English actor Albert Finney was born on this day, May 9, 1936.
Beginning in the theater, Finney was especially successful in plays by William Shakespeare before he switched to films. He achieved prominence in films in the early 1960s, his debut being The Entertainer, directed by Tony Richardson, who had directed him in theater plays various times before. He became a leading Free Cinema figure, and has maintained a successful career in theater, film and television. He is known for his roles in Saturday Night and Sunday Morning (1960), Tom Jones (1963), Miller’s Crossing (1990), Big Fish (2003), The Bourne Ultimatum (2007), Annie (1982), and, in 2012, The Bourne Legacy and the 23rd James Bond film, Skyfall.
A recipient of BAFTA, Golden Globe, Emmy and Screen Actors Guild Awards, Finney has been nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor four times, for Tom Jones (1963), Murder on the Orient Express (1974), The Dresser (1983), and Under the Volcano (1984); and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in Erin Brockovich (2000).