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Five-time Academy Award nominee ALBERT FINNEY (Uncle Henry) is the dynamic British stage and film actor whose career, now spanning a half century, is one of the most accomplished in the annals of contemporary acting.

Though widely known and praised for inspired performances in such films as "Tom Jones,” "Night Must Fall,” "Two for the Road,” "Murder on the Orient Express,” "Shoot the Moon,” "The Dresser,” "Under the Volcano” and "Erin Brockovich,” Finney first achieved acclaim for his work on the classical theatre stage.

After studying at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts (accepted when he was just 17), the Salford, Lancashire, England, native joined the Birmingham Repertory Company and made his London debut in the company's production of Shaw's "Caesar and Cleopatra” in 1956. During his two years with the BRC, he debuted in the West End opposite Charles Laughton and Elsa Lanchester in "The Party,” then starred in the title roles of "Macbeth” and "Othello” before joining the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1959 for the centenary anniversary season at Stratford-on-Avon.

There, he essayed such roles as Cassio in "Othello” (directed by Tony Richardson, with Paul Robeson playing the title character), Lysander in "A Midsummer Night's Dream” (again working with the legendary Laughton) and understudying another English stage legend, Laurence Olivier, in "Coriolanus,” receiving critical acclaim when he briefly took over the lead.

While he continued to triumph on the English stage (in such plays as "The Lily White Boys” and, especially, "Billy Liar” with the Royal Court Theatre), movies beckoned, with 1960 becoming a watershed year for the acting talent. Finney played the small part of Olivier's son, Mick Rice, in "The Entertainer” (reuniting with director Tony Richardson), then won critical acclaim and enormous success as the brawling, nonconformist factory worker, Arthur Seaton, in Karel Reisz's milestone in British realist cinema, "Saturday Night and Sunday Morning.” Only his second motion picture role, Finney's performance earned him two BAFTA nods (one as Best Actor, the other, winning as Most Promising Newcomer), as well as the Best Actor prize from the National Board of Review.

That role led Richardson to cast the then 26-year-old as Henry Fielding's rakish, picaresque, bawdy "Tom Jones.” The 1963 film, which won four Oscars, including Best Picture, and earned Finney his first of five Academy Award nominations, cemented his international stardom. Additionally, he collected his third (of thirteen) BAFTA nomination, the New York Film Critics honor and two Golden Globe® nods -- Best Actor/Comedy or Musical, and Best Male Newcomer (which he won).

After the huge success of "Tom Jones,” Finney returned to films (after a sojourn back on the stage) with Reisz's 1964 drama, "Night Must Fall” (which the actor also produced), followed by Stanley Donen's classic 1967 romantic drama, "Two for the Road,” in which he starred opposite the luminous Audrey Hepburn. That same year, Finney stepped behind the camera for his directorial debut on "Charlie Bubbles,” which also marked the debut of actress Liza Minnelli.

Over the ensuing years, Finney has commanded the motion picture screen in such projects as Sidney Lumet's "Murder on the Orient Express” (Oscar and BAFTA nominations), Ridley Scott's "The Duellists” (the first of four collaborations with Scott), Ronald Neame's "Scrooge” (BAFTA nomination), Alan Parker's "Shoot the Moon” (BAFTA and Golden Globe nominations), Stephen Frears' "Gumshoe” (BAFTA nod) Peter Yates' "The Dresser” (Oscar, BAFTA and Golden Globe nominations, as well as the Silver Bear at the Berlin Film Festival), John Huston's musical "Annie” and his drama "Under the Volcano” (Oscar and Golden Globe nominations, and the Los Angeles Film Critics Award), Alan J. Pakula's

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