Actor Albert Finney dies at 82

Actor Albert Finney dies at 82

Actor Albert Finney dies at 82

His breakthrough came in 1960 with Saturday Night and Sunday Morning, which led directly to Finney's Oscar-nominated lead role in the 1963 film Tom Jones. Born in Salford and brought up in Manchester, Fanney did his graduation from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.

As he aged, Finney transitioned to worldwide blockbuster franchises, making appearances in two of Matt Damon's Jason Bourne movies and playing the lovably gruff Scotsman Kincade in Skyfall, one of his final roles.

Twice he turned down top British honors - a CBE in 1980 and a knighthood in 2000 - accusing the system of perpetuating "snobbery".

He was also reluctant to discuss his craft.

"It seems silly to go over there and beg for an award", he said.

Finney is survived by his son Simon, who he had with his first wife Jane Wenham, and his wife Pene Delmage, who he married in 2006 and lived in London with until his death. In 2007, the veteran actor was diagnosed with kidney cancer.

As described in The Guide to British Cinema, Finney exuded "a mixture of defiance and selfishness overlaid with a raw sexuality", and allied with his unarguable screen charisma, he became a major star nearly overnight.

News of Albert Finney dead was confirmed by a publicist to The Guardian.

Daniel Craig, who played Bond, said: "The world has lost a giant".

"Wherever Albert is now, I hope there are horses and good company".

Fellow film-maker Ava DuVernay paid tribute to his versatility, saying "that's what acting means".

The film, a snapshot of working-class life in Britain, known as one of the first "kitchen-sink" dramas, won Finney a BAFTA award for most promising newcomer in 1961.

It is understood his funeral will be held at a later stage and will be private.

He said of his death: "Very sad to hear about Albert Finney".

At the time, The Guide to British Cinema said Finney exuded "a mixture of defiance and selfishness overlaid with a raw sexuality". "He loved every aspect of the business and we in turn loved and revered him".

Albert Finney during "Erin Brockovich" Premiere at Mann Village Theatre in Westwood, California, United States.

Finney was the third choice, after Oscar winners Alec Guinness and Paul Scofield, to play scrupulously vain detective Hercule Poirot in Sidney Lumet's sumptuous, all-star adaptation of Agatha Christie's novel based on the Lindbergh kidnapping, but played the role with such relish that he was nominated for Best Actor.

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