January 2, 2017


Peter Finch (1916-1977) b. London, England.

Peter Finch

Born in 1912, London, England. Finch’s parents divorced when he was aged two, after time in France and India he was raised by relatives in Australia from the age of ten. In Australia he worked in vaudeville, radio, and film during the Depression. His film debut came in 1936 in the Australian film Dad and Dave Come to Town. He later returned to London in 1949 at the behest of Laurence Olivier, where he appeared impressively on the stage and landed a wide variety of film roles, including the romantic comedy Simon and Laura (1955) and The Nun’s Story (1959). During the 1960s he was less active but appeared in the acclaimed The Trials of Oscar Wilde (1960), No Love for Johnnie (1961), The Pumpkin Eater (1964) and Far From the Madding Crowd (1967). The 1970s saw Finch in outstanding form as the homosexual Jewish doctor in Sunday, Bloody Sunday (1971), and earning rave reviews for his final film Network (1976), for which he received the first-ever posthumous Best Actor Oscar. Finch died of a heart attack in January 1977 while promoting his final film. He was married on three occasions and his widow, Aletha Finch, accepted his posthumous Oscar.

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