Acclaimed Actor Albert Finney Dies at Age 82

Julia Roberts with Albert Finney in Erin Brockovich

Finney earned his third Best Actor in a Leading Role Oscar nomination playing an aging actor in the 1983 stage adaptation The Dresser, opposite Tom Courtenay.

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.

Paul Greengrass, who directed Finney in 2007 thriller The Bourne Ultimatum, said he would "miss him enormously".

Instead of cashing in by taking lucrative film roles after "Tom Jones", Finney took a long sabbatical, traveling slowly through the United States, Mexico and the Pacific islands, then returned to the London stage to act in Shakespeare productions and other plays. He enrolled at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts, where he found himself classmates with Peter O'Toole and Alan Bates.

There was no "Albert Finney"-type character that he returned to again and again".

Finney has won numerous awards including several BAFTA awards, an Emmy, a Golden Globe and several Screen Actors Guild awards.

Tom Jones, with its bawdy humour and rollicking atmosphere, was a sizeable hit in the USA, 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.

He was nominated four times for a best actor Oscar and once in the best supporting actor category.

Finney twice turned down official honours - a CBE in 1980 and a knighthood in 2000 - and revealed in 2011 he had overcome cancer after successful treatment.

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.

News of Albert Finney dead was confirmed by a publicist to The Guardian.

The name might not ring any bells, but you've probably seen the face of actor Albert Finney before.

The 1960s also saw Finney star in Night Must Fall and Two for the Road with Audrey Hepburn.

He went on to star in director Tim Burton's "Big Fish" and portrayed Britain's wartime leader, Winston Churchill, in "The Gathering Storm". "It may have been that I didn't know what I wanted; I was afraid of what I wanted to do next, 'cause I was hot".

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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