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Peter Finch (I) (1916–1977)


Despite being one of the finest actors of his generation, Peter Finch will be remembered as much for his reputation as a hard-drinking, hell-raising womanizer as for his performances on the screen. He was born in London in 1916 and went to live in Sydney, Australia, at the age of ten. There, he worked in a series of dead-end jobs before taking up ... See full bio »

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Won 1 Oscar. Another 10 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »

Known For

Network
Network Howard Beale
(1976)
Sunday Bloody Sunday
Sunday Bloody Sunday Daniel Hirsh
(1971)
The Trials of Oscar Wilde
(1960)
A Town Like Alice
A Town Like Alice Joe Harman
(1956)

Filmography

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 1976 Raid on Entebbe (TV Movie)
Yitzhak Rabin
 1976 Network
Howard Beale
 1974 The Abdication
Cardinal Azzolino
 1973 England Made Me
Erich Krogh
 1973 The Nelson Affair
Adm. Lord Horatio Nelson
 1973 Lost Horizon
Richard Conway
 1972 Something to Hide
Harry Field
 1971 Sunday Bloody Sunday
Daniel Hirsh
 1969 The Greatest Mother of Them All (Short)
Sean Howard
 1969 The Red Tent
Gen. Nobile
 1968 The Legend of Lylah Clare
Lewis Zarken / Louie Flack
 1967 Far from the Madding Crowd
William Boldwood
 1967 Come Spy with Me
Cameo Appearance (uncredited)
 1966 10:30 P.M. Summer
Paul
 1966 Judith
Aaron Stein
 1965 The Flight of the Phoenix
Captain Harris
 1964 First Men in the Moon
Bailiff's Man (uncredited)
 1964 Girl with Green Eyes
Eugene Gaillard
 1964 The Pumpkin Eater
Jake
 1963 In the Cool of the Day
Murray Logan
 1962 I Thank a Fool
Stephen Dane
 1961 No Love for Johnnie
Johnnie Byrne
 1961 The Sins of Rachel Cade
Colonel Henry Derode
 1960 The Trials of Oscar Wilde
Oscar Wilde
 1960 Kidnapped
Alan Breck Stewart
 1959 The Nun's Story
Dr. Fortunati
 1959 Operation Amsterdam
Jan Smit
 1957 Windom's Way
Alec Windom
 1957 Robbery Under Arms
Starlight
 1957 The Shiralee
Macauley
 1956 Pursuit of the Graf Spee
Captain Hans Langsdorff - 'Admiral Graf Spee'
 1956 A Town Like Alice
Joe Harman
 1955 Simon and Laura
Simon Foster
 1955 Josephine and Men
David Hewer
 1955 Make Me an Offer
Charlie
 1955 Passage Home
Captain Lucky Ryland
 1955 The Dark Avenger
Comte De Ville
 1954 The Detective
Gustave Flambeau
 1954 Elephant Walk
John Wiley
 1953 The Heart of the Matter
Father Rank
 1953 Gilbert and Sullivan
Richard D'Oyly Carte
 1952 The Story of Robin Hood and His Merrie Men
Sheriff of Nottingham
 1951 Captain Carvallo (TV Movie)
Professor Winke
 1950 The Wooden Horse
Australian in Hospital
 1950 The Miniver Story
Polish officer
 1949 Train of Events
Philip Mason (segment "The Actor")
 1949 Massacre Hill
Humffray
 1948 Red Sky at Morning
Micheal
 1946 A Son Is Born
Paul Graham
 1944 The Fighting Rats of Tobruk
Peter Linton
 1943 South West Pacific (Short)
R.A.A.F. Pilot
 1943 These Stars Are Mine (Short)
Reynolds Junior
 1941 The Power and the Glory
Frank Miller
 1939 Mr. Chedworth Steps Out
Arthur Jacobs
 1938 The Farmer Goes to Town
Bill Ryan
 1935 The Magic Shoes (Short)
Prince Charming
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Other Works:

He acted in William Shakespeare's play, "Romeo and Juliet", at the Old Vic Theatre in London, England with Claire Bloom and Alan Badel in the cast. See more »

Publicity Listings:

3 Print Biographies | 1 Portrayal | 1 Interview | 5 Articles | 2 Pictorials | 5 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »

Alternate Names:

Gnr.Peter Finch | William Mitchell

Height:

5' 9" (1.75 m)
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Personal Quote:

Good acting should teach people to understand rather than judge. See more »

Trivia:

He was not director John Schlesinger first choice for his masterpiece, Sunday Bloody Sunday (1971). Oscar-nominee Alan Bates had been signed by the director to play the part of "Dr. Daniel Hirsh", a youngish homosexual doctor, but eventually became unavailable due to another commitment that ran behind schedule. Ian Bannen replaced him but, according to the late screenwriter, Penelope Gilliatt, in... See more »

Nickname:

Finchie

Star Sign:

Libra

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