Refresh for updates Albert Finney, who died yesterday, is being remembered by co-stars and colleagues from Hollywood to London today as an actor who all but defined versatility. From the intimate kitchen-sink dramas that started his career to the big, broad musicals like Scrooge (pictured) and Annie that became family fare traditions, Finney was, as Rufus Sewell, his A Man of No Importance co-star, “effortlessly great.”
Sam Mendes, director of Finney in Skyfall, said, “It is desperately sad news that Albert Finney has gone. He really was one of the greats – a brilliant, beautiful, big-hearted, life loving delight of a man. He will be terribly missed.”
Julia Roberts, Finney’s Erin Brockovich co-star, said in a statement, “It was my terrific joy and privilege to work with Albert. His talent was eclipsed only by his enormous heart.”
“I was lucky enough to have worked with the late great Albert Finney in the film Erin Brockovich,” tweeted Marg Helgenberger. “An extraordinary & generous actor who oozed charm & mischievousness. Do yourself a favor & watch one of his performances this weekend…”
James Bond franchise producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli remembered the Skyfall actor: “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.”
Skyfall star Daniel Craig was quoted by the BBC saying, “I’m deeply saddened by the news of Albert Finney’s passing. The world has lost a giant. Wherever Albert is now, I hope there are horses and good company.”
Here is a sampling of remembrances, from Monty Python’s John Cleese and The Kinks’ Dave Davies to Vincent D’Onofrio, Alec Baldwin (posting as HABFoundation) and the real-life Erin Brockovich. Deadline will update periodically…
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