Albert Finney dies aged 82


Veteran British actor and five-time Academy Award nominee Albert Finney-best known for his roles in Annie, Erin Brockovich, Tom Jones and Murder on the Orient Express-has passed away.

Albert Finney receiving a his fellowship BAFTA. Finney disclosed in 2011 that he had been suffering from kidney cancer, The Guardian reports. He is survived by Delmage and his son, Simon, from his marriage to Wenham.

Born in Salford, Greater Manchester, in 1936, he began his career as a Shakespearean theater actor. He came along at a time when there was a huge surge in British new wave cinema in the 1960s.

Albert made his movie debut with a small part in The Entertainer in 1960. It also gave him plenty of exposure in the United States. After that he starred opposite Audrey Hepburn in Two for the Road, then stepped behind the camera as director for 1968's Charlie Bubbles.

Throughout his career, Finney moved seamlessly between films, television and stage performances. Though that would be the only time he got behind the camera, Finney also used his clout as an uncredited producer on films like Privilege, Burning, and If.

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He went on to star in Tom Jones, as Hercule Poirot in Murder on the Orient Express, Erin Brockovich and Skyfall.

Finney worked with a number of American filmmakers as he worked in both the United Kingdom and US, like another famous role of his as mobster Leo O'Bannon in Miller's Crossing for the Coen Brothers in 1990.

Albert's other memorable roles include Winston Churchill in The Gathering Storm where he won a Golden Globe and a BAFTA.

As he aged, Finney transitioned to worldwide blockbuster franchises, making appearances in two of Matt Damon's Jason Bourne movies and playing the lovably gruff Scotsman Kincade in Skyfall, one of his final roles. He will be missed.