Peter Finch
Australian actor
Peter Finch
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.
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Timeless Reels: Classic Films on DVD | Collection Development, September 1, 2011 - Library Journal
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Peter Finch is mad as hell, and he's not going to take it anymore! One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. color. 133 min. Dir: Milos Forman. Warner Home Video, 818-954-1744; www.warnerbros.com. 1975. DVD ISBN 9780790765143. $26.99 ($16.29)
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How about a lesson in civics? - Clackamas Review
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Irritated members of the American electorate are increasingly stating the equivalent of, "We're mad as hell and we aren't going to take it anymore," taking a page from Peter Finch's fed-up character in the 1976 film, "Network
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A Matter of Voice - Wall Street Journal
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Of course, as the voice director of the Royal Shakespeare Company for the past 42 years—her charges have included Sean Connery, Judi Dench, Peter Finch, Anthony Hopkins and Jeremy Irons—Ms. Berry, 85, has an unassailable track record
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Sunday concert to benefit Oakland nonprofit that works with children - San Jose Mercury News
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Peter Finch of KFOG's morning show will host the event, which also includes Megan Slankard and Gyasi Parker-Ross playing music. Organizers are keeping the location of the concert private until people buy their tickets. The event will benefit the Mosaic
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Jedward appeared and my head exploded - shropshirestar.com
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Telly Talk: As a journalist you get passed a story every now and again that makes your heart sink so fast it drops out of your bottom, writes Peter Finch. For me this involved watching and detailing the re-launch of Big Brother. Oh no, I catch myself,
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Why I'm Starting the No Bullshit Party and Running for President - Huffington Post (blog)
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After watching the so-called first Republican debate the other night in Iowa, I wanted to imitate Peter Finch in Network and open my window and scream that "I'm mad as hell and I'm not going to take it any more!" My only alternative is to announce
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Democracy in Tel Aviv's Streets - City Journal
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Instead of imitating the Peter Finch character in Network and shouting “I'm mad as hell” from his window, Alrov started a consumer boycott on his Facebook page that soon spread like wildfire across the country. The media dubbed it the “Cottage Cheese
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Golf, spa getaways still thriving - Stuff.co.nz
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"Golf is the reason for the trip, but being together, and doing something everyone enjoys doing is important, too," says the magazine's senior editor, Peter Finch. "It's a blast." As men hit the links (an estimated 80 percent of buddy trips are taken
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Male Monologues - Screen Junkies
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"Network" Many people are familiar with the image of Howard Beale (Peter Finch) dripping wet, telling everyone to stick their heads out their windows and yell, "I'm as mad as hell and I'm not going to take it anymore." But there is an entire frantic
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Annual golf, spa getaways still thriving despite slow recovery - Reuters Blogs (blog)
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“Golf is the reason for the trip, but being together, and doing something everyone enjoys doing is important, too,” says the magazine's senior editor, Peter Finch. “It's a blast.” As men hit the links (an estimated 80 percent of buddy trips are taken
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Twitter users "mad as hell" over debt crisis? (VIDEO) - GlobalPost
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Comparisons with Peter Finch's iconic monologue from "Network" — in which he says "I'm mad as hell and I'm not going to take it anymore" — were inevitably made. Meanwhile, on Tuesday, high-level talks on the debt crisis were reportedly continuing,
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Could spam sink LinkedIn? Yes! - Computerworld (blog)
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My apologies to Peter Finch's Howard Beale character, but I really am utterly fed up with the way LinkedIn, an otherwise extremely useful service, is fast going downhill. And it's not just me; I've heard from many other users who are seeing the same
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What's On Today
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8 P.M. (TCM) LITERARY ROMANCE Turner Classic Movies presents five films adapted from beloved novels, starting with ''Pride and Prejudice'' (1940), the Jane Austen classic about five sisters out to nab husbands in 19th-century England, the better to produce an heir to save the family farm. Greer Garson plays Elizabeth Bennet, the eldest, most
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Peter Finch
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 1977
    Age 60
    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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  • FIFTIES
  • 1972
    Age 55
    In 1972 Finch married Mavis "Eletha" Barrett, who was known as Eletha Finch.
