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1. Frank Finlay first rose to prominence as a stage actor. His portrayal of Iago in Sir Laurence Olivier’s stage production of Othello was preserved in the 1965 feature film earning Finlay an Oscar nomination.
2. His association with Lord Olivier continued well into the 1970s. He’s pictured here in 'Saturday Sunday Monday' a 1978 TV drama directed by Olivier, featuring Joan Plowright, Judy Parfitt and Edward Woodward.
3. One of Frank Finlay’s most controversial roles was as the obsessed father in ‘A Bouquet of Barbed Wire.’ He’s seen here opposite co-star Susan Penhaligon.
4. No stranger to controversy, he also starred in the very racy (for its time) Casanova.
5. Despite film and TV success, the stage was always Finlay’s first love. He’s seen here promoting a new play by Jeffrey, later Lord, Archer in 1987.
6. Finlay’s bravura performance in the Sunday Night Theatre play: 'The Death of Adolf Hitler' was a huge success. Here he is as another dictator, Napoleon, in 1980.
7. Finlay’s choice of co-stars would be any actor’s dream. Here he is as the father of DCI Jane Tennison (Helen Mirren) in Prime Suspect.
8. He never stopped working. This is a still from hit 2006 TV drama Life Begins, in which Finlay starred with Caroline Quentin and Anne Reid. (Photo credits: Rex)