Albert Finney, celebrated British actor, dies aged 82

Albert Finney has died today after a short illness aged 82.

The Salford-born actor rose to fame in Britain’s film industry during the 60s, establishing his career. He was nominated for five Oscars, four times as best actor and once for best supporting actor.

The actor was offered a CBE in 1980 and a knighthood in 2000 for his contributions to cinema. He turned down both, calling them “a disease which perpetuates snobbery.”

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Albert Finney: 9th May 1936 – 8th February 2019

Finney earned a place at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts, learning his trade alongside the likes of Alan Bates and Peter O’Toole.

Finney was first cast in small TV film roles such as She Stoops to Conquer (1956).

Arguably his most prominent role was in Saturday Night and Sunday Morning (1960).

The late actor disappeared from screens after starring in The Bourne Ultimatum and Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead in 2007 while he battled with cancer. After successful treatment, he went on to star in The Bourne Legacy and Skyfall in 2012.

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