R.I.P. Albert Finney

R I P Albert Finney

One of the greatest legends of British acting, Albert Finney, has died aged 82 after a short illness.

The five-time Oscar nominee who began a career at the Royal Shakespeare Company before breaking out into film in “Saturday Night and Sunday Morning” in 1960 followed by the titular role in the raunchy “Tom Jones,” work that led to a near five-decade career on the big screen.

Notable roles include Hercule Poirot in Sidney Lumet’s “Murder on the Orient Express,” Oliver ‘Daddy’ Warbucks in John Huston’s “Annie,” Fouche in Ridley Scott’s “The Duellists,” Geoffrey Firmin in John Huston’s “Under the Volcano,” Leo O’Bannon in the Coens’ “Miller’s Crossing,” Ed Masry in Steven Soderbergh’s “Erin Brockovich,” Dr. Albert Hirsch in “The Bourne Ultimatum” and his final film as Bond family groundskeeper Kincade in “Skyfall”.

Other major film roles included “Scrooge,” “Looker,” “The Dresser,” “Shoot the Moon,” “Orphans,” “Rich in Love,” “The Playboys,” “A Man of No Importance,” “Nostromo,” “The Browning Version,” “Washington Square,” “The Run of the Country,” “Breakfast of Champions,” “Traffic,” “Big Fish,” “Ocean’s Twelve,” “Corpse Bride,” “A Good Year,” “Amazing Grace” and “Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead”.

He also had some big TV successes including as Winston Churchill in “The Gathering Storm,” as Daniel Feeld in both “Karaoke” and later as a frozen head version of the same character in the sci-fi sequel “Cold Lazarus,” and the telemovies “A Rather English Marriage,” “Pope John Paul II” and “The Image”.

A statement from a family spokesman said: “Albert Finney, aged 82, passed away peacefully after a short illness with those closest to him by his side. The family request privacy at this sad time.”

Source: The BBC