Albert Finney

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Albert Finney
Albert Finney 1966.jpg
Finney in 1966
Born(1936-05-09)9 May 1936
Salford, Lancashire, England
Died7 February 2019(2019-02-07) (aged 82)
Chelsea, London, England
Education Royal Academy of Dramatic Art
OccupationActor
Years active1956–2012
Spouses
  • (m. 1957;div. 1961)
  • (m. 1970;div. 1978)
  • Penelope Delmage
    (m. 2006)
Children1

Albert Finney (9 May 1936 – 7 February 2019) was an English actor. He attended the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and worked in the theatre before attaining fame for movie acting during the early 1960s, debuting with The Entertainer (1960), directed by Tony Richardson, who had previously directed him in theatre. He maintained a successful career in theatre, movies and television.

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He is known for his roles in Saturday Night and Sunday Morning (1960), Tom Jones (1963), Two for the Road (1967), Scrooge (1970), Annie (1982), The Dresser (1983), Miller's Crossing (1990), A Man of No Importance (1994), Erin Brockovich (2000), Big Fish (2003), The Bourne Ultimatum (2007), Before the Devil Knows You're Dead (2007), and the James Bond movie Skyfall (2012).

A recipient of BAFTA, Golden Globe, Emmy, Screen Actors Guild, Silver Bear and Volpi Cup awards, Finney was nominated for an Academy Award five times, as Best Actor four times, for Tom Jones (1963), Murder on the Orient Express (1974), The Dresser (1983), and Under the Volcano (1984), and as Best Supporting Actor for Erin Brockovich (2000). He received several awards for his performance as Winston Churchill in the 2002 BBCHBO television biographical movie The Gathering Storm .

Early life

Finney was born in Salford, Lancashire, the son of Albert Finney, a bookmaker, and Alice (née Hobson)[ citation needed ]. [1] He was educated at Tootal Drive Primary School, Salford Grammar School, and the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA), from which he graduated in 1956. [2]

Career

1955–1962: Early career

While at RADA Finney made an early television appearance playing Mr Hardcastle in Oliver Goldsmith's She Stoops to Conquer. The BBC filmed and broadcast the RADA students' performances at the Vanbrugh Theatre in London on Friday 6 January 1956. Other members of the cast included Roy Kinnear and Richard Briers. [3] [4] Finney graduated from RADA and became a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company. Finney was offered a contract by the Rank Organisation but refused it to perform for the Birmingham Rep. [5] He was in a production of The Miser for Birmingham Rep, which was filmed for the BBC in 1956. Also for the BBC he appeared in The Claverdon Road Job (1957) and View Friendship and Marriage (1958). At Birmingham he played the title role of Henry V , [6] and in 1958, made his London stage debut in Jane Arden's The Party , directed by Charles Laughton, who featured in the production along with his wife, Elsa Lanchester. In 1959 Finney appeared at Stratford in the title role of Coriolanus , replacing an ill Laurence Olivier. [7] Finney guest featured for several episodes of Emergency-Ward 10 and was Lysander in a TV version of A Midsummer Night's Dream (1959) directed by Peter Hall.

Finney's first movie appearance was in Tony Richardson's The Entertainer (1960), with Laurence Olivier. Finney and Alan Bates played Olivier's sons. He made his movie breakthrough in the same year with his portrayal of a disillusioned factory worker in Karel Reisz's movie version of Alan Sillitoe's Saturday Night and Sunday Morning (1960), produced by Richardson. The movie was a success, being the third most popular movie in Britain that year. It earned more than half a million pounds of profit. [8] Finney then did Billy Liar (1960) on stage and for British television. [9] Finney had been chosen to play T. E. Lawrence in David Lean's production of Lawrence of Arabia after a successful and elaborate screen-test that took four days to shoot. However, Finney baulked at signing a multi-year contract for producer Sam Spiegel and chose not to accept the role. [10]

Finney created the title role in Luther , the 1961 play by John Osborne depicting the life of Martin Luther. He performed the role with the English Stage Company in London, Nottingham, Paris and New York. [11] The original West End run at the Phoenix ended in March 1962, after 239 performances there, when Finney had to quit the cast to fulfil a contractual obligation with a movie company. [12]

1963–1977

Finney featured in the Academy Award-winning 1963 movie Tom Jones , directed by Richardson and written by Osborne. Due to the success of Tom Jones, British exhibitors voted Finney the ninth most popular movie actor in 1963. [13] Finney received 10% of the movie's earnings, which made him more than $1 million. [14]

Finney in 1966. Albert Finney 1966b.jpg
Finney in 1966.

