Saturday, 16 February, 2019

British actor Albert Finney dies at 82

Finney and his Saturday Night and Sunday Morning co-star Shirley Anne Field and writer Alan Sillitoe Finney and his Saturday Night and Sunday Morning co-star Shirley Anne Field and writer Alan Sillitoe
Freda Brock | 08 February, 2019, 18:54

Veteran British actor Albert Finney holds up his BAFTA award at the British Academy Film Awards in London February 25, 2001.

Finney "passed away peacefully after a short illness with those closest to him by his side", his family said in a statement to The Associated Press. The Guardian describes a chest infection, noting the actor previously revealed he had kidney cancer.

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. Though he started small with a supporting role in The Entertainer, he quickly rose to fame with a role by taking the lead in Saturday Night and Sunday Morning in 1960.

Finney earned his first Oscar nomination as the star of 1963's Tom Jones, which propelled him to worldwide fame.

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. After that he starred opposite Audrey Hepburn in Two for the Road, then stepped behind the camera as director for 1968's Charlie Bubbles.

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Actor Rufus Sewell tweeted: "Very sad to hear about Albert Finney".

He began to foray into American-made films, like the Coen brothers' Miller's Crossing and Tim Burton's Corpse Bride and Big Fish.

It also delivered Finney the first of his five Oscar nominations. He was also celebrated for his performance as Winston Churchill in the BBC and HBO's 2002 TV film The Gathering Storm - the role saw him win Best Actor at the Golden Globes, Emmys, and BAFTAs.

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 was married to his wife Pene Delmage in 2006.

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