“Legendary actor Albert Finney, a five-time Academy Award nominee who rose to fame in Britain in the ’60s,” has died at age 82, reports Fox News.
“A statement from a family spokesman said: ‘Albert Finney passed away peacefully after a short illness with those closest to him by his side,’” says the BBC, adding, “‘The family request privacy at this sad time.’”
Notes Fox News, in 1963 Finney “truly became a household name, thanks to his performance in ‘Tom Jones.’” The film won the Oscar for Best Picture. Finney lost out in the best actor category to Sidney Poitier in “Lilies of the Field.”
Finney “was a chameleon in film, taking on a variety of vastly different roles — from ‘Annie’ to ‘Erin Brockovich’ to ‘Skyfall,’ among others,” the Fox obituary notes, adding: “After a series of British television roles, Finney made his debut on the big screen in the 1960 drama film ‘The Entertainer,’ directed by Tony Richardson. He later played the role of Arthur in ‘Saturday Night and Sunday Morning.’”
The Fox story adds, “Finney famously turned down a knighthood in 2000, slamming the system for ‘perpetuating snobbery,’ according to The Mirror. The no-nonsense actor was nominated for five Oscars, though voiced his opposition to the glitz and glamor that accompanied it. He never took home a trophy nor did he ever attend the ceremony.”
Here’s a portrait of Finney that we found on YouTube: