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April 22, 2019

Oscar-nominated actor Albert Finney, who starred in ‘Tom Jones’ and ‘Skyfall,’ dead at 82

February 8, 2019
Albert Finney, who was nominated for five Academy Awards over the course of a lengthy acting career, has died at 82. (William Conran/PA via AP)

Albert Finney, who was nominated for five Academy Awards over the course of a lengthy acting career, has died at 82.

The British star “passed away peacefully after a short illness,” his family confirmed to The Associated Press on Friday.

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They noted he was with “those closest to him” when he died.

Finney’s notable works include starring as the title character in the 1963 adventure flick “Tom Jones,” and playing Ed Masry in the 2000 legal drama “Erin Brockovich” with Julia Roberts.

Although he never won an Oscar, Finney was nominated for Best Actor at the Academy Awards four times. His first nomination in the category came at the 1964 ceremony for “Tom Jones,” followed by “Murder on the Orient Express” (1975), ”The Dresser” (1984) and ”Under the Volcano” (1985).

His fifth and final Oscar nod came in 2001 when he was named a finalist for Best Supporting Actor for “Erin Brockovich.”

Finney continued to land work in major action flicks later on in his career, as he appeared in a pair of movies within the Jason Bourne franchise, and also played the gamekeeper Kincade in the 2012 James Bond flick “Skyfall.”

Finney — who is survived by his wife Pene and his son from a previous marriage, Simon — was mourned by many within the film industry.

“We are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Albert Finney,” tweeted the British Academy of Film and Television Arts. “The recipient of the BAFTA Fellowship in 2001, Finney will be warmly remembered for his powerful performances in Saturday Night and Sunday Morning, Tom Jones, Big Fish and many more.”

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