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Frederick George Peter Ingle Finch (28 September 1916 – 14 January 1977) was an English-Australian actor.[1][2] 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 persons to win a posthumous Academy Award in an acting category, and coincidentally also the first of the two Australian actors to have done so, the other being Heath Ledger.

Contents

1 Early life

1.1 Family 1.2 Early childhood

2 Early career in Australia

2.1 Radio work 2.2 First films

3 War service 4 Post-war career in Australia

4.1 Visit of Laurence Olivier
Laurence Olivier
and Vivien Leigh, and return to Britain

5 British career

5.1 Rising film reputation 5.2 Under contract to Rank 5.3 Stardom

6 The Nun's Story and international stardom 7 Later career

7.1 Network

8 Death

8.1 Oscar

9 Personal life 10 Biographies 11 Filmography 12 Awards and nominations 13 Theatre credits

13.1 Australia 13.2 Britain

14 Select TV credits 15 Select radio credits 16 Notes 17 References 18 External links

Early life[edit] Family[edit] Finch was born as Frederick George Peter Ingle Finch[3][4] in London to Alicia Gladys Fisher. At the time, Alicia was married to George Finch.[2][5][6][7] George Finch was born in New South Wales, Australia, but was educated in Paris and Zürich. He was a research chemist when he moved to Britain in 1912 and later served during the First World War with the Royal Army Ordnance Depot and the Royal Field Artillery.[8] In 1915, at Portsmouth, Hampshire, George married Alicia Fisher, the daughter of a Kent
Kent
barrister.[5] However, George Finch was not Peter Finch's biological father. He learned only in his mid-40s that his biological father was Wentworth Edward Dallas "Jock" Campbell, an Indian Army officer, whose adultery with Finch's mother was the cause of George and Alicia's divorce, when Peter was two years old.[2] Alicia Finch married Jock Campbell in 1922.[5] Early childhood[edit] George gained custody of Peter, who was taken from his biological mother and brought up by his adoptive paternal grandmother, Laura Finch (formerly Black) in Vaucresson, France. In 1925 Laura took Peter with her to Adyar, a theosophical community near Madras, India, for a number of months, and the young boy lived for a time in a Buddhist monastery.[9] Undoubtedly as a result of his childhood contact with Buddhism Finch always claimed to be a Buddhist. He is reported to have said: "I think a man dying on a cross is a ghastly symbol for a religion. And I think a man sitting under a bo tree and becoming enlightened is a beautiful one."[10] In 1926 he was sent to Australia to live with his great-uncle Edward Herbert Finch at Greenwich Point in Sydney. He attended the local school until 1929, then North Sydney Intermediate High School for three years.[11] A school friend was RAF pilot and author Paul Brickhill. Early career in Australia[edit] After graduating, Finch went to work as a copy boy for the Sydney Sun and began writing. However he was more interested in acting, and in late 1933 appeared in a play, Caprice, at the Repertory Theatre.[12] In 1934–35 he appeared in a number of productions for Doris Fitton at the Savoy Theatre, some with a young Sumner Locke Elliott. He also worked as a sideshow spruiker at the Sydney Royal Easter Show, in vaudeville with Joe Cody and as a foil to American comedian Bert le Blanc.[13] At age 19 Finch toured Australia with George Sorlie's travelling troupe. Radio work[edit] He did radio acting work with Hugh Denison's BSA Players (for Broadcasting Service Association, later to become Macquarie Players). He came to the attention of Australian Broadcasting Commission radio drama producer Lawrence H. Cecil, who was to act as his coach and mentor throughout 1939 and 1940. He was "Chris" in the Children's Session and the first Muddle-Headed Wombat. He later starred with Neva Carr Glyn in an enormously popular series by Max Afford
Max Afford
as husband-and-wife detectives Jeffery and Elizabeth Blackburn as well as other ABC radio plays.[14] First films[edit] Finch's first screen performance was in the short film The Magic Shoes (1935), an adaptation of the Cinderella
Cinderella
fairy tale, where Finch played Prince Charming. He made his feature film debut in Dad and Dave Come to Town (1938), playing a small comic role for director Ken G. Hall. His performance was well received and Hall subsequently cast Finch in a larger role in Mr. Chedworth Steps Out (1939), supporting Cecil Kellaway. Finch appeared in a war propaganda film, The Power and the Glory (1941), playing a fifth columnist. War service[edit] Finch enlisted in the Australian Army
Australian Army
on 2 June 1941.[15] He served in the Middle East
Middle East
and was an anti-aircraft gunner during the Bombing of Darwin. During his war service Finch was given leave to act in radio, theatre and film. He appeared in a number of propaganda shorts, including Another Threshold (1942), These Stars Are Mine (1943), While There is Still Time (1943) and South West Pacific (1943), the latter for Ken G. Hall. He also appeared 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). Finch produced and performed Army Concert Party work, and in 1945 toured bases and hospitals with two Terence Rattigan
Terence Rattigan
plays he directed, French Without Tears
French Without Tears
and While the Sun Shines. He narrated the widely seen documentaries Jungle Patrol (1944) and Sons of the Anzacs (1945). Finch was discharged from the army on 31 October 1945 at the rank of sergeant.[15] Post-war career in Australia[edit] After the war, Finch continued to work extensively in radio and established himself as Australia's leading actor in that medium, winning Macquarie Awards for best actor in 1946 and 1947.[14] He also worked as a compere, producer and writer. In 1946, Finch co-founded the Mercury Theatre Company, which put on a number of productions in Sydney over the next few years (initially in the diminutive St James' Hall), as well as running a theatre school.[16][17] Finch continued to appear in the (rare) Australian feature films made around this time including A Son is Born (1946) and Eureka Stockade (1949). He was a leading contender to play Sir Charles Kingsford-Smith in Smithy (1946) but lost out to Ron Randell. Finch was also involved in some documentaries, narrating the legendary Indonesia Calling (1946) and helping make Primitive Peoples about the people of Arnhem Land. Visit of Laurence Olivier
Laurence Olivier
and Vivien Leigh, and return to Britain[edit] Laurence Olivier
Laurence Olivier
and Vivien Leigh
Vivien Leigh
toured Australia in 1948 with the Old Vic
Old Vic
Company. They attended Mercury production of The Imaginary Invalid on the factory floor of O'Brien's Glass Factory starring Finch. Olivier was impressed with Finch's acting and encouraged him to move to London, his birthplace. He left Australia for good in 1948. British career[edit] When Finch arrived in Britain, Olivier became his mentor and put him under long-term contract. His first big break was being cast in James Bridie's play Daphne Laureola
Daphne Laureola
at the Old Vic
Old Vic
supporting Edith Evans. This was a significant critical and commercial success and established Finch in London immediately.[18] He was soon cast in his first British movie, playing a murderous actor in Train of Events
Train of Events
(1949). Critic C. A. Lejeune praised his work in the London Observer commenting that he "adds good cheekbones to a quick intelligence and is likely to become a cult, I fear."[19] The Scotsman said "he should be regarded as one of the most hopeful recruits to the British screen."[20] He had a small role as an Australian prisoner of war in The Wooden Horse (1950), the third most popular film at the British box office in 1950. His performance as a Pole in Daphne Laureola
Daphne Laureola
led to his casting as a Polish soldier in The Miniver Story, the sequel to the wartime morale boosting film Mrs. Miniver; unlike its predecessor, it was poorly received critically.[21][22] During this time, Finch continued to appear on stage in various productions while under contract to Olivier. Finch's closeness to the Olivier family led to an affair with Olivier's beautiful but increasingly unstable wife, Vivien Leigh, which began in 1948, and continued on and off for several years, ultimately falling apart due to her deteriorating mental condition.[23] Finch played Iago
Iago
onstage in 1951 opposite Orson Welles
Orson Welles
as the lead in Othello.[24] In 1952 he performed at St James's Theatre, King Street, London, in Sir Laurence Olivier's and Gilbert Miller's The Happy Time
The Happy Time
a comedy by Samuel Taylor. He played the part of Papa.[25] Despite his stage experience, Finch, like his mentor Olivier, had stage fright,[23] and as the 1950s progressed he worked increasingly in film. Rising film reputation[edit] Finch's film roles increased in size and prestige through the early 1950s. For Walt Disney
Walt Disney
he played the Sheriff of Nottingham
Sheriff of Nottingham
in The Story of Robin Hood and His Merrie Men (1952). He was given two good roles in films from Alexander Korda: as Richard D'Oyly Carte
Richard D'Oyly Carte
in The Story of Gilbert and Sullivan (1953), and as a priest in The Heart of the Matter (1953), from the Graham Greene
Graham Greene
novel. Then he had one of his best film parts, being cast as the villain Flambeau in Father Brown (1954), opposite Alec Guinness
Alec Guinness
in the title role. He also narrated a documentary The Queen in Australia. In 1953 he appeared in his first Hollywood movie, Elephant Walk (1954), shot in Sri Lanka and Los Angeles. The circumstances of production were turbulent; filming started with Vivien Leigh
Vivien Leigh
in the lead but she had a nervous breakdown during production and had to be replaced by Elizabeth Taylor. The experience helped sour Finch on a Hollywood career and he would only work occasionally there for the rest of his career. On his return to England, Finch played another villain, in the medieval swashbuckler The Dark Avenger
The Dark Avenger
(1955), opposite Errol Flynn. Under contract to Rank[edit] Towards the end of 1954 Finch's contract with Laurence Olivier
Laurence Olivier
was about to expire and he instead signed a seven-year contract with the Rank Organisation
Rank Organisation
worth £87,500 to make one film a year for them. "We are going to build Peter into a major British star", said Earl St. John, Rank's head of production, at the time.[26]

