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Peter Finch is a Actor, Director and Scriptwriter Australien born on 27 september 1916 at South Kensington (United-kingdom)

Peter Finch

Peter Finch
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Birth name Frederick George Peter Ingle Finch
Nationality Australie
Birth 27 september 1916 at South Kensington (United-kingdom)
Death 14 january 1977 (at 60 years) at Beverly Hills (USA)
Awards Academy Award for Best Actor

Frederick George Peter Ingle Finch (28 September 1916 – 14 January 1977) 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 person to win a posthumous Academy Award in an acting category.


Finch was married three times. In 1943, he married Romanian-born French ballerina Tamara Tchinarova; they worked together on a number of films. They had a daughter, Anita, born in 1950. They divorced in 1959, after she discovered his affair with actress Vivien Leigh in California. 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 actress 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. Finch and Turner divorced in 1965. In 1972 Finch married Mavis "Eletha" Barrett, who was known as Eletha Finch. They had a daughter together, Diana.

Best films

Network (1976)
The Nun's Story (1959)
The Story of Robin Hood and His Merrie Men (1952)

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Filmography of Peter Finch (61 films)

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Network (1976)
, 2h1
Directed by Sidney Lumet
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Comedy-drama, Romance
Themes Films about writers, Films about journalists, Films about sexuality, Films about television
Actors Faye Dunaway, William Holden, Peter Finch, Robert Duvall, Ned Beatty, Wesley Addy
Roles Howard Beale
Rating80% 4.0492154.0492154.0492154.0492154.049215
Howard Beale, the longtime anchor of the Union Broadcasting System's UBS Evening News, learns from the news division president, Max Schumacher, that he has just two more weeks on the air because of declining ratings. The two old friends get roaring drunk and lament the state of their industry. The following night, Beale announces on live television that he will commit suicide on next Tuesday's broadcast. UBS fires him after this incident, but Schumacher intervenes so that Beale can have a dignified farewell. Beale promises he will apologize for his outburst, but once on the air, he launches back into a rant claiming that life is "bullshit". Beale's outburst causes the newscast's ratings to spike, and much to Schumacher's dismay, the upper echelons of UBS decide to exploit Beale's antics rather than pull him off the air.
Raid on Entebbe, 2h25
Directed by Irvin Kershner
Origin USA
Genres Drama, War, Thriller, Documentary, Action
Themes Films set in Africa, Films about terrorism, Transport films, Aviation films, Political films, Dans un avion, Children's films, Films about hijackings
Actors Peter Finch, Charles Bronson, Yaphet Kotto, James Woods, Robert Loggia, Horst Buchholz
Roles Yitzhak Rabin
Rating67% 3.3951853.3951853.3951853.3951853.395185
The film focuses on the basic facts of the rescue of hostages held when hijackers belonging to a splinter group of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine under the orders of Wadie Haddad boarded and hijacked an Air France plane. It recounts the events and response of the Israeli government and the controversy that the rescue stirred.
The Abdication, 1h43
Directed by Anthony Harvey
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, Historical
Actors Peter Finch, Liv Ullmann, Cyril Cusack, Paul Rogers, Graham Crowden, Michael Dunn
Roles Cardinal Azzolino
Rating61% 3.057323.057323.057323.057323.05732
Ce film raconte l'amour de la reine Christine de Suède pour le cardinal Decio Azzolino, secrétaire d'État du pape Clément IX.
Bequest to the Nation, 1h58
Directed by James Cellan Jones
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, Historical
Actors Glenda Jackson, Peter Finch, Michael Jayston, Anthony Quayle, Margaret Leighton, Dominic Guard
