Albert Finney dead: Celebrated actor dies aged 82

Albert Finney during

Finney acted in a wide variety of material, including the mainstream musical Scrooge, a low-budget crime comedy (Gumshoe) and the celebrity-ridden adaptation of Murder on the Orient Express.

These words were uttered by Albert Finney, the Miller's Crossing actor who got his start during the British "kitchen sink" era of the 1950s and '60s, in the film Saturday Night and Sunday Morning.

British actor Albert Finney, who rose to fame on a post-war wave of gritty, working-class dramas and became an Oscar-nominated worldwide star, has died at the age of 82.

Finney also starred in Big Fish, Traffic and The Bourne Ultimatum, and showed off his singing abilities in Scrooge, Annie and The Corpse Bride.

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"We are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Albert Finney", the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) said on Twitter.

He also admitted that, along with luck, there was another attribute he possesssed.

"I just want to do what I want to do". But if I don't know, I'm not going to sit there.

When Albert Finney arrived at Rada he thought the idea of him ever becoming an actor was preposterous.

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Albert made his movie debut with a small part in The Entertainer in 1960.

As he aged, Finney transitioned to worldwide blockbuster franchises, making appearances in two of Matt Damon's Jason Bourne movies and playing the lovably gruff Scotsman Kincade in Skyfall, one of his final roles. He felt "unsophisticated, ungainly, clumsy and uncouth" and was convinced his northern accent and working-class manners made him a misfit.

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.

In the past, Finney turned down both a CBE and a knighthood, calling the accolades "snobbery".

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