British actor Albert Finney passes away at 82

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London: Oscar-nominated British actor Albert Finney, star of ‘Tom Jones, died at the age of 82 following a short illness on Friday.

The star, who has played Ebenezer Scrooge and Sir Winston Churchill in his long and varied career, died after a short illness.

A statement from a family spokesperson said, “He passed away peacefully after a short illness with those closest to him by his side. The family requested privacy at his sad time.”

Finney was born in the Charlestown area of Pendleton, Salford, Lancashire, England. He attended the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and began work in theatre, achieving success as a Shakespearean actor before switching to film. He was a five-time Oscar nominee.

Finney achieved prominence in the film during the early 1960s, debuting with The Entertainer, directed by Tony Richardson, who had previously directed him in plays. He became a leading Free Cinema figure at the same time as maintaining a successful career in theatre, film and television.

He is known for his roles in Saturday Night and Sunday Morning (1960), Tom Jones (1963), Two for the Road (1967), Scrooge (1970), Annie (1982), The Dresser (1983), Miller’s Crossing (1990), Erin Brockovich (2000), Big Fish (2003), The Bourne Ultimatum (2007), Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead (2007), The Bourne Legacy (2012), and the James Bond film Skyfall (2012).

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