Oscar-nominated British actor Albert Finney has died at the age of 82 following a short illness.
In 2011, Finney explained that he had been suffering from kidney cancer and, today, his family confirmed his death after a bout of illness.
Beginning in theatre, Finney achieved especial success as a Shakespearean actor before switching to film and going on to receive five Oscar nominations.
Finney has been nominated in the ‘Best Actor’ category four times for his roles in 1963 film Tom Jones, Murder on the Orient Express from 1974, The Dresser which was in 1983 and, finally, Under the Volcano a year later in 1984.
On top of that, Finney was also nominated for ‘Best Supporting Actor’ for his performance in Erin Brockovich in 2000.
A statement from a family spokesman said: “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.”