Finney followed this with a small part in ensemble war movie The Victors (1963), which was not a success. He then made his Broadway debut in Luther in 1963. When that run ended he decided to take a year off and sail around the world. "People told me to cash in on my success while I was hot," he later said. "I'd been acting for about eight years and had only had one vacation ... Captain Cook had been a hero of mine when I was a kid, and I thought it would be exciting to go to some of the places in the Pacific where he'd been." [5] The success of Tom Jones enabled Finney to produce his next film, Night Must Fall , in 1964, which he also featured in and which was directed by Reisz. A remake of the classic 1937 film of the same title, the movie was a failure and Finney's performance received poor reviews. [15] Finney undertook a season of plays at the Royal National Theatre, including Miss Julie by August Strindberg in 1965. [16] [17] He resumed movie acting with Two for the Road (1967) co-featuring Audrey Hepburn. He and Michael Medwin formed a production company, Memorial Productions, which made Privilege (1967), directed by Peter Watkins; The Burning (1968), a short directed by Stephen Frears; and If.... (1968), directed by Lindsay Anderson. Memorial also did stage productions, such as A Day in the Death of Joe Egg , which Finney performed in London and then Broadway. [18] Memorial also produced some in which Finney did not appear, such as Spring and Port Wine and The Burgular. Memorial then made Charlie Bubbles (1968), [19] which Finney featured in and also directed. Liza Minnelli made her feature debut in the movie. [20] Finney later called it "the most intense sense of creation I've ever had." [5] Finney featured in The Picasso Summer in 1969, and played the title role in the musical Scrooge in 1970.

Audrey Hepburn and Finney in Two for the Road (1967). Audrey Hepburn & Albert Finney Two for the Road Still.jpg
Audrey Hepburn and Finney in Two for the Road (1967).

Finney then made Gumshoe (1971), the first feature movie directed by Stephen Frears, for Memorial. Memorial continued to produce movies in which Finney did not appear: Spring and Port Wine (1970), with James Mason; Loving Memory (1971), an early directorial effort from Tony Scott; Bleak Moments (1971), the first feature from Mike Leigh; O Lucky Man! (1973) for Anderson; and Law and Disorder (1974); filmed in Hollywood. In 1972 Finney returned to stage after a six-year absence with Alpha Beta, which he later filmed for TV with Rachel Roberts. [17] Memorial Productions stopped producing and Finney emphasized acting. "It was OK at first," he later said, "but in the end it was sitting in an office, pitching ideas to Hollywood and waiting for the phone to ring." [21]

Finney played Agatha Christie's Belgian master detective Hercule Poirot in the movie Murder on the Orient Express (1974). Finney became so well known for the role that he complained that it typecast him for a number of years, "People really do think I am 300 pounds with a French accent", he said. [22] [23] He received nominations for the Academy Award for Best Actor and the BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role.

He announced he intended to direct a movie, The Girl in Melanie Klein, for Memorial, but it was not made. [24]

Finney decided to take time off from features and focus on stage acting, doing classics at the National Theatre in London. "I felt that it needed commitment," he later said. "When you're making movies all the time, you stop breathing. You literally don't breathe in the same way that you do when you're playing the classics. When you have to deliver those long, complex speeches on stage, you can't heave your shoulders after every sentence. The set of muscles required for that kind of acting need to be trained. I really wanted to try and do justice to my own potential in the parts. I didn't want to be a movie actor just dropping in, doing Hamlet and taking off again. I wanted to feel part of the company." [5]

Finney was at the National for more than three years[ when? ] during which he played in Hamlet, Macbeth, Tamburlaine, and plays by Anton Chekhov. [5] Finney made a TV film Forget-Me-Not-Lane in 1975, which was written by Peter Nichols, and he also performed a brief role in The Duellists (1977), the first feature directed by Ridley Scott. He also released an album through Motown. [25]

1981–1999

Tom Courtenay, who Finney featured with in The Dresser (1983). Tom Courtenay 2 Allan Warren.jpg
Tom Courtenay, who Finney featured with in The Dresser (1983).

