Iconic Actor Albert Finney Passes Away at the Age of 82
British actor Albert Finney passed away on Thursday. He had a short battle against kidney cancer; the resulting complications ultimately were the cause of his death. He had announced his sickness back in 2011, so fans were well aware of his condition. It’s still a tragic loss, and we feel for his family during this painful period.
Albert Finney was one of those actors that transcended film. He started out in theatre, and from there made his way to film. He appeared in dozens of TV shows and movies during his time and was nominated for many awards along the way.
In theater, his speciality was William Shakespeare. It isn’t uncommon to see a Shakespearian actor make their way to the big screen, but it has been growing increasingly less common with time. It’s just further proof that Albert Finney was one of the greats.
Finney was well known for his versatility in acting. He could play almost any role handed to him, and play it well. He is especially well known for his work in Murder on the Orient Express (1974 version), Scrooge (1970 version), The Gathering Storm, and so many others.
His last role was Kincade in Skyfall, back in 2012. When made aware of his passing, Daniel Craig had this to say about it: “I’m deeply saddened by the news of Albert Finney’s passing. The world has lost a giant. Wherever Albert is now, I hope there are horses and good company.”
An Icon Passes
Albert Finney leaves behind his wife, Pene, and his son, Simon. Both were able to be by his side when the time came for him to pass on. They are not alone in mourning him, though they surely feel it the most keenly. Fellow actors and directors and fans alike have been speaking up about the loss of Albert Finney. It has been a heartbreaking week for many.
RIP Albert Finney | Albert Finney and Audrey Hepburn photographed for Two For the Road, 1967 pic.twitter.com/MTON3sQflN
— Audrey Hepburn (@SoAudreyHepburn) February 8, 2019
Albert Finney was the most influential actor of his generation. He made it possible for actors from the provinces to make it! It was good to be working class. His mixture of great charm and danger made him totally irresistible. (1/2) pic.twitter.com/sH8ob7Sig5
— Malcolm McDowell (@McDowellMalc) February 8, 2019
#AlbertFinney is gone. One of the greatest actors of his generation; I remember him so vividly, especially in the film of “The Dresser”. A revelation, and one of the most remarkable performances I have ever seen.
— Bette Midler (@BetteMidler) February 8, 2019
So sorry to hear this. 27 years ago, I had a perfect dinner with delightful Albert Finney and Alice Cooper. It ended with Albert introducing us to a very drunk and glum Grand Dame of British Theatre, who had just lost a major award. (I was too intimidated to do any talking.) https://t.co/OavUYnGsXq
— Neil Gaiman (@neilhimself) February 8, 2019
Those of us from Word of the Nerd would like to express our deepest condolences to Albert Finney’s friends and family and this time. There are no right words we can say to comfort you in this time, but just know that we are thinking of you and that Albert Finney will be deeply missed.