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Feb 08 2019

Albert Finney (1936-2019)

by Nathaniel R

We had dreaded this day coming.Albert Finney has passed away at 82 years of age from a chest infection.He'd been battling health troubles for years,which is why the filmography abruptly ends atSkyfall(2012) but what a elegiac blockbuster of a swansong,yes?In recent years we'd repeatedly suggested him for an Honorary Oscar but the Academy rarely listens to our brilliant ideas.Instead he'll retain the sad distinction of being the second most-nominated male movie star never to have received a competitive OR honorary Oscar behind only Richard Burton (Character actor Arthur Kennedy was also nominated 5 times without a win,mostly in supporting,but he wasn't a headliner like Finney).But,as we've often said,awards aren't everything and cinematic legacy is far more crucial.And that,Albert Finney has.He will live on given that impressive filmography filled with rich performances.

Finney wasn't born to a family in showbusiness but was in the right place at the right time to capitalize on the 'angry young man' and kitchen sink era of British filmmaking -- he reportedly disliked "snobbery"enough to turn down the British Knighthood the year ofErin Brockovich(2000).Despite humble origins he was a quick success as an actor landing his first professional gigs on stage and TV by the age of 19.At the age of 24 he was an immediate movie star...

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