Hollywood pays tribute to Albert Finney after his death

The bookmaker's son was born and educated in Salford, Greater Manchester, rising to worldwide stardom but despite being nominated for Oscars five times he never won.

James Bond producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson said they were "heartbroken" at the loss of the actor, whose final screen appearance came as gamekeeper Kincade in 2012's Skyfall. The 1990s gave him an opportunity to work with the Coen Brothers in Miller's Crossing, and he also expanded into television with roles in miniseries titles like Karaoke, Cold Lazarus and Nostromo.

After Tom Jones, Finney had his pick of parts - but he preferred to stay on the stage, appearing in works by Shakespeare and Chekhov, John Osborne and Peter Nichols, and earning two Tony Award nominations.

Albert Finney receiving a his fellowship BAFTA.

Finney with Susannah York in the 1963 classic film Tom Jones.

Finney has won numerous awards including several BAFTA awards, an Emmy, a Golden Globe and several Screen Actors Guild awards.

He started out acting in the theater before making his film debut in "The Entertainer" in 1960, and starring in "Saturday Night and Sunday Morning" the same year.

Veteran actor Albert Finney, who found fame as one of Britain's "Angry Young Men" of the 1950s and 60s and went on to star in films including "Murder on the Orient Express" and "Erin Brockovich", has died at the age of 82, a family spokesman said Friday.

Tributes are being shared on social media with Alec Baldwin calling Finney "one of the greatest actors of all time". He starred in many movies, being best known for "Tom Jones", "Murder on the Orient Express", "Annie", and "Erin Brockovich" - to name a few.

He also turned down both a CBE and a knighthood.

He played in a series of smaller, independent films for a number of years before returning to prominence in 2000 as a southern lawyer in the film "Erin Brockovich", which starred Julia Roberts.

News of Albert Finney dead was confirmed by a publicist to The Guardian.

Finney redefined the Ebenezer Scrooge character in 1970's Scrooge.

British actor Albert Finney at the Deauville Festival of American Film in France.

Finney also found success on Broadway. He once said, "If I know I'm going to win, I'll go".

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

  • Jacqueline Ellis