Sunday, 31 January 2016

OBIT - FRANK FINLAY


Treasure of stage and screen alike, British actor Frank Finlay died yesterday, the 30th of January 2016, aged 89. A RADA graduate, and frequent performer with the National Theatre in the West End, Finlay was a popular and prominent presence on the London stage, but was known the world over for his roles on television and in film. A mere few years into his big screen career, he was nominated for an Oscar for playing Iago in Laurence Olivier's Othello, an adaptation of the theatre production in which he had starred alongside his blacked-up co-lead and director. He went on to appear in such film titles as Gumshoe, The Three Musketeers, The Pianist and Norman Jewison's The Statement. Alongside his Oscar nomination, Finlay received nods from BAFTA, twice for film and twice for TV (including one win), the Golden Globes, and the San Sebastian International Film Festival for Othello. He is survived by his three children from deceased wife Doreen, Stephen, Cathy and Daniel. His absence will be felt within the dramatic community, and those around the world who follow it.