British actor Albert Finney dies at 82

LONDON (AP) — 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."

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."

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NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 24: ***NO U.S. SALES FOR 90 DAYS*** ***U.S. TABLOIDS OUT*** Actor Albert Finney answers questions from the press at a junket for his new film 'Big Fish' at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel November 24, 2003 in New York, New York. (Photo by Munawar Hosain/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, UNITED STATES: British actor Albert Finney arrives to the premiere of his new film 'Erin Brockovich' in Los Angeles, CA 14 March 2000. The film also stars Julia Roberts and is directed by Steven Soderbergh. (ELECTRONIC IMAGE) AFP PHOTO /Lucy NICHOLSON (Photo credit should read LUCY NICHOLSON/AFP/Getty Images)
Actor Albert Finney during The Orange British Academy Film Awards at the Odeon in London's Leicester Square. The ceremony has been brought forward several weeks from previous years to give it a more prominent position in the film calendar. (Photo by Sean Dempsey - PA Images/PA Images via Getty Images)
Actor Albert Finney during The Orange British Academy Film Awards at the Odeon in London's Leicester Square. The ceremony has been brought forward several weeks from previous years to give it a more prominent position in the film calendar. *23/09/02 British actor Albert Finney during The Orange British Academy Film Awards at the Odeon in London's Leicester Square. Albert Finney, 66, has won an Emmy for best actor in a mini series or movie, for his role in The Gathering Storm, it was revealed, Monday 23 September, 2002. The five time Academy Award nominee won the award - the television equivalent of the Oscars - for his acclaimed performance as Sir Winston Churchill in the show. 21/12/03: Albert Finney who, it was revealed turned down a knighthood in 2000 and a CBE in 1980. He was one of 300 top stars who were today named in a secret list of celebrities who have turned down the honours system. (Photo by William Conran - PA Images/PA Images via Getty Images)
English actor Albert Finney with Susan Mason in the West End of London, 4th May 2009. (Photo by Dave Benett/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
(Original Caption) Arrival of Albert Finney, costar in the film. (Photo by Frank Trapper/Corbis via Getty Images)
Actor Albert Finney attends the 1985 Breeders' Cup Gala on November 1, 1985 at The Museum of Natural History in New York City. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Actor Albert Finney attends the opening of A Day in the Death of Joe Egg on February 1, 1968 at Canterbury Restaurant in New York City. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Actor Albert Finney attends the opening of A Day in the Death of Joe Egg on February 1, 1968 at Canterbury Restaurant in New York City. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Actor Albert Finney attends Hall of Fame Gala on November 18, 1979 at the Uris Theater in New York City. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Actor Albert Finney and date Diane Quick attend the premiere of Annie on May 17, 1982 at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Actor Albert Finney attends 16th Annual Susie Humanitarian Awards on February 13, 1982 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Actor Albert Finney sighted on September 15, 1986 at the Mayfair Hotel in New York City. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
British actor Albert Finney at the Deauville Festival of American Film in France. (Photo by Eric Robert/Sygma/Sygma via Getty Images)
Actor Albert Finney. (Photo by Ann Clifford/DMI/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - MAY 13: Actor Albert Finney at the 'Annie' luncheon. (Photo by The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
English actor Albert Finney, 1985. (Photo by Fox Photos/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - JUNE 30: (Left) Singer, songwriter and musician Alice Cooper with Actor Albert Finney chatting backstage at Cooper's 'Special Forces Tour' at the Greek Theatre on June 30, 1981 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Joan Adlen / Getty Images)
Albert Finney and Martin Sheen as they appear in the new film 'Loophole' being filmed at Bray Studios, 10th July 1980. (Photo by Mike Maloney/Daily Mirror/MirrorpixGetty Images)
English actor Albert Finney as Dr. Larry Roberts in 'Looker', directed by Michael Crichton, 1981. (Photo by Silver Screen Collection/Getty Images)
English actor Albert Finney, UK, 16th November 1979. (Photo by Evening Standard/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
Albert Finney outside law courts after a divorce hearing, 16th November 1978. (Photo by Roy Illingworth/Mirrorpix/Getty Images)
South African actress Janet Suzman and English actor Albert Finney, 1977. (Photo by © Hulton-Deutsch Collection/CORBIS/Corbis via Getty Images)
The film 'Murder on the Orient Express' is being made at the EMI/MGM Studios Borehamwood, with a star studded cast headed by Albert Finney who plays Hercule Poirot, the world-famous Belgian detective, 20th May 1974. (Photo by Arthur Sidey/Mirrorpix/Getty Images)
Actress Lauren Bacall and actor Albert Finney on the set of the Paramount Pictures movie 'Murder on the Orient Express' in 1974. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
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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."

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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