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Albert Finney Dead at 82

08 February 2019

Longtime character actor Albert Finney died today at the age of 82.

Finney "passed away peacefully after a short illness with those closest to him by his side", his family said in a statement to The Associated Press.

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

He starred in many movies, being best known for "Tom Jones", "Murder on the Orient Express", "Annie", and "Erin Brockovich" - to name a few. His first film appearance was in "The Entertainer" in 1960.

"The family request privacy at this sad time", the spokesperson added. After that he starred opposite Audrey Hepburn in Two for the Road, then stepped behind the camera as director for 1968's Charlie Bubbles.

From there, it would be almost 20 years since Finney was up for the industry's top acting prize. He also played Daddy Warbucks for John Huston in 1982's Annie, worked with Steven Soderbergh for Traffic and Erin Brockovich, and teamed with Tim Burton for Big Fish and Corpse Bride.

His four best actor Academy Award nominations were for Tom Jones (1963), Murder on the Orient Express (1974), The Dresser (1983) and Under the Volcano (1984).

He played Winston Churchill in the TV movie The Gathering Storm in 2002 and more recently appeared in the James Bond film Skyfall and the Bourne films. There's also, of course, his unforgettable turn in the Coen Brothers classic Miller's Crossing.

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.

Finney was married three times, to actresses Jane Wenham and Anouk Aimeé from 1957-61 and 1970-78, respectively, and to travel agent Pene Delmage in 2006.

Albert Finney Dead at 82