Albert Finney, Daddy Warbucks in 'Annie', has died at age 82

Carla Harmon
February 8, 2019

Their statement read: "Albert Finney, aged 82, passed away peacefully after a short illness with those closest to him by his side". The actor announced a battle with kidney cancer in 2011, but he passed away due to a chest infection at the Royal Marsden hospital just outside London.

Born on May 9, 1936 in Salford, U.K., Finney worked in the industry for a number of years before getting thrust into the global spotlight with his first of five Oscar-nominated roles, the title lead in 1963's Tom Jones.

He made his name in 1960 with "Saturday Night and Sunday Morning", one of a new generation of down-to-earth British films dubbed kitchen-sink dramas in which he played an angry young factory worker.

Legendary actor Albert Finney, a five-time Academy Award nominee who rose to fame in Britain in the 60s, was known for being the "king" of the "kitchen sink" age.

Fans have also issued their condolences, as one person wrote on Twitter: "Very sad to hear about Albert Finney.brilliant actor and played THE best ever Scrooge #RIP". Others followed for "Murder on the Orient Express", "The Dresser", "Under the Volcano" and "Erin Brockovich".

It wasn't until 2000 that Albert Finney received an Oscar nomination again, this time for Best Supporting Actor alongside Julia Roberts in Erin Brockovich. After that he starred opposite Audrey Hepburn in Two for the Road, then stepped behind the camera as director for 1968's Charlie Bubbles. He is survived by Delmage and his son Simon, from his first marriage.

Throughout his career, Finney moved seamlessly between films, television and stage performances.

Over the following six decades, Finney would rack up over 50 credits on the big and small screen alike. It began an era of his career where he would really embrace his age, playing Winston Churchill in The Gathering Storm (and earning a BAFTA, Golden Globe and Emmy for it), a dying storyteller in Tim Burton's Big Fish, and an expert thief in Ocean's 12.

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