Vale: Frank Finlay

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British actor Frank Finlay, with screen credits including The Three Musketeers & Prime Suspect, has died aged 89.

He died from heart failure after a short illness at home in Surrey on Saturday, surrounded by his family.

“Goodbye to a wonderful father, loving grandfather and a damn fine actor. At home, very peacefully, surrounded by his family,” said a family statement.

Finlay starred as Porthos in the Three Musketeer films of the 1970s, alongside Oliver Reed, Richard Chamberlain and Michael York, while a supporting role in Othello in 1965 saw him nominated for an Oscar. There were numerous film credits including Robbery, A Study in Terror, The Informers, Doctor in Distress, The Longest Day, Cromwell, The Pianist, King of the Wind, Lighthouse Hill and The Waiting Room.

He starred opposite Susan Penhaligon in the taboo-challenging television series Bouquet Of Barbed Wire. He also took the lead role in Dennis Potter’s serial, Casanova, and starred in Shaft In Africa. His turns as Sancho Panza in The Adventures of Don Quixote and Voltaire in Candide, both BBC plays of the month, however, led to BAFTA awards.

He also appeared in Life Begins and as Jane Tennison’s father in the last two stories of Prime Suspect plus an appearance in Merlin, as “Anhora, Keeper of the Unicorns”. Other TV credits included Heartbeat, The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes, Lovejoy, Stalin, Burning Shore, The Two Ronnies, Black Adder, Tales of the Unexpected and Z Cars.

Source: Independent

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