British actor Albert Finney dies aged 82

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His other notable roles included playing the title role in Scrooge, billionaire Daddy Warbucks in Annie, Ed Bloom Senior in Tim Burton's Big Fish and the mobster Leo O'Bannon in Miller's Crossing.

More recently, he starred as heroic gamekeeper Kinkade in James bond flick Skyfall, which he said was a "terrific film".

He grew up in Manchester, northwest England, and studied at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.

Albert Finney receiving a his fellowship BAFTA.

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

Albert Finney's friends and peers are remembering the acclaimed actor after learning the news of his passing.

A spokesperson for the family confirmed his death, he sad: "Albert Finney, aged 82, passed away peacefully after a short illness with those closest to him by his side".

Colin Hanks, son of Oscar-winner Tom, said Finney was "a damn fine actor" who "made it seem effortless, even when you knew it wasn't".

In the ensuing decade, Finney's status as an established star saw him appear in a wide variety of material, including a mainstream musical (Scrooge), a low-budget crime comedy (Gumshoe, Stephen Frears' directorial debut) and the star-packed Agatha Christie adaptation Murder on the Orient Express, in which he played Hercule Poirot.

He also turned down both a CBE and a knighthood.

He said of his death: "Very sad to hear about Albert Finney".

From 1970 to 1978 he was married to French actress Anouk Aimée.

He played in a series of smaller, independent films for a number of years before returning to prominence in 2000 as a southern lawyer in the film "Erin Brockovich", which starred Julia Roberts.

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"). He won for outstanding supporting actor for Erin Brockovich, and he joined his Traffic co-stars in winning for outstanding performance by a cast.

Despite this long list of accolades, Finney never attended the Oscars ceremony.

Emmys: Outstanding lead actor for The Gathering Storm. Funeral arrangements weren't immediately known.

He was married to his wife Pene Delmage in 2006.

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