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.

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

Peter Finch's widow, Jamaican-born Eletha Finch, accepted his Oscar, posthumously, before the Academy.

Holds the distinction of being the first person to win a posthumous Oscar in an acting category and is the only person to win a posthumous award for Best Actor In A Leading Role.

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