Roles Adm. Lord Horatio Nelson
Rating64% 3.238753.238753.238753.238753.23875
Il s'agit d'un film historique relatant les relations entre l'amiral Nelson et Lady Hamilton durant les guerres napoléoniennes.
Lost Horizon, 2h30
Directed by Charles Jarrott
Origin USA
Genres Science fiction, Fantasy, Action, Adventure, Musical, Romance
Themes Musical films
Actors Peter Finch, John Gielgud, Liv Ullmann, Sally Kellerman, Olivia Hussey, Charles Boyer
Roles Richard Conway
Rating54% 2.7032552.7032552.7032552.7032552.703255
This version is much closer to the 1937 film than to the original James Hilton novel. It tells the story of a group of travellers whose airplane is hijacked while fleeing a bloody revolution. The airplane crash lands in an unexplored area of the Himalayas, where the party is rescued and taken to the lamasery of Shangri-La. Miraculously, Shangri-La, sheltered by mountains on all sides, is a temperate paradise amid the land of snows. Perfect health is the norm, and inhabitants live to very old age while maintaining a youthful appearance.
England Made Me, 1h42
Directed by Peter Duffell
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama
Actors Joss Ackland, Michael Hordern, Peter Finch, Hildegarde Neil, Michael York, Tessa Wyatt
Roles Erich Krogh
Rating62% 3.14333.14333.14333.14333.1433
Anthony Farrant (York) is a naive 1930s businessman who pays a visit to Germany on the way home from a business trip, and falls under the politically dubious spell of charismatic financier Erich Krogh (Finch). While Anthony was taught to value fairness and decency, in Erich's world opportunism, corruption, and decadence hold sway.
Sunday Bloody Sunday, 1h50
Directed by John Schlesinger
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, Adventure, Romance
Themes Films about sexuality, Bisexuality-related films, LGBT-related films, LGBT-related films, LGBT-related film
Actors Murray Head, Glenda Jackson, Nike Arrighi, Peter Finch, Peggy Ashcroft, Tony Britton
Roles Dr. Daniel Hirsh
Rating70% 3.5470753.5470753.5470753.5470753.547075
A Jewish doctor, Daniel Hirsh (Peter Finch) and a young woman, Alex Greville (Glenda Jackson) are both involved in a love triangle with contemporary sculptor Bob Elkin (Murray Head). Not only are Hirsh and Greville aware that Elkin is seeing the other but they know one another through common friends. Despite this, they are willing to put up with the situation through fear of losing Elkin, who switches freely between them.
The Red Tent, 2h1
Directed by Mikhaïl Kalatozov
Origin Russie
Genres Drama, Action, Adventure
Themes Transport films, Aviation films
Actors Sean Connery, Claudia Cardinale, Peter Finch, Nikita Mikhalkov, Yuri Vizbor, Donatas Banionis
Roles Gen. Umberto Nobile
Rating69% 3.4925853.4925853.4925853.4925853.492585
The film begins in Rome many years after the expedition. Nobile has endured years of scorn for his actions during the disaster and its aftermath. He imagines his apartment turned into a court of inquiry against him, where witnesses and judges are his former crewmen – including Captain Zappi, his navigator and his meteorologist Finn Malmgren. Also arrayed against him are Valeria, Malmgren's lover, Captain Romagna, one of the expedition's would-be recuers, famed aviator Lundborg, professor Samoilovich, chief of the Soviet rescue mission, his pilot Boris Chukhnovski, and Roald Amundsen who lost his life in the search for survivors of Nobile's expedition.
The Legend of Lylah Clare, 2h10
Directed by Robert Aldrich
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller
Themes Films about films, Films about religion, Films about television
Actors Peter Finch, Kim Novak, Ernest Borgnine, Michael Murphy, Milton Selzer, Valentina Cortese
Roles Lewis Zarken / Louie Flack
Rating60% 3.004363.004363.004363.004363.00436
Elsa Brinkmann (Novak), is hired by producer Barney Sheean (Borgnine), who wishes to make a film about the life of 1930s movie star Lylah Clare (also Novak).
Far from the Madding Crowd, 2h48
