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Old 02-08-19, 09:28 AM
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LONDON (AP) — British actor Albert Finney, the Academy Award-nominated star of films from “Tom Jones” to “Skyfall,” has died at the age of 82.

Finney’s family said Friday that he “passed away peacefully after a short illness with those closest to him by his side.”

Finney was a rare star who managed to avoid the Hollywood limelight for more than five decades after bursting to international fame in 1963 in the title role of “Tom Jones.”

The film gained him the first of five Oscar nominations. Others followed for “Murder on the Orient Express,” ″The Dresser,” ″Under the Volcano” and “Erin Brockovich.”

In later years he brought authority to action movies, including the James Bond thriller “Skyfall” and two of the Bourne films.
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Albert Finney, who forged his reputation as one of the leading actors of Britain’s early 60s new wave cinema, has died aged 82 after a short illness, his family have announced. In 2011, he disclosed he had been suffering from kidney cancer. Having shot to fame as the star of Saturday Night and Sunday Morning, Finney received five Oscar nominations, but never won, and refused a knighthood.

Born in Salford in 1936, Finney grew up the son of a bookmaker as part of what he called the “lower middle class”. 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. Having established himself as a theatre actor, Finney capitalised on the late-50s surge of interest in “northern” material, and found himself cast, first, in a small role in the film adaptation of John Osborne’s The Entertainer (set in Morecambe) and then as the lead in Saturday Night and Sunday Morning, as rambunctious factory worker Arthur Seaton.

Directed by Karel Reisz and released in 1960, Saturday Night and Sunday Morning proved to be extremely popular as well as a key film in the “angry” cinema of the period. As described in The Guide to British Cinema, Finney exuded “a mixture of defiance and selfishness overlaid with a raw sexuality”, and allied with his unarguable screen charisma, he became a major star almost overnight.

Finney then became the face of British cinema’s international explosion after being cast in the title role of Tom Jones, directed by The Entertainer’s Tony Richardson. Tom Jones, with its bawdy humour and rollicking atmosphere, was a sizeable hit in the US, and won four Oscars (including best picture); Finney received the first of his four best actor nominations, but lost to Sidney Poitier for Lilies of the Field.

Roles followed in Karel Reisz’s Night Must Fall and the Stanley Donen-directed Two for the Road, opposite Audrey Hepburn; Finney then turned director, with the 1968 release Charlie Bubbles. Written by Shelagh Delaney, the tale of a successful writer returning to his Manchester hometown was clearly highly personal for Finney, though it would prove to be his only directorial credit. He also used his increased clout (and money) to supporting other British new wave figures, backing Lindsay Anderson’s radical If… and its follow-up O Lucky Man!, as well as Mike Leigh’s 1971 debut feature Bleak Moments.

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 successfully impersonated Hercule Poirot.

Finney’s matinee-idol days were well behind him, and he became a considerable eminence in the 1980s. Alan Parker cast him opposite Diane Keaton in Shoot the Moon, the 1982 study of a disintegrating marriage, while he played the aging “Sir” in the Peter Yates-directed The Dresser, for which he received an Oscar nomination. The adaptation of Malcolm Lowry’s Under the Volcano, in which Finney played alcoholic ex-diplomat Geoffrey Firmin, brought him his fourth and final best actor Oscar nomination – though he would go on to earn a best supporting actor nomination in 2001 for the Steven Soderbergh-directed Erin Brockovich. He also appeared in a string of high profile TV dramas, including Dennis Potter’s final works Karaoke and Cold Lazarus, the Angela Lambert adaptation A Rather English Marriage, and as Winston Churchill in The Gathering Storm in 2002, for which he won Bafta, Golden Globe and Emmy awards. Finney also continued to make regular stage appearances throughout his career, including A Day in the Death of Joe Egg in 1968, Krapp’s Last Tape in 1973, and the 1984 revival of Sergeant Musgrave’s Dance at the Old Vic.

After the Coen brothers cast him in Miller’s Crossing, playing Irish-American mobster Leo O’Bannon, Finney began to acquire a certain cachet among the new generation of American film-makers who revered his work in the 1960s: Soderbergh cast him in Traffic and Erin Brockovich and Tim Burton in Corpse Bride and Big Fish. His final substantial role would prove to be as the gamekeeper Kincade in the 2012 James Bond film Skyfall.

