R.I.P. Albert Finney Dead at 82

Sergio Cunningham
February 9, 2019

Responding to Koppelman's tweet, Emmy-winning Barry star Henry Winkler said Finney was "an actor's actor.without compare" having first seen him at the St. James Theatre on Broadway in the early 1960s in the Tony Award-winning production of John Osborne's Luther - a role Finney originated.

"It was my terrific joy and privilege to work with Albert", Roberts tells PEOPLE exclusively. He enrolled at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts, where he found himself classmates with Peter O'Toole and Alan Bates.

Finney's net worth when he died is surprising Albert Finney at the Erin Brockovich premiere. The British actor built his career on the London stage and moved to the big screen with celebrated roles including the lead in 1963's "Tom Jones". 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.

The performer leaves behind a diverse and iconic legacy, which is a testament to his talent as an actor.

The British actor and five-time Oscar nominee, who starred in such like Tom Jones, Murder on the Orient Express, Erin Brockovich and Skyfall, died Thursday at age 82. He earned his first Oscar nomination four years later for the film "Tom Jones".

"I've always been very lazy as well as being lucky, and now I'm even lazier", Finney said.

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In the past, Finney turned down both a CBE and a knighthood, calling the accolades "snobbery".

After starring in films like Night Must Fall and Two for the Road, Finney went on to appear in Scrooge, a mainstream musical, as well as Shoot the Moon opposite Diane Keaton.

Even during this extraordinary run of great roles, and his critically acclaimed television portrayal of the pope, Finney's life was not chronicled in People Weekly or other magazines, although the British press was fascinated with his marriage to the sultry French film star Anouk Aimee. However, he never attended the ceremony itself, calling it "a waste of time".

Christopher McQuarrie, director of the last two Mission: Impossible films, said Finney "was an artist with a Thompson" - a reference to his submachine gun prowess in Miller's Crossing. Funeral arrangements weren't immediately known.

Finney married Penelope Delmage in 2006 and is survived by her and a son, Simon Finney.

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