Finney had not played a major role in a feature movie in six years, and started to think about resuming work with cinema. The last two successful movies he had made were Scrooge and Orient Express in which he was heavily disguised. "Most Americans probably think I weigh 300 pounds, have black hair and talk with a French accent like Hercule Poirot," said Finney. "So I thought they should have a look at me while I was still almost a juvenile and kind of cute." [5] Finney decided to make six movies in succession "so that I could relax and get back into it again. In order to feel really assured and comfortable in front of a camera, you've got to do it for a while." [5] The first three were thrillers: Loophole (1981), with Susannah York; Wolfen (1981), directed by Michael Wadleigh; and Looker (1981), written and directed by Michael Crichton. [26] He received excellent reviews for his performance in the drama Shoot the Moon (1982). [27] Finney said the role "required personal acting; I had to dig into myself. When you have to expose yourself and use your own vulnerability, you can get a little near the edge." [5] Less well received was his performance as Daddy Warbucks in the Hollywood movie version of Annie (1982), which was directed by John Huston. Finney said doing this movie after Shoot The Moon was "marvelous. I use a completely different side of myself as Warbucks. Annie is show biz; it's open, simple and direct. It needs bold, primary colors. I don't have to reveal the inner workings of the character, and that's a relief." [5]

Finney featured in Peter Yates-directed movie The Dresser (1983) as Sir, a deteriorating veteran actor struggling through a difficult performance of King Lear . He earned nominations for the Academy Award for Best Actor, the BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role, and the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama. He then played the title role for the TV movie Pope John Paul II (1984), his American television debut. [28] Huston cast Finney in the lead role of Under the Volcano (1984), which earned both men great acclaim, including another Best Actor Oscar nomination for Finney. [1] Finney played the lead role of Sydney Kentridge in The Biko Inquest, a 1984 dramatisation of the inquest into the death of Steve Biko which was filmed for television after a London run. [29]

Finney performed on stage in Orphans in 1986, then did the movie version, directed by Alan J. Pakula. [30] He had the lead in a television miniseries, The Endless Game (1989), written and directed by Bryan Forbes. [31] Finney began the 1990s with the lead role in a film for HBO, The Image (1990). He received great acclaim playing the gangster boss in Miller's Crossing (1990), replacing Trey Wilson shortly before filming. Finney made an appearance at Roger Waters' The Wall – Live in Berlin (1990), where he played "The Judge" during the performance of "The Trial". [32]

Finney featured in the BBC TV serial The Green Man , based on the Kingsley Amis novel. [33] He followed it with The Playboys (1992) for Gillies MacKinnon; Rich in Love (1993) for Bruce Beresford; The Browning Version (1994) for Mike Figgis; A Man of No Importance (1994), for Suri Krishnamma; and The Run of the Country (1995) for Peter Yates. In 1994, Finney played a gay bus conductor in early 1960s Dublin in A Man of No Importance . [34] He had the main role in Dennis Potter's final two plays, Karaoke and Cold Lazarus (both 1996). In the latter he played a frozen, disembodied head. [35] [36] Finney did Nostromo (1997) for television, and Washington Square (1997) for Agnieszka Holland then made A Rather English Marriage (1998) with Tom Courtenay. [37] He had supporting roles in Breakfast of Champions (1999) and Simpatico (1999).

