Ten fun facts about Peter Finch


Fact 1
He was born Peter Ingle Finch on 28th September 1916 in London, England. (died 14th January 1977).

Fact 2
Peter Finch was best known for his role as a 'crazy' television anchorman Howard Beagle, in the movie Network, which posthumously won him an Academy Award for Best Actor.

Fact 3
He was discovered by Laurence Olivier in 1948, when he and his theatrical company were touring Australia. Olivier signed the young Australian to a personal contract and soon Finch became a part of the theatrical company and traveled back to London, along with the troupe.


Fact 4
Premier Magazine ranked his performance as 'Howard Beagle' in Network at #52 in their '100 Greatest Movie characters of all time' list.

Fact 5
His debut screen performance was in a short film, The Magic shoes in 1935 which was an adaptation of the fairy tale Cinderella. His feature film debut was with the film, Dad and Dave Come to Town in which he played a supporting role.

Fact 6
He suffered from a phobia of flying.

Fact 7
He spent some of his growing up years, in France and India and finally his parents' native country, Australia.

Fact 8
Peter Finch had a fatal heart attack in the lobby of the hotel, Beverly Wilshire on January 14, 1977.

Fact 9
He was one of the two people, who have been awarded an Academy Award posthumously, the other being fellow Australian, Heath Ledger.

Fact 10
Finch was also enlisted with the Australian Army, from June 2, 1941 and was in the Middle East as an anti aircraft gunner when the Bombing of Darwin took place. During his time in the army, he was allowed leaves to continue his work in film, theater and radio.


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