The original ‘Angry young man’ Albert Finney has died at the age of 82.
The Salford born actor passed away peacefully after a short illness with those closest to him by his side.” said his family.
The actor was nominated five times for an Oscar, his first for his appearance in Tom Jones in 1963, followed by “Murder on the Orient Express,” ”The Dresser,” ”Under the Volcano” and “Erin Brockovich.”
Finney also portrayed Winston Churchill, Pope John Paul II, a southern American lawyer, an Irish gangster and an 18th-century rogue and in one of his final roles, as the gruff Scotsman Kincade in “Skyfall,”
The son of a bookmaker, he was born May 9, 1936, taking to the stage at an early age, doing a number of school plays and, despite his lack of connections and his working-class roots,encouraged by his headmaster at Salford Grammar school, he earnt a place at London’s prestigious Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts.
Salford’s Mayor Paul Dannett said on Twitter:
“Sad to hear of the death of incredibly talented #Salford actor Albert Finney. His career spanned theatre, tv and film over 40 years winning him top acting awards, an amazing achievement. My condolences to his family and friends. Acting has lost one of its greatest figures.”
Salford Lads Club tweeted the following:
“We are extremely sad to hear about the death of Salford icon Albert Finney. He was one of the great figures of post war theatre and cinema. A son of Salford and a true acting legend. He will be sorely missed.”