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Frank Finlay dead: Oscar-nominated actor starred in Laurence Olivier’s ‘Othello’

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Frank Finlay This is a Jan. 25, 2001 file photo of actor Frank Finlay at the South Bank Awards in London.

LONDON (AP) — British actor Frank Finlay, who was Academy Award-nominated for his work alongside Laurence Olivier in “Othello,” has died aged 89.

Finlay’s family said he died of heart failure Saturday at his home in Weybridge, southern England. In a statement, they called him “a wonderful father, loving grandfather and a damn fine actor.”

He played Iago, nemesis to Olivier’s Othello, onstage and in a 1965 film adaptation of the Shakespearean tragedy, for which he was Oscar-nominated as best supporting actor.

Other film roles included Porthos in Richard Lester’s big-budget 1973 take on “The Three Musketeers” — and two sequels — and the main character’s father in Roman Polanski’s “The Pianist.”