He was the recipient of two Bafta Awards from 13 nominations. He starred in many movies, being best known for "Tom Jones", "Murder on the Orient Express", "Annie", and "Erin Brockovich" - to name a few.
It also delivered Finney the first of his five Oscar nominations.
While Henry Winkler remembers Finney as an "actors actor".
Referencing Finney's turn in the acclaimed 23rd Bond film, Craig added: "Wherever Albert is now, I hope there are horses and good company".
Shortly before his "Tom Jones" breakthrough, he turned down the title role in the epic "Lawrence of Arabia", which went to Peter O'Toole.
Born in the British village of Pendleton, Finney studied drama at London's Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, primarily working on stage until landing his first film role in 1960's "The Entertainer", appearing alongside Laurence Olivier.
Finney racked up 13 BAFTA nominations - nine for film and four for television.
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As described in The Guide to British Cinema, Finney exuded "a mixture of defiance and selfishness overlaid with a raw sexuality", and allied with his unarguable screen charisma, he became a major star nearly overnight.
Albert Finney has passed away at age 82.
Finney was nominated again for his role as a self-destructive alcoholic in director John Huston's 1984 film "Under the Volcano". He won for outstanding supporting actor for Erin Brockovich, and he joined his Traffic co-stars in winning for outstanding performance by a cast. Roberts won her first Oscar for the role. However, he never attended the Academy Awards and once revealed while.
Finney also found success on Broadway.
Albert married three times in his life, with his most recent wife, Pene Delmage, walking down the aisle with him in 2006.
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".