    More Details Hide Details They had a daughter together, Diana. In 1954, the Australian journalist and author George Johnston wrote a well-researched series of biographical articles on Finch, his life, and his work, which appeared in the Sydney Sun-Herald on four consecutive Sundays, which were certainly the first detailed account of Finch's life to be published. Finch later provided the inspiration for the character Archie Calverton in Johnston's novel, Clean Straw for Nothing. In 1980, American author Elaine Dundy published a biography of Finch titled Finch, Bloody Finch: A Biography of Peter Finch. That year, his second wife, Yolande Finch, also published a posthumous account of their life together, Finchy: My Life with Peter Finch. Another biography had previously been published by his friend and colleague Trader Faulkner, in 1979. According to an entry in Brian McFarlane's The Encyclopedia of British Film, republished on the British Film Institute's Screenonline website, Finch "did not emerge unscathed from a life of well-publicised hell-raising, and several biographies chronicle the affairs and the booze, but a serious appraisal of a great actor remains to be written."
  • FORTIES
  • 1965
    Age 48
    Finch and Turner divorced in 1965.
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  • 1959
    Age 42
    They divorced in 1959, after she discovered his affair with actress Vivien Leigh in California.
    More Details Hide Details He then married South African-born actress Yolande Turner (née Yolande Eileen Turnbull); they had two children together, Samantha and Charles Peter. During their marriage, Finch had an affair with the singer Shirley Bassey. Bassey had a daughter, also called Samantha, born in 1963; Bassey's husband at the time, the openly gay film producer Kenneth Hume, believed that Finch was her biological father.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1954
    Age 37
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Finch's first roles for Rank under the new arrangement were undistinguished: Make Me an Offer (1954), Simon and Laura (also 1954), Josephine and Men (1955), and Passage Home (also 1955). However, he was then cast in two major hits, A Town Like Alice (1956) and The Battle of the River Plate (1956), which saw exhibitors vote him the seventh most popular British star at the box office; the following year his ranking went up to third, being the fifth most popular regardless of nationality. He returned to Australia to make two films, Robbery Under Arms (1957) and The Shiralee (1957). The success of The Nun's Story (1959) saw Finch become an international star, although he never worked in Hollywood for an extended period of time, preferring to base himself in London. He was originally chosen to play Julius Caesar in Cleopatra (1963) and filmed scenes in London, but when the film was postponed he withdrew; the role was recast with Rex Harrison. He won BAFTA Awards for his performances in The Trials of Oscar Wilde (1960) (in the title role), No Love for Johnnie (1961) and Sunday Bloody Sunday (1971). His performance in the latter also earned him an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor in a Leading Role.
  • 1951
    Age 34
    Finch played Iago onstage in 1951 opposite Orson Welles as the lead in Othello.
    More Details Hide Details Despite his stage experience, Finch, like his mentor Olivier, suffered from stage fright, and as the 1950s progressed he worked increasingly in film. His roles increased in size and prestige, including being cast as the villain Flambeau in Father Brown (1954) and as the lead in the Hollywood film Elephant Walk (1954). However, he continued to appear on the stage, playing Trigorin in Chekhov's The Seagull opposite Peggy Ashcroft and Vanessa Redgrave in the West End in 1964/65.
  • 1948
    Age 31
    During this time, Finch's closeness to the Olivier family led to an affair with Olivier's beautiful but increasingly unstable wife, Vivien Leigh, which began in 1948, and continued on and off for several years, ultimately falling apart due to her deteriorating mental condition.
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    Olivier encouraged Finch to move to London, and he left Australia in 1948.
