The actor's family confirmed Finney's death to the Associated Press on Friday morning saying he "passed away peacefully after a short illness with those closest to him by his side". "The family request privacy at this sad time", reads a statement.
Tributes from within the industry have already begun flooding in already, from fellow actors, directors and movie critics alike, with film critic Peter Bradshaw tweeting to say he was "so sad" to hear of Finney's death.
Finney did, however, win two Baftas, for Most Promising Newcomer for his role in Saturday Night and Sunday Morning, and Best Actor at the Bafta TV Awards for The Gathering Storm, in which he played Winston Churchill.
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"I was dead lucky. I always tell the truth". "It was one of the leading reps in the country". Explaining why to The Telegraph in 2011, he said: "It's a long way to go just to sit in a non-drinking, non-smoking environment on the off-chance your name is called".
Albert Finney receiving a his fellowship BAFTA. After a series of television roles, Finney made his debut on the big screen in the 1960 drama film "The Entertainer", directed by Tony Richardson. I had the enormous privilege of working with him early on. However, fans of pop and geek culture probably know Finney best for his roles in big modern franchises like James Bond's Skyfall; as the shadowy mastermind doctor in The Bourne Ultimatum and the Bourne Legacy spinoff films; and Tim Burton projects like Corpse Bride and Big Fish.
Finney, known as British cinema's original "angry young man" whose breakthrough performances came alongside Liza Minelli and Audrey Hepburn, considered himself anti-establishment and twice turned down honours - a CBE in 1980 and a knighthood in 2000.