Peter Finch Overview:

Legendary actor, Peter Finch, was born Frederick George Peter Ingle-Finch on Sep 28, 1916 in London, England. Finch died at the age of 60 on Jan 14, 1977 in Beverly Hills, CA .

MINI BIO:

Dark-haired, British-born portrayer of strong characters. He made his name in Australia before returning to England where he slowly became much admired as hero, villain, and all-round good actor. In the sixties he became an international star, but his roles were less consistently good. A hell-raiser who lived life to the full, he died from a heart attack, and was posthumously given an Oscar for his last film, Network. Also Oscar-nominated for Sunday, Bloody Sunday.

(Source: available at Amazon Quinlan's Film Stars).

HONORS and AWARDS:

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Peter Finch was nominated for two Academy Awards, winning one for Best Actor for Network (as Howard Beale) in 1976.

Academy Awards

YearAwardFilm nameRoleResult
1971Best ActorSunday Bloody Sunday (1971)Dr. Daniel HirshNominated
1976Best ActorNetwork (1976)Howard BealeWon
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Peter Finch Quotes:

[the Marquis of Queensbury hands an insulting bouquet of vegetables to Oscar Wilde]
Oscar Wilde: How charming. Every time I smell them I shall think of you, Lord Queensbury.


[the Marquis of Queensbury hands an insulting bouquet of vegetables to Oscar Wilde]
Oscar Wilde: How charming. Every time I smell them I shall think of you, Lord Queensbury.


Lewis Zarken: Don't forget the Tibetan yak.


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Peter Finch Facts
He was the natural son of Major Jock Campbell, a Highlander in the Black Watch and Alicia Ingle-Finch, during her marriage to the notable mountaineer George Ingle-Finch. George was the son of an eminent lawyer from New South Wales.

Only one day before his death of a heart attack, he appeared on "The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson" (1962) on U.S. network television NBC, entertaining the host and the audience with tales of his youth and his "psychic" grandmother. Carson closed his program the next evening with some words about Finch's passing.

Suffered from fear of flying.

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