British actor Albert Finney, the Academy Award-nominated star of films from Tom Jones to Skyfall, has died at the age of 82. His family said Friday that he “passed away peacefully after a short illness.”
Albert Finney first found international fame in 1963 in the title role of Tom Jones. The film gained him the first of five Oscar nominations. Others followed for Murder on the Orient Express, The Dresser, Under the Volcano and Erin Brockovich. In later years, he brought his commanding presence to action movies, including the James Bond thriller Skyfall and two of the Jason Bourne films.
He was incredibly versatile. Albert Finney portrayed Winston Churchill, Pope John Paul II, a southern American lawyer, an Irish gangster and an 18th-century rogue, among dozens of other roles over the years. There was no Albert Finney-type character that he returned to again and again.
Although he rarely discussed his personal life, Albert Finney told the Manchester Evening News in 2012 that he had been treated for kidney cancer for five years, undergoing surgery and chemotherapy. He is survived by his third wife, Pene, his son, Simon, and two grandchildren. Funeral arrangements were not immediately known.
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