Peter Finch

Peter Finch

Highest Rated: 91% Network (1976)

Lowest Rated: 17% Lost Horizon (1973)

Birthday: Sep 28, 1916

Birthplace: London, England, UK

A former vaudeville performer and popular radio actor in Australia, Peter Finch transitioned to film in his native England, where he rose from supporting actor to leading man in a number of emotionally charged dramas. While he delivered more than a few notable performances in his four-decade career, Finch was forever identified as the raving mad prophet Howard Beale in "Network" (1976), whose line "I'm mad as hell, and I'm not going to take it anymore!" remained one of the most identifiable in all of cinema history. After supporting roles in several British-made films, he made the Hollywood transition with "The Story of Robin Hood and His Merrie Men" (1952) and starred opposite Elizabeth Taylor in "Elephant" (1954). Throughout the 1950s and 1960s, Finch went back and forth between films made in Hollywood and England, earning award nominations along the way for his performances in "The Nun's Story" (1959), "The Trials of Oscar Wilde" (1960) and "No Love for Johnnie" (1961). Some time passed before Finch delivered another noteworthy performance, this time earning acclaim for his sympathetic and non-clichéd turn as a gay man in "Sunday Bloody Sunday" (1971). A few years later, he captured attention as the raving maniac Beale in "Network," only to die from a heart attack two months before winning his one and only Academy Award, making him the first actor to win a posthumous Oscar.

Highest rated movies

Network
The Red Tent
The Nun's Story
Sunday, Bloody Sunday
The Flight of the Phoenix
Pursuit of the Graf Spee
Girl With Green Eyes
The Pumpkin Eater

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Filmography

Movies

Credit
No Score Yet 64% Raid on Entebbe Yitzhak Rabin (Character) - 1977
91% 93% Network Howard Beale (Character) - 1976
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Abdication Cardinal Azzolino (Character) - 1974
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Nelson Affair Adm. Lord Horatio Nelson (Character) - 1973
17% 45% Lost Horizon Richard Conway (Character) - 1973
No Score Yet No Score Yet Shattered Harry Field (Character) - 1972
No Score Yet No Score Yet England Made Me Erich Krogh (Character) - 1972
86% 71% Sunday, Bloody Sunday Dr. Daniel Hirsh (Character) - 1971
89% 66% The Red Tent Gen. Umberto Nobile (Character) - 1971
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Greatest Mother of 'Em All Sean Howard (Character) - 1969
60% 42% The Legend of Lylah Clare Lewis Zarken/Louie Flack (Character) - 1968
64% 76% Far From the Madding Crowd William Boldwood (Character) - 1967
No Score Yet 29% 10:30 P.M. Summer Paul (Character) - 1966
20% No Score Yet Judith Aaron Stein (Character) - 1966
86% 81% The Flight of the Phoenix Captain Harris (Character) - 1965
80% 60% Girl With Green Eyes Eugene Gaillard (Character) - 1964
67% 73% The Pumpkin Eater Jake Armitage (Character) - 1964
No Score Yet 40% In the Cool of the Day Murray Logan (Character) - 1963
No Score Yet No Score Yet I Thank a Fool Stephen Dane (Character) - 1962
No Score Yet 0% The Sins of Rachel Cade Colonel Henry Derode (Character) - 1961
No Score Yet 62% No Love for Johnnie Johnnie Byrne (Character) - 1961
No Score Yet 55% Operation Amsterdam Jan Smit (Character) - 1960
No Score Yet 52% Kidnapped Alan Breck Stewart (Character) - 1960
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Trials of Oscar Wilde Oscar Wilde (Character) - 1960
88% 81% The Nun's Story Dr. Fortunati (Character) - 1959
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Shiralee Jim Macauley (Character) - 1957
No Score Yet 40% Robbery Under Arms Captain Starlight (Character) - 1957
No Score Yet No Score Yet Windom's Way Alec Windom (Character) - 1957
No Score Yet 78% A Town Like Alice Joe Harman (Character) - 1956
No Score Yet No Score Yet Passage Home Captain Lucky Ryland (Character) - 1956
82% 71% Pursuit of the Graf Spee Captain Langsdorff `'Admiral Graf Spee'` (Character) - 1956
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Warriors Comte De Ville (Character) - 1955
No Score Yet No Score Yet Make Me an Offer Charlie (Character) - 1955
No Score Yet 71% Simon and Laura Simon Foster (Character) - 1955
No Score Yet No Score Yet Josephine and Men David Hewer (Character) - 1955
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Queen in Australia Narrator - 1954
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Detective Gustave Flambeau (Character) - 1954
60% 49% Elephant Walk John Wiley (Character) - 1954
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Great Gilbert and Sullivan Richard D'Oyly Carte (Character) - 1953
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Heart of the Matter Father Rank (Character) - 1953
No Score Yet 67% The Story of Robin Hood and His Merrie Men Sheriff of Nottingham (Character) - 1952
No Score Yet 17% Fighting Rats of Tobruk Peter Linton (Character) - 1951
No Score Yet 45% The Miniver Story Police Officer (Character) - 1950
No Score Yet No Score Yet Eureka Stockade Humffray (Character) - 1949
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Rats of Tobruk Peter Linton (Character) - 1944
No Score Yet No Score Yet Mr. Chedworth Steps Out Arthur Jacobs (Character) - 1939

TV

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet What's My Line? Guest 1968

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