Albert Finney dead aged 82 after legendary acting career

Brenda Watkins
February 8, 2019

Finney disclosed in 2011 that he had been suffering from kidney cancer, The Guardian reports.

- British actor Albert Finney, known for his starring roles on "Tom Jones" and the James Bond thriller "Skyfall", has died at age 82.

Finney earned his first Oscar nomination as the star of 1963's Tom Jones, which propelled him to worldwide fame. He is survived by Delmage and his son, Simon, from his marriage to Wenham.

In later years, Finney only gave rare interviews to press, but speaking to the Manchester Evening News back in 2013, he revealed the reason he went into the acting profession.

The breakout role that made him a star overnight was in Saturday Night and Sunday Morning, of which The Guide to British Cinema described him as "a mixture of defiance and selfishness overlaid with a raw sexuality". Finney also used his popularity at the time to spark a directing career with a film called Charlie Bubbles in 1968.

His four best actor Academy Award nominations were for Tom Jones (1963), Murder on the Orient Express (1974), The Dresser (1983) and Under the Volcano (1984).

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It also delivered Finney the first of his five Oscar nominations.

To millions of people, however, Finney will always be Daddy Warbucks - having played the beloved bald billionaire in the 1982 film adaptation of the hit musical Annie.

The actor's death drew a handful of heartwarming tributes, from those who knew him personally to others who simply appreciated his life and work.

Over the following six decades, Finney would rack up over 50 credits on the big and small screen alike.

His final role came in 2012 with Skyfall, in which he played Kincade. It began an era of his career where he would really embrace his age, playing Winston Churchill in The Gathering Storm (and earning a BAFTA, Golden Globe and Emmy for it), a dying storyteller in Tim Burton's Big Fish, and an expert thief in Ocean's 12. He will be missed.

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