Peter Finch - Rotten Tomatoes

Peter Finch

Highest Rated:   100% The Red Tent (1971)
Lowest Rated:   60% Elephant Walk (1954)
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Ruddy-faced British star Peter Finch was raised by relatives in France, India, and Australia after his parents divorced when he was two. He had several odd jobs during the Depression before working as a comedian's stooge in vaudeville. He began working in the legitimate theater in 1935 then in 1936 debuted onscreen in the Australian film Dad and Dave Come to Town. While sporadically appearing in Australian films over the next decade-plus, Finch continued working on stage and formed his own company; eventually he also became Australia's top radio actor. His work impressed Laurence Olivier, who brought him to London in 1949 where he performed impressively on the stage and landed supporting roles in numerous films. In the mid-'50s he began getting better film roles, becoming one of Britain's leading male stars. Between 1956-71 he won the British Film Academy "Best Actor" award four times. For his portrayal of a gay doctor in Sunday Bloody Sunday (1971) he received a "Best Actor" Oscar nomination. His last film was Network (1976); during a promotional campaign for the film, he died of a massive coronary. That year he was posthumously awarded the Oscar for "Best Actor"--making him the first actor in Academy Award history to do so.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet The Rats of Tobruk (The Fighting Rats of Tobruk)
  • Actor
2015
No Score Yet Raid on Entebbe
  • Yitzhak Rabin
1977
No Score Yet A Look At Liv
  • Actor
1977
91% Network
  • Howard Beale
1976
No Score Yet The Abdication
  • Cardinal Azzolino
1974
No Score Yet Lost Horizon
  • Richard Conway
1973
No Score Yet The Nelson Affair (Bequest to the Nation)
  • Actor
1973
No Score Yet England Made Me
  • Eric Krogh
1973
No Score Yet Shattered
  • Harry Field
1972
92% Sunday Bloody Sunday
  • Dr. Daniel Hirsh
1971
100% The Red Tent
  • Gen. Umberto Nobile
1971
No Score Yet The Legend of Lylah Clare
  • Lewis Zarkan
1968
72% Far From the Madding Crowd
  • William Boldwood
1967
No Score Yet 10:30 P.M. Summer
  • Paul
1966
90% The Flight of the Phoenix
  • Captain Harris
1965
64% The Pumpkin Eater
  • Jake Armitage
1964
No Score Yet Girl with Green Eyes
  • Eugene Gaillard
1964
No Score Yet In the Cool of the Day
  • Murray Logan
1963
No Score Yet I Thank a Fool
  • Stephen Dane
1962
No Score Yet No Love for Johnnie
  • Johnnie Byrne
1961
No Score Yet The Sins Of Rachel Cade
  • Derode
1961
No Score Yet The Trials of Oscar Wilde
  • Oscar Wilde
1960
No Score Yet Kidnapped
  • Alan Breck Stewart
1960
93% The Nun's Story
  • Dr. Fortunati
1959
No Score Yet Operation Amsterdam
  • Jan Smit
1959
No Score Yet The Shiralee
  • Jim Macauley
1957
No Score Yet Robbery Under Arms
  • Capt. Starlight
1957
No Score Yet Windom's Way
  • Dr. Alec Windom
1957
80% The Battle of the River Plate (Pursuit of the Graf Spee)
  • Capt. Langsdorff
1956
No Score Yet A Town Like Alice (Rape of Malaya)
  • Joe Harman
1956
No Score Yet The Dark Avenger (The Warriors)
  • Comte De Ville
1955
No Score Yet Simon and Laura
  • Simon Foster
1955
No Score Yet Josephine And Men
  • Actor
1955
No Score Yet Father Brown (The Detective)
  • Gustave Flambeau
1954
60% Elephant Walk
  • John Wiley
1954
No Score Yet The Heart of the Matter
  • Father Rank
1953
No Score Yet The Story of Robin Hood and His Merrie Men
  • Sheriff of Nottingham
1952
No Score Yet Train Of Events
  • Philip
1952
No Score Yet The Wooden Horse
  • The Australian
1951
No Score Yet Fighting Rats of Tobruk
  • Peter Linton
1951
No Score Yet The Miniver Story
  • Polish officer
1950
No Score Yet Eureka Stockade
  • Humffray
1949
No Score Yet Indonesia Calling
  • Actor
1946

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