Albert Finney’s friends and peers are remembering the acclaimed actor after learning the news of his passing. The British actor and five-time Oscar nominee, who starred in such like Tom Jones, Murder on the Orient Express, Erin Brockovich and Skyfall, died Thursday at age 82.
Finney’s family told the Associated Press in a statement Friday that he “passed away peacefully after a short illness with those closest to him by his side” at the Royal Marsden Hospital in London. He died from a chest infection.
Tributes are being shared on social media with Alec Baldwin calling Finney “one of the greatest actors of all time.”
Sad to learn of Albert Finney’s passing. The character of Sir in THE DRESSER was a guide for me in terms of playing larger than life people.
One of the greatest actors of all time.
— HABFoundation (@ABFalecbaldwin) February 8, 2019
Westworld star and Bond franchise alum, Jeffrey Wright, declared Finney “one of the absolute G.O.A.T.”
I made a habit of watching The Dresser before starting every play I did…to see it all done right. Tried to see him on stage w/ Tom Courtenay in London once, but tickets sold out to the gills. Regret not seeing him.
He was supreme. One of the absolute G.O.A.T.
— Jeffrey Wright (@jfreewright) February 8, 2019
While Henry Winkler remembers Finney as an “actors actor.”
Remembrances have poured in from across the entertainment industry.
Albert Finney was a damn fine actor. No nonsense. Straight to the point. He made it seem effortless, even when you knew it wasn’t. From all accounts, he lived the same way and was a great friend. A Tough loss. My thoughts are with his family.
— Colin Hanks (@ColinHanks) February 8, 2019
So sad to hear of the passing of Albert Finney . I had the great pleasure of working with him on ‘Annie’ the movie. Who could forget him in Tom Jones .RIP we will miss you!!!❤️
— Bernadette Peters (@OfficialBPeters) February 8, 2019
Remember the great Albert Finney tonight by watching Miller’s Crossing and Under the Volcano – two vastly different performances that showcase his unique ability to combine power with powerlessness.
(And he was an artist with a Thompson.)
— Christopher McQuarrie (@chrismcquarrie) February 8, 2019
Rest in peace dear Albert Finney 😇🙏🏿
— Rosanna Arquette (@RoArquette) February 8, 2019
I remember seeing SHOOT THE MOON with my Aunt Denise when I was about 10 years old. And then seeing ANNIE a few weeks later with my Mom. Then putting together that the father in both was the same man and thinking – wow, that’s what acting means. Thank you, Albert Finney. 🙏🏾 pic.twitter.com/QyXOY0rKSO
— Ava DuVernay (@ava) February 8, 2019
“Whatever people say I am, that’s what I’m not.” RIP Albert Finney, the original Angry Young Man, thanks for ‘Saturday Night, Sunday Morning’, ‘Miller’s Crossing’, ‘Two For The Road’, ‘Gumshoe’, ‘The Dresser’, ‘Before The Devil Knows You’re Dead’, ‘Tom Jones’ & so many others… pic.twitter.com/TKGJYKcK8Z
— edgarwright (@edgarwright) February 8, 2019
We are very sad to hear Albert Finney has passed away at the age of 82. The five-time Oscar nominee played gameskeeper Kincade in SKYFALL (2012). pic.twitter.com/8uzZbfwSi2
— James Bond (@007) February 8, 2019
We are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Albert Finney. The recipient of the BAFTA Fellowship in 2001, Finney will be warmly remembered for his powerful performances in Saturday Night and Sunday Morning, Tom Jones, Big Fish and many more. pic.twitter.com/SwuaV84cGE
— BAFTA (@BAFTA) February 8, 2019
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