Albert Finney, 5-time Oscar nominee, dead at 82


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. The film helped introduce Finney to a new generation of moviegoers, and the chemistry between the aging lawyer and his young, aggressive assistant earned him yet another Oscar nomination, this time for Best Supporting Actor. His final substantial role would prove to be as the gamekeeper Kincade in the 2012 James Bond film Skyfall.

"Sam Mendes has done a really great job, and I think Daniel Craig, the third time he's played the part, really fits the jacket snugly and has a nice edge to him", the actor told the MEN. He later played the role of Arthur on "Saturday Night and Sunday Morning". After studying at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts, he began his career at the Royal Shakespeare Company before moving to film.

Here are some of the first online reactions to Albert Finney's death on social media... His Emmy was given for his performance as Winston Churchill in the BBC-HBO movie, The Gathering Storm (2002).

That was the role that introduced Finney to American audiences, and few would forget the lusty, blue-eyed leading man who helped the film win a Best Picture Oscar.

It also delivered Finney the first of his five Oscar nominations.

Albert Finney was an Oscar-nominated star of movies including "Murder on the Orient Express" (1974), "Annie" (1982), and "Erin Brockovich".

"We are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Albert Finney".

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Finney also famously turned down a CBE from the Queen in 1980 and a knighthood in 2000.

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

Michael G Wilson and Barbara Broccoli, the co-producers of Eon Productions, led tributes to the late actor, best known for roles in Tom Jones, Erin Brockovich and Annie.

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.

Finney's funeral will be held in private.

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.