Finney twice turned down official honours – a CBE in 1980, and a knighthood in 2000 – and revealed in 2011 he had overcome cancer after successful treatment. He was married three times, to actors Jane Wenham and Anouk Aimeé from 1957-61 and 1970-78 respectively, and travel agent Pene Delmage in 2006. He is survived by Delmage and his son Simon, from his first marriage.
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A truly great actor with some really indelible performances. The best Poirot by far. Loved The Dresser and Erin Brockovich. He was one of a kind. Daddy Warbucks.
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Great actor! RIP
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Looker was probably the first film I remember Albert Finney from. Wolfen, Annie, Erin Brockovich, The Browning Version ('94), Skyfall -- he certainly was a versatile actor over the years.
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Yeah, liked him in many roles, especially as Masey in Erin Brockovich.
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Awww He always gave his movies a little bit of legitimacy.

Skyfall was 7 years ago? Christ where does the time go.
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RIP

Great actor, lots of good films

Miller's Crossing
Under the Volcano
Shoot the Moon
Before the Devil Knows You're Dead
The Duellists
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Love Big Fish and thought of this scene when I heard he passed away.
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The living definition of a fine English actor. Now gone.

He will be long remembered as that guy who fired two Tommy Guns through a wall and a door and then like shot up a whole car. That was fucking unbelievable!
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RIP. Loved him as Churchill in "The Gathering Storm".
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I had to look up Finney on IMDB. I've only seen two movies with him in it.

I liked him in Miller's Crossing. I don't remember him in The Duellists.

Training manuals on how to seduce women used to make a big deal of his performance in Tom Jones. But I never saw it.
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As a student on a travelling scholarship in America I was in NY in the early 60s —one night I went to a cinema to watch a British film, I was homesick for the England and the midlands . It was Saturday Night and Sunday Morning.

This was Albert Finney’s marvelous ENTRANCE .

A formidably charming bad boy with the ladies —-when I left the theatre I even tried to behave like him for a week — I recall getting slapped a couple of times that week.

But 30 years on I did have the pleasure of persuading him to play a formidable FOUCHE — in my first film —The Duellists —which I might add, he generously did for Free!

I sent him a crate of red wine as payment — and never heard back.

He next played for me in the film I produced, The Gathering Storm, as a marvelous Winston Churchill with Vanessa Redgrave as Clemmie —GOLDEN GLOBE & EMMY

I Finally got to work with him as a director in A Good Year as the favorite Uncle to Russell Crowe —- we all had a great time working together , where I got to know him better and was knocked out by his talent , charm and energy

What life ! —

What a loss ! —

A marvelous artist —

And the best guy to have dinner with

And Tom Jones is one of my favorite films !

Where have these golden oldies gone ?

To the bar possibly — CHEERS !

AND THANKS ALBERT !

With admiration

RIDLEY SCOTT
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Tom Jones, Daddy Warbucks, a singing and dancing Ebeneezer Scrooge. Poirot on the Orient Express. Thank you for such great performances, Mr. Finney.
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He was pretty creepy in Night Must Fall.

RIP Albert
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Sad news. I always enjoyed his movies.

My favorite performance of his was in Big Fish. One of the few movies that has made me cry.
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RIP He was great in Big Fish
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An actor I truly loved seeing.
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But 30 years on I did have the pleasure of persuading him to play a formidable FOUCHE — in my first film —The Duellists —which I might add, he generously did for Free!
Someone give Ridley Scott a math lesson. THE DUELLISTS (1977) was made 17 years, not 30 years, after SATURDAY NIGHT AND SUNDAY MORNING (1960).
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I noticed that too. He also later says the first time he directed Finney was on A Good Year, but he’d already directed him in The Duelists. I’m baffled.
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Yeah, fuck him for getting old and mis-remembering stuff. I hate all his movies now.
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Also loved him in Erin Brockovich and Big Fish. He was just so believable and natural in those roles.

I would also add the Bourne movies to the list.
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Always liked this movie....Wolfen with Gregory Hines

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Big Fish and Rushmore
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