Albert Finney, known for playing Daddy Warbucks in Annie, has died

He started out in William Shakespeare plays before portraying the titular hero in the Oscar-winning adventure-comedy "Tom Jones", which made him a major film star.

Finney's final movie role was playing Kincade in the 2012 James Bond movie Skyfall. As a young boy he was encouraged to join the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts where he studied alongside Peter O'Toole and Alan Bates.

They said: "We are heartbroken at the loss of Albert Finney". One year later, he won an Emmy for his portrayal of Winston Churchill in the BBC-HBO telefilm The Gathering Storm.

Finney died on February 8, 2019, at 82 years old and he leaves behind a stellar acting career, a surprising net worth, and some one-of-a-kind stories (like when he went sailing for a year right after his breakout role).

The British actor and five-time Oscar nominee, who starred in such like Tom Jones, Murder on the Orient Express, Erin Brockovich and Skyfall, died Thursday at age 82. He dipped his toe into the horror genre with 1981's Wolfen, an unconventional werewolf film where he played the lead role of a burnt-out NY cop.

Prior to receiving five Oscar nominations, Finney was born the son of a bookmaker in Salford, England in 1936. Finney also earned his first Best Actor nomination for his efforts and the smash hit turned him into a Hollywood leading man.

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He said: "I'm deeply saddened by the news of Albert Finney's passing".

The 2000s saw Finney spark a short run with filmmaker Steven Soderbergh, first as a shifty lawyer opposite Julia Roberts in 2000's Erin Brockovich (earning his fifth Oscar nod), then as the White House Chief of Staff in that same year's Traffic.

Admirers of musicals may know him as the moneyed Daddy Warbucks from 1982's Annie; fans of the Coen Brothers will immediately recognize him as the Prohibition-era Irish gangster Leo O'Bannon from 1990's Miller's Crossing.

He got back-to-back nominations in 1984 and 1985 for The Dresser and Under the Volcano but never attended the ceremony itself, calling it "a waste of time". "It's a long way to go for a party, sitting there for six hours not having a cigarette or a drink", he reportedly said.

Finney was married three times and had one child with his first wife, the actress Jane Wenham.

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