Albert Finney, who rose to fame in British kitchen sink dramas such as Saturday Night and Sunday Morning, has died at the age of 82.
Although he never won, Julia Roberts thanked Finney in her Oscar speech after winning for the same film, saying she shared the award with him. The actor announced a battle with kidney cancer in 2011, but he passed away due to a chest infection at the Royal Marsden hospital just outside London.
"Albert Finney, aged 82, passed away peacefully after a short illness with those closest to him by his side".
"The family request privacy at this sad time", the spokesperson added.
Actor David Morrissey was among the first to pay tribute to Finney on Instagram and Twitter writing: "One of the true great".
In later years, Finney only gave rare interviews to press, but speaking to the Manchester Evening News back in 2013, he revealed the reason he went into the acting profession.
Albert Finney, the Oscar-nominated British actor best known for his roles in "Annie", "Erin Brockovich" and "Tom Jones", has died after a short illness, according to representatives of his family. A powerhouse of an actor.
The Saturday Night and Sunday Morning star refused a knighthood in 2000 as well as a Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE) in 1980. However, fans of pop and geek culture probably know Finney best for his roles in big modern franchises like James Bond's Skyfall; as the shadowy mastermind doctor in The Bourne Ultimatum and the Bourne Legacy spinoff films; and Tim Burton projects like Corpse Bride and Big Fish. 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.
Despite being nominated five-times in total, he did not ever win the prestigious award.
Albert married three times in his life, with his most recent wife, Pene Delmage, walking down the aisle with him in 2006.