Albert Finney Dead At 82

Albert Finney Dead At 82

Albert Finney Dead At 82

Soderbergh cast him in Traffic and Erin Brockovich and Tim Burton in Corpse Bride and Big Fish.

James Bond producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson said they were "heartbroken" at the loss of the actor, whose final screen appearance came as gamekeeper Kincade in 2012's Skyfall.

Albert Finney receiving a his fellowship BAFTA.

But stardom came to Finney anyway in "Tom Jones" where he won over audiences worldwide with his good-natured, amusing and sensual portrayal of an 18th-century English rogue.

Director Ava DuVernay said seeing Finney's performances in Shoot the Moon and then Annie within a few weeks of each other when she was 10 years old had shown her "what acting means".

Daniel Craig said "the world has lost a giant" as he paid tribute to Albert Finney, who has died aged 82 following a short illness.

Finney, a graduate of The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, continued starring in theatre roles despite his film success.

English actor David Morrissey hailed Finney as one of the greats.

The star was nominated five times for an Oscar - Best Actor for Tom Jones, Murder On The Orient Express, The Dresser and Under The Volcano, and Best Supporting Actor for his role in Erin Brockovich.

He said: "I'm deeply saddened by the news of Albert Finney's passing".

He also turned down both a CBE and a knighthood. He also played the classic character Ebenezer Scrooge in the 1970 film Scrooge and Daddy Warbucks in the 1982 version of Annie.

Actor Rufus Sewell said he was "very sad" to hear about Finney's death, adding that he "had the enormous privilege of working with him early on".

Finney was probably best-known for playing lawyer Ed Masry opposite Julia Roberts in "Erin Brokovich".

He also produced several projects (albeit uncredited), and he directed two movies, but his net worth is surprisingly low for someone with such a long and successful career. Still, Finney declined to attend the Academy Awards ceremony - possibly damaging his chances at future wins by snubbing Hollywood's elite.

Emmys: Outstanding lead actor for The Gathering Storm.

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.

Finney's funeral will be held in private.

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