British actor Albert Finney, who rose to fame on a post-war wave of gritty, working-class dramas and became an Oscar-nominated global star, has died at the age of 82. Finney also used his popularity at the time to spark a directing career with a film called Charlie Bubbles in 1968.
Many may recall him as Oliver "Daddy" Warbucks in the 1982 film "Annie" and as the title character in the 1970 musical film "Scrooge". His breakout role came in 1963's Tom Jones, an adventure-comedy period piece that won four Academy Awards, including Best Picture, and became a smash at the box office.
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The Salford native won two BAFTA Awards from 13 nominations overall and received a British Academy Fellowship in 2001. It began an era of his career where he would really embrace his age, playing Winston Churchill in The Gathering Storm (and earning a BAFTA, Golden Globe and Emmy for it), a dying storyteller in Tim Burton's Big Fish, and an expert thief in Ocean's 12. "It was one of the leading reps in the country".
Yet he wasn't a fan of actually attending the Oscars.
"I'm me and nobody else". Explaining why to The Telegraph in 2011, he said: "It's a long way to go just to sit in a non-drinking, non-smoking environment on the off-chance your name is called". "I've always been lucky", he told the newspaper.
Finney is survived by his son Simon, who he had with his first wife Jane Wenham, and his wife Pene Delmage, who he married in 2006 and lived in London with until his death.