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.”
British actor Albert Finney, Academy Award-nominated star of films from “Tom Jones” to “Skyfall,” dies at age 82. https://t.co/kGHJn7S3Vw
— The Associated Press (@AP) February 8, 2019
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.
Sad to share the news that acting great Albert Finney has died, aged 82.
“I’m only happy in character roles. I’m not the romantic type.” pic.twitter.com/QmLs97L1gI
— Marshall Julius (@MarshallJulius) February 8, 2019
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.
“I don’t think that we necessarily lie. I mean, we make our living by pretending that we’re someone else. I don’t tell tall tales. I always tell the truth.” #RIP Albert Finney, a creative, honest, and always compelling actor who made his every film worth watching. pic.twitter.com/aq03hEZJMy
— Tribeca (@Tribeca) February 8, 2019
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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