'Skyfall' and 'Bourne' Actor Albert Finney Dead at 82

Lewis Collier
February 8, 2019

British actor Albert Finney arrives to the premiere of his new film "Erin Brockovich" in Los Angeles on March 14, 2000.

The Oscar-winning film bagged Finney nominations for Best Actor at the Oscars, BAFTAs and Golden Globes. The Guardian describes a chest infection, noting the actor previously revealed he had kidney cancer. The statement added, "The family request privacy at this sad time". Both on stage and screen. A real hero of mine.

"His performances in plays by Shakespeare, Chekhov and other iconic playwrights throughout the 60s, 70s and 80s stand apart as some of the greatest in our 200 year history", London's Old Vic Theatre said on Twitter. He enrolled at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts, where he found himself classmates with Peter O'Toole and Alan Bates.

British actor Albert Finney, known for starring in movies like Tom Jones and Skyfall, has died, his family said.

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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". However, fans of pop and geek culture probably know Finney best for his roles in big modern franchises like James Bond's Skyfall; as the shadowy mastermind doctor in The Bourne Ultimatum and the Bourne Legacy spinoff films; and Tim Burton projects like Corpse Bride and Big Fish. Finney's break-out role followed when he appeared in "Saturday Night and Sunday Morning", and then he starred in "Tom Jones".

Despite being nominated five-times in total, he did not ever win the prestigious award.

The 1980s brought Albert Finney two more back-to-back Oscar nominations for Best Actor for his turns in The Dresser and Under the Volcano.

He was married three times, to actresses Jane Wenham and Anouk Aimeé and finally to travel agent Pene Delmage in 2006, who has survived him with his son Simon, from his first marriage.

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