Actor Albert Finney has died aged 82

Albert Finney during

Albert Finney during"Erin Brockovich Premiere at Mann Village Theatre in Westwood California United States

Albert Finney has passed away at the age of 82.

Finney's family reportedly told the Associated Press on Friday that he "passed away peacefully after a short illness with those closest to him by his side".

Details of his death have not yet been released but in 2011 it was revealed he was fighting kidney cancer.

Albert Finney, the five-time Oscar-nominated British actor who starred in the likes of Skyfall, Erin Brockovich, the original Murder on the Orient Express, and the Best Picture-winning Tom Jones, has died at age 82.

His first appearance was in The Entertainer in 1960, and he has bagged a number of lead roles since. The statement added, "The family request privacy at this sad time". He was 17 years old, the era of the "angry young man" was dawning and rugged male actors wearing their north-country accents with a swagger were about to come into fashion.

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Other leading actor Oscar nominations would come for Finney for his work Murder on the Orient Express (1974), The Dresser (1983), and Under the Volcano (1984).

The star, who has played Ebenezer Scrooge, Sir Winston Churchill and Annie's "Daddy" Warbucks in his long and varied career on stage and screen, died after a short illness.

Though the actor stayed busy with projects, he's wasn't nominated again until 2000, for his supporting role as Ed Masry in Erin Brockovich. He made for an impressive villain in The Bourne Ultimatum, and he gave Daniel Craig as James Bond a hand in Skyfall, which is his last acting credit on screen.

Finney worked with a number of American filmmakers as he worked in both the United Kingdom and US, like another famous role of his as mobster Leo O'Bannon in Miller's Crossing for the Coen Brothers in 1990. He was married to his wife Pene Delmage in 2006.

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