Beloved Annie Film Star Albert Finney Dies at 82

Tanya Cunningham
February 10, 2019

The Old Vic theater said after Finney's death that his "performances in plays by Shakespeare, Chekhov and other iconic playwrights throughout the '60s, '70s and '80s stand apart as some of the greatest in our 200-year history".

British actor Albert Finney, whose career spanned seven decades and included dozens of films, has died at the age of 82. "The family request privacy at this sad time", reads a statement.

But it wasn't until 1963 when he gained global fame for his lead role in Tom Jones, which earned him his first Oscar nomination.

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.

Tributes have already begun to flood social media, with TV presenter Lorraine Kelly offering her condolences.

Instead, he teamed up with Richardson again for the 1963 film version of Henry Fielding's classic comic novel Tom Jones. He received no less than nine Golden Globe wins (Tom Jones, Scrooge, Shoot the Moon, The Dresser, Under the Volcano, Erin Brockovich, Big Fish, The Gathering Storm), with three wins (Tom Jones, Scrooge, The Gathering Storm). Across over a half-century on the big screen, Finney was nominated for no less than five Oscars - four for Best Actor and one for Best Supporting Actor.

British actor Albert Finney at the Deauville Festival of American Film in France. "The world has lost a giant. I remember with Tom Jones being very concerned to tell people that I was not just another pretty face, and that's why I took all those character roles".

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. "And it also helps keep us 'quaint, ' which I'm not a great fan of". Funeral arrangements weren't immediately known.

Born in Salford, England in 1936 to a bookmaker, Finney said he grew up as part of the "lower middle class".

He died from a chest infection on Thursday afternoon with his wife Pene Delmage and son Simon at his bedside.

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