From 'Tom Jones' to 'Skyfall': star Albert Finney dies at 82

From 'Tom Jones' to 'Skyfall': star Albert Finney dies at 82

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.

"It was a privilege to work with him and an honor to have had him as part of our Bond family", said the pair in a statement issued via the official James Bond Twitter account.

He rose to fame as the star of Saturday Night and Sunday Morning which proved to be extremely popular with moviegoers.

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

Tom Jones, with its bawdy humour and rollicking atmosphere, was a sizeable hit in the United States, and won four Oscars (including best picture); Finney received the first of his four best actor nominations, but lost to Sidney Poitier for Lilies of the Field.

Albert Finney has died at the age of 82, after a short illness, a family spokesman has said. His screen career spanned six decades - from his first role in 1960 starring alongside Laurence Olivier in The Entertainer, through to his final turn in 2012.

Finney was nominated four times for a best actor Oscar and once in the best supporting actor category.

"We are very sad to hear of the loss of Albert Finney".

Finney also famously turned down a CBE from the Queen in 1980 and a knighthood in 2000.

Skyfall and Spectre director Sam Mendes also paid tribute, describing Finney as a "brilliant, beautiful, big-hearted, life loving delight of a man". Roberts, 51, played the titular legal assistant and Finney her lawyer Ed Masry, who was instrumental in the lawsuit against Pacific Gas & Electric Company.

Finney shaved his head to play Daddy Warbucks in the 1982 film version of Annie. Finney also used his popularity at the time to spark a directing career with a film called Charlie Bubbles in 1968.

Emmys: Outstanding lead actor for The Gathering Storm.

Finney's funeral will be held in private.

Finney is survived by wife Pene Delmage, whom he married in 2006; earlier marriages to actresses Anouk Aimee (1970-1978) and Jane Wenham (1957-1961) ended in divorce.

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