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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.

Our thoughts are with Finney's family and friends at this hard time.

He famously played Ebenezer Scrooge in the 1970 musical adaptation of the Charles Dickens classic "Scrooge". His most recent-and final-onscreen performance remains the role of Kincade in 2012's James Bond film Skyfall.

Born in Salford, England in 1936 to a bookmaker, Finney said he grew up as part of the "lower middle class".

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His first big-screen production was 1960's The Entertainer, but playing the titular role in 1963's Tom Jones was his breakout role. Finney also used his popularity at the time to spark a directing career with a film called Charlie Bubbles in 1968.

Finney's death has prompted a flood of tributes to the British star, one of the leading actors of the post-war era.

It wasn't until 2000 that Albert Finney received an Oscar nomination again, this time for Best Supporting Actor alongside Julia Roberts in Erin Brockovich. "But I think we should all be misters together".

Comedian and novelist David Walliams remembered him simply as "the lovely Albert Finney". Jesus, it suddenly seemed important what I did next, so I said to hell with it.

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After earning critical raves for starring in Tom Jones, Finney turned his back on acting for his version of backpacking through Europe.

He earned more Best Actor Oscar nominations for his roles in the searing marital drama "Shoot the Moon" in 1982, co-starring with Diane Keaton, and "The Dresser" in 1983.

Referencing Finney's turn in the acclaimed 23rd Bond film, Craig added: "Wherever Albert is now, I hope there are horses and good company". Funeral arrangements weren't immediately known.

News of Albert Finney dead was confirmed by a publicist to The Guardian. The role brought Finney his fourth Oscar nomination. She said: "I had the great pleasure of working with him on "Annie" the movie".

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He married Jane Wenham and had a son, who still works as a camera operator in the industry; he was married to a French actress, Anouk Aimée until 1978.


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