We are sad to report the passing of screen legend Albert Finney, who died after a short illness at the age of 82. The England-born actor boasted an unforgettable voice and screen presence, stealing the show in recent films like the Bourne series and Skyfall. His breakthrough came in 1960 with Saturday Night and Sunday Morning, which led directly to Finney’s Oscar-nominated lead role in the 1963 film Tom Jones. He would go on to earn five total Oscar nominations over the course of his career, four of which were in the Best Actor category. One of these came with his turn as Hercule Poirot in the 1974 adaptation of Murder on the Orient Express, but in addition to his legendary onscreen work, Finney thrived on the stage with a number of theatrical performances.
I’ll always be personally partial to Finney’s humorous and warm turn in Steven Soderbergh’s Erin Brockovich, and one of my all-time favorite Finney performances is in Tim Burton’s 2003 tearjerker Big Fish. There’s also, of course, his unforgettable turn in the Coen Brothers classic Miller’s Crossing. His most recent—and final—onscreen performance remains the role of Kincade in 2012’s James Bond film Skyfall.
The performer leaves behind a diverse and iconic legacy, which is a testament to his talent as an actor.
Our thoughts are with Finney’s family and friends at this difficult time.