Respected British thespian Albert Finney just passed away at the age of 82. In a statement to the Associated Press, his family said he died of a short illness. However, it’s unclear what illness that is. But regardless, after a long and prestigious career, Finney has tragically left us.
Albert Finney is someone who has been a mainstay on film, television, and the stage. Over the course of his career, he earned five Oscar nominations but never won one. In fact, he never even attended a single Oscar ceremony. In an interview from 2011 with The Telegraph, he explained why he never did:
“It’s a long way to go just to sit in a non-drinking, non-smoking environment on the off-chance your name is called.”
But while he never won an Oscar or even attended the Oscars, he still let his tremendous range speak for itself. His last Oscar nomination was in Best Supporting Actor for “Erin Brockovich” as stern lawyer Ed Masry. A different role from Hercule Poirot in “Murder on the Orient Express” and the womanizing title character in “Tom Jones.”
In addition, he won an Emmy for the 2002 TV movie “The Gathering Storm” where he played Winston Churchill. Plus, his other credits include the fantasy “Big Fish,” “The Bourne Legacy,” and “Skyfall” which was his final film role.
Early on in his career, he was pegged for movie stardom by the Hollywood machine. He was even offered the title role in “Lawrence of Arabia” which he turned down. Because it would’ve led to a multi-year contract, he wanted to pursue more artistic freedom. As a result of his aversion to film stardom, he became one of the industry’s greatest acting chameleons.
Finney is survived by his wife, Penelope, and his son, Simon Finney.