Actor Albert Finney dead at 82

Albert Finney has died at the age of 82, a family spokesman has said.

The actor was best known for his roles in Erin Brockovich, Murder On The Orient Express and Annie.

A statement from his family said: "Albert Finney, aged 82, passed away peacefully after a short illness with those closest to him by his side.

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Albert Finney made his movie debut in 1960(Sean Dempsey/PA)

"The family request privacy at this sad time."

The five-time Oscar nominee, who was born in Salford in 1936, made his movie debut with a small part in The Entertainer in 1960.

Director Tony Richardson then offered Finney the lead in kitchen-sink drama Saturday Night and Sunday Morning, and period romp Tom Jones, which made him a major star.

He most recently starred in the James Bond film Skyfall and the Bourne films.

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FILE - In this 1970 file photo, British actor Albert Finney embraces his bride, French Actress Anouk Aimee, after their registry office wedding in London. Finney, the Academy Award-nominated star of films from "Tom Jones" to "Skyfall" has died at the age of 82 it was reported on Friday, Feb. 8, 2019. (AP Photo/Eddie Worth, File)
FILE - In this Jan. 15, 1970 file photo, British actor Albert Finney waves his cane while playing the title role in "Scrooge," at Shepperton Studios. British Actor Albert Finney, the Academy Award-nominated star of films from "Tom Jones" to "Skyfall" has died at the age of 82 his family said on Friday, Feb. 8, 2019. (AP Photo/R. Dear, File)
FILE - In this Feb. 25, 2001 file photo, actor Albert Finney, poses for a photo. British Actor Albert Finney, the Academy Award-nominated star of films from "Tom Jones" to "Skyfall" has died at the age of 82 it was reported on Friday, Feb. 8, 2019. (William Conran/PA via AP, FIle)
Albert Finney, the British actor who starred in "Tom Jones" and "Skyfall," has died at the age of 82, his family said.
The film 'Murder on the Orient Express' is being made at the EMI/MGM Studios Borehamwood, with a star studded cast headed by Albert Finney who plays Hercule Poirot, the world-famous Belgian detective, 20th May 1974. (Photo by Arthur Sidey/Mirrorpix/Getty Images)
Actress Lauren Bacall and actor Albert Finney on the set of the Paramount Pictures movie 'Murder on the Orient Express' in 1974. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
South African actress Janet Suzman and English actor Albert Finney, 1977. (Photo by © Hulton-Deutsch Collection/CORBIS/Corbis via Getty Images)
English actor Albert Finney as Dr. Larry Roberts in 'Looker', directed by Michael Crichton, 1981. (Photo by Silver Screen Collection/Getty Images)
Albert Finney and Martin Sheen as they appear in the new film 'Loophole' being filmed at Bray Studios, 10th July 1980. (Photo by Mike Maloney/Daily Mirror/MirrorpixGetty Images)
LOS ANGELES - JUNE 30: (Left) Singer, songwriter and musician Alice Cooper with Actor Albert Finney chatting backstage at Cooper's 'Special Forces Tour' at the Greek Theatre on June 30, 1981 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Joan Adlen / Getty Images)
English actor Albert Finney, 1985. (Photo by Fox Photos/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
British actor Albert Finney at the Deauville Festival of American Film in France. (Photo by Eric Robert/Sygma/Sygma via Getty Images)
Actor Albert Finney. (Photo by Ann Clifford/DMI/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
Actor Albert Finney attends Hall of Fame Gala on November 18, 1979 at the Uris Theater in New York City. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Actor Albert Finney attends 16th Annual Susie Humanitarian Awards on February 13, 1982 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
English actor Albert Finney with Susan Mason in the West End of London, 4th May 2009. (Photo by Dave Benett/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
Actor Albert Finney attends the 1985 Breeders' Cup Gala on November 1, 1985 at The Museum of Natural History in New York City. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Actor Albert Finney during The Orange British Academy Film Awards at the Odeon in London's Leicester Square. The ceremony has been brought forward several weeks from previous years to give it a more prominent position in the film calendar. (Photo by Sean Dempsey - PA Images/PA Images via Getty Images)
The star died after a short illness, his family has said.
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