    More Details Hide Details When Finch arrived in Britain, Olivier became his mentor and put him under long-term contract. His first big break was being cast in James Bridie's play Daphne Laureola at the Old Vic supporting Edith Evans. In 1952 he performed at St. James's Theatre, King Street, London, in Sir Laurence Olivier's and Gilbert Miller's The Happy Time a comedy by Samuel Taylor. He played the part of Papa He also received acclaim for his first role in a British film, Train of Events (1949), playing a murderous actor. Critic C. A. Lejeune praised his work in the London Observer commenting that he "adds good cheekbones to a quick intelligence and is likely to become a cult, I fear." The Scotsman said "he should be regarded as one of the most hopeful recruits to the British screen." His performance as a Pole in Daphne Laureola led to his casting as a Polish soldier in The Miniver Story, the sequel to the wartime morale boosting film Mrs. Miniver; unlike its predecessor, it was poorly received critically. The same year he also appeared in the more successful The Wooden Horse playing an Australian prisoner of war.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1946
    Age 29
    In 1946, Finch co-founded the Mercury Theatre Company, which put on a number of productions in Sydney over the next few years (initially in the diminutive St James' Hall), as well as running a theatre school.
    More Details Hide Details A 1948 performance of The Imaginary Invalid on the factory floor of O'Brien's Glass Factory in Sydney brought him to the attention of Laurence Olivier and Vivien Leigh, then touring Australia with the Old Vic Company.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details He also worked as a compere, producer and writer.
  • 1945
    Age 28
    Finch was discharged from the army on 31 October 1945 at the rank of sergeant.
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    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.
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  • 1943
    Age 26
    Finch was married three times. In 1943, he married Romanian-born French ballerina Tamara Tchinarova; they worked together on a number of films.
    More Details Hide Details They had a daughter, Anita, born in 1950.
  • 1941
    Age 24
    Finch enlisted in the Australian Army on 2 June 1941.
    More Details Hide Details He served in the Middle East and was an anti-aircraft gunner during the Bombing of Darwin. During his war service he was allowed to continue to act in radio, theatre and film, notably The Rats of Tobruk (1944).
  • 1939
    Age 22
    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.
    More Details Hide Details He was "Chris" in the Children's Session and the first Muddle-Headed Wombat. He later starred with Neva Carr Glyn in an enormously popular series by Max Afford as husband-and-wife detectives Jeffery and Elizabeth Blackburn as well as other ABC radio plays. Finch's first screen performance was in the short film, The Magic Shoes (1935), an adaptation of the Cinderella fairy tale. He made his feature film debut with a supporting role in Dad and Dave Come to Town (1938) for director Ken G. Hall, who later cast Finch in a larger role in support to Cecil Kellaway in Mr. Chedworth Steps Out (1939).
  • TEENAGE
  • 1933
    Age 16
    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.
    More Details Hide Details He started appearing in stage shows for Doris Fitton, worked as a sideshow spruiker at the Sydney Royal Easter Show, in vaudeville with Joe Cody and as a foil to American comedian Bert le Blanc. At age 19 Finch toured Australia with George Sorlie's travelling troupe. He did radio acting work with Hugh Denison's BSA Players (for Broadcasting Service Association, later to become Macquarie Players).
  • 1929
    Age 12
    He attended the local school until 1929, then North Sydney Intermediate High School for three years.
    More Details Hide Details A school friend was RAF pilot and author Paul Brickhill.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1926
    Age 9
    In 1926 he was sent to Australia to live with his great-uncle Edward Herbert Finch at Greenwich Point in Sydney.
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  • 1922
    Age 5
    Alicia Finch married "Jock" Campbell in 1922.
    More Details Hide Details George gained custody of Peter and he was taken from his mother and brought up by his paternal "grandmother" Laura Finch (formerly Black) in Vaucresson, France. In 1925 Laura took Peter with her to Adyar, a theosophical community near Madras, India, for a number of months, and the young boy lived for a time in a Buddhist monastery. Undoubtedly as a result of his childhood contact with Buddhism Finch always claimed to be a Buddhist. He is reported to have said: "I think a man dying on a cross is a ghastly symbol for a religion. And I think a man sitting under a bo tree and becoming enlightened is a beautiful one."
  • 1916
    Born
    Born on September 28, 1916.
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