Albert Finney, known for playing Daddy Warbucks in Annie, has died

Julia Roberts with Albert Finney in Erin Brockovich

After the Coen brothers cast him in Miller's Crossing, playing Irish-American mobster Leo O'Bannon, Finney began to acquire a certain cachet among the new generation of American filmmakers who revered his work in the 1960s. His screen breakthrough came later that year in Saturday Night and Sunday Morning, which rocketed him to stardom.

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

Instead, he teamed up with Richardson again for the 1963 film version of Henry Fielding's classic comic novel Tom Jones.

Finney studied at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, beginning his career as a Shakespearean stage actor.

Albert Finney, who forged his reputation as one of the leading actors of Britain's early 60s new wave cinema, has died aged 82 after a short illness, his family announced.

"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.

Albert Finney was a five-time Oscar nominee.

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Finney, who twice refused official honours including a knighthood, also starred as Hercule Poirot in "Murder on the Orient Express (1974) and appeared in Erin Brockovich (2000) - for which he was nominated as Best Supporting Actor - and the James Bond film "Skyfall" (2012)".

They said: "We are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Albert Finney".

"This is a man from very humble origins who became rich when he was very young", said Quentin Falk, author of an unauthorized biography of Finney. His marriage to Jane Denham lasted from 1957 to 1961 and Wednesday Anouk Aimeé in 1970.

Michael G Wilson and Barbara Broccoli, the co-producers of Eon Productions, led tributes to the late actor, best known for roles in Tom Jones, Erin Brockovich and Annie. Roberts won her first Oscar for the role.

He got back-to-back nominations in 1984 and 1985 for The Dresser and Under the Volcano but never attended the ceremony itself, calling it "a waste of time".

He also produced several projects (albeit uncredited), and he directed two movies, but his net worth is surprisingly low for someone with such a long and successful career.

Finney's funeral will be held in private.

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