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Peter Finch, Award Winner –


Peter Finch: Best Actor, 1976:

Network (Drama – R)

Peter Finch received his Best Actor Oscar for playing the network TV newsman Howard Beals who gets high TV ratings after threatening to commit suicide on the air. His mental breakdown becomes a cultural event in this razor-sharp satire of the TV news business, directed by Sidney Lumet and written by Paddy Chayefsky. Finch was the first actor to receive this award posthumously.
About Peter Finch (1916 – 1977)
Peter Finch was born Frederick George Peter Ingle-Finch on September 28th, 1916, in South Kensington, London, England. At age 10 he moved to Australia. When he grew up, he began acting on the stage as a comedian's stooge, where he was spotted by Lawrence Olivier who convinced him to go to England to perform classical works on the stage. Finch, a hard-drinking womanizer, had an affair with Vivian Leigh, then married to Olivier.

Peter Finch became a film actor in 1938, because of crippling stage fright. In 1959, he played in The Nun's Story, with Audrey Hepburn, as a doctor who treats a young nun for tuberculosis. In 1967, he played a controlling, middle aged contender for the affections of an independent young farmer, in the film adaptation of Far From The Madding Crowd, with Julie Christie.

In 1971, he played a Jewish, homosexual doctor who shares a lover with a lonely woman, played by Glenda Jackson in the movie, Sunday, Bloody Sunday. He was nominated for an Academy Award for his portrayal.

In 1976, Peter Finch played in the movie Network, a satiric exposé on the corruption inside the television industry. Finch portrayed aging news anchor, Howard Beale, whose reaction to being fired, is to announce during the nightly news that he will commit suicide on the air the following night. Later, in an on-air rant that has become famous, he encourages his viewers to open their windows to join him in his rage against the world by shouting "I'm as mad as hell, and I'm not gonna take it anymore!" Finch received a posthumous Academy Award for Best Actor for his performance.

Peter Finch won four British Film Academy awards for:

A Town Like Alice (1956)
The Trials Of Oscar Wilde (1960)
No Love For Johnnie (1961)
Sunday Bloody Sunday (1971)
NETWORK (1976)

Peter Finch's other acting Oscar nomination was for:

Sunday Bloody Sunday (1971)

Peter Finch's notable movie credits include...

Red Sky At Morning  (1944)
The Power And The Glory (1941)
Train Of Events (1949)
The Miniver Story (1950)
Robin Hood (1952)
Elephant Walk (1954)
Make Me An Offer (1954)
The Dark Avenger (1955)
Simon And Laura (1955)
The Battle Of The River Plate (1956)
Operation Amsterdam (1959)
Kidnapped (1960)
The Nun's Story (1959)
In The Cool Of The Day (1963)
The Pumpkin Eater (1964)
The Flight Of The Phoenix (1965)
Far From The Madding Crowd (1967)
The Red Tent (1969)
Something To Hide (1972)
Lost Horizon (1973)
The Flight Of The Phoenix (1965)

Peter Finch's television credits include...

Raid On Entebbe


Peter Finch in Network.