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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 .

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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.


Lewis Zarken: Don't forget the Tibetan yak.


[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.


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Peter Finch Facts
Entombed at Hollywood Forever Cemetery, Hollywood, California -- Cathedral Mausoleum, Corridor A, Crypt 1224 (Across From Rudolph Valentino).

Three decades before the controversy over Brokeback Mountain (2005) losing the Best Picture Academy Award to Crash (2004/I), there was a similar controversy involving Sunday Bloody Sunday (1971), one of the first openly and unapologetically gay-themed motion pictures, and the macho police-thriller The French Connection (1971), after the awarding of the Oscars for 1971. Many at the time thought that The French Connection (1971) was not a worthy winner, and that its victory came at the expense of A Clockwork Orange (1971), a highly controversial movie that was recognized as a masterpiece while simultaneously condemned for its depiction of "ultra-violence." However, it was the Best Actor Award that was evocative of the Brokeback Mountain (2005) controversy. As one of the three stars of Sunday Bloody Sunday (1971), Finch won the first of his two Best Actor Academy Award nominations for playing a gay doctor involved in a love triangle w

His performance as "Howard Beale" in Network (1976) is ranked #52 on Premiere Magazine's 100 Greatest Movie Characters of All Time.

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