With Diane Cilento
Diane Cilento
during filming of Passage Home
Passage Home
(1955)

Finch's first roles for Rank under the new arrangement gave him star parts but were, on the whole, undistinguished: Make Me an Offer (1954), Simon and Laura (also 1954), Josephine and Men
Josephine and Men
(1955), and Passage Home
Passage Home
(also 1955). Stardom[edit] However, he was then cast as an Australian soldier in A Town Like Alice (1956), which became the third most popular film at the British box office in 1956 and won Finch a BAFTA for Best Actor. He followed it with The Battle of the River Plate (1956), playing Captain Hans Langsdorff. This was also successful financially and British exhibitors voted Finch the seventh most popular British star at the box office for 1956.[27] Finch returned to Australia to make The Shiralee (1957), one of his favourite parts, and the tenth most popular movie at the British box office that year. He followed it with another Australian story, the bushranger tale Robbery Under Arms (1957), which did less well. However exhibitors still voted Finch the third most popular British star of 1957, and the fifth most popular overall, regardless of nationality.[28] His next two films for Rank were not particularly successful: Windom's Way (1957), where he played a doctor caught up in the Malayan Emergency, and Operation Amsterdam
Operation Amsterdam
(1959), a war time diamond thriller. The Nun's Story and international stardom[edit] Finch's career received a boost when Fred Zinnemann
Fred Zinnemann
cast him opposite Audrey Hepburn
Audrey Hepburn
in The Nun's Story (1959). This was an enormous financial and critical success and established Finch's reputation internationally. For Disney he played Alan Breck
Alan Breck
in a version of Kidnapped (1960). He then received great acclaim for his performance as Oscar Wilde
Oscar Wilde
in The Trials of Oscar Wilde
Oscar Wilde
(1960), winning another BAFTA; the film however was not popular. Finch co-wrote and directed an award-winning short film, The Day (1960) and announced plans to direct a feature but it did not eventuate. He won his third BAFTA for Best Actor for No Love for Johnnie (1961), although like Oscar Wilde, the film lost money. He was originally chosen to play Julius Caesar
Julius Caesar
in Cleopatra (1963) and filmed scenes in London, but when the film was postponed he withdrew; the role was recast with Rex Harrison. Finch made a series of unsuccessful Hollywood films: The Sins of Rachel Cade (1961), an attempt to repeat the success of The Nun's Story, with Angie Dickinson; then two for director Robert Stevens at MGM: I Thank a Fool
I Thank a Fool
(1962) and In the Cool of the Day
In the Cool of the Day
(1963). Finch restored his critical reputation with two highly acclaimed British films: The Pumpkin Eater
The Pumpkin Eater
(1964) and Girl with Green Eyes (1964). He had an uncredited cameo in First Men in the Moon (1964), then had a good role in tough adventure film for Robert Aldrich, The Flight of the Phoenix (1965). Finch's next three films saw him support notable female stars: Sophia Loren in Judith (1966), Melina Mercouri
Melina Mercouri
in 10:30 P.M. Summer (1966) and Julie Christie
Julie Christie
in Far from the Madding Crowd (1967). He was reunited with Aldrich for The Legend of Lylah Clare
The Legend of Lylah Clare
(1968). The Red Tent (1970) was an expensive international adventure film, with Finch as Umberto Nobile. Later career[edit] Finch's career received another boost when Ian Bannen
Ian Bannen
dropped out of the lead in Sunday Bloody Sunday (1971). Finch replaced him and his performance was rewarded with another BAFTA for Best Actor and an Oscar Nomination. The momentum of this was lost somewhat by Something to Hide
Something to Hide
(1972) and the disastrous musical remake of Lost Horizon (1973). He played Lord Nelson in Bequest to the Nation (1973) and an opportunistic financier in England Made Me (1973). The Abdication
The Abdication
(1974) was an unsuccessful historical drama. Network[edit] Finch was asked if he wanted to audition for the part of news presenter Howard Beale in Network (1976), written by Paddy Chayefsky and directed by Sidney Lumet.[2] The audition was successful and Finch played the role. The movie was his biggest commercial and critical hit in years. He then played Yitzhak Rabin
Yitzhak Rabin
in Raid on Entebbe (1977). Death[edit] Shortly after Raid on Entebbe finished shooting, Finch undertook a promotional tour for Network. On 13 January 1977 he appeared on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson. The day after, he had a heart attack in the lobby of the Beverly Hills Hotel and died at the age of 60.[29] He is interred in the Hollywood Forever Cemetery.[2] Oscar[edit] Finch was nominated for an Oscar for Network and went on to posthumously win the award, which was accepted by his widow, Eletha Finch. Although James Dean, Spencer Tracy
Spencer Tracy
and Massimo Troisi
Massimo Troisi
were also posthumously nominated for a Best Actor Oscar, Peter Finch
Peter Finch
was the first actor to have won the award posthumously, as well as the first Australian actor to win a Best Actor award. He was the only posthumous winner of an Oscar in an acting category until Heath Ledger
Heath Ledger
won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor
Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor
in 2009 (there were many earlier posthumous Oscar winners in non-acting categories; Ledger was also an Australian).[30][31] Finch also won five Best Actor awards from the British Academy of Film and Television Arts
British Academy of Film and Television Arts
(BAFTA), including one for Network. Shortly before he died, Finch told a journalist:

