Albert Finney has died aged 82

Julia Roberts with Albert Finney in Erin Brockovich

Julia Roberts with Albert Finney in Erin Brockovich

He appeared in films such as Saturday Night and Sunday Morning, Tom Jones, Scrooge, Erin Brockovich, The Bourne Ultimatum, and Skyfall.

The adaptation of Malcolm Lowry's Under the Volcano, in which Finney played alcoholic ex-diplomat Geoffrey Firmin, brought him his fourth and final best actor Oscar nomination - though he would go on to earn a best supporting actor nomination in 2001 for the Steven Soderbergh-directed Erin Brockovich.

Five-time Oscar nominee Finney played James Bond's gruff gamekeeper Kincade in Skyfall. In the latter, he starred as an angry young factory worker who rebels against domestic ties.

Finney's net worth when he died is surprising Albert Finney at the Erin Brockovich premiere.

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But stardom came to Finney anyway in "Tom Jones" where he won over audiences worldwide with his good-natured, amusing and sensual portrayal of an 18th-century English rogue.

Finney won a Golden Globe and a BAFTA for his memorable role as Winston Churchill in The Gathering Storm.

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".

The great British actor's family confirmed his death to the Associated Press Friday morning, saying he "passed away peacefully after a short illness with those closest to him by his side".

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Numerous stars took to Twitter to pay tribute to Finney upon news of his passing.

Finney twice turned down official honours - a CBE in 1980 and a knighthood in 2000 - and revealed in 2011 he had overcome cancer after successful treatment. He was also known for playing Daddy Warbucks in the 1982 version of Annie. Roberts won her first Oscar for the role.

Finney also had an illustrious career in the theater, as evidenced by his inclusion in a postage stamp series commemorating the 200th anniversary of London's Old Vic theater (his stamp is for the John Osborne drama "Luther"). Still, Finney declined to attend the Academy Awards ceremony - possibly damaging his chances at future wins by snubbing Hollywood's elite.

The name might not ring any bells, but you've probably seen the face of actor Albert Finney before. "It may have been that I didn't know what I wanted; I was afraid of what I wanted to do next, 'cause I was hot".

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Albert Finney was married three times; he's survived by his wife Pene Delmage, a son, Simon, and two grandchildren.

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