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British actor Albert Finney, star of ‘Tom Jones,’ dies at 82

British actor Albert Finney arrives to the premiere of his new film “Erin Brockovich” in Los Angeles on March 14, 2000.  (LUCY NICHOLSON/AFP/Getty Images)

LONDON — British actor Albert Finney, the Academy Award-nominated star of films from “Tom Jones” to “Skyfall,” has died at the age of 82.

Finney’s family said Friday that he “passed away peacefully after a short illness with those closest to him by his side.”

He started his career at the Royal Shakespeare company before he transitioned into film and starred as the “angry young man,” Arthur Seaton in “Saturday Night and Sunday Morning.”

Finney was a rare star who managed to avoid the Hollywood limelight for more than five decades after bursting to international fame in 1963 in the title role of “Tom Jones.”

The film gained him the first of five Oscar nominations. Others followed for “Murder on the Orient Express,” ”The Dresser,” ”Under the Volcano” and “Erin Brockovich.”

Many may recall him as Oliver “Daddy” Warbucks in the 1982 film “Annie” and as the title character in the 1970 musical film “Scrooge.”

In later years he brought authority to action movies, including the James Bond thriller “Skyfall” and two of the Bourne films.

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