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Actor Albert Finney Passes Away at Age 82, Tributes Pour In: 'Powerhouse of an Actor'


Albert Finney, the Oscar-nominated actor from the United Kingdom, passed away on Feb. 8 at the age of 82, according to his family.

Finney was born in 1936 in Charlestown, Salford, United Kingdom, and enjoyed a long career in film as an actor and director.

“Albert Finney, aged 82, passed away peacefully after a short illness with those closest to him by his side,” a family spokesman said.

“The family request privacy at this sad time.”

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According to The Guardian, Finney died of a chest infection at the Royal Marsden hospital that specials in cancer treatment outside of London. In 2011, Finney told the publication that he had been diagnosed with kidney cancer.

His wife, Pene Delmage, and son Simon were by his side.

Finney first rose to fame as the “angry young man” Arthur Seaton in “Saturday Night and Sunday Morning.”

Finney then starred in the title role of Tom Jones, becoming the face of British film in the 1960s.


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One of the true great. Both on stage and screen. A powerhouse of an actor. A real hero of mine. RIP Albert Finney

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In 1967, Finney played opposite Audrey Hepburn in the movie “Two for the Road,”  and starred alongside Diane Keaton in “Shoot the Moon,” in 1982.

Finney’s other memorable roles include Winston Churchill in “The Gathering Storm,” Daddy Warbucks in “Annie” and his role as Ebenezer Scrooge.

In 2012, Finney played the gamekeeper Kincade in the James Bond film, “Skyfall.”

Though he never won, Finney was nominated for an Oscar four times as best actor and once in the category of best supporting actor.

“We are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Albert Finney,” British Academy of Film and Television Arts wrote on Twitter.

“The recipient of the BAFTA Fellowship in 2001, Finney will be warmly remembered for his powerful performances in Saturday Night and Sunday Morning, Tom Jones, Big Fish and many more.”

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A graduate of Grand Canyon University, Kim Davis has been writing for The Western Journal since 2015, focusing on lifestyle stories.
Kim Davis began writing for The Western Journal in 2015. Her primary topics cover family, faith, and women. She has experience as a copy editor for the online publication Thoughtful Women. Kim worked as an arts administrator for The Phoenix Symphony, writing music education curriculum and leading community engagement programs throughout the region. She holds a degree in music education from Grand Canyon University with a minor in eating tacos.
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