Grammy-Award Nominated Actor Passes Away at 82 After Decades Long Career

February 08, 2019Feb 08, 2019

He's a face that you'll likely remember from some of your favorite movies. After a decades-long career that spanned stage, TV, and movie, Albert Finney has passed away, according to CNN.

The Oscar-nominated British actor was best known for his roles in "Annie," "Erin Brockovich," and "Tom Jones." He died after a short illness, according to representatives of his family.

"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" reads a statement.

According to the UK's Press Association news agency, he died of a chest infection. He was at the Royal Marsden Hospital in London at the time of his death. His wife Pene Delmage and son Simon were with Finney at the time of his death.

The English born actor started his career at the age of 17 when he joined the prestigious Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. From there, he started working in theater.

Finney made his film debut in "The Entertainer" in 1960. Later that year, he starred in "Saturday Night and Sunday Morning."

However, his big break came two years playing the titular role in "Tom Jones." For that film, Finney received the first of his five Oscar nominations.

Despite repeated nominations, Finney was apparently no fan of the Academy Awards.

"It seems to me a long way to go just to sit in a non-drinking, non-smoking environment on the off chance your name is called," he said, according to PA. "It's as if you are entered into a race you don't particularly want to run in."

News of his passing shook the film and theater worlds.

Actor Rufus Sewell tweeted: "Very sad to hear about Albert Finney. I had the enormous privilege of working with him early on. Apart from being effortlessly great he was also a great all round example of how to behave."

And the Old Vic Theatre in London also tweeted condolences.

"We are very sad to hear of the loss of Albert Finney. His performances in plays by Shakespeare, Chekhov and other iconic playwrights throughout the 60s, 70s and 80s stand apart as some of the greatest in our 200 year history."

Please join us in praying for his family. May they be comforted by God as they mourn his passing.