British actor Albert Finney, of 'Erin Brockovich,' 'Bourne' movies, dead at 82

British actor Albert Finney, of 'Erin Brockovich,' 'Bourne' movies, dead at 82

Finney tackled Charles Dickens in "Scrooge" in 1970, then played Agatha Christie's sophisticated sleuth Hercule Poirot in "Murder on the Orient Express" - earning his second Best Actor nomination- and even played a werewolf hunter in the cult film "Wolfen" in 1981. Albert Finney was a versatile actor who always brought life to his characters like no other, and though many of us believe he should have been nominated for an Academy Award many times over, he was sadly never awarded one.

Bernadette Peters starred opposite Finney as Lily St Regis, Rooster's girlfriend, in the 1982 film version of Annie.

Finney also ditched the 1964 Academy Awards (when he was nominated for Tom Jones) for a private boat party with his girlfriend.

Albert Finney's friends and peers are remembering the acclaimed actor after learning the news of his passing.

Finney earned his third Best Actor in a Leading Role Oscar nomination playing an aging actor in the 1983 stage adaptation The Dresser, opposite Tom Courtenay.

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A Clockwork Orange actor Malcolm McDowell shared the message with Albert Finney's photos. Finney won a Golden Globe for his turn as Churchill in this HBO movie about Churchill in the 1930s, when he was the first to recognize Hitler's threat to the world. "And it also helps keep us 'quaint, ' which I'm not a great fan of".

His final role came in 2012 with Skyfall, in which he played Kincade. He also produced several projects (albeit uncredited), and he directed two movies, but his net worth is surprisingly low for someone with such a long and successful career.

The award-winning actor was married twice, having a son, Simon with his first wife Jane Wenham but the couple later divorced.

Christopher Eccleston, who hails from Finney's home city of Salford, told BBC North West Tonight: "He was the only actor I knew of from Salford, so he was my inspiration".

The statement went on to say Finney had been 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".

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