Legendary British actor Albert Finney has passed away at the age of 82, following a short illness.
The Scrooge actor has died, years after his battle with kidney cancer in 2011, though it's unclear if it is related to his death.
Finney was a rare star who managed to avoid the Hollywood limelight for more than five decades after bursting to global fame in 1963 in the title role of "Tom Jones".
Fans have also issued their condolences, as one person wrote on Twitter: "Very sad to hear about Albert Finney.brilliant actor and played THE best ever Scrooge #RIP". His screen career spanned six decades - from his first role in 1960 starring alongside Laurence Olivier in The Entertainer, through to his final turn in 2012.
Albert Finney, the Oscar-nominated British actor best known for his roles in "Annie", "Erin Brockovich" and "Tom Jones", has died after a short illness, according to representatives of his family. After that he starred opposite Audrey Hepburn in Two for the Road, then stepped behind the camera as director for 1968's Charlie Bubbles.
The actor has two sons, Simon and Michael.
The actor was a five-time Oscar nominee.
He was also nominated for best supporting actor for his performance in Erin Brockovich (2000). The 1990s gave him an opportunity to work with the Coen Brothers in Miller's Crossing, and he also expanded into television with roles in miniseries titles like Karaoke, Cold Lazarus and Nostromo. It began an era of his career where he would really embrace his age, playing Winston Churchill in The Gathering Storm (and earning a BAFTA, Golden Globe and Emmy for it), a dying storyteller in Tim Burton's Big Fish, and an expert thief in Ocean's 12.
Finney managed to avoid the all-consuming celebrity that often accompanied big-screen fame.