Published: Fri, February 08, 2019
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

Actor Albert Finney dead at 82

Actor Albert Finney dead at 82

His screen career spanned six decades - from his first role in 1960 starring alongside Laurence Olivier in The Entertainer, through to his final turn in 2012.

Legendary actor Albert Finney died yesterday, of an unknown cause.

Finney disclosed in 2011 that he had been suffering from kidney cancer, The Guardian reported.

A statement from a family spokesman said: "Albert Finney, aged 82, passed away peacefully after a short illness with those closest to him by his side". Tributes have been pouring in for the beloved star with actor David Morissey paying tribute to the legend.

In his time, Finney managed to rack up numerous awards, including a BAFTA, Golden Globe, Emmy and SAG Award - in addition to four Oscar nomination for Best Actor (Tom Jones, Murder on the Orient Express, The Dresser, Under the Volcano), and one Best Supporting Actor nomination (Erin Brockovich). A powerhouse of an actor.

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In later years he brought authority to action movies, including the James Bond thriller "Skyfall" and two of the Bourne films.

Finney studied at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, beginning his career as a Shakespearean stage actor.

When the 1970s came along, Finney started taking on a wider variety of roles, including Scrooge, the musical adaptation of the classic tale A Christmas Carol, Stephen Frears' directorial debut Gumshoe, Ridley Scott's first feature The Duelists, and the star-studded adaptation of Agatha Christie's mystery Murder on the Orient Express, where he would earn another Oscar nomination for playing famed detective Hercule Poirot. Finney's break-out role followed when he appeared in "Saturday Night and Sunday Morning", and then he starred in "Tom Jones".

The actor was nominated for an Oscar five times, but sadly missed out on the gong each time.

Albert married three times in his life, with his most recent wife, Pene Delmage, walking down the aisle with him in 2006.

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