British actor Albert Finney, who was nominated five times at the Oscar awards, passed away on Friday at the age of 82.
Albert Finney, mostly known for his roles in “Murder on the Orient Express” and “Erin Brockovich” passed away at his home, at peace, alongside the people closest to him, after a short illness, the family of the actor said in a press release.
Albert Finney was born in Salford, in 1936, and started his career in theater. Finney made his big screen debut in 1960 in the movie “The Entertainer”.
In 1963 Albert Finney starred in “Tom Jones”, a role that brought him his first Oscar nomination.
Then he starred as Hercule Poirot in “Murder on the Orient Express” for which he received his second Oscar nomination for best actor in a supporting role.
Albert Finney also received Oscar nominations for his role in “The Dresser” and “Under the Volcano” in 1984 and 1985, and in 2001 he received his last Oscar nomination for his supporting role in “Erin Brockovich”, a movie he starred in alongside Julia Roberts.
Although he hasn’t won any Academy Awards, Albert Finney has managed to get the Golden Globe three times.
Albert Finney played other important characters such as Winston Churchill in “The Gathering Storm” in 2002 and most recently he also appeared in “Skyfall” and in two “Jason Bourne” movies.
Albert Finney was married three times. His first wife was Jane Wenham ( 1957 – 1961 ). Anouk Aimee was Albert’s second wife ( 1970 – 1978 ) and in 2006 he got married for the third time to Pene Delmage. His first wife gave him a son, Simon, who also works in the movie industry as a cameraman.
Back in 2011, Albert Finney revealed that he is suffering from kidney cancer.
According to some sources, it appears that Albert Finney died at the Royal Marsden Hospital, a hospital specialized in cancer treatments, because of a chest infection. Sources also say that his son, Simon, and Albert’s third wife, Pene, were alongside him.
On social networks, celebrities and people who have known Albert Finney are paying tribute:
Albert Finney is gone…
But more than our greatest actor…
What the Germans call “Ein Mensch”
— John Cleese (@JohnCleese) February 8, 2019
Very sad to hear about Albert Finney. I had the enormous privilege of working with him early on. Apart from being effortlessly great he was also a great all round example of how to behave. https://t.co/mZXeqmWrqJ
— Rufus Sewell (@FredrikSewell) February 8, 2019
One of the true great. Both on stage and screen. A powerhouse of an actor. A real hero of mine. RIP Albert Finney https://t.co/FuSu6948tS
— David Morrissey (@davemorrissey64) February 8, 2019
“Whatever people say I am, that’s what I’m not.” RIP Albert Finney, the original Angry Young Man, thanks for ‘Saturday Night, Sunday Morning’, ‘Miller’s Crossing’, ‘Two For The Road’, ‘Gumshoe’, ‘The Dresser’, ‘Before The Devil Knows You’re Dead’, ‘Tom Jones’ & so many others… pic.twitter.com/TKGJYKcK8Z
— edgarwright (@edgarwright) February 8, 2019
We are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Albert Finney. 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. pic.twitter.com/SwuaV84cGE
— BAFTA (@BAFTA) February 8, 2019
We are very sad to hear of the loss of Albert Finney.
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. pic.twitter.com/6UmFOjLjx1
— The Old Vic (@oldvictheatre) February 8, 2019
We are deeply saddened to hear of the death of Albert Finney. He was a huge part of the National Theatre acting company from its early days in Chichester and performed many roles over the years, including Hamlet which opened the Lyttelton Theatre in 1976. pic.twitter.com/IxWt6ayXCM
— National Theatre (@NationalTheatre) February 8, 2019