British actor Albert Finney, of 'Erin Brockovich,' 'Bourne' movies, dead at 82

Julia Roberts with Albert Finney in Erin Brockovich

Finney earned his first Oscar nomination as the star of 1963's Tom Jones, which propelled him to worldwide fame.

He starred in Murder on the Orient Express in 1974, and he turned out acclaimed into his 60s and 70s. He had been treated for kidney cancer in 2011 but recovered and went on to appear in the Bond film Skyfall and The Bourne Legacy.

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One of his most recent roles included the portrayal of Kincade in the 2012 film Skyfall.

He said: "It is desperately sad news that Albert Finney has gone".

Finney also ditched the 1964 Academy Awards (when he was nominated for Tom Jones) for a private boat party with his girlfriend.

"It seems silly to go over there and beg for an award", he told the paper.

Born in Salford, in the North of Endland, in 1936, Finney grew up the son of a bookmaker as part of what he called the "lower middle class".

The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (Rada) graduate continued working on the stage despite his film success, earning Tony nominations on Broadway for Luther and A Day in the Death of Joe Egg.

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He credited the headmaster of his local school, Eric Simms, for recommending that he attend the renowned drama school.

She said: "So sad to hear of the passing of Albert Finney".

Paul Greengrass, who directed Finney in 2007 thriller The Bourne Ultimatum, said he would "miss him enormously".

Then came Tom Jones, in which he played the title role, which was also a sizable hit in the United Sates. He earned his first Oscar nomination four years later for the film "Tom Jones". "Just a lot of colorful, sexy fun".

"Maybe people in America think being a "Sir" is a big deal", he said. "Apart from being effortlessly great he was also a great all round example of how to behave".

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.

This was to be a familiar pattern, with Finney alternating between film work and stage productions in London and NY.

Finney shaved his head to play Daddy Warbucks in the 1982 film version of Annie. He has two previous wives, Anouk Aimee and Jane Wenham.

The British actor starred alongside Julia Roberts in "Erin Brockovich" (2000). He won for outstanding supporting actor for Erin Brockovich, and he joined his Traffic co-stars in winning for outstanding performance by a cast.

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