We all say we're going to quit occasionally... I'd like to have been more adventurous in my career. But it's a fascinating and not ignoble profession. No one lives more lives than the actor. Movie making is like geometry and I hated maths. But this kind of jigsaw I relish. When I played Lord Nelson
Lord Nelson
I worked the poop deck in his uniform. I got extraordinary shivers. Sometimes I felt like I was staring at my own coffin. I touched that character. There lies the madness. You can't fake it.[32]

Personal life[edit] 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
Vivien Leigh
in California.[33][34][35] 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 the singer Shirley Bassey. Bassey had a daughter, also named Samantha, born in 1963; Bassey's husband at the time, the openly gay film producer Kenneth Hume, believed that Finch was her biological father.[citation needed] Finch and Turner divorced in 1965.[2] In 1972 Finch married Mavis "Eletha" Barrett, who was known as Eletha Finch.[2][36] They had a daughter together, Diana.[35] Biographies[edit] In 1954, the Australian journalist and author George Johnston wrote a well-researched series of biographical articles on Finch, his life, and his work, which appeared in the Sydney Sun-Herald on four consecutive Sundays, which were certainly the first detailed account of Finch's life to be published. Finch later provided the inspiration for the character Archie Calverton in Johnston's novel, Clean Straw for Nothing.[37] In 1980, American author Elaine Dundy
Elaine Dundy
published a biography of Finch titled Finch, Bloody Finch: A Biography of Peter Finch. That year, his second wife, Yolande Finch, also published a posthumous account of their life together, Finchy: My Life with Peter Finch. Another biography had previously been published by his friend and colleague Trader Faulkner, in 1979. According to an entry in Brian McFarlane's The Encyclopedia of British Film, republished on the British Film Institute's Screenonline website, Finch "did not emerge unscathed from a life of well-publicised hell-raising, and several biographies chronicle the affairs and the booze, but a serious appraisal of a great actor remains to be written."[38] A profile of Finch on the British Film Institute's Screenonline website asserts that "it is arguable that no other actor ever chalked up such a rewarding CV in British films."[39] Filmography[edit]

Year Film Role Notes

1935 The Magic Shoes Prince Charming A short film, now considered lost, although some stills exist at Australia's National Film and Sound Archive.[40]

1938 Dad and Dave Come to Town Bill Ryan Finch only has one scene of note, acting opposite Bert Bailey. A copy of the scene is available at Australian Screen Online.

1939 Mr. Chedworth Steps Out Arthur Jacobs A clip of Finch acting opposite Cecil Kellaway
Cecil Kellaway
is available at Australian Screen Online

1941 While There is Still Time Jim A propaganda short film made for the Australian government during the Second World War.

The Power and the Glory Frank Miller

1942 Another Threshold

A propaganda short film made for the Australian government during the Second World War.

1943 South West Pacific RAAF pilot A propaganda short film made for the Australian government during the Second World War.

These Stars Are Mine Reynolds Jnr A propaganda short film

1944 The Rats of Tobruk Peter Linton A clip of Finch's death scene is available at Australian Screen Online

Jungle Patrol Narrator Documentary made for the Australian government during the Second World War.

1945 Sons of the Anzacs Narrator Documentary about the Australian army during World War II.[41]

1946 A Son Is Born Paul Graham

Indonesia Calling Narration

1948 Red Sky at Morning Michael This is considered a lost film.

1949 Eureka Stockade Humffray Australian film made before he left for Britain

Train of Events Philip Mason (segment The Actor)

Primitive Peoples Narrator, camera assistant Three-part documentary about the people of Arnhem Land

1950 The Wooden Horse Australian in Hospital

The Miniver Story Polish officer First Hollywood-financed film

1952 The Story of Robin Hood and His Merrie Men Sheriff of Nottingham

1953 The Story of Gilbert and Sullivan Richard D'Oyly Carte

The Heart of the Matter Father Rank

1954 Elephant Walk John Wiley First Hollywood film. He was originally to co-star with Vivien Leigh but she had a nervous breakdown and was replaced by Elizabeth Taylor.

Father Brown Flambeau

The Queen in Australia Narrator Australian documentary

1955 Passage Home Captain Lucky Ryland

The Dark Avenger Comte De Ville He stars opposite fellow Australian Errol Flynn.

Make Me an Offer Charlie

Josephine and Men David Hewer

Simon and Laura Simon Foster

1956 A Town Like Alice Joe Harman BAFTA Award for Best British Actor

The Battle of the River Plate Capt. Langsdorff, Admiral Graf Spee

1957 The Shiralee Jim Macauley Clips from the film are available at Australian Screen Online

Robbery Under Arms Captain Starlight

Windom's Way Alec Windom Nominated – BAFTA Award for Best British Actor

1959 Kidnapped Alan Breck
Alan Breck
Stewart

Operation Amsterdam Jan Smit

The Nun's Story Dr. Fortunati Nominated – BAFTA Award for Best British Actor

1960 The Day

Co-wrote and directed award-winning short film.

The Trials of Oscar Wilde Oscar Wilde BAFTA Award for Best British Actor Moscow International Film Festival Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role[42]

1961 The Sins of Rachel Cade Colonel Henry Derode

No Love for Johnnie Johnnie Byrne BAFTA Award for Best British Actor Silver Bear for Best Actor at the 11th Berlin International Film Festival.[43]

1962 I Thank a Fool Stephen Dane

1963 In the Cool of the Day Murray Logan

1964 The Pumpkin Eater Jake Armitage

Girl with Green Eyes Eugene Gaillard

First Men in the Moon Bailiff's man Finch plays an uncredited cameo in this film. He was visiting the set when the actor who was supposed to play the part failed to show up.

