Peter Finch
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Frederick George Peter Ingle Finch (1916 - 1977)

Frederick George Peter Ingle (Peter) Finch
Born in South Kensington, London, Englandmap
Son of [father unknown] and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
[spouse(s) unknown]
[children unknown]
Died in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California, United Statesmap
Profile last modified | Created 28 Sep 2014
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Peter Finch was an English-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 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. His family migrated to New South Wales, Australia, where he attended North Sydney Boys' High School, befriending future notable author, Paul Brickhill.[1]

Peter Finch is a Military Veteran.
Served in the Second Australian Imperial Force 1941-1945
2/1st Light Anti Aircraft Regiment

On 2nd June 1941, Peter enlisted in the Asutralia 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 was during the bombing of Darwin, Northern Territory.[2] 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 few 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). He was discharged from the army on 31st October 1945 with the senior non-commisssioned rank of Sergeant.[1]

Academy Award winner and Golden Globe winner for his role in the movie, "Network". Both were awarded posthumously.

On 14th January 1977, aged 60 years, he 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.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Wikipedia profile: Peter Finch
  2. Department of Veterans' Affairs nominal roll: NX26035 Sergeant Peter Finch; accessed 5 Oct 2019

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