Veteran Actor and Oscar Nominee Albert Finney Dead at 82

He began to foray into American-made films, like the Coen brothers' Miller's Crossing and Tim Burton's Corpse Bride and Big Fish.

More recently, he starred as heroic gamekeeper Kinkade in James bond flick Skyfall, which he said was a "terrific film". I had the enormous privilege of working with him early on.

His big movie break came with his portrayal of "angry young man" Arthur Seaton in Saturday Night and Sunday Morning.

Born in 1936, Finney, a bookmaker's son, grew up in Manchester, northwest England and graduated from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in 1955.

They said: "We are heartbroken at the loss of Albert Finney".

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.

Known for his roles in such films as "Tom Jones" and "Erin Brokovich", Finney was 82.

The family of British actor Albert Finney confirmed on Friday that the multi Oscar-nominated actor had died at the age of 82. He dipped his toe into the horror genre with 1981's Wolfen, an unconventional werewolf film where he played the lead role of a burnt-out NY cop.

Finney filmed the film A Man of No Importance in Dublin in 1994, in which he played Alfie Byrne, a middle-aged bus conductor in Dublin in 1963 with a passion for theatre and Oscar Wilde.

In the ensuing decade, Finney's status as an established star saw him appear in a wide variety of material, including a mainstream musical (Scrooge), a low-budget crime comedy (Gumshoe, Stephen Frears' directorial debut) and the star-packed Agatha Christie adaptation Murder on the Orient Express, in which he played Hercule Poirot.

Actor Rufus Sewell tweeted: "Very sad to hear about Albert Finney".

He was also married to actress Anouk Aimee from 1970 to 1978.

Finney also tried his hand at directing and producing and played a vital role in sustaining British theater.

He got back-to-back nominations in 1984 and 1985 for The Dresser and Under the Volcano but never attended the ceremony itself, calling it "a waste of time".

Funeral arrangements for Finney have not been released yet.

Albert Finney was married three times; he's survived by his wife Pene Delmage, a son, Simon, and two grandchildren.

  • Kyle Peterson