'Powerhouse' Actor Albert Finney Dead at 82

'Powerhouse' Actor Albert Finney Dead at 82

These words were uttered by Albert Finney, the Miller's Crossing actor who got his start during the British "kitchen sink" era of the 1950s and '60s, in the film Saturday Night and Sunday Morning.

A statement from a family spokesman said: 'He passed away peacefully after a short illness with those closest to him by his side.

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

He made his movie debut with a small part in The Entertainer in 1960, becoming the face of British cinema for his portrayal of Tom Jones. "The family request privacy at this sad time". After that he starred opposite Audrey Hepburn in Two for the Road, then stepped behind the camera as director for 1968's Charlie Bubbles.

The 1980s brought Albert Finney two more back-to-back Oscar nominations for Best Actor for his turns in The Dresser and Under the Volcano.

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Though the actor stayed busy with projects, he's wasn't nominated again until 2000, for his supporting role as Ed Masry in Erin Brockovich.

Finney worked with a number of American filmmakers as he worked in both the United Kingdom and US, like another famous role of his as mobster Leo O'Bannon in Miller's Crossing for the Coen Brothers in 1990.

He's taken on a number of films, including Skyfall, A Christmas Carol, and the lead role of Winston Churchill in The Gathering Storm.

Albert married three times in his life, with his most recent wife, Pene Delmage, walking down the aisle with him in 2006. However, fans of pop and geek culture probably know Finney best for his roles in big modern franchises like James Bond's Skyfall; as the shadowy mastermind doctor in The Bourne Ultimatum and the Bourne Legacy spinoff films; and Tim Burton projects like Corpse Bride and Big Fish.

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