Peter Finch

Australian Actor
Born Sep 28, 1916

Frederick George Peter Ingle Finch was a British-born Australian actor. He is best remembered for his role as "crazed" television anchorman Howard Beale in the film Network, which earned him a posthumous Academy Award for Best Actor, his fifth Best Actor award from the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, and a Best Actor award from the Golden Globes. He was the first of two people to win a posthumous Academy Award in an acting category; the other was fellow Australian Heath Ledger.… Read More

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1916 Birth Born on September 28, 1916.
1922 5 Years Old Alicia Finch married "Jock" Campbell in 1922. … Read More
1926 9 Years Old In 1926 he was sent to Australia to live with his great-uncle Edward Herbert Finch at Greenwich Point in Sydney.


1929 12 Years Old He attended the local school until 1929, then North Sydney Intermediate High School for three years. … Read More
1933 16 Years Old After graduating, Finch went to work as a copy boy for the Sydney Sun and began writing. However he was more interested in acting, and in late 1933 appeared in a play, Caprice, at the Repertory Theatre. … Read More


1939 22 Years Old He came to the attention of Australian Broadcasting Commission radio drama producer Lawrence H. Cecil, who was to act as his coach and mentor throughout 1939 and 1940. … Read More
1941 24 Years Old Finch enlisted in the Australian Army on 2 June 1941. … Read More
1943 26 Years Old Finch was married three times. In 1943, he married Romanian-born French ballerina Tamara Tchinarova; they worked together on a number of films. … Read More
1945 28 Years Old 1 More Event
He produced and performed Army Concert Party work, and in 1945 toured bases and hospitals with two Terence Rattigan plays he directed, French Without Tears and While the Sun Shines.
1946 29 Years Old 1 More Event
After the war, Finch continued to work extensively in radio and established himself as Australia's leading actor in that medium, winning Macquarie Awards for best actor in 1946 and 1947. … Read More


1948 31 Years Old 1 More Event
Olivier encouraged Finch to move to London, and he left Australia in 1948. … Read More
1951 34 Years Old Finch played Iago onstage in 1951 opposite Orson Welles as the lead in Othello. … Read More
1954 37 Years Old Towards the end of 1954 Finch's contract with Laurence Olivier was about to expire and he instead signed a seven-year contract with the Rank Organisation worth £87,500 to make one film a year for them. "We are going to build Peter into a major British star", said Earl St. John, Rank's head of production, at the time. … Read More


1959 42 Years Old They divorced in 1959, after she discovered his affair with actress Vivien Leigh in California. … Read More
1965 48 Years Old Finch and Turner divorced in 1965.


1972 55 Years Old In 1972 Finch married Mavis "Eletha" Barrett, who was known as Eletha Finch. … Read More


1977 60 Years Old Finch appeared on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson one day prior to suffering a heart attack in the lobby of the Beverly Hills Hotel. He died on 14 January 1977, at the age of 60; he is interred in the Hollywood Forever Cemetery.
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