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Farewell, Albert. Albert Finney (1936-2019)

I never met Albert Finney. I never corresponded with him either. Yet he is someone who I have always felt connected to, and he is someone I respect a great deal, despite not actually knowing him. I think part of that is because although he was someone who became rich and famous, he never once gave himself airs when he hit the big time. He always came across as down to earth and natural in interviews. He was simply a working class lad who made good and never forgot where he came from. I like that.

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Albert in Saturday Night, Sunday Morning. Screenshot by me.

Albert Finney was one of the best actors of all time. His films have been a big part of my life as I have grown up over the past thirty years. I developed the biggest crush on him in Two For The Road and Saturday Night, Sunday Morning. I adore him in Erin Brockovich and Annie.

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Albert in A Man Of No Importance. Screenshot by me.

I cheer at how badass he is in Miller’s Crossing.I cheered loudly the first time I saw him appear in Skyfall, as the shotgun toting gamekeeper and friend of Bond’s. I feel great pity and affection for him in A Man Of No Importance and the remake of The Browning Version

He was one of those actors who convinced in whatever role they took. He was always good at playing tough guys. He had a don’t mess with me attitude about him always. He always delivered an excellent performance. 

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Albert in Two For The Road. Screenshot by me.

He has been a favourite of mine for years. I first saw him in Erin Brockovich, and I instantly became a fan and wanted to check out more of his work. I have been a fan ever since. My heart is broken right now. Sending sympathies to his family and friends. 

Farewell, Albert. R.I.P. Thank you for so many wonderful film performances. 

Here are some films and series of his that you should watch. Saturday Night, Sunday Morning, Miller’s Crossing, The Dresser, Two For The Road, The Green Man(TV), The Gathering Storm(TV), A Man Of No Importance, Erin Brockovich, Scrooge, Gumshoe, Under The Volcano, The Playboys, Shoot The Moon, Loophole, The Browning Version, Murder On The Orient Express.

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16 thoughts on “Farewell, Albert. Albert Finney (1936-2019)”

  1. Aw. Well this week was a real nasty one, this news is merely the rotten cherry on top. I’ve been a fan since “A Christmas Carol” (or “Scrooge” I think it was called) and his performance in “Murder on the Orient Express” was priceless.. his Hercule Poirot was excellent. Goodbye to one of the ‘really great ones’. And thanks Maddy for letting us all know . 😥

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  2. Very sad to hear of Albert Finney’s passing. He was wonderful in many films, but I particularly enjoyed Night Must Fall, and The Dresser. Coincidentally, Skyfall was on TV this evening, which would turn out to be his final performance.

    He will be much missed.

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  3. What sad news…my sisters and I watched Annie obsessively as children and he was such a wonderful actor. I really enjoyed watching him in Murder on the Orient Express, too, his Poirot was delightful and he always seemed like a really lovely man.

    This was a very moving tribute, Maddy. ❤ My heart truly goes out to his loved ones.

    May he rest in peace.

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