British actor Albert Finney has passed away at the age of 82, reports confirmed overnight.
The iconic actor, best known for rules in blockbuster movies such as Annie, Tom Jones and Murder on the Orient Express, is said to have died after a short illness, surrounded by his nearest and dearest.
According to the BBC, as statement from a family spokesman 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.”
Tributes flooded in for the five-time Academy Award nominee, with his Erin Brockovich co-star Julia Roberts describing the experience of working with Finney as a “privilege”.
“It was my terrific joy and privilege to work with Albert,” she said. “His talent was eclipsed only by his enormous heart.”
Just got a statement from Julia Roberts about her "Erin Brockovich" costar Albert Finney, who passed away at age 82: "It was my terrific joy and privilege to work with Albert. His talent was eclipsed only by his enormous heart." pic.twitter.com/xooVIKy8xR
— Chris Gardner (@chrissgardner) February 8, 2019
Peter Henry Fonda, the younger brother of Jane Fonda, also issued a statement on social media, writing: “Albert Finney was a great actor and a gentleman. We bowled together on Broadway bowling league and appeared in the film The Victors.
“It was my fortune to have known him. His gift and talent will be missed by all who knew him. RIP.”
While Beaches star Barbara Hershey said: “The wonderful Albert Finney has passed. I had the honor [sic] of working with him, and he was everything you dream a true actor should be. Plus, he was just a lovely human being.”
Albert Finney was a great actor and a gentleman. We bowled together on the Broadway bowling league and appeared in the film The Victors … it was my fortune to have known him. His gift and talent will be missed by all who knew him. RIP
— Peter Henry Fonda (@iamfonda) February 8, 2019
The iconic actor landed his big break in 1960’s Saturday Night and Sunday Morning, in which he played young bicycle machinist Arthur Seaton.
He then went on to star in huge Hollywood blockbusters including 1990 gangster flick Miller’s Crossing, Erin Brockovich (2000), the original movie adaptation of Annie in 1982 and
Finney’s other memorable roles include Winston Churchill in 2002’s The Gathering Storm, which earned him a Golden Globe and a Bafta.
His final big screen role came in 2012 James Bond movie Skyfall, in which he played Kincade, the gamekeeper of Skyfall Lodge and the Bond family estate, alongside Daniel Craig as 007.