Directed by John Schlesinger
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, Romance
Themes Films about the labor movement
Actors Julie Christie, Terence Stamp, Peter Finch, Alan Bates, Fiona Walker, Prunella Ransome
Roles William Boldwood
Rating71% 3.59763.59763.59763.59763.5976
Set in the rural West Country in Victorian England, the story features Bathsheba Everdene (Julie Christie), a beautiful, headstrong, independently minded woman who inherits her uncle's farm and decides to manage it herself. This engenders some disapproval from the local farming community. She employs a former neighbour, Gabriel Oak (Alan Bates), to be her shepherd; rejected by her as a suitor, Gabriel lost his own flock of sheep when one of his dogs drove them over a steep cliff. Ignoring Gabriel's love, Bathsheba impulsively sends a valentine to William Boldwood (Peter Finch), a nearby gentleman farmer. When he misinterprets her capriciousness and proposes to her, Bathsheba promises to consider his offer. But she becomes enamoured of Frank Troy (Terence Stamp), a dashing cavalry sergeant.
Come Spy with Me, 1h25
Origin USA
Genres Action, Spy, Crime
Themes Spy films, Seafaring films, Transport films
Actors Troy Donahue, Albert Dekker, Louis Edmonds, Timothy Moxon, Peter Finch
Rating54% 2.703182.703182.703182.703182.70318
Starring Troy Donahue and Andrea Dromm, the film features Dromm ("I'm an AGENT, not a spy!"), solving a murder case, rescuing a kidnap victim (Valerie Allen, Donahue's wife at the time of filming), breaking up a mastermind's (Albert Dekker) underwater bomb assassination plot of several world leaders, and dancing the new dance called "the Shark" on the Caribbean island of Jamaica. Smokey Robinson & the Miracles performed the film's titular theme song, written by lead singer Robinson.
10:30 P.M. Summer, 1h25
Directed by Jules Dassin
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy-drama, Romance
Actors Melina Mercouri, Romy Schneider, Peter Finch, Julián Mateos
Roles Paul
Rating65% 3.295273.295273.295273.295273.29527
Maria and Paul, a couple in their forties, travel through Spain with a new friend, Claire (Romy Schneider), a younger woman. The couple's daughter is also part of the trip. On their way to Madrid, they stop in a small town and are told by police that a local man who has killed his wife and her lover is on the loose in the area. There is a massive thunderstorm and the group has no choice but to stay in the town's only hotel, which is jammed beyond capacity with other travelers in the same situation. Maria, an out of control alcoholic who lives most of her life in a walking, booze-fueled dream state, seems to be subtly encouraging her husband Paul to have a sexual relationship with Claire as a way to reintroduce sexuality into their situation. While the thunderstorm is still raging, Maria secretly steps out of the crowded hotel onto a low balcony to down a bottle of booze and accidentally sees Paul and Claire kissing on a higher balcony. She is simultaneously excited and devastated. While out in the rain Maria discovers the fugitive hiding on a nearby rooftop and decides to help him escape. She then hides the murderer, a young man, in an outcropping of rocks out in lonely stretch of highway in the desert.
Judith (1966)
, 1h49
Directed by Daniel Mann
Origin USA
Genres Drama, War
Themes Films set in Africa, Political films
Actors Sophia Loren, Peter Finch, Jack Hawkins, Frank Wolff, André Morell, Peter Burton
Roles Aaron Stein
Rating56% 2.81052.81052.81052.81052.8105
In Palestine shortly before the end of the British mandate, the Haganah has learnt that a former German tank commander, General Gustav Schiller (Hans Verner), is teaching the Arabs battle tactics, but they are unable to locate him. Then they learn of the existence of his Jewish former wife, Judith Auerbach Schiller (Sophia Loren), and arrange for her to be smuggled into Palestine via the port of Haifa. She is placed in the care of Aaron Stein (Peter Finch), a Haganah commander, at a kibbutz.