Actor Albert Finney has died at the age of 82

Albert Finney

Albert Finney

Finney earned his third Best Actor in a Leading Role Oscar nomination playing an aging actor in the 1983 stage adaptation The Dresser, opposite Tom Courtenay. He followed that up with a memorable turn as Kincade, a father figure to James Bond in the blockbuster Skyfall, which would ultimately be his final screen role.

Soon some critics were hailing him as "the next Laurence Olivier" - a commanding presence who would light up the British stage. Encouraged by his headmaster at Salford Grammar school, Finney got a place at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts, where he found himself in the same class as Peter O'Toole and Alan Bates.

Here are some of the first online reactions to Albert Finney's death on social media... "The recipient of the BAFTA Fellowship in 2001, Finney will be warmly remembered for his powerful performances in Saturday Night And Sunday Morning, Tom Jones, Big Fish and many more". His Emmy was given for his performance as Winston Churchill in the BBC-HBO movie, The Gathering Storm (2002).

Finney was nominated for Academy Awards four times in the Best Actor category and once in the Best Supporting Actor category.

British actor Albert Finney, who rose to fame on a post-war wave of gritty, working-class dramas and became an Oscar-nominated worldwide star, has died at the age of 82. After he switched to film he became a breakout performer, with films like The Entertainer, Scrooge, andTwo for the Road.

Finney tackled Charles Dickens in "Scrooge" in 1970, then played Agatha Christie's super-sleuth Hercule Poirot in "Murder on the Orient Express" - earning his second Best Actor nomination- and even played a werewolf hunter in the cult film "Wolfen" in 1981.

He said: "I'm deeply saddened by the news of Albert Finney's passing".

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In the past, Finney turned down both a CBE and a knighthood, calling the accolades "snobbery".

British actor Albert Finney at the Deauville Festival of American Film in France. Roberts, 51, played the titular legal assistant and Finney her lawyer Ed Masry, who was instrumental in the lawsuit against Pacific Gas & Electric Company.

Finney also tried his hand at directing and producing and played a vital role in sustaining British theater.

However, he's never been one to take such awards too seriously, and would rarely attend the ceremonies.

Finney was married three times and had one child with his first wife, the actress Jane Wenham.

Funeral arrangements for Finney have not been released yet.

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