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

Albert Finney and Aileen Quinn in publicity portrait for the film

Finney also starred in Big Fish, Traffic and The Bourne Ultimatum, and showed off his singing abilities in Scrooge, Annie and The Corpse Bride. His final screen role came in Sam Mendes' James Bond film Skyfall.

After the Coen brothers cast him in Miller's Crossing, playing Irish-American mobster Leo O'Bannon, Finney began to acquire a certain cachet among the new generation of American filmmakers who revered his work in the 1960s.

Instead of cashing in by taking lucrative film roles after "Tom Jones", Finney took a long sabbatical, traveling slowly through the United States, Mexico and the Pacific islands, then returned to the London stage to act in Shakespeare productions and other plays.

Albert Finney as Tom Jones in the 1963 movie Tom Jones.

On television, Finney played Winston Churchill in the 2002 biopic The Gathering Storm, for which he won an Emmy, a BAFTA, and a Golden Globe.

Actor David Morrissey paid tribute to Finney on Instagram and Twitter writing: "One of the true great".

Veteran British actor Albert Finney, who starred in films including "Murder on the Orient Express" and "Erin Brockovich", has died at the age of 82, a family spokesman said Friday, 8 February 2019. He dipped his toe into the horror genre with 1981's Wolfen, an unconventional werewolf film where he played the lead role of a burnt-out NY cop.

Westworld star, and fellow Bond franchise alumnus, Jeffrey Wright called Finney "supreme" and "one of the absolute [greatest of all time]", saying he habitually watched Finney's Oscar-nominated performance in The Dresser before starting a new play.

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

He said of his death: "Very sad to hear about Albert Finney".

Whatever people say I am, that's what I'm not because they don't know a bloody thing about me!

However, he's never been one to take such awards too seriously, and would rarely attend the ceremonies.

Finney co-starred in Ridley Scott's 1977 directorial debut The Duelists, and worked with the director again three decades later on 2006's A Good Year. Funeral arrangements weren't immediately known.

Finney had a son, Simon, with his first wife, actress Jane Wenham.

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