Albert Finney, Daddy Warbucks in 'Annie', has died at age 82

Albert Finney, Daddy Warbucks in 'Annie', has died at age 82

Albert Finney, Daddy Warbucks in 'Annie', has died at age 82

Albert Finney has passed away at age 82.

Finney's family told CBS news that he "passed away peacefully after a short illness with those closest to him by his side". Albert Finney was a versatile actor who always brought life to his characters like no other, and though many of us believe he should have been nominated for an Academy Award many times over, he was sadly never awarded one.

Over the course of his career, Finney appeared in a number of films, including Erin Brockovich, Under the Volcano, The Dresser, Murder on the Orient Express and Tom Jones.

Admirers of musicals may know him as the moneyed Daddy Warbucks from 1982's Annie; fans of the Coen Brothers will immediately recognize him as the Prohibition-era Irish gangster Leo O'Bannon from 1990's Miller's Crossing.

Responding to Koppelman's tweet, Emmy-winning Barry star Henry Winkler said Finney was "an actor's actor.without compare" having first seen him at the St. James Theatre on Broadway in the early 1960s in the Tony Award-winning production of John Osborne's Luther - a role Finney originated.

Actor Rufus Sewell tweeted: "Very sad to hear about Albert Finney". In 2001, he received a Best Actor Oscar nomination for his work on the film Erin Brockovich starring Julia Roberts in the title role.

He would go on to earn five total Oscar nominations over the course of his career, four of which were in the Best Actor category.

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"It seems silly to go over there and beg for an award", he said.

Finney burst to global fame in 1963 in the title role of "Tom Jones", playing a lusty, humorous rogue who captivated audiences with his charming, devil-may-care antics.

Referencing Finney's turn in the acclaimed 23rd Bond film, Craig added: "Wherever Albert is now, I hope there are horses and good company".

Roles followed in Reisz's Night Must Fall and the Stanley Donen-directed Two for the Road, opposite Audrey Hepburn; Finney then turned director, with the 1968 release Charlie Bubbles.

Finney had a son, Simon, with his first wife, actress Jane Wenham.

Bond producers Michael G Wilson and Barbara Broccoli also paid tribute, saying "it was a privilege to work with him and an honour to have had him as part of our Bond family".

On the news of his death, the world of theater and film came together to hail Finney's talent.

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