1965 The Flight of the Phoenix Capt. Harris

1966 Judith Aaron Stein

10:30 P.M. Summer Paul

1967 Come Spy with Me Cameo appearance Uncredited

Far from the Madding Crowd William Boldwood National Board of Review Award for Best Actor

1968 The Legend of Lylah Clare Lewis Zarken

1969 The Red Tent General Umberto Nobile

The Greatest Mother of Them All Sean Howard Short film (20 mins). Dir. Robert Aldrich

1971 Sunday Bloody Sunday Dr. Daniel Hirsh BAFTA Award for Best Actor
BAFTA Award for Best Actor
in a Leading Role National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Actor Nominated – Academy Award for Best Actor Nominated – Golden Globe Award
Golden Globe Award
for Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama Nominated – New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actor

1972 Something to Hide Harry Field

1973 Lost Horizon Richard Conway

Bequest to the Nation Adm. Lord Horatio Nelson

England Made Me Erich Krogh

1974 The Abdication Cardinal Azzolino

1976 Network Howard Beale Academy Award for Best Actor BAFTA Award for Best Actor
BAFTA Award for Best Actor
in a Leading Role Golden Globe Award
Golden Globe Award
for Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama

Raid on Entebbe Yitzhak Rabin TV film Nominated – Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor – Miniseries or a Movie, (final film role)

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Category Film Result

1956 BAFTA Award for Best British Actor A Town Like Alice Won

1957 BAFTA Award for Best British Actor Windom's Way Nominated

1959 BAFTA Award for Best British Actor The Nun's Story Nominated

1960 BAFTA Award for Best British Actor The Trials of Oscar Wilde Won

1961 BAFTA Award for Best British Actor No Love for Johnnie Won

1971 BAFTA Award for Best Actor
BAFTA Award for Best Actor
in a Leading Role Sunday Bloody Sunday Won

1971 Academy Award for Best Actor Sunday Bloody Sunday Nominated

1971 Golden Globe Award
Golden Globe Award
for Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama Sunday Bloody Sunday Nominated

1976 Academy Award for Best Actor Network Won

1976 BAFTA Award for Best Actor
BAFTA Award for Best Actor
in a Leading Role Network Won

1976 Golden Globe Award
Golden Globe Award
for Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama Network Won

Theatre credits[edit] Australia[edit]

Caprice by Sil Vara – Repertory Theatre, Sydney, 1933[44] The Ringer by Edgar Wallace
Edgar Wallace
as Samuel Hackett – Studio Theatre, Sydney, 1934 Peter Pan
Peter Pan
by J. M. Barrie
J. M. Barrie
as a pirate – Savoy Theatre, Sydney, 1934 (later transferred by Ben Fuller to the Majestic Theatre, Newtown) – directed by Doris Fitton[45] Counsellor at Law
Counsellor at Law
by Elmer Rice, as the Boot Black – Savoy Theatre, Sydney, 1934 – directed by Doris Fitton with Sumner Locke Elliott Richard of Bordeaux
Richard of Bordeaux
by Gordon Daviot, as the fair Page Maudelyn – Savoy Theatre, Sydney, 1935 – directed by Doris Fitton with Sumner Locke Elliott and John Wyndham Joe Coady's Vaudeville
Vaudeville
Show – Maccabean Hall, Sydney, 1935 Bert le Blanc comedy show, as stooge to le Blanc – Sydney, 1935 Jimmy Sharman's Boxing Tent, as spruiker – Royal Easter Show, Sydney, 1935 Interference by Roland Pertwee and Harold Dearden, as Douglas Helder – St James' Hall, Sydney, 1935 – directed by Edward Howell with Howell, Rosalind Kennerdale and Therese Desmond[46] False Colours by Frank Harvey – Independent Theatre, Sydney, 1935.[47] So This is Hollywood – Apollo Theatre, Melbourne, 1935 – with Robert Capron, Lou Vernon and Thelma Scott[48] Under the Big Top – touring show with George Sorlie, various Queensland towns, 1936, playing Herbert Hughes in Laughter of Fools by H.F. Maltby, Smithers in Married by Proxy by Avery Hopwood, Peter in Fair and Warmer by Avery Hopwood, Hunter in Ten Minute Alibi by William Armstrong – all directed by William McGowan with Murray Matheson, Rosalind Kennerdale, Leslie Crane, Eva Moss, Norman French, Julia Adair and George Douglas. White Cargo
White Cargo
by Leon Gordon, as Ashley – Theatre Royal, Sydney, 1938 – directed by Ben Lewin with Mary MacGregr, James Raglan, Frank Bradley[49] Personal Appearance by Laurence Riley as Clyde Pelton – Theatre Royal, Sydney and Comedy Theatre, Melbourne, 1938 – directed by Peter Dearing, with Betty Balfour, Frank Bradley, Cecil Perry[50] Army Concert Party work 1941–1944 Night of January 16th
Night of January 16th
by Ayn Rand, as DA Flint – Minerva Theatre, Sydney, 1944 – directed by Frederick J Blackman with Lawrence H. Cecil and Thelma Grigg[51] While the Sun Shines by Terence Rattigan, as the Earl of Harpenden – Minerva Theatre, Sydney 1944 – directed by Frederick J Blackman with Pat McDonald, Ron Randell, Roger Barry (later toured this production to army hospitals and bases in 1945)[52] French Without Tears
French Without Tears
by Terence Rattigan
Terence Rattigan
– various army hospitals and bases, 1945 – Finch directed Diamond Cuts Diamond by Nicolai Gogol, as Ikharev – Conservatorium of Music, Sydney, 16–17 July 1946 – directed by Sydney John Kay The Pastry Baker by Lope de Vega
Lope de Vega
– Conservatorium of Music, Sydney, 16–17 July 1946 – director only The Broken Pitcher
The Broken Pitcher
by Heinrich von Kleist, as Adam – Conservatorium of Music, Sydney, 16–17 July 1946 French Without Tears
French Without Tears
by Terence Rattigan
Terence Rattigan
– Killara Hall, Sydney and Sydney Radio Theatre, 1947 – Finch directed a cast including Leonard Thiele, Tom Lake, Alan White, Adele Brown, Ron Patten[53] Midsummer Night by Lajos Bíró
Lajos Bíró
– touring production, Sydney 1948 – directed only Anatole's Wedding Morning by Arthur Schnitzler
Arthur Schnitzler
– touring production, Sydney 1948 – directed only The Imaginary Invalid
The Imaginary Invalid
by Molière, as Argan – O'Brien's Glass Factory and Sydney Town Hall, Sydney, 1948 – directed by Sydney John Kay with June Wimble, Elsie Dane, Al Thomas, John Faassen, Patricia Harrison, Allan Ashbolt, Tom Lake

Britain[edit]

