Albert Finney dead aged 82 after legendary acting career

Julia Roberts with Albert Finney in Erin Brockovich

Julia Roberts with Albert Finney in Erin Brockovich

In more recent years, Finney starred in the James Bond thriller Skyfall and two of the Bourne films.

After the Coen brothers cast him in Miller's Crossing, playing Irish-American mobster Leo O'Bannon, Finney began to acquire a certain cachet among the new generation of American filmmakers who revered his work in the 1960s.

He rose to fame as the star of Saturday Night and Sunday Morning which proved to be extremely popular with moviegoers.

Albert Finney enjoyed a long, decorated career that spanned decades.

Instead, he teamed up with Richardson again for the 1963 film version of Henry Fielding's classic comic novel Tom Jones.

Finney has won numerous awards including several BAFTA awards, an Emmy, a Golden Globe and several Screen Actors Guild awards.

Albert Finney, the five-time Oscar-nominated British actor who starred in the likes of Skyfall, Erin Brockovich, the original Murder on the Orient Express, and the Best Picture-winning Tom Jones, has died at age 82. He dipped his toe into the horror genre with 1981's Wolfen, an unconventional werewolf film where he played the lead role of a burnt-out NY cop.

The actor was a five-time Oscar nominee.

"I've always been very lazy as well as being lucky, and now I'm even lazier", Finney said.




Finney also famously turned down a CBE from the Queen in 1980 and a knighthood in 2000.

Rufus Sewell, who appeared alongside Finney in the 1994 film A Man of No Importance, said, "I had the enormous privilege of working with him early on".

He was also married to actress Anouk Aimee from 1970 to 1978.

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").

But perhaps his most iconic role was as Erin Brockovich's gruff-with-a-big-heart boss, Ed Masry.

He played alcoholic ex-diplomat Geoffrey Firmin in Under the Volcano, which brought him his fourth Oscar nomination, and would go on to earn another nod in 2001 for Erin Brockovich.

Emmys: Outstanding lead actor for The Gathering Storm.

Finney married Penelope Delmage in 2006 and is survived by her and a son, Simon Finney. Funeral arrangements weren't immediately known.

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