'Angry Young Man' actor Albert Finney dies aged 82

Albert Finney

London — Veteran actor Albert Finney, who found fame as one of Britain's "Angry Young Men" of the 1950s and 60s and went on to star in films including "Murder on the Orient Express" and "Erin Brockovich", has died at the age of 82, a family spokesman said Friday.

Finney, who received four best actor Oscar nominations and won three Golden Globes, "passed away peacefully after a short illness with those closest to him by his side", the spokesman said.

A Shakespearean actor, he mixed his movie career with television roles and acclaimed stage performances.

He made his name in the gritty kitchen-sink drama "Saturday Night and Sunday Morning" in 1960, becoming part of the wave of working-class actors and writers who revolutionized British film and television at the time known as the "Angry Young Men".

He gave memorable portrayals of Belgian detective Hercule Poirot, British prime minister Winston Churchill, Charles Dickens' miser Ebenezer Scrooge and pope John Paul II.

Finney's more recent films included "The Bourne Ultimatum" (2007), "The Bourne Legacy" (2012), and the James Bond film "Skyfall", out the same year.

His four best actor Academy Award nominations were for "Tom Jones" (1963), as Poirot in "Murder on the Orient Express" (1974), "The Dresser" (1983) and "Under the Volcano" (1984).

He was also Oscar-nominated for best supporting actor for his performance as a gruff lawyer in "Erin Brockovich" (2000). — AFP