Daphne Laureola
Daphne Laureola
by James Bridie, as Ernest Piaste – Wyndham's Theatre, London, 1949 – directed by Murray MacDonald for Laurence Olivier Productions with Edith Evans
Edith Evans
and Felix Aylmer The Damascus Blade by Bridget Boland, as Henry Adams – provincial tour, 1950 – directed by Laurence Olivier
Laurence Olivier
for Laurence Olivier Productions with John Mills
John Mills
and Beatrix Lehmann[54] The White Falcon – provincial tour, 1950 – starring Basil Radford and Sheila Burrel – Finch worked on this as a director only Captain Carvallo by Denis Cannan, as Professor Winke – St James Theatre, London, 1950 – directed by Laurence Olivier
Laurence Olivier
for Laurence Olivier Productions with Diana Wynyard
Diana Wynyard
and Jill Bennett[55] Point of Departure by Jean Anouilh
Jean Anouilh
and Kitty Black, as Orpheus – Duke of York Theatre, London, 1951 – directed by Peter Ashmore for the Company of Four with Mai Zetterling
Mai Zetterling
and Stephen Murray (Finch replaced Dirk Bogarde
Dirk Bogarde
for six weeks on 12 March 1951) Othello
Othello
by William Shakespeare, as Iago
Iago
– St James Theatre, London, 1951 – directed by Orson Welles
Orson Welles
for Laurence Olivier
Laurence Olivier
Productions with Orson Welles, Gudrun Ure, Maxine Audley and Edward Mulhare[56] The Happy Time
The Happy Time
by Samuel Taylor, as Papa – St James Theatre, London, 1952 – directed by George Devine for Laurence Olivier
Laurence Olivier
Productions, with Geneviève Page, Ronald Squire, George Devine, Rachel Kempson Romeo and Juliet
Romeo and Juliet
by William Shakespeare, as Mercutio – Old Vic Theatre, London, 1952 – directed by Denis Carey with Claire Bloom, Athene Seyler, Lewis Casson and Alan Badel An Italian Straw Hat by Eugène Labiche and Marc Michel adapted by Thomas Walton, as Mons Beaujolais – Old Vic
Old Vic
Theatre, London, 1953 – directed by Denis Carey with Laurence Payne, Paul Rogers, Jane Wenham, Gudrun Ure Two for the Seesaw
Two for the Seesaw
by William Gibson, as Jerry Ryan – Theatre Royal, Brighton and Theatre Royal Haymarket, London, 1958–59 – directed by Arthur Penn
Arthur Penn
for H. M. Tennent with Gerry Jedd The Seagull
The Seagull
by Anton Chekhov
Anton Chekhov
translated by Ann Jellicoe, as Trigorin – Queen's Theatre, London, 1964 – directed by Tony Richardson
Tony Richardson
with Peggy Ashcroft, Peter McEnery, Vanessa Redgrave, Paul Rogers and George Devine.

Select TV credits[edit]

The Forgotten Elite (October 1949)[57]

Select radio credits[edit]

The Laughing Woman (1939) Interference (1939) – the first episode of Australia's version of Lux Theatre of the Air[58] Men in White (1939)[59] The Daughter of the Dragon (1939)[60] Night Nurse (1939)[61] Mutiny on the Bounty (1941)[62] Mr Deeds Comes to Town (1941)[63] The Laughing Woman (1946) – reprise of his performance for which Finch won the 1946 Macquarie Award for Best Male Actor on Australian radio[64] Such Men Are Dangerous (1946) as Czar Paul I Crime and Punishment (1946) as Raskolnikov Redemption (1946) by Tolstoy
Tolstoy
– Finch won the 1947 Macquarie Award for Best Male Actor on Australian radio[65] When You Come Home (1946)[66] Big Sister (1946) Crossroads of Life (1946)[67] Man of Destiny (1948)[68]

Notes[edit]

