Finney won his first Oscar nomination (and a New York Film Critics award) in the title role of the uproarious film adaptation of Henry Fielding's sprawling, 18th-century picaresque novel about a young man who is the adopted bastard of a nobleman.
Instead, he teamed up with Richardson again for the 1963 film version of Henry Fielding's classic comic novel Tom Jones.
He won two: most promising newcomer for "Saturday Night and Sunday Morning" in 1960, and in 2002 for his portrayal of Churchill in "The Gathering Storm".
That was the role that introduced Finney to American audiences, and few would forget the lusty, blue-eyed leading man who helped the film win a Best Picture Oscar.
Fans have also issued their condolences, as one person wrote on Twitter: "Very sad to hear about Albert Finney.brilliant actor and played THE best ever Scrooge #RIP".
"Apart from being effortlessly great he was also a great all-round example of how to behave", he tweeted. "I don't think I'm particularly handsome", he told People magazine in 1982. 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.
He married Jane Wenham and had a son, who still works as a camera operator in the industry; he was married to a French actress, Anouk Aimée until 1978.
Finney made acting a profession at age 19 when he appeared in several TV movies, including She Stoops to Conquer in 1956 and The Claverdon Road Job the very next year.