British actor Albert Finney dies at 82

Deanna Kelley
February 10, 2019

Hollywood and fans alike mourned the loss of actor Albert Finney when news of his death at age 82 broke on Friday.

Our thoughts are with Finney's family and friends at this hard time.

His fame spread when he was cast as the lead in bawdy historical romp "Tom Jones" in 1963, which won four Oscars including Best Picture and brought Finney the first of four nominations for Best Actor. He worked with John Huston on 1982's hit musical Annie as Daddy Warbucks, and then again with the director as an alcoholic in 1984's Under the Volcano, earning him another Oscar nomination.

More recently, he starred as heroic gamekeeper Kinkade in James bond flick Skyfall, which he said was a "terrific film". An accomplished stage actor who once replaced an ill Laurence Olivier in the title role in Shakespeare's Coriolanus, Finney made his film debut as Olivier's son in 1960's The Entertainer. Finney also used his popularity at the time to spark a directing career with a film called Charlie Bubbles in 1968.

British actor, and former Walking Dead star, David Morrissey said Finney had been a hero, calling the late actor "a powerhouse".

He was the recipient of two Bafta Awards from 13 nominations and received a British Academy Fellowship in 2001.

Finney, a five-time Oscar nominee, developed a passion for acting when he was still in grade school.

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He was one of the greats, someone we could always count on to break our hearts and make us think and he will be missed.

We are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Albert Finney.

Albert Finney has died at the age of 82, a family spokesman has said.

"It seems silly to go over there and beg for an award", he told the paper.

The film, a snapshot of working-class life in Britain, known as one of the first "kitchen-sink" dramas, won Finney a BAFTA award for most promising newcomer in 1961.

"This is a man from very humble origins who became rich when he was very young", said Quentin Falk, author of an unauthorized biography of Finney. "It was a privilege to work with him and an honour to have had him as part of our Bond family".

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