Albert Finney, British actor, dies aged 82

09 February, 2019, 00:40 | Author: Irvin Gilbert
  • Julia Roberts with Albert Finney in Erin Brockovich

More recently, he starred as heroic gamekeeper Kinkade in James bond flick Skyfall, which he said was a "terrific film".

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

He rose to fame as the star of Saturday Night and Sunday Morning which proved to be extremely popular with moviegoers. He took to the stage at an early age, doing a number of school plays and - despite his lack of connections and his working-class roots - earning a place at London's prestigious Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts.

Albert Finney receiving a his fellowship BAFTA.

The actor's breakthrough movie was "Saturday Night and Sunday Morning" in the year 1960.

According to a family statement, provided to The Associated Press, Finney died after "a short illness with those closest to him by his side". In 2001, he received a Best Actor Oscar nomination for his work on the film Erin Brockovich starring Julia Roberts in the title role.

British actor Albert Finney puffs a big cigar as he sits in the back seat of a vintage cap on the set of "Annie" in NY.

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Through his career, Finney went on to be nominated for four more Best Actor Oscars - for his turn as Poirot in Sidney Lumet's 1974 Murder On The Orient Express, his performance in 1983's The Dresser, 1984's Under The Volcano, and a Supporting Actor nomination for playing Ed Masry in Steven Soderbergh's Erin Brockovich. And he turned down offers of honors, including a knighthood in 2000 - "I think the Sir thing slightly perpetuates one of our diseases in England, which is snobbery", he said at the time.

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

Although he's best-known to American audiences for films such as "Annie" and "Erin Brockovich", his body of work was about so much more than that.

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. However, he never attended the ceremony itself, calling it "a waste of time".

Emmys: Outstanding lead actor for The Gathering Storm.

Funeral arrangements for Finney have not been released yet.

Finney had a son, Simon, with his first wife, actress Jane Wenham.

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