Albert Finney honoured with celebrity tributes after death at 82

Albert Finney
Actor Albert Finney dies aged 82 after short illness family say
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09 February, 2019

I'll always be personally partial to Finney's humorous and warm turn in Steven Soderbergh's Erin Brockovich, and one of my all-time favorite Finney performances is in Tim Burton's 2003 tearjerker Big Fish.

One of his most recent roles included the portrayal of Kincade in the 2012 film Skyfall.

The actor's death drew a handful of heartwarming tributes, from those who knew him personally to others who simply appreciated his life and work.

Albert Finney as Tom Jones in the 1963 movie Tom Jones.

Tom Jones, with its bawdy humour and rollicking atmosphere, was a sizeable hit in the U.S., and won four Oscars (including best picture); Finney received the first of his four best actor nominations, but lost to Sidney Poitier for Lilies of the Field.

A spokesperson for the family said: 'Albert Finney, aged 82, passed away peacefully after a short illness with those closest to him by his side.

Born in the British village of Pendleton, Finney studied drama at London's Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, primarily working on stage until landing his first film role in 1960's "The Entertainer", appearing alongside Laurence Olivier.

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Five-time Oscar nominee Albert Finney has died after a brief illness. Finney played the lead in Ronald Neame's acclaimed 1970 Scrooge, winning the Golden Globe for Best Actor In A Musical / Comedy. 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.

Christopher McQuarrie, director of the last two Mission: Impossible films, said Finney "was an artist with a Thompson" - a reference to his submachine gun prowess in Miller's Crossing.

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.

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

He got back-to-back nominations in 1984 and 1985 for The Dresser and Under the Volcano but never attended the ceremony itself, calling it "a waste of time".

He was married three times, to actresses Jane Wenham and Anouk Aimeé and finally to travel agent Pene Delmage in 2006, who has survived him with his son Simon, from his first marriage.


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