Renowned Actor Albert Finney Dies At 82

Julia Roberts with Albert Finney in Erin Brockovich

An accomplished stage actor who once replaced an ill Laurence Olivier in the title role in Shakespeare's Coriolanus, Finney made his film debut as Olivier's son in 1960's The Entertainer.

British actor Albert Finney, who rose to fame on a post-war wave of gritty, working-class dramas and became an Oscar-nominated worldwide star, has died at the age of 82.

Oscar-nominated British actor Albert Finney has died aged 82 after a short illness.

Described as cinema's original "angry young man", the Salford-born actor had a career lasting more than 50 years.

As an actor he earned five Oscar nominations over his 50-plus year career but never won.

He starred in Murder on the Orient Express in 1974, and he turned out acclaimed into his 60s and 70s. He showed off his vocal chops in 1970's Scrooge and 1982's Annie, for which he shaved his head to play Daddy Warbucks.

Skyfall co-star and one of the most famoyus actors of Hollywood, James Bond took to his official Instagram handle to share the news of Albert Finney's sad demise on February 8.

Skyfall and Spectre director Sam Mendes also paid tribute, describing Finney as a "brilliant, beautiful, big-hearted, life loving delight of a man".

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It also delivered Finney the first of his five Oscar nominations.

Displaying the versatility of a virtuoso, Finney portrayed Winston Churchill, Pope John Paul II, a southern American lawyer, an Irish gangster and an 18th-century rogue, among dozens of other roles over the years.

Finney's net worth when he died is surprising Albert Finney at the Erin Brockovich premiere.

Finney's most memorable role of the 1990's was his tough portrayal of an Irish mob boss in the Coen Brothers masterpiece Miller's Crossing, a last-minute replacement after the death of the originally-cast Trey Wilson.

"It was my terrific joy and privilege to work with Albert", Roberts tells PEOPLE exclusively.

"I've always been very lazy as well as being lucky, and now I'm even lazier", Finney said.

The award-winning actor was married twice, having a son, Simon with his first wife Jane Wenham but the couple later divorced.

Funeral arrangements for Finney have not been released yet.

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