2000–2019

Finney had his biggest success in several years with Erin Brockovich (2000), alongside Julia Roberts for Steven Soderbergh. His portrayal of real-life California lawyer Edward L. Masry earned him a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor, his fifth and final Oscar nomination. Finney had a cameo in Soderbergh's Traffic (2000) and played Ernest Hemingway in Hemingway, the Hunter of Death (2001) for TV. He had the main role in Delivering Milo (2001) and in 2002 his critically acclaimed portrayal of Winston Churchill in The Gathering Storm won him British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA), Emmy and Golden Globe awards as Best Actor. [1] [38] [39]

He also played the title role of the television series My Uncle Silas , based on the short stories by H. E. Bates, about a roguish but lovable poacher-cum-farm labourer looking after his great-nephew. The show played for two series broadcast in 2001 and 2003. [40] Finney had a major role in Big Fish (2003) directed by Tim Burton, and did another cameo for Soderbergh in Ocean's Twelve (2004). He sang in Tim Burton's Corpse Bride (2005) [41] and the film of Aspects of Love (2005).

Finney was reunited with Ridley Scott in A Good Year (2006). He had support roles in Amazing Grace (2006), The Bourne Ultimatum (2007), and Before the Devil Knows You're Dead (2007). His final movie role was in Skyfall (2012). A lifelong supporter of Manchester United Football Club, Finney narrated the documentary Munich, about the air crash that killed most of the Busby Babes in 1958, which was shown on United's TV channel MUTV in February 2008. [42]

Theatre

He received Tony Award nominations for Luther (1964) and A Day in the Death of Joe Egg (1968), [1] and also starred on stage in Love for Love , Strindberg's Miss Julie , Black Comedy , The Country Wife , Alpha Beta, Beckett's Krapp's Last Tape , Tamburlaine the Great , Another Time and, his last stage appearance, in 1997, "Art" by Yasmina Reza, which preceded the 1998 Tony Award-winning Broadway run.

He won an Olivier Award for Orphans in 1986 and won three Evening Standard Theatre Awards for Best Actor. [43]

Finney never abandoned stage work and continued his association with the National Theatre Company in London, where he had performed during the mid-1960s in Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing at the Old Vic and Chekhov's The Cherry Orchard during the 1970s at the National Theatre. [44]

Personal life and death

In 1957 Finney married actress Ann Jane Wenham Figgins ("Jane Wenham"); they had a son, [1] Simon Finney, who works in the movie industry as a camera operator, and they were divorced during 1961. [45] In 1970, Finney married French actress Nicole Dreyfus ("Anouk Aimée"), a union that lasted eight years. In 2006, he married Penelope Delmage, a travel agent. They remained together until Finney's death. [1] [45]

In May 2011, Finney disclosed that he had been receiving treatment for kidney cancer. [46] According to a 2012 interview, he had been diagnosed with the disease five years earlier and had had surgery, followed by six rounds of chemotherapy. [47] Finney died of a chest infection at the Royal Marsden Hospital on 7 February 2019; he was 82. [48] [49] [50]

Acting credits

Film

Film performances
YearTitleRoleNotesRefs.
1960 The Entertainer Mick Rice [51]
1960 Saturday Night and Sunday Morning Arthur Seaton [51]
1963 Tom Jones Tom Jones [51]
1963 The Victors Russian Soldier [51]
1964 Night Must Fall Danny [51]
1967 Two for the Road Mark Wallace [51]
1968 Charlie Bubbles Charlie BubblesAlso director [51] [51]
1969 The Picasso Summer George Smith [51]
1970 Scrooge Ebenezer Scrooge [51]
1971 Gumshoe Eddie Ginley [51]
1973Alpha BetaFrank Elliot
1974 Murder on the Orient Express Hercule Poirot [51]
1975 The Adventure of Sherlock Holmes' Smarter Brother Man in opera audience Cameo; uncredited
1977 The Duellists Fouche [52]
1981 Loophole Mike Daniels [51]
1981 Wolfen Detective Dewey Wilson [51]
1981 Looker Dr. Larry Roberts [51]
1982 Shoot the Moon George Dunlap [51]
1982 Annie Oliver 'Daddy' Warbucks [51]
1983 The Dresser Sir [51]
1984 Under the Volcano Geoffrey Firmin [51]
1987 Orphans Harold [51]
1990 Miller's Crossing Liam 'Leo' O'Bannon [51]
1990 Roger Waters – The Wall – Live in Berlin The Judge [52]
1992 The Playboys Constable Brendan Hegarty [51]
1993 Rich in Love Warren Odom [51]
1994 The Browning Version Andrew Crocker-Harris [51]
1994 A Man of No Importance Alfred Byrne [51]
1995 The Run of the Country Danny's Father
1997 Washington Square Dr. Austin Sloper [51]
1999 Breakfast of Champions Kilgore Trout [51]
1999 Simpatico Simms [51]
2000 Erin Brockovich Ed Masry [51]
2000 Traffic White House Chief of Staff [51]
2001 Delivering Milo Elmore Dahl
2003 Big Fish Edward Bloom Sr. [51]
2004 Ocean's Twelve Gaspar LeMarcUncredited cameo [52]
2005 Corpse Bride Finis Everglot Voice [51]
2006 A Good Year Uncle Henry Skinner [51]
2006 Amazing Grace John Newton [51]
2007 The Bourne Ultimatum Dr. Albert Hirsch [51]
2007 Before the Devil Knows You're Dead Charles Hanson [51]
2012 The Bourne Legacy Dr. Albert Hirsch [51]
2012 Skyfall Mr. KincadeFinal film role [51]

