Albert Finney, British actor, dies aged 82

Albert Finney

Actor Albert Finney dies aged 82 after short illness family say

Albert Finney, who has starred in countless movies, has died at the age of 82, a family spokesperson has said.

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.

Finney disclosed in 2011 that he had been suffering from kidney cancer, The Guardian reported.

The five-time Oscar nominee "passed away peacefully after a short illness with those closest to him by his side", a family rep says, per the BBC.

Our thoughts are with Finney's family and friends at this hard time.

Fans have been pouring in with tributes after his death was announced, with many sharing their favourite moments watching the popular actor.

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He died of carbon monoxide inhalation that was produced "by a gasoline-powered water pump located in the truck", the ruling said. He was 18 when he died. "The time is right and you're ready-just do it babe", Carter wrote in one message.

Taking to Instagram and Twitter, he wrote: "One of the true great". A real hero of mine. He enrolled at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts, where he found himself classmates with Peter O'Toole and Alan Bates.

He went on to play the title role in Scrooge and Hercule Poirot in Murder On The Orient Express, which garnered his second nomination, as well as Daddy Warbucks in Annie.

Finney did, however, win two Baftas, for Most Promising Newcomer for his role in Saturday Night and Sunday Morning, and Best Actor at the Bafta TV Awards for The Gathering Storm, in which he played Winston Churchill. After a series of television roles, Finney made his debut on the big screen in the 1960 drama film "The Entertainer", directed by Tony Richardson. Finney starred as Kincade, the gamekeeper of Bond's family home in Scotland, appearing prominently in the film's fiery final act - a memorable role to booked a career of brilliant work.

He was also nominated for best supporting actor for his performance in Erin Brockovich (2000).

Finney is survived by his son Simon, who he had with his first wife Jane Wenham, and his wife Pene Delmage, who he married in 2006 and lived in London with until his death.

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