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 .

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.


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
Born Frederick George Peter Ingle-Finch in London, he lived as a child in France and India, and finally in his parent's native country Australia. He grew up in Sydney, where he began his career as an actor.

Is portrayed by Jerome Ehlers in Darlings of the Gods (1989) (TV).

Was discovered by Laurence Olivier in 1948 when Olivier and his theatrical company, which included his wife Vivien Leigh, were conducting a tour of Australia, Olivier signed the young Aussie to a personal contract and Finch became part of Olivier's theatrical company, traveling back to London with his new employer. He then proceeded to cuckold his mentor and employer by bedding Olivier's wife. Olivier was personally humiliated but ever the trouper, he kept the talented Finch under contract; Finch, who had been born in London, flourished as an actor after the career break given him by Olivier. Finch and Leigh carried on a long affair, and since Leigh was bipolar and her manic-depression frequently manifested itself in nymphomania, some speculate that Olivier subconsciously might have been grateful for Finch as he occupied Leigh's hours and kept her out of worse trouble and Olivier from even worse embarrassment.

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