^ Obituary Variety, 19 January 1977, p. 94. ^ a b c d e f g "Finch, Frederick George Peter Ingle (1916–1977)". Australian Dictionary of Biography Online Edition. Retrieved 27 July 2008.  ^ Some sources say that Finch's real name was William Mitchell, but there are no records that substantiate this, and it appears to be an urban myth. ^ "Index entry". FreeBMD. ONS. Retrieved 6 May 2011.  ^ a b c Faulkner (1979) ^ Peter Finch
Peter Finch
at AllMovie. ^ "Peter Finch". AllMovie. Retrieved 27 July 2008.  ^ The Times, 24 November 1970, p. 14 (Obituary – George Ingle Finch) ^ "Radio Actor Might Have Become Monk." The Australian Women's Weekly 27 February 1937: 36 accessed 17 December 2011 ^ Paul Croucher, Buddhism in Australia: 1848–1988, New South Wales University Press, 1989, pp. 24–25 ^ " Peter Finch
Peter Finch
– Actors and Actresses".  ^ "The Repertory Theatre". The Sydney Morning Herald. 16 December 1933. p. 8. Retrieved 11 February 2012 – via National Library of Australia.  ^ Bert le Blanc's real name Bertram Leon Cohn (1889-1974) (National Archives of Australia); and Cohn was widely known as either "the Jew Comedian" ([1]) or "the Hebrew comedian" ([2]). ^ a b Richard Lane, The Golden Age of Australian Radio Drama, Melbourne University Press, 1994 ^ a b "World War Two Nominal Roll".  ^ "18 Aug 1949 – The Social Round of Events in Sydney Yesterday". Trove.  ^ Stephen Vagg, 'Finch, Fry and Factories: A History of the Mercury Theatre' Australasian Drama Studies April 2007 [3] ^ "Finch, In Films, Plays A Zestful Strangler". The Sunday Herald. Sydney. 10 April 1949. p. 8 Supplement: Magazine. Retrieved 12 February 2012 – via National Library of Australia.  ^ "International Manners", Lejeune, C. A. The Observer [London] 21 Aug 1949: 6. ^ "Train of Events": "Star" from Platform 13 The Scotsman
The Scotsman
[Edinburgh, Scotland] 22 Aug 1949: 6. ^ Time magazine, 23 October 1950 ^ The Age (Melbourne), 26 February 1951 ^ a b Richard Brooks (7 August 2005). "Olivier Worn Out by Love and Lust of Vivien Leigh". The Sunday Times. timesonline.co.uk. Retrieved 27 July 2008.  ^ Production Information on Othello
Othello
at Wellsnet ^ From an original theatre programme, printer's date 30 January 1952. ^ " Peter Finch
Peter Finch
Wins £87,500 Contract". The Sydney Morning Herald. 20 November 1954. p. 3. Retrieved 11 February 2012 – via National Library of Australia.  ^ "The Most Popular Film Star in Britain." The Times (London) 7 December 1956: 3. The Times Digital Archive. Web. 11 July 2012. ^ "British Actors Head Film Poll: Box-Office Survey", the Manchester Guardian (1901–1959) (Manchester) 27 December 1957: 3. ^ "Actor Peter Finch, 60, Starring in 'Network,' Dies", The Washington Post, 15 January 1977 ^ ABC Eyewitness News; 23 February 2009; Midnight broadcast ^ "'Slumdog Millionaire' fulfills its Oscar destiny". TODAY.com.  ^ Paul Rosenfield, " Peter Finch
Peter Finch
– Michelin Guide to Show Biz Comes to Rest in Hollywood", Los Angeles Times, 9 January 1977: r29 ^ Artsvi Bakhchinyan (2012). Внучка армянского помещика, соперница Вивьен Ли, переводчица балетных звезд [Granddaughter of an Armenian landowner; rival of Vivien Leigh, interpreter to ballet stars]. Inie Berega (in Russian). Retrieved 21 March 2015.  ^ Paul Donnelley (2003). Fade to Black: A Book of Movie Obituaries. Music Sales Group. p. 240. ISBN 978-1-84938-246-5.  ^ a b Dancing into the Unknown, Tamara Tchinarova
Tamara Tchinarova
Finch, 2007; ISBN 978-1-85273-114-4; accessed 20 August 2014. ^ "No title". The Sydney Morning Herald. 28 April 1941. p. 4. Retrieved 11 February 2012 – via National Library of Australia.  ^ "From George, With Sadness". The Australian Women's Weekly. 27 August 1969. p. 13. Retrieved 10 February 2012 – via National Library of Australia.  ^ Finch, Peter (1916–1977) at the British Film Institute's Screenonline. (N.B.: Miscalculates age at time of death as 61, not 60.). ^ "BFI Screenonline: Finch, Peter (1916-1977) Biography".  ^ 'Lost Treasure Trove' at AFC Archive ^ ""Sons of the Anzacs"". The Mercury. Hobart, Tas. 10 February 1945. p. 9. Retrieved 11 February 2012 – via National Library of Australia.  ^ " 2nd Moscow International Film Festival (1961)". MIFF. Archived from the original on 16 January 2013. Retrieved 2012-11-04.  ^ "Berlinale 1961: Prize Winners". berlinale.de. Retrieved 23 January 2010.  ^ "The Repertory Theatre." The Sydney Morning Herald
The Sydney Morning Herald
16 December 1933: 8 accessed 17 December 2011 ^ "PETER PAN.". The Sydney Morning Herald
The Sydney Morning Herald
17 December 1934: 6 accessed 17 December 2011 ^ "Interference." The Sydney Morning Herald
The Sydney Morning Herald
12 November 1935: 12 accessed 17 December 2011 ^ "The Independent Theatre." The Sydney Morning Herald
The Sydney Morning Herald
25 May 1935: 12 accessed 17 December 2011 ^ "So This Is Hollywood" The Argus (Melbourne)
The Argus (Melbourne)
9 September 1935: 4 accessed 17 December 2011 ^ "White Cargo." The Sydney Morning Herald
The Sydney Morning Herald
30 April 1938: 7 accessed 17 December 2011 ^ "Theatre Royal." The Sydney Morning Herald
The Sydney Morning Herald
27 July 1938: 17 accessed 17 December 2011 ^ "K.C.s as Jurors in New Play". The Sydney Morning Herald. 20 June 1944. p. 5. Retrieved 11 February 2012 – via National Library of Australia.  ^ "Music and Drama The Flying Emus". The Sydney Morning Herald. 18 November 1944. p. 8. Retrieved 11 February 2012 – via National Library of Australia.  ^ "Rattigan Play Presented". The Sydney Morning Herald. 25 September 1947. p. 7. Retrieved 11 February 2012 – via National Library of Australia.  ^ THE THEATRES: LYCEUM: "French Without Tears" The Scotsman [Edinburgh, Scotland] 04 Apr 1950: 4. ^ OPERA HOUSE: "Captain Carvallo" The Manchester Guardian 27 June 1950: 5. ^ "Soldier-Poet In Portrayal; Climax Misses: Friendly Smile Australian Iago" by Harold Hobson. The Christian Science Monitor [Boston, Massachusetts] 27 October 1951: 10. ^ "Talking off the Cuff" Williams, W. E. The Observer [London] 16 October 1949: 6. ^ "Leading artists heard in famous plays". The Australian Women's Weekly. 25 March 1939. p. 46. Retrieved 11 February 2012 – via National Library of Australia.  ^ "Iron Lung Inventor at 5 AD Tomorrow". The Advertiser. Adelaide. 1 April 1939. p. 27. Retrieved 11 February 2012 – via National Library of Australia.  ^ "Broadcasting". The Sydney Morning Herald. 7 June 1939. p. 7. Retrieved 11 February 2012 – via National Library of Australia.  ^ "Night Nurse". The Argus. Melbourne. 24 June 1939. p. 2. Retrieved 11 February 2012 – via National Library of Australia.  ^ "New popularity for old-time plays". The Australian Women's Weekly. 15 February 1941. p. 43. Retrieved 11 February 2012 – via National Library of Australia.  ^ "Melba Memorial Concert". The Advertiser. Adelaide. 17 May 1941. p. 17. Retrieved 11 February 2012 – via National Library of Australia.  ^ "Radio Acting Awards". The Sydney Morning Herald. 14 April 1947. p. 5. Retrieved 11 February 2012 – via National Library of Australia.  ^ "Acting Awards". The Sydney Morning Herald. 8 March 1948. p. 2. Retrieved 11 February 2012 – via National Library of Australia.  ^ "This Weeks's Radio Features". The Advertiser. Adelaide. 30 March 1946. p. 7. Retrieved 11 February 2012 – via National Library of Australia.  ^ "5 AD's 'Big Sister' Ends Tonight". The Advertiser. Adelaide. 17 August 1946. p. 13. Retrieved 11 February 2012 – via National Library of Australia.  ^ "A.B.C. to Open New Station; Thebarton Match From 5 AD". The Advertiser. Adelaide. 24 July 1948. p. 7. Retrieved 11 February 2012 – via National Library of Australia. 

References[edit]

Dundy, Elaine. Finch, Bloody Finch: A Biography of Peter Finch. New York: Holt, Rinehart & Winston, 1980. ISBN 0-03-041796-1 (10). ISBN 978-0-03-041796-2 (13). Faulkner, Trader. Peter Finch: A Biography. London: Angus & Robertson, 1979. ISBN 0-207-95831-9 (10). ISBN 978-0-207-95831-1 (13). Finch, Yolande. Finchy: My Life with Peter Finch. London: Arrow Books, 1980. ISBN 0-09-924190-0 (10). ISBN 978-0-09-924190-4 (13). Johnson, G., "The Success Story of Peter Finch", The Sun-Herald (Sydney), (Sunday, 8 August 1954), pp. 21–23 Johnson, G., "The Long Road to London", (Sunday, 15 August 1954), pp. 23–25 Johnson, G., "Dad and Dave, and then the War." The Sun-Herald
The Sun-Herald
(Sydney) 15 Aug 1954: 23 Johnson, G., "The Thames is Non-Inflammable- But an Australian in London Leapt Up a STAIRWAY TO STARDOM." The Sun-Herald
The Sun-Herald
(Sydney) 22 Aug 1954: 23 Johnson, G., "The Threat and the Promise". The Sun-Herald
The Sun-Herald
(Sydney) 29 Aug 1954: 47

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Awards for Peter Finch

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Academy Award for Best Actor

1928–1950

Emil Jannings
Emil Jannings
(1928) Warner Baxter
Warner Baxter
(1929) George Arliss
George Arliss
(1930) Lionel Barrymore
Lionel Barrymore
(1931) Fredric March
Fredric March
/ Wallace Beery
Wallace Beery
(1932) Charles Laughton
Charles Laughton
(1933) Clark Gable
Clark Gable
(1934) Victor McLaglen
Victor McLaglen
(1935) Paul Muni
Paul Muni
(1936) Spencer Tracy
Spencer Tracy
(1937) Spencer Tracy
Spencer Tracy
(1938) Robert Donat
Robert Donat
(1939) James Stewart
James Stewart
(1940) Gary Cooper
Gary Cooper
(1941) James Cagney
James Cagney
(1942) Paul Lukas
Paul Lukas
(1943) Bing Crosby
Bing Crosby
(1944) Ray Milland
Ray Milland
(1945) Fredric March
Fredric March
(1946) Ronald Colman
Ronald Colman
(1947) Laurence Olivier
Laurence Olivier
(1948) Broderick Crawford
Broderick Crawford
(1949) José Ferrer
José Ferrer
(1950)

