Frank Finlay, Oscar-Nominated Actor, Dies at 89

(L-R) James Mason, Frank Finlay and Christopher Plummer in 'Murder by Decree'
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The actor's cause of death is unknown.

Oscar-nominated British actor Frank Finlay, who appeared in such films as The Three Musketeers (1973), Murder By Decree (1979), A Christmas Carol (1984) and The Pianist (2002), died on Saturday, according to several British media reports. He was 89. 

Finlay earned an Oscar nomination in 1966 for best supporting actor as Iago in Othello (1965). He was honored with a CBE (Commander Order of the British Empire) in 1984.

After co-starring with Oliver Reed in The Three Musketeers, Finlay later appeared in The Four Musketeers: Milday's Revenge (1974) and The Return of the Musketeers (1989). Additional credits include Shaft in Africa (1973) and the TV miniseries Casanova (1971) as well as in BBC Plays of the Month including The Adventures of Don Quixote and Candide. He played Adolph Hitler in the TV series ITV Sunday Night Theatre.

Finlay's son, David, posted the news on his Facebook account, stating, "Frank Finlay (1926-2016) Goodbye to a wonderful Father, loving Grandfather and a damn fine Actor. At home, very peacefully, surrounded by his family."

Finlay's grandson, Josh Coombes, a drummer in the band Tigress, paid his respects on Twitter: "RIP my Grandfather Frank Finlay CBE. Funny, loving, amazing storyteller, inspiration & one of the best actors this country has ever seen."

According to The Independent, Finlay was married for 50 years to Doreen Shepherd, who died in 2005. Finlay is survived by three children.

 

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