5-Time Oscar Award Nominee Albert Finney dies aged 82

Albert Finney in "Before the Devil Knows You're Dead" (2007). Photo by Moviestore/REX/Shutterstock (2295219a)

5-time Oscar-nominated British actor Albert Finney died on Friday aged 82 after a short illness.

A statement released by his family said: “Albert Finney, aged 82, passed away peacefully after a short illness with those closest to him by his side. The family request privacy at this sad time.”

Albert began his career in acting at the Royal Shakespeare Company before he joined the film industry. His big breakthrough happened in Saturday night and Sunday Morning, acting as angry young man Arthur Seaton. He later appeared in Tom Jones, a movie that garnered four Oscar nominations, in Murder on the Orient Express as Hercule Poirot, in Erin Brockovich and Orient Express.

The British actor also had memorable roles like Winston Churchill in The Gathering Storm, an act that saw him win the Golden Globe and a Bafta. He also had major roles in Scrooge, Annie, Big Fish, and Miller’s Crossing.

Outside of acting, Finney was famous for his mastery of foreign accents and the ability to disguise himself with makeup and unique costumes. He turned down the honor to become an Order of the British Empire. He also turned down the honor to join knighthood in 2000. He was diagnosed with cancer in the 2000s but received successful treatment by 2011. His final major role was in the James Bond film Skyfall released in 2012.