Television

Television performances
YearTitleRoleNotesRefs.
1959 Emergency – Ward 10 Tom Fletcher4 episodes [53]
1968–1977 The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson Himself2 episodes
1968–1977 The Merv Griffin Show Himself2 episodes
1977 The Mike Douglas Show Himself1 episode
1982 Late Night with David Letterman Himself1 episode
1984 Pope John Paul II Karol Wojtyła, Pope John Paul II Television movie [54]
1989 The Endless Game Agent, Alec Hillsden TV miniseries; 2 episodes [55]
1990 The Image Jason CromwellTelevision movie [56]
1990 The Green Man Maurice Allington3 episodes [33]
1996 Karaoke Daniel Feeld4 episodes [56]
1996 Cold Lazarus Daniel Feeld4 episodes [56]
1997 Nostromo Dr. Monygham4 episodes [57]
1998 A Rather English Marriage ReggieTelevision movie [37]
2001–2003 My Uncle Silas Uncle Silas9 episodes [56]
2002 The Gathering Storm Winston Churchill Television movie [1]

Stage

Stage performances
YearTitleRoleTheatreRefs.
1956 Henry V King Henry Birmingham Repertory Theatre
1957The Lizard on the RockMalcolm Birmingham Repertory Theatre [58]
1958 The Party Soya New Theatre
1959 Coriolanus Coriolanus Royal Shakespeare Theatre
1961 Luther Martin Luther Royal Court Theatre
1963 Luther Martin Luther Lunt-Fontanne Theatre [59]
1965 Black Comedy Harold Gorringe Old Vic Theatre
1965 Much Ado About Nothing Don Pedro Old Vic Theatre
1965–1966 Miss Julie Jean Old Vic Theatre [60]
1966 A Flea in Her Ear Victor Emmanuel Chandebise Old Vic Theatre
1968 A Day in the Death of Joe Egg Bri Brooks Atkinson Theatre [59]
1976 Hamlet Prince Hamlet Royal National Theatre
1976 Tamburlaine Tamburlaine Royal National Theatre
1978 The Cherry Orchard Lopakhin Royal National Theatre
1984 Serjeant Musgrave's Dance Serjeant Musgrave Old Vic Theatre
1986 Orphans Harold Apollo Theatre
1996 'Art' Marc Wyndham's Theatre [61]

Awards and nominations

Finney declined the offer of a CBE in 1980, as well as a knighthood in 2000. He criticised such honours as "perpetuating snobbery". [62]

