Albert Finney Dead at 82

Bessie Dean
February 9, 2019

His other notable roles included playing the title role in Scrooge, billionaire Daddy Warbucks in Annie, Ed Bloom Senior in Tim Burton's Big Fish and the mobster Leo O'Bannon in Miller's Crossing.

He started out in William Shakespeare plays before portraying the titular hero in the Oscar-winning adventure-comedy "Tom Jones", which made him a major film star. His final substantial role would prove to be as the gamekeeper Kincade in the 2012 James Bond film Skyfall.

Soon some critics were hailing him as "the next Laurence Olivier" - a commanding presence who would light up the British stage.

Finney then became the face of British cinema's global explosion after being cast in the title role of Tom Jones, directed by The Entertainer's Tony Richardson.

Albert Finney has died.

British actor Albert Finney, who rose to fame on a post-war wave of gritty, working-class dramas and became an Oscar-nominated global star, has died at the age of 82.

His first appearance was in The Entertainer in 1960, and he has bagged a number of lead roles since.

English actor David Morrissey hailed Finney as one of the greats.

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

The British actor starred alongside Julia Roberts in "Erin Brockovich" (2000).

"This is a man from very humble origins who became rich when he was very young", said Quentin Falk, author of an unauthorized biography of Finney.

Whatever people say I am, that's what I'm not because they don't know a bloody thing about me! Finney also used his popularity at the time to spark a directing career with a film called Charlie Bubbles in 1968.

Finney also had an illustrious career in the theater, as evidenced by his inclusion in a postage stamp series commemorating the 200th anniversary of London's Old Vic theater (his stamp is for the John Osborne drama "Luther").

Roles followed in Reisz's Night Must Fall and the Stanley Donen-directed Two for the Road, opposite Audrey Hepburn; Finney then turned director, with the 1968 release Charlie Bubbles.

Finney was married three times and had one child with his first wife, the actress Jane Wenham.

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