris and Peter O'Toole were considered the successors to the Great Trio of Ralph Richardson, John Gielgud and Laurence Olivier. Now both trios of actors are gone. The world is a darker, greyer place without them.
     
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  9. Captaindemotion

    Captaindemotion Vice Admiral Admiral

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    As you probably know, Finney was more or less responsible for O’Toole becoming a star. David Lean had planned to cast him as Lawrence of Arabia, going screen, costume & make-up tests etc. At the last minute, however, Albert dropped out, making way for one Peter O’Toole, and the rest is history.
     
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  10. feek61

    feek61 Fleet Captain Fleet Captain

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    He was in one of my favorite movies: "Big Fish"

    RIP
     
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  11. Gary Mitchell

    Gary Mitchell Admiral Admiral

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    Rest in peace Mr. Finney.
     
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  12. FormerLurker

    FormerLurker Commodore Commodore

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    Actually, I did not know this. It's pretty cool, though. One wonders if he did it deliberately, so O'Toole could be cast instead.
     
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  13. Captaindemotion

    Captaindemotion Vice Admiral Admiral

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    Apparently he was afraid that it would be a flop and that he’d be stuck in a restrictive long-term contract.
     
  14. Gov Kodos

    Gov Kodos Admiral Admiral

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    He was the perfect Scrooge and so much more.