Albert Finney, Daddy Warbucks in 'Annie', has died at age 82

Albert Finney

Legendary actor Albert Finney, a five-time Academy Award nominee who rose to fame in Britain in the 60s, was known for being the "king" of the "kitchen sink" age.

A statement from his family said: "Albert Finney, aged 82, passed away peacefully after a short illness with those closest to him by his side".

Our thoughts are with Finney's family and friends at this hard time. A powerhouse of an actor. The star would go on to earn further nods for Murder on the Orient Express, The Dresser, Under the Volcano and the contemporary classic Erin Brockovich.

Finney started his acting career by studying at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts, working with future screen legends such as Peter O'Toole and Alan Bates. He later played the role of Arthur on "Saturday Night and Sunday Morning".

The breakout role that made him a star overnight was in Saturday Night and Sunday Morning, of which The Guide to British Cinema described him as "a mixture of defiance and selfishness overlaid with a raw sexuality".

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His first appearance was in The Entertainer in 1960, and he has bagged a number of lead roles since.

Although he never won, Julia Roberts thanked Finney in her Oscar speech after winning for the same film, saying she shared the award with him.

Despite being nominated five-times in total, he did not ever win the prestigious award. He also played Daddy Warbucks for John Huston in 1982's Annie, worked with Steven Soderbergh for Traffic and Erin Brockovich, and teamed with Tim Burton for Big Fish and Corpse Bride. His Emmy was given for his performance as Winston Churchill in the BBC-HBO movie, The Gathering Storm (2002).

Finney is survived by his son Simon, who he had with his first wife Jane Wenham, and his wife Pene Delmage, who he married in 2006 and lived in London with until his death.

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