1951–1975

Humphrey Bogart
Humphrey Bogart
(1951) Gary Cooper
Gary Cooper
(1952) William Holden
William Holden
(1953) Marlon Brando
Marlon Brando
(1954) Ernest Borgnine
Ernest Borgnine
(1955) Yul Brynner
Yul Brynner
(1956) Alec Guinness
Alec Guinness
(1957) David Niven
David Niven
(1958) Charlton Heston
Charlton Heston
(1959) Burt Lancaster
Burt Lancaster
(1960) Maximilian Schell
Maximilian Schell
(1961) Gregory Peck
Gregory Peck
(1962) Sidney Poitier
Sidney Poitier
(1963) Rex Harrison
Rex Harrison
(1964) Lee Marvin
Lee Marvin
(1965) Paul Scofield
Paul Scofield
(1966) Rod Steiger
Rod Steiger
(1967) Cliff Robertson
Cliff Robertson
(1968) John Wayne
John Wayne
(1969) George C. Scott1 (1970) Gene Hackman
Gene Hackman
(1971) Marlon Brando1 (1972) Jack Lemmon
Jack Lemmon
(1973) Art Carney
Art Carney
(1974) Jack Nicholson
Jack Nicholson
(1975)

1976–2000

Peter Finch
Peter Finch
(1976) Richard Dreyfuss
Richard Dreyfuss
(1977) Jon Voight
Jon Voight
(1978) Dustin Hoffman
Dustin Hoffman
(1979) Robert De Niro
Robert De Niro
(1980) Henry Fonda
Henry Fonda
(1981) Ben Kingsley
Ben Kingsley
(1982) Robert Duvall
Robert Duvall
(1983) F. Murray Abraham
F. Murray Abraham
(1984) William Hurt
William Hurt
(1985) Paul Newman
Paul Newman
(1986) Michael Douglas
Michael Douglas
(1987) Dustin Hoffman
Dustin Hoffman
(1988) Daniel Day-Lewis
Daniel Day-Lewis
(1989) Jeremy Irons
Jeremy Irons
(1990) Anthony Hopkins
Anthony Hopkins
(1991) Al Pacino
Al Pacino
(1992) Tom Hanks
Tom Hanks
(1993) Tom Hanks
Tom Hanks
(1994) Nicolas Cage
Nicolas Cage
(1995) Geoffrey Rush
Geoffrey Rush
(1996) Jack Nicholson
Jack Nicholson
(1997) Roberto Benigni
Roberto Benigni
(1998) Kevin Spacey
Kevin Spacey
(1999) Russell Crowe
Russell Crowe
(2000)

2001–present

Denzel Washington
Denzel Washington
(2001) Adrien Brody
Adrien Brody
(2002) Sean Penn
Sean Penn
(2003) Jamie Foxx
Jamie Foxx
(2004) Philip Seymour Hoffman
Philip Seymour Hoffman
(2005) Forest Whitaker
Forest Whitaker
(2006) Daniel Day-Lewis
Daniel Day-Lewis
(2007) Sean Penn
Sean Penn
(2008) Jeff Bridges
Jeff Bridges
(2009) Colin Firth
Colin Firth
(2010) Jean Dujardin
Jean Dujardin
(2011) Daniel Day-Lewis
Daniel Day-Lewis
(2012) Matthew McConaughey
Matthew McConaughey
(2013) Eddie Redmayne
Eddie Redmayne
(2014) Leonardo DiCaprio
Leonardo DiCaprio
(2015) Casey Affleck
Casey Affleck
(2016) Gary Oldman
Gary Oldman
(2017)

1 refused award that year

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BAFTA Award for Best Actor
BAFTA Award for Best Actor
in a Leading Role

1952–1967

Ralph Richardson
Ralph Richardson
British, Marlon Brando
Marlon Brando
Foreign (1952) John Gielgud
John Gielgud
British, Marlon Brando
Marlon Brando
Foreign (1953) Kenneth More
Kenneth More
British, Marlon Brando
Marlon Brando
Foreign (1954) Laurence Olivier
Laurence Olivier
British, Ernest Borgnine
Ernest Borgnine
Foreign (1955) Peter Finch
Peter Finch
British, François Périer
François Périer
Foreign (1956) Alec Guinness
Alec Guinness
British, Henry Fonda
Henry Fonda
Foreign (1957) Trevor Howard
Trevor Howard
British, Sidney Poitier
Sidney Poitier
Foreign (1958) Peter Sellers
Peter Sellers
British, Jack Lemmon
Jack Lemmon
Foreign (1959) Peter Finch
Peter Finch
British, Jack Lemmon
Jack Lemmon
Foreign (1960) Peter Finch
Peter Finch
British, Paul Newman
Paul Newman
Foreign (1961) Peter O'Toole
Peter O'Toole
British, Burt Lancaster
Burt Lancaster
Foreign (1962) Dirk Bogarde
Dirk Bogarde
British, Marcello Mastroianni
Marcello Mastroianni
Foreign (1963) Richard Attenborough
Richard Attenborough
British, Marcello Mastroianni
Marcello Mastroianni
Foreign (1964) Dirk Bogarde
Dirk Bogarde
British, Lee Marvin
Lee Marvin
Foreign (1965) Richard Burton
Richard Burton
British, Rod Steiger
Rod Steiger
Foreign (1966) Paul Scofield
Paul Scofield
British, Rod Steiger
Rod Steiger
Foreign (1967)

