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Frank Finlay Height, Weight, Age, Facts, Biography

Frank Finlay Quick Info
Height 5 ft 8 in
Weight 65 kg
Date of Birth August 6, 1926
Zodiac Sign Leo
Date of Death January 30, 2016

Frank Finlay was an English stage artist, actor, and voice actor whose filmography consists of Othello, Life for RuthPrivate PotterDoctor in DistressThe InformersThe Comedy ManA Study in TerrorThe Wild AffairThe Sandwich ManThe Deadly BeesThe Jokers, I’ll Never Forget What’s’isnameRobberyInspector ClouseauAssaultThe Shoes of the FishermanThe Molly MaguiresTwisted NerveCromwellGumshoeDanny JonesNeither the Sea Nor the SandThe Three MusketeersThe Four MusketeersThe Wild Geese, The Return of the Soldier, Murder by Decree, The Ploughman’s Lunch, Enigma, The Black Adder, A Christmas Carol, The KeyErebus: The Aftermath1919King of the WindThe Return of the MusketeersCthulhu MansionFor My BabyHow Do You Want Me?Stiff Upper LipsDreaming of Joseph LeesThe MartinsThe SinsThe PianistSilent CryThe StatementThe Lost PrinceLife Begins, and The Waiting Room. His performance in Othello (1965) got him nominated for an Oscar.

Born Name

Francis Finlay

Nick Name



He was born on August 6, 1926.


On January 30, 2016, he died from heart failure at the age of 89 in Weybridge, Surrey, England, United Kingdom.

Resting Place

Weybridge Cemetery, Weybridge, Surrey, England, United Kingdom

Sun Sign


Born Place

Farnworth, Lancashire, England, United Kingdom


He resided in Weybridge, Surrey, England, United Kingdom.





Frank Finlay attended St Gregory the Great School. However, he was 14 years old when he left the school in order to train as a butcher at Toppings. He went on to earn a City and Guilds Diploma in the trade.

He later attended the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts (RADA) in London, England.


Stage Artist, Actor, Voice Actor


  • Father – Josiah Finlay
  • Mother – Margaret Finlay




5 ft 8 in or 173 cm


65 kg or 143.5 lbs

Girlfriend / Spouse

Frank Finlay had dated –

  1. Doreen Shepherd (1954-2005) – He got married to Doreen Shepherd in 1954 and they were blessed with 3 children – a daughter named Cathy Finlay and 2 sons named Stephen Finlay and Daniel Finlay. Doreen and Frank remained together until her death in 2005.

Race / Ethnicity


Hair Color

Dark Brown

However, his hair had turned “White” due to his advancing age.

Eye Color


Sexual Orientation


Distinctive Features

Prematurely gray hair (later white)


Roman Catholicism

Frank Finlay Facts

  1. He made his debut stage appearances at the local Farnworth Little Theatre and then went on to be a part of several stage productions including Much Ado About Nothing, The Party, Plunder, Saint Joan, Hobson’s Choice, Amadeus, The Dutch Courtesan, The Crucible, Mother Courage, and Juno and the Paycock.
  2. Alongside Laurence Olivier, Maggie Smith, and Joyce Redman, Frank Finlay co-starred as Iago (main antagonist) in Othello, a 1965 film based on the National Theatre Company’s staging of William Shakespeare’s Othello (1964-1966) staged by John Dexter. This role won Frank Finlay the San Sebastián International Film Festival Award for “Best Actor” while he was also nominated for an Academy Award for “Best Supporting Actor”, BAFTA Award for “Most Promising Newcomer to Leading Film Roles”, and Golden Globe Award for “Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture”.
  3. He brought to life the character of William Grey in the 1982 drama film The Return of the Soldier, starring Julie Christie, Alan Bates, Glenda Jackson, and Ann-Margret. For this, he was nominated for a BAFTA Award for “Best Actor in a Supporting Role”.
  4. In the New Year’s Honours of 1984, Frank Finlay was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire.
  5. From 1998 to 1999, he was cast as Astley Yardley (Lisa’s father) in the television sitcom titeled How Do You Want Me?.
  6. Frank Finlay was a member of the British Catholic Stage Guild (later known as the Catholic Association of Performing Arts).

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