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‘One of the greats’: Tributes flood in for ‘powerhouse’ British actor and five-time Oscar nominee Albert Finney as he dies aged 82 following a short illness

 

Actor Albert Finney has died at the age of 82 sparking an outpouring of grief over the loss of one of British cinema’s ‘true greats’.

The star, who played Ebenezer Scrooge, Sir Winston Churchill and ‘Daddy’ Warbucks in Annie in a long and extraordinary career on stage and screen, died after a short illness.

A statement from a family spokesman said: ‘He passed away peacefully after a short illness with those closest to him by his side. The family request privacy at this sad time.’

Actor David Morrissey paid tribute to Finney on Instagram and Twitter writing: ‘One of the true great. Both on stage and screen. A powerhouse of an actor. A real hero of mine. RIP Albert Finney’.

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.

Finney, known as British cinema’s original ‘angry young man’ whose breakthrough performances came alongside Liza Minelli and Audrey Hepburn, considered himself anti-establishment and twice turned down honours – a CBE in 1980 and a knighthood in 2000.

He was married three times, to actresses Jane Wenham and Anouk Aimeé and finally to travel agent Pene Delmage in 2006, who has survived him with his son Simon, from his first marriage.

He had battled health problems in recent years but survived a cancer scare in 2011 – but it is not known if the disease had returned.  Read more

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‘One of the greats’: Tributes flood in for ‘powerhouse’ British actor and five-time Oscar nominee Albert Finney as he dies aged 82 following a short illness