Tributes flow after British actor Albert Finney dies aged 82

As an actor he earned five Oscar nominations over his 50-plus year career but never won. He followed that up with a memorable turn as Kincade, a father figure to James Bond in the blockbuster Skyfall, which would ultimately be his final screen role.

Paul Greengrass, who directed Finney in 2007 thriller The Bourne Ultimatum, said he would "miss him enormously".

His big film break came as "angry young man" Arthur Seaton in Saturday Night and Sunday Morning. Encouraged by his headmaster at Salford Grammar school, Finney got a place at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts, where he found himself in the same class as Peter O'Toole and Alan Bates.

They said: "We are heartbroken at the loss of Albert Finney".

Finney with Susannah York in the 1963 classic film Tom Jones.

The statement went on to say Finney had been a "huge part of the National Theatre acting company from its early days in Chichester and performed many roles over the years, including Hamlet which opened the Lyttelton Theatre in 1976".

Veteran British actor Albert Finney, who starred in films including "Murder on the Orient Express" and "Erin Brockovich", has died at the age of 82, a family spokesman said Friday, 8 February 2019. His first film appearance was in "The Entertainer" in 1960.


Finney has been nominated for a total of five Oscars and has won two BAFTAs - having also won the the BAFTA Fellowship in 2001.

"I've always been very lazy as well as being lucky, and now I'm even lazier", Finney said.

Over the course of his career, Finney appeared in a number of films, including Erin Brockovich, Under the Volcano, The Dresser, Murder on the Orient Express and Tom Jones.

Finney co-starred in Ridley Scott's 1977 directorial debut The Duelists, and worked with the director again three decades later on 2006's A Good Year. He remained true to his humble roots when he declined two of England's greatest honors, a CBE (Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) in 1980 and a knighthood in 2000. He was also known for playing Daddy Warbucks in the 1982 version of Annie.

The name might not ring any bells, but you've probably seen the face of actor Albert Finney before.

He went on to star in director Tim Burton's "Big Fish" and portrayed Britain's wartime leader, Winston Churchill, in "The Gathering Storm".

Finney is survived by wife Pene Delmage and his son from his first marriage to actress Jane Wenham, Simon.


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