Published: Fri, February 08, 2019
Culture&Arts | By Dora Pope

Albert Finney dead: Celebrated actor dies aged 82

Albert Finney dead: Celebrated actor dies aged 82

A spokesperson for the family said: 'Albert Finney, aged 82, passed away peacefully after a short illness with those closest to him by his side. The actor announced a battle with kidney cancer in 2011, but he passed away due to a chest infection at the Royal Marsden hospital just outside London. His breakthrough came in 1960 with Saturday Night and Sunday Morning, which led directly to Finney's Oscar-nominated lead role in the 1963 film Tom Jones.

Albert Finney, the Oscar-nominated British actor best known for his roles in "Annie", "Erin Brockovich" and "Tom Jones", has died after a short illness, according to representatives of his family. The star would go on to earn further nods for Murder on the Orient Express, The Dresser, Under the Volcano and the contemporary classic Erin Brockovich.

The breakout role that made him a star overnight was in Saturday Night and Sunday Morning, of which The Guide to British Cinema described him as "a mixture of defiance and selfishness overlaid with a raw sexuality".

The actor has two sons, Simon and Michael.

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The Oscar-winning film bagged Finney nominations for Best Actor at the Oscars, BAFTAs and Golden Globes. Finney also used his popularity at the time to spark a directing career with a film called Charlie Bubbles in 1968. He also played Daddy Warbucks for John Huston in 1982's Annie, worked with Steven Soderbergh for Traffic and Erin Brockovich, and teamed with Tim Burton for Big Fish and Corpse Bride. The 1990s gave him an opportunity to work with the Coen Brothers in Miller's Crossing, and he also expanded into television with roles in miniseries titles like Karaoke, Cold Lazarus and Nostromo.

Over the following six decades, Finney would rack up over 50 credits on the big and small screen alike.

He most recently starred in the James Bond film Skyfall and the Bourne films. His Emmy was given for his performance as Winston Churchill in the BBC-HBO movie, The Gathering Storm (2002).

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