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Greg McPhee
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A great actor, and always a pleasure to watch.

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Petter Myhr Ness
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This is sad.
Finney was a favourite of mine. Many great performances.
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A long and splendid career.
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Sad news. R.I.P.
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I thought he was amazing in THE DRESSER

And I was lucky enough to see him in a play called ANOTHER TIME in London - it was extraordinary to see him play a father in the first act, and that father’s son in the second act.  It was a masterful performance.



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I have admired this fine actor for decades for his work in both TV and film. Made a very engaging Poirot in Murder on the Orient Express, a memorable Scrooge and I've been a fan of his going all the way back to a BBC drama called The Green Man from nearly 30 years ago. Erin Brockovich seems like it was recent, but looking it up that was nearly 20 years ago. I actually have Tom Jones on my DVR waiting to be watched, so this would seem like an apt time. 
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Love him in Under the Volcano.
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Brandon Frye
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My favorite Scrooge. 
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The moment I read his name this morning I heard "O Danny Boy" in my head.

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Always loved his work. 

He played Scrooge in1970, and I had the good fortune to be a child of 4 when I saw that film for the first time. 

He will always be the definitive Hercule Poirot for me. 

And those are just two of his films. 

82 years old is a good run, and he had a great career. 
It still saddens me to hear of his passing.
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82 years is a good run...

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Unless you’re 81...

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I watched "Murder on the Orient Express" again last night. No adaption since can hold a candle to it. At the centre of it all in the midst of a great cast is Finney's performance.
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That movie is really a master class in how to make an adaptation. All the parts are as in the novel, but shuffled for clarity and emphasis. Rereading the book, I was surprised by how many of the key lines are given to characters other than Poirot. He seems in many instances to be swept along by the words and actions of others.
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I haven't seen "Murder on the Orient Express" in ages. Looked for it on Blu-ray, and found a triple disc set including "Death on the Nile" (1978) and "Evil Under the Sun" (1982). 
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Ugh!
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Greg McPhee
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It is a masterclass of an adaption. Agatha Christie rated it as her favourite adaption of her works.

Finney was 38 when he was cast, and thanks to make up and his skill immediately becomes the character.
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