I'll always be personally partial to Finney's humorous and warm turn in Steven Soderbergh's Erin Brockovich, and one of my all-time favorite Finney performances is in Tim Burton's 2003 tearjerker Big Fish.
He started out in William Shakespeare plays before portraying the titular hero in the Oscar-winning adventure-comedy "Tom Jones", which made him a major film star.
Winston Churchill is a foolproof part for actors - just ask John Lithgow, who won an Emmy for playing the British statesman on Season 1 of "The Crown", or Gary Oldman, who won an Oscar for playing him in "The Darkest Hour". He later played the role of Arthur on "Saturday Night and Sunday Morning".
The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (Rada) graduate continued working on the stage despite his film success, earning Tony nominations on Broadway for Luther and A Day in the Death of Joe Egg.
They said: "We are heartbroken at the loss of Albert Finney". The British actor built his career on the London stage and moved to the big screen with celebrated roles including the lead in 1963's "Tom Jones".
Finney was nominated for Academy Awards four times in the Best Actor category and once in the Best Supporting Actor category.
The British actor and five-time Oscar nominee, who starred in such like Tom Jones, Murder on the Orient Express, Erin Brockovich and Skyfall, died Thursday at age 82.
Numerous stars took to Twitter to pay tribute to Finney upon news of his passing.
He may be best known to younger film fans for his role in the 1982 film adaptation of the musical Annie. Finney also earned his first Best Actor nomination for his efforts and the smash hit turned him into a Hollywood leading man.
Written by Shelagh Delaney, the tale of a successful writer returning to his Manchester hometown was clearly highly personal for Finney, though it would prove to be his only directorial credit.
Funeral arrangements for Finney have not been released yet.
Albert married three times in his life, with his most recent wife, Pene Delmage, walking down the aisle with him in 2006.