Friday, 22 February, 2019

British actor Albert Finney dies aged 82

Albert Finney and Aileen Quinn in publicity portrait for the film Albert Finney and Aileen Quinn in publicity portrait for the film"Annie from 1982
Angelica Greene | 10 February, 2019, 08:41

Having shot to fame as the star of Saturday Night and Sunday Morning, Finney received five Oscar nominations but never won, and refused a knighthood.

He excelled in many other roles, including "Saturday Night and Sunday Morning", a 1960 drama that was part of the "angry young man" film trend.

Tributes to the late Albert Finney flooded social media on Friday following the announcement that the acclaimed British star of stage and screen had died at the age of 82.

Finney won a Golden Globe and a BAFTA for his memorable role as Winston Churchill in The Gathering Storm.

Finney also starred in Big Fish, Traffic and The Bourne Ultimatum, and showed off his singing abilities in Scrooge, Annie and The Corpse Bride.

The 2000s saw Finney spark a short run with filmmaker Steven Soderbergh, first as a shifty lawyer opposite Julia Roberts in 2000's Erin Brockovich (earning his fifth Oscar nod), then as the White House Chief of Staff in that same year's Traffic. Finney also used his popularity at the time to spark a directing career with a film called Charlie Bubbles in 1968.

Finney starred as Tom Jones in the 1963 movie about the singer's life, earning him the first of his four best actor Oscar nominations.

Finney studied at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, beginning his career as a Shakespearean stage actor.

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James Bond producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson said they were "heartbroken" at the loss of the actor, whose final screen appearance came as gamekeeper Kincade in 2012's Skyfall. "But I think we should all be misters together".

He was also reluctant to discuss his craft.

"It seems silly to go over there and beg for an award", he told the paper.

Finney was married three times and had one child with his first wife, the actress Jane Wenham.

Finney announced in 2011 that he was recovering from kidney cancer.

His last film was "Skyfall", and he also played a villain in the "Bourne" series.

We are very sad to hear of the loss of Albert Finney. "The world has lost a giant".

"Wherever Albert is now, I hope there are horses and good company", he added, referencing the film.

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