'Powerhouse' Actor Albert Finney Dead at 82

Finney and his Saturday Night and Sunday Morning co-star Shirley Anne Field and writer Alan Sillitoe

An accomplished stage actor who once replaced an ill Laurence Olivier in the title role in Shakespeare's Coriolanus, Finney made his film debut as Olivier's son in 1960's The Entertainer.

"I was the first man to be seen sleeping with another man's wife in an English film", said Finney of his role as Arthur, a hard-living factor worker juggling affairs with two women while living at home.

He famously played Ebenezer Scrooge in the 1970 musical adaptation of the Charles Dickens classic "Scrooge".

Finney's most memorable role of the 1990's was his tough portrayal of an Irish mob boss in the Coen Brothers masterpiece Miller's Crossing, a last-minute replacement after the death of the originally-cast Trey Wilson.

Finney was nominated for five Oscars for his performances in films including "Erin Brockovich" and "Murder on the Orient Express". That's the thing you very rarely get, I think.

James Bond producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson said they were "heartbroken" at the loss of the actor, whose final screen appearance came as gamekeeper Kincade in 2012's Skyfall.

Here are some of the first online reactions to Albert Finney's death on social media... Both on stage and screen.

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The 1960s also saw Finney star in Night Must Fall and Two for the Road with Audrey Hepburn. It's nothing to shake a stick at, but to put it in perspective, that's roughly half of what NCIS star Mark Harmon makes in a year.

The Oscar-winning film bagged Finney nominations for Best Actor at the Oscars, BAFTAs and Golden Globes.

Westworld star, and fellow Bond franchise alumnus, Jeffrey Wright called Finney "supreme" and "one of the absolute [greatest of all time]", saying he habitually watched Finney's Oscar-nominated performance in The Dresser before starting a new play.

But perhaps his most iconic role was as Erin Brockovich's gruff-with-a-big-heart boss, Ed Masry. However, he won some notable industry awards over the years.

Emmys: Outstanding lead actor for The Gathering Storm.

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".

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