Albert Finney, Miller's Crossing and Erin Brockovich actor, dies at 82

Finney and his Saturday Night and Sunday Morning co-star Shirley Anne Field and writer Alan Sillitoe

Albert Finney has passed away at the age of 82.

It is unknown as yet what led to Finney's death; however, in 2011, he revealed he was receiving treatment for kidney cancer.

British actor Albert Finney, the Academy Award-nominated star of films from "Tom Jones" to "Skyfall", has died at the age of 82.

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

As tweets flooded in, actor David Morrissey wrote: "One of the true great ones".

Finney was a five-time Oscar nominee for the films Erin Brockovich (2000), Under the Volcano (1984), The Dresser (1983), the original Murder on the Orient Express (1974) and Tom Jones (1963). A powerhouse of an actor.

He went on to play the title role in Scrooge and Hercule Poirot in Murder On The Orient Express, which garnered his second nomination, as well as Daddy Warbucks in Annie. He enrolled at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts, where he found himself classmates with Peter O'Toole and Alan Bates.

His career took him from British dramas such as "Saturday Night and Sunday Morning", a snapshot of working class life released in 1960, to a string of Hollywood hits.

Fans have also issued their condolences, as one person wrote on Twitter: "Very sad to hear about Albert Finney.brilliant actor and played THE best ever Scrooge #RIP". He made for an impressive villain in The Bourne Ultimatum, and he gave Daniel Craig as James Bond a hand in Skyfall, which is his last acting credit on screen.

Director Tony Richardson offered Albert the role and period romp Tom Jones followed, which made him a major star.

Despite being nominated five-times in total, he did not ever win the prestigious award.

Finney's other memorable roles include Winston Churchill in The Gathering Storm, for which he won a Golden Globe and a Bafta. He married Jane Wenham and had a son, who still works as a camera operator in the industry; he was married to a French actress, Anouk Aimée until 1978.



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