Albert Finney Dead At 82

Albert Finney

Finney's more recent films include "The Bourne Ultimatum" (2007), "The Bourne Legacy" (2012), and the James Bond film "Skyfall", out the same year.

The bookmaker's son was born and educated in Salford, Greater Manchester, rising to worldwide stardom but despite being nominated for Oscars five times he never won.

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.

Soon some critics were hailing him as "the next Laurence Olivier" - a commanding presence who would light up the British stage.

The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (Rada) graduate continued working on the stage despite his film success, earning Tony nominations on Broadway for Luther and A Day in the Death of Joe Egg.

Albert Finney has died.

Instead, he teamed up with Richardson again for the 1963 film version of Henry Fielding's classic comic novel Tom Jones.

Finney won a Golden Globe and a BAFTA for his memorable role as Winston Churchill in The Gathering Storm.

Albert Finney died in London at age 82 from a chest infection.

Finney's family said in a statement that he "passed away peacefully after a short illness with those closest to him by his side". He earned his first Oscar nomination four years later for the film "Tom Jones".

The film gained him the first of five Oscar nominations.

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

In the past, Finney turned down both a CBE and a knighthood, calling the accolades "snobbery".

Finney redefined the Ebenezer Scrooge character in 1970's Scrooge.

But perhaps his most iconic role was as Erin Brockovich's gruff-with-a-big-heart boss, Ed Masry. Roberts won Best Actress for Erin Brockovich. Still, Finney declined to attend the Academy Awards ceremony - possibly damaging his chances at future wins by snubbing Hollywood's elite.

He said of his death: "Very sad to hear about Albert Finney".

Finney co-starred in Ridley Scott's 1977 directorial debut The Duelists, and worked with the director again three decades later on 2006's A Good Year. "It's a long way to go for a party, sitting there for six hours not having a cigarette or a drink", he reportedly said.

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