Albert Finney, star of 'Erin Brockovich' and 'Under the Volcano', dies at 82

Actor Albert Finney, popularly known as the 'angry young man' of the 1960s, passed away at the age of 82 after suffering from a short illness


                            Albert Finney, star of 'Erin Brockovich' and 'Under the Volcano', dies at 82

Actor Albert Finney, who starred in 'Murder on the Orient Express', 'Erin Brockovich' and 'Skyfall' and was part of Britain's early '60s new wave cinema, died aged 82 after suffering from a short illness, his family announced, according to The Guardian. The actor had revealed in 2011 that he was suffering from kidney cancer.

Finney forged his reputation as the 'angry young man' with his role in 'Saturday Night and Sunday Morning' as Arthur Seaton. The actor received five Oscar nominations in his career but won none and he refused to be knighted.

Finney's film 'Tom Jones' won four Oscar nomination including the Best Picture of the year in 1963 (Getty Images)
Finney's film 'Tom Jones' won four Oscar nomination including the Best Picture of the year in 1963 (Getty Images)

He started his career in acting at the Royal Shakespeare Company before making a mark in cinema. Some of his popular works include 'Miller's Crossing', 'Murder on the Orient Express', 'Erin Brockovich' and 'Skyfal'l. His film 'Tom Jones' won four Oscar nomination including the Best Picture of the year in 1963 and he also received his first nomination for this film.

Albert Finney and Billie Whitelaw filming a scene for 'Charlie Bubbles' in Manchester in 1967 (Getty Images)
Albert Finney and Billie Whitelaw filming a scene for 'Charlie Bubbles' in Manchester in 1967 (Getty Images)

American filmmakers who admired Finney's work in the 1960s soon started offering him roles. Cohen brothers cast him in 'Miller’s Crossing' as an Irish-American mobster Leo O’Bannon. Steven Soderbergh cast him in 'Traffic' and 'Erin Brockovich'. Tim Burton hit him up for 'Corpse Bride' and 'Big Fish'.

Finney also won an Emmy Award for his role as Winston Churchill in HBO's 'The Gathering Storm'. He was nominated for the Golden Globes nine times and won thrice for 'Tom Jones', 'Scrooge' and 'The Gathering Storm'.

Finney in 'Miller’s Crossing' where he played Irish-American mobster Leo O’Bannon (IMDb)
Finney in 'Miller’s Crossing' where he played Irish-American mobster Leo O’Bannon (IMDb)

Finney also did some great work on stage and received two Tony Award nominations as Best Actor for stage play Luther in 1964 and A Day in the Death of Joe Egg in 1968. His other notable plays include Orphans in 1986, A Flea in Her Ear in 1966, Tamburlaine the Great in 1976. The actor's last stage appearance was in 1997 for a play titled Art, which preceded the 1998 Tony Award-winning Broadway run.