Albert Finney’s admirers and peers saluted the late film and stage star Friday following his death at 82.
Over the course of his prolific career, the five-time Oscar-nominated British actor starred in “Tom Jones,” “Annie,” “Erin Brockovich,” “Big Fish” and “Skyfall.”
Filmmaker Ridley Scott told Deadline that he was “knocked out by his talent, charm and energy” when they worked together on “The Duellists,” Scott’s directorial debut.
James Bond franchise star Daniel Craig told the BBC that he was deeply saddened by Finney’s passing and that “the world has lost a giant.”
“Wherever Albert is now, I hope there are horses and good company,” the actor said.
007 producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli also paid tribute to the actor, saying in a tweet that “it was a privilege to work with him and an honour to have had him as part of our Bond family.”
Emmy winner Henry Winkler described Finney as an actor’s actor; Oscar-winning screenwriter Christopher McQuarrie lauded his “unique ability to combine power with powerlessness”; and actor Colin Hanks said Finney made acting “seem effortless, even when you knew it wasn’t.”
Additional tributes came pouring in on social media, with many admiring Finney’s body of work and his artistry with a Thompson, a nod to his gun work in 1990’s “Miller’s Crossing.”
Here’s a look at some of the tributes:
Producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli said: "We are heartbroken at the loss of Albert Finney. It was a privilege to work with him and an honour to have had him as part of our Bond family.”— James Bond (@007) February 8, 2019
I remember seeing SHOOT THE MOON with my Aunt Denise when I was about 10 years old. And then seeing ANNIE a few weeks later with my Mom. Then putting together that the father in both was the same man and thinking - wow, that’s what acting means. Thank you, Albert Finney. 🙏🏾 pic.twitter.com/QyXOY0rKSO— Ava DuVernay (@ava) February 8, 2019
"Whatever people say I am, that's what I'm not." RIP Albert Finney, the original Angry Young Man, thanks for 'Saturday Night, Sunday Morning', 'Miller’s Crossing', 'Two For The Road', 'Gumshoe', 'The Dresser', 'Before The Devil Knows You’re Dead', 'Tom Jones' & so many others... pic.twitter.com/TKGJYKcK8Z— edgarwright (@edgarwright) February 8, 2019
Albert Finney was a damn fine actor. No nonsense. Straight to the point. He made it seem effortless, even when you knew it wasn't. From all accounts, he lived the same way and was a great friend. A Tough loss. My thoughts are with his family.— Colin Hanks (@ColinHanks) February 8, 2019
RIP Albert Finney.— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) February 8, 2019
One of the greatest actors Britain has ever produced. His dazzlingly brilliant portrayal of Churchill in The Gathering Storm was the best of all those who have played Sir Winston. Finney was a wondrously talented giant of stage & screen. pic.twitter.com/2lLbFt8lxq
Albert Finney is gone...— John Cleese (@JohnCleese) February 8, 2019
But more than our greatest actor...
What the Germans call "Ein Mensch"
I met Albert Finney in Alabama on the day of the table read for Big Fish. I had no notes. There was nothing to fix. He was exactly who you hoped he would be. RIP.— John August (@johnaugust) February 8, 2019
So sad to hear of the passing of Albert Finney . I had the great pleasure of working with him on ‘Annie’ the movie. Who could forget him in Tom Jones .RIP we will miss you!!!❤️— Bernadette Peters (@OfficialBPeters) February 8, 2019
He was an outstanding talent and inspired many young actors during his career which spanned stage, film and TV. He will be greatly missed.— National Theatre (@NationalTheatre) February 8, 2019
Albert Finney was ahead of his time as an actor. Saturday night&Sunday morning was a inspiration for so many actors like myself. In a play I watched his character sitting on a coach while he calmly died during a monologue. It was a small theatre. 5ft away from me simply awestruck pic.twitter.com/FEZIJcK9Ct— Vincent D'Onofrio (@vincentdonofrio) February 8, 2019
I never had the pleasure/honor Of meeting the incomparable Albert Finney. But today, for some strange reason, I feel like I have lost a family member. Thank you dear Sir, for raising the bar to levels unattainable!— Ron Perlman (@perlmutations) February 8, 2019
Having a very bitter sweet memory lane day with the passing of the great Albert Finney -- "Do they teach beauty queens how to apologize? Because you suck at it!" Still makes me smile and I hope you and Ed are laughing your asses off up there. pic.twitter.com/d1Cc22iVJ0— erin brockovich (@ErinBrockovich) February 8, 2019
Albert Finney was the most influential actor of his generation. He made it possible for actors from the provinces to make it! It was good to be working class. His mixture of great charm and danger made him totally irresistible. (1/2) pic.twitter.com/sH8ob7Sig5— Malcolm McDowell (@McDowellMalc) February 8, 2019
So sorry to hear this. 27 years ago, I had a perfect dinner with delightful Albert Finney and Alice Cooper. It ended with Albert introducing us to a very drunk and glum Grand Dame of British Theatre, who had just lost a major award. (I was too intimidated to do any talking.) https://t.co/OavUYnGsXq— Neil Gaiman (@neilhimself) February 8, 2019
Albert Finney was a great actor and a gentleman. We bowled together on the Broadway bowling league and appeared in the film The Victors ... it was my fortune to have known him. His gift and talent will be missed by all who knew him. RIP— Peter Henry Fonda (@iamfonda) February 8, 2019
Ah man. Albert Finney died. Such a fine actor. Watch one of his films this weekend if you can.— Mark Pellegrino (@MarkRPellegrino) February 8, 2019
Albert Finney turned down a knighthood. He could have been Sir Albert Finney, but he thought it was snobby. Makes the other Sirs look pretty silly.— John Levenstein (@johnlevenstein) February 8, 2019
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