Played the lead in fifteen school plays between the ages of 12 and 17
Joined the stock company of the Birmingham Repertory Company
Stage acting debut with Birmingham Repertory Theatre in "Julius Caesar" playing as Brutus
London stage debut with the Birmingham Rep at the Old Vic in George Bernard Shaw's "Caesar and Cleopatra"
Had one scene opposite Charles Laughton in the West End production of "The Party"
Performed at the famed Shakespeare Memorial Theatre as Edgar in "King Lear" and Cassio in "Othello" (directed by Tony Richardson)
First collaboration with Lindsay Anderson, starring in Anderson's stage production of "The Lily-White Boys"
London stage breakthrough, playing the title character in "Billy Liar"; replaced in role by Tom Courtenay who would star in John Schlesinger's 1963 film version
Made film acting debut as Olivier's son in "The Entertainer" helmed by Richardson
First leading film role in Karel Reisz's "Saturday Night and Sunday Morning" produced by Richardson
Left David Lean's production of "Lawrence of Arabia" (1962) after four days, because it would have entailed signing a seven-year contract with the studio; recommended RADA classmate Peter O'Toole for the role
Played John Osborne's "Luther" in Paris, the Netherlands and London; directed by Richardson
Made stage directing debut with Harold Pinter's "The Birthday Party" at the Citizens Theater in Glasgow, Scotland
Received first Best Actor Oscar nomination, playing the title role in Richardson's "Tom Jones"
Broadway debut, reprising the title role in "Luther" directed by Richardson; earned a Tony nomination
First film as producer (also actor), Reisz's remake of "Night Must Fall"
Formed production company, Memorial Enterprises Ltd. (with actor Michael Medwin)
Film directing debut (also actor), "Charlie Bubbles"
Co-starred with Audrey Hepburn as a bickering couple in Stanley Donen's "Two for the Road"
Won a second Tony nomination for "A Day in the Life of Joe Egg"
Played the title role in Ronald Neame's musical film "Scrooge"
Served as an associate artistic director for the Royal Court Theatre in London; directed several plays
Garnered a second Best Actor Oscar nod as Hercule Poirot in Sidney Lumet's "Murder on the Orient Express"
Joined National Theatre in London to concentrated on stage work
Recorded <i>Albert Finney's Album</i> (Motown Records)
Returned to films in Alan Parker's look at a disintegrating marriage, "Shoot the Moon"; also co-starred Diane Keaton
Pocketed a reported $1 million to play Daddy Warbucks in John Huston's film version of "Annie"
Co-starred with fellow RADA alum Tom Courtenay in a film version of "The Dresser" directed by Peter Yates; both earned Oscar nominations for Best Actor
Nominated a fourth time for a Best Actor Academy Award for Huston's "Under the Volcano"
Formed theater company with actors Richard Johnson and Diana Rigg
Made U.S. TV acting debut in the title role of the CBS TV-movie "Pope John Paul II"
Reprised stage role as a Chicago gangster with an authentic South Side accent in Alan J. Pakula's film adaptation of "Orphans"
Appeared as Leo, the big city Irish crime lord of the Coen brothers' "Miller's Crossing"
Gave rich, rewarding performance as a bedeviled innkeeper in the otherworldly thriller "The Green Man" (A&E)
Showed off an Irish brogue as the local police sergeant of a small Irish village in 1957 for "The Playboys"
Delivered a fine performance as an eccentric Southern father in Bruce Beresford's "Rich in Love"
Offered a masterful performance as the public school teacher-scholar at the center of Mike Figgis' remake of "The Browning Version"
Reteamed with Yates for "The Run of the Country" once again playing an Irish cop
Co-starred with Courtenay in the London stage production of "Art"
Essayed permanently soused TV writer Daniel Feeld in two Dennis Potter-scripted BBC specials "Karaoke" and "Cold Lazarus" (aired in U.S. on Bravo)
Portrayed the domineering doctor father of Jennifer Jason Leigh in Agnieska Holland's film version of Henry James' "Washington Square"
Played the drunken Dr. Monygham in the lavish six-hour "Masterpiece Theatre" miniseries presentation of "Joseph Conrad's 'Nostromo'" (PBS)
Co-starred with Bruce Willis and Nick Nolte in a film adaptation of Kurt Vonnnegut's "Breakfast of Champions"
Played featured role of a former racing commissioner in "Simpatico"
Reunited with Courtenay for the "Masterpiece Theatre" drama "A Rather English Marriage" (PBS)
Portrayed the title character's lawyer boss Ed Masry in "Erin Brockovich" directed by Steven Soderbergh; received a Best Supporting Actor Academy Award nomination
Made cameo appearance in the Soderbergh directed "Traffic"
Starred opposite Bridget Fonda in "Delivering Milo"; screened at Cannes
Cast as Ernest Hemingway in "Hemingway, The Hunter Of Death"
Portrayed Winston Churchill in "The Gathering Storm"; received a SAG nomination for Best Actor in a Television Movie
Portrayed an Older Edward Bloom in "Big Fish," directed by Tim Burton; received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor in a Supporting Role
Voiced Finnis Everglot in Tim Burton's animated feature "Corpse Bride"
Co-starred with Russell Crowe in director Ridley Scott's "A Good Year"
Cast in "Amazing Grace," as John Newton the author of the hymn <i>Amazing Grace</i>
Cast as Dr. Albert Hirsch in "The Bourne Ultimatum"
Co-starred in Sidney Lumet's "Before the Devil Knows You're Dead"
Reprised Dr. Hirsch in "The Bourne Legacy"
Cast opposite Daniel Craig in 007 feature "Skyfall," directed by Sam Mendes