Albert Finney, 'Tom Jones' and 'Erin Brockovich' Actor, Dies at 82

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Albert Finney, one of the most respected and versatile actors of his generation and the star of films as diverse as "Tom Jones" and "Skyfall", has died. He enjoys his fine wine and cigars. He went on to star in Tom Jones, as Hercule Poirot in Murder on the Orient Express, Erin Brockovich and Skyfall.

He famously played Ebenezer Scrooge in the 1970 musical adaptation of the Charles Dickens classic "Scrooge".

Finney then became the face of British cinema's global explosion after being cast in the title role of Tom Jones, directed by The Entertainer's Tony Richardson. "And it also helps keep us 'quaint, ' which I'm not a great fan of".

Other milestones include acting with Audrey Hepburn in 1967's Two for the Road and taking up the director's chair for 1968's Charlie Bubbles.

Alan Parker cast him opposite Diane Keaton in Shoot the Moon, the 1982 study of a disintegrating marriage, while he played the ageing "Sir" in the Peter Yates-directed The Dresser, for which he received an Oscar nomination. He has two previous wives, Anouk Aimee and Jane Wenham.

Responding to Koppelman's tweet, Emmy-winning Barry star Henry Winkler said Finney was "an actor's actor.without compare" having first seen him at the St. James Theatre on Broadway in the early 1960s in the Tony Award-winning production of John Osborne's Luther - a role Finney originated.

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Referencing Finney's turn in the acclaimed 23rd Bond film, Craig added: "Wherever Albert is now, I hope there are horses and good company".

His work also helped propel Roberts to her first Best Actress Oscar.

However, he's never been one to take such awards too seriously, and would rarely attend the ceremonies.

Emmys: Outstanding lead actor for The Gathering Storm. Though that would be the only time he got behind the camera, Finney also used his clout as an uncredited producer on films like Privilege, Burning, and If.

It was nominated for ten Oscars - including a Best Actor nod for Finney as the titular Tom, who swashed buckles and bared skin up and down the highways and byways of 18th century England, pausing for a memorable meal in an inn with a lustful older lady.

Christopher Eccleston, who hails from Finney's home city of Salford, told BBC North West Tonight: "He was the only actor I knew of from Salford, so he was my inspiration".

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