Albert Finney Dies
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Albert Finney Dies

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(CelebrityAccess) Albert Finney, 82, film actor and oft-times singer, has died after a short, undisclosed illness.

Finney had been diagnosed with kidney cancer in 2011 but it was unclear if it was related to his death.

The actor received five Oscar nominations for best supporting actor for “Erin Brockovich” and best actor in “Under the Volcano,” “The Dresser,” “Murder on the Orient Express” and “Tom Jones.” He got a Golden Globe and an Emmy for his portrayal of Winston Churchill in the 2002 miniseries “The Gathering Storm.”

Finney, a graduate of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and began his career as a Shakespearean actor, switched to film early, debuting in “The Entertainer” in 1960. He was won of many of a wave of British actors that became popular in U.S. films in the ’60s and is the recipient of  Golden Globe, Emmy and Screen Actors Guild Awards. He was the recipient of two Bafta Awards from 13 nominations and received a British Academy Fellowship in 2001.

Finney also played the titular role in the 1970s film “Scrooge” for which he won a Golden Globe. His most recent acting role was in 2012’s “Skyfall” and he appeared in movies like “Miller’s Crossing” and “Big Fish.”  Finney appeared and sang in two musical films: Scrooge and the Hollywood film version of Annie, which was directed by John Huston, who directed him once again in Under The Volcano two years later. He also sings in Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride.

Finney made an appearance at Roger Waters’ The WAll Concert In Berlin, where he played “The Judge” during the performance of “The Trial.”

His family said he passed away peacefully with friends and family by his side, according to TMZ.

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