Albert Finney: face of a matinee idol, soul of a character actor

Albert Finney charmed the world in “Tom Jones” (1963), hopping from bed to bed with the grin of a reluctant wolf in 18th century matinee idol’s clothing.

He found the role dull, according to his director, Tony Richardson. The son of a bookie from Salford, just outside Manchester, England, Finney…

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