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.


[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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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.

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.

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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