1968–present

Spencer Tracy
Spencer Tracy
(1968) Dustin Hoffman
Dustin Hoffman
(1969) Robert Redford
Robert Redford
(1970) Peter Finch
Peter Finch
(1971) Gene Hackman
Gene Hackman
(1972) Walter Matthau
Walter Matthau
(1973) Jack Nicholson
Jack Nicholson
(1974) Al Pacino
Al Pacino
(1975) Jack Nicholson
Jack Nicholson
(1976) Peter Finch
Peter Finch
(1977) Richard Dreyfuss
Richard Dreyfuss
(1978) Jack Lemmon
Jack Lemmon
(1979) John Hurt
John Hurt
(1980) Burt Lancaster
Burt Lancaster
(1981) Ben Kingsley
Ben Kingsley
(1982) Michael Caine
Michael Caine
/ Dustin Hoffman
Dustin Hoffman
(1983) Haing S. Ngor
Haing S. Ngor
(1984) William Hurt
William Hurt
(1985) Bob Hoskins
Bob Hoskins
(1986) Sean Connery
Sean Connery
(1987) John Cleese
John Cleese
(1988) Daniel Day-Lewis
Daniel Day-Lewis
(1989) Philippe Noiret
Philippe Noiret
(1990) Anthony Hopkins
Anthony Hopkins
(1991) Robert Downey Jr.
Robert Downey Jr.
(1992) Anthony Hopkins
Anthony Hopkins
(1993) Hugh Grant
Hugh Grant
(1994) Nigel Hawthorne (1995) Geoffrey Rush
Geoffrey Rush
(1996) Robert Carlyle
Robert Carlyle
(1997) Roberto Benigni
Roberto Benigni
(1998) Kevin Spacey
Kevin Spacey
(1999) Jamie Bell
Jamie Bell
(2000) Russell Crowe
Russell Crowe
(2001) Daniel Day-Lewis
Daniel Day-Lewis
(2002) Bill Murray
Bill Murray
(2003) Jamie Foxx
Jamie Foxx
(2004) Philip Seymour Hoffman
Philip Seymour Hoffman
(2005) Forest Whitaker
Forest Whitaker
(2006) Daniel Day-Lewis
Daniel Day-Lewis
(2007) Mickey Rourke
Mickey Rourke
(2008) Colin Firth
Colin Firth
(2009) Colin Firth
Colin Firth
(2010) Jean Dujardin
Jean Dujardin
(2011) Daniel Day-Lewis
Daniel Day-Lewis
(2012) Chiwetel Ejiofor
Chiwetel Ejiofor
(2013) Eddie Redmayne
Eddie Redmayne
(2014) Leonardo DiCaprio
Leonardo DiCaprio
(2015) Casey Affleck
Casey Affleck
(2016) Gary Oldman
Gary Oldman
(2017)

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Silver Bear for Best Actor

Burt Lancaster
Burt Lancaster
(1956) Pedro Infante
Pedro Infante
(1957) Sidney Poitier
Sidney Poitier
(1958) Jean Gabin
Jean Gabin
(1959) Fredric March
Fredric March
(1960) Peter Finch
Peter Finch
(1961) James Stewart
James Stewart
(1962) Sidney Poitier
Sidney Poitier
(1963) Rod Steiger
Rod Steiger
(1964) Lee Marvin
Lee Marvin
(1965) Jean-Pierre Léaud
Jean-Pierre Léaud
(1966) Michel Simon
Michel Simon
(1967) Jean-Louis Trintignant
Jean-Louis Trintignant
(1968) Jean Gabin
Jean Gabin
(1971) Alberto Sordi
Alberto Sordi
(1972) Vlastimil Brodský (1975) Gerhard Olschewski (1976) Fernando Fernán Gómez
Fernando Fernán Gómez
(1977) Craig Russell (1978) Michele Placido
Michele Placido
(1979) Andrzej Seweryn
Andrzej Seweryn
(1980) Anatoly Solonitsyn
Anatoly Solonitsyn
/ Jack Lemmon
Jack Lemmon
(1981) Stellan Skarsgård
Stellan Skarsgård
/ Michel Piccoli
Michel Piccoli
(1982) Bruce Dern
Bruce Dern
(1983) Albert Finney
Albert Finney
(1984) Fernando Fernán Gómez
Fernando Fernán Gómez
(1985) Tuncel Kurtiz (1986) Gian Maria Volontè
Gian Maria Volontè
(1987) Jörg Pose / Manfred Möck (1988) Gene Hackman
Gene Hackman
(1989) Iain Glen
Iain Glen
(1990) Maynard Eziashi (1991) Armin Mueller-Stahl
Armin Mueller-Stahl
(1992) Denzel Washington
Denzel Washington
(1993) Tom Hanks
Tom Hanks
(1994) Paul Newman
Paul Newman
(1995) Sean Penn
Sean Penn
(1996) Leonardo DiCaprio
Leonardo DiCaprio
(1997) Samuel L. Jackson
Samuel L. Jackson
(1998) Michael Gwisdek
Michael Gwisdek
(1999) Denzel Washington
Denzel Washington
(2000) Benicio del Toro
Benicio del Toro
(2001) Jacques Gamblin
Jacques Gamblin
(2002) Sam Rockwell
Sam Rockwell
(2003) Daniel Hendler
Daniel Hendler
(2004) Lou Taylor Pucci
Lou Taylor Pucci
(2005) Moritz Bleibtreu
Moritz Bleibtreu
(2006) Julio Chávez (2007) Reza Naji
Reza Naji
(2008) Sotigui Kouyaté (2009) Grigoriy Dobrygin
Grigoriy Dobrygin
/ Sergei Puskepalis
Sergei Puskepalis
(2010) Peyman Moaadi
Peyman Moaadi
/ Shahab Hosseini
Shahab Hosseini
/ Ali-Asghar Shahbazi / Babak Karimi (2011) Mikkel Følsgaard
Mikkel Følsgaard
(2012) Nazif Mujić (2013) Liao Fan
Liao Fan
(2014) Tom Courtenay
Tom Courtenay
(2015) Majd Mastoura (2016) Georg Friedrich (2017)

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Golden Globe Award
Golden Globe Award
for Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama

Paul Lukas
Paul Lukas
(1943) Alexander Knox
Alexander Knox
(1944) Ray Milland
Ray Milland
(1945) Gregory Peck
Gregory Peck
(1946) Ronald Colman
Ronald Colman
(1947) Laurence Olivier
Laurence Olivier
(1948) Broderick Crawford
Broderick Crawford
(1949) José Ferrer
José Ferrer
(1950) Fredric March
Fredric March
(1951) Gary Cooper
Gary Cooper
(1952) Spencer Tracy
Spencer Tracy
(1953) Marlon Brando
Marlon Brando
(1954) Ernest Borgnine
Ernest Borgnine
(1955) Kirk Douglas
Kirk Douglas
(1956) Alec Guinness
Alec Guinness
(1957) David Niven
David Niven
(1958) Anthony Franciosa
Anthony Franciosa
(1959) Burt Lancaster
Burt Lancaster
(1960) Maximilian Schell
Maximilian Schell
(1961) Gregory Peck
Gregory Peck
(1962) Sidney Poitier
Sidney Poitier
(1963) Peter O'Toole
Peter O'Toole
(1964) Omar Sharif
Omar Sharif
(1965) Paul Scofield
Paul Scofield
(1966) Rod Steiger
Rod Steiger
(1967) Peter O'Toole
Peter O'Toole
(1968) John Wayne
John Wayne
(1969) George C. Scott
George C. Scott
(1970) Gene Hackman
Gene Hackman
(1971) Marlon Brando
Marlon Brando
(1972) Al Pacino
Al Pacino
(1973) Jack Nicholson
Jack Nicholson
(1974) Jack Nicholson
Jack Nicholson
(1975) Peter Finch
Peter Finch
(1976) Richard Burton
Richard Burton
(1977) Jon Voight
Jon Voight
(1978) Dustin Hoffman
Dustin Hoffman
(1979) Robert De Niro
Robert De Niro
(1980) Henry Fonda
Henry Fonda
(1981) Ben Kingsley
