Albert Finney, Daddy Warbucks in 'Annie', has died at age 82

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The actor then went on to roles in 2012's The Bourne Legacy and the same year's James Bond pic Skyfall. The star-studded event is Britain's equivalent of the Oscars. His break-out performance in 1963's Tom Jones garnered his first Oscar nomination, which was followed by nods for Agatha Christie's Murder on the Orient Express, The Dresser, Under the Volcano, and Erin Brockovich.

He became a known quantity after his title role as the rascal Tom Jones, which became 1963's Best Picture victor and earned him the first of his five Oscar nods.

Finney was nominated for an Oscar five times and began his career at the Royal Shakespeare Company before rising to fame in film.

They said: "We are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Albert Finney". Finney also earned his first Best Actor nomination for his efforts and the smash hit turned him into a Hollywood leading man.

The actor died from a chest infection at the Royal Marsden Hospital in London on Thursday afternoon, according to the UK's Press Association (PA) news agency.

Earlier today, it was announced that British actor Albert Finney has died.

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Finney did, however, win two Baftas, for Most Promising Newcomer for his role in Saturday Night and Sunday Morning, and Best Actor at the Bafta TV Awards for The Gathering Storm, in which he played Winston Churchill. He later played the role of Arthur on "Saturday Night and Sunday Morning". "And it also helps keep us 'quaint, ' which I'm not a great fan of". He played billionaire businessman and orphan Annie's adoptive father Oliver "Daddy" Warbucks in the movie.

Despite this long list of accolades, Finney never attended the Oscars ceremony.

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

Finney is survived by wife Pene Delmage and his son from his first marriage to actress Jane Wenham, Simon.

Erin Brockovich is another of Finney's performances that shows his ability and range as an actor, changing the way many viewed masculinity and more.

Christopher Eccleston, who hails from Finney's home city of Salford, told BBC North West Tonight: "He was the only actor I knew of from Salford, so he was my inspiration".