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British actor Albert Finney dead at 82 - family

British actor Albert Finney dead at 82 - family

Finney was the third choice, after Oscar winners Alec Guinness and Paul Scofield, to play scrupulously vain detective Hercule Poirot in Sidney Lumet's sumptuous, all-star adaptation of Agatha Christie's novel based on the Lindbergh kidnapping, but played the role with such relish that he was nominated for Best Actor. His final screen role came in Sam Mendes' James Bond film Skyfall.

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.

Here are some of the first online reactions to Albert Finney's death on social media... It began an era of his career where he would really embrace his age, playing Winston Churchill in The Gathering Storm (and earning a BAFTA, Golden Globe and Emmy for it), a dying storyteller in Tim Burton's Big Fish, and an expert thief in Ocean's 12.

It was nominated for ten Oscars - including a Best Actor nod for Finney as the titular Tom, who swashed buckles and bared skin up and down the highways and byways of 18th century England, pausing for a memorable meal in an inn with a lustful older lady.

The actor's family confirmed Finney's death to the Associated Press on Friday morning saying he "passed away peacefully after a short illness with those closest to him by his side". 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.

Finney appeared and sang in "Scrooge" (1970) and "Annie" (1982), in which he played tycoon Oliver "Daddy" Warbucks.

Jesse Lingard: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has changed Manchester United's mindset
"I think personally Solskjaer should get the job", Brazil told Ian Stone's Comedy Breakfast (weekdays 6.30am-10.30am). Speaking to Manchester United's website , Herrera said: "We shouldn't go insane with the [Premier League] table".

"This is a man from very humble origins who became rich when he was very young", said Quentin Falk, author of an unauthorized biography of Finney.

"He's the reason I am an actor", Finney said in 2012.

Christopher McQuarrie, director of the last two Mission: Impossible films, said Finney "was an artist with a Thompson" - a reference to his submachine gun prowess in Miller's Crossing. Roberts won Best Actress for Erin Brockovich.

However, he's never been one to take such awards too seriously, and would rarely attend the ceremonies. Funeral arrangements weren't immediately known.

The award-winning actor was married twice, having a son, Simon with his first wife Jane Wenham but the couple later divorced.

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