YearAssociationCategoryNominated workResultRef
1961 BAFTA Awards Best British Actor Saturday Night and Sunday MorningNominated [63]
Most Promising Newcomer to Leading Film Roles Won [63]
National Board of Review Best Actor Won [64]
Mar del Plata International Film Festival Best Actor Won [65]
1964 Academy Awards Best Actor Tom JonesNominated [66]
BAFTA Awards Best British Actor Nominated [67]
Golden Globe Awards Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy Nominated [68]
New Star of the Year – Actor Won [68]
Tony Awards Tony Award for Best Actor in a Play LutherNominated [69]
1968A Day in the Death of Joe EggNominated [69]
1971 Golden Globe Awards Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy ScroogeWon [68]
1972BAFTA Awards Best Actor GumshoeNominated [70]
1975 Academy Awards Best Actor Murder on the Orient ExpressNominated [71]
BAFTA Awards Best Actor Nominated [72]
1976 Olivier Awards Best Actor in a Revival Hamlet and Tamburlaine the GreatNominated [2]
1982 Saturn Awards Best Actor WolfenNominated [73]
1983BAFTA Awards Best Actor Shoot the MoonNominated [74]
Golden Globe Awards Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama Nominated [75]
1984 Academy Awards Best Actor The DresserNominated [76]
Golden Globe Awards Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama Nominated [77]
1985 Academy Awards Best Actor Under the VolcanoNominated [78]
BAFTA Awards Best Actor The DresserNominated [79]
Golden Globe Awards Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama Under the VolcanoNominated [80]
London Film Critics' Circle Awards Actor of the Year Won [81]
1986 Olivier Awards Best Actor OrphansWon [82]
1990 Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie The ImageNominated [83]
1991 BAFTA TV Awards Best Actor on Television The Green ManNominated [84]
1994 Boston Society of Film Critics Awards Boston Society of Film Critics Award for Best Actor The Browning VersionWon [85]
1997BAFTA TV Awards Best Actor on Television Cold LazarusNominated [86]
KaraokeNominated [86]
1999A Rather English MarriageNominated [87]
2000 Boston Society of Film Critics Awards Boston Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actor Erin BrockovichNominated [88]
2001 Academy Awards Best Supporting Actor Nominated [89]
BAFTA Awards Best Actor in a Supporting Role Nominated [90]
Blockbuster Entertainment Awards Favorite Supporting Actor – Drama Nominated [91]
Chicago Film Critics Association Awards Best Supporting Actor Nominated [92]
Golden Globe Awards Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture Nominated [93]
London Film Critics' Circle Awards British Supporting Actor of the Year Won [94]
Online Film Critics Society Awards Best Supporting Actor Nominated [95]
Satellite Awards Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture Nominated [96]
Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture TrafficWon [97]
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role Erin BrockovichWon [97]
2002 Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie The Gathering StormWon [39]
2003BAFTA TV Awards Best Actor on Television Won [98]
Broadcasting Press Guild Awards Best Actor Won [99]
Golden Globe Awards Best Actor – Miniseries or Television Film Won [100]
Satellite Awards Best Actor – Miniseries or Television Film Nominated [101]
Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Miniseries or Television Movie Nominated [102]
2004BAFTA Awards Best Actor in a Supporting Role Big FishNominated [103]
Golden Globe Awards Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture Nominated [104]
Saturn Awards Best Actor Nominated [105]
2007 Gotham Awards Best Ensemble Cast Before the Devil Knows You're DeadWon [106]
2008 Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards Best Cast Nominated [107]
London Film Critics' Circle Awards British Supporting Actor of the Year Nominated [108]

Other awards

Other awards include: a Golden Laurel for his work on Scrooge (1970) and for his work on Tom Jones, for which he was the 3rd Place Winner for the "Top Male Comedy Performance" for 1964. He was honoured by the Los Angeles Film Critics Association as Best Actor for Under the Volcano (which he tied with F. Murray Abraham for Amadeus ), [109] the National Board of Review Best Actor award for Saturday Night and Sunday Morning, [64] and the New York Film Critics Circle Best Actor award for Tom Jones . [110]

Finney won two Screen Actors Guild Awards, for Best Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role, for Erin Brockovich , and as a member of the acting ensemble in the film Traffic . He was also nominated for The Gathering Storm, for Best Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries, but did not win. [102] [97]

He won the Silver Berlin Bear award for Best Actor, for The Dresser , at the 34th Berlin International Film Festival in 1984. [111]

He won the Volpi Cup for Best Actor, for Tom Jones , at the Venice Film Festival. [112]

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