Peter Finch was an English-Australian actor who eventually migrated to Hollywood. 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 (BAFTA), and a Best Actor award from the Golden Globes. He was the first of two people to win a posthumous Academy Award in an acting category, both of whom were Australian, co-incidentally; the other being Heath Ledger.
Frederick George Peter Ingle Finch was born on 28th September 1916 at Kensington, London, England.  He was the illegitimate son of Major Jock Campbell, a Highlander in the Black Watch and Alicia Ingle-Finch nee Fisher, during her marriage to the notable mountaineer George Ingle-Finch. George was the son of an eminent lawyer from New South Wales, Australia. His family migrated to New South Wales about 1927, where he attended North Sydney Boys' High School, befriending future notable author, Paul Brickhill. 
Peter worked in several basic jobs before taking up acting, his film debut being in The Farmer Goes to Town (1938). He made his stage debut in 1939. 
On 2nd June 1941, Peter enlisted in the Australian Army's Second Australian Imperial Force for servce overseas during the Second World War. Allocated to the 2/1st Light Anti Aircraft Regiment, he served in the Middle East and during the bombing of Darwin, Northern Territory.  During his war service Peter was given leave to act in radio, theatre and film. He appeared in a number of propaganda shorts and in two of the Australian feature films made during the war, The Rats of Tobruk (1944) and the less distinguished Red Sky at Morning (1944). He produced and performed army concert party work, and in 1945 toured bases and hospitals with two Terence Rattigan plays that he directed, French Without Tears and While the Sun Shines. He narrated the widely seen documentaries Jungle Patrol (1944) and Sons of the Anzacs (1945), before being discharged from the army on 31st October 1945 with the senior non-commisssioned rank of Sergeant. 
Laurence Olivier spotted Peter and persuaded him to return to Britain to perform classic roles on the stage. Suffering acute stage-fright, he switched back to film and moved to Hollywood. As a screen actor, he won BAFTA awards for A Town Like Alice (1956), The Trials of Oscar Wilde (1960), No Love for Johnnie (1961), Sunday Bloody Sunday (1971). His (arguably) finest roles resulted in Oscar nominations, Sunday Bloody Sunday (1971) and Network (1976). He won, posthumously, the Academy Award, Golden Globe Award and BAFTA for Best Actor in a Lead Role for his role in "Network". 
Peter married, firstly, Romanian-born Tamara Tchinarova, on 21st April 1943 at Woollahra, New South Wales.  They were divorced on 17th June 1959. They had one child. His divorce finalised, Peter married South African-born British actress Yolande Turner on 4th July 1959. Having had a further two children (including producer and writer, Charles Finch), Peter and Yolande divorced on 11th November 1965. He married for a third time on 9th November 1973 to Jamaican-born Eletha Barrett. They had one child, however Peter died while the baby was till very young. Peter also had some well-publicised affairs, including with Olivier's wife, Vivien Leigh.
On 14th January 1977, aged 60 years, Peter passed away of a heart attack in the lobby of the Beverly Hills Hotel, at Beverly Hills, California, United States. He is interred in the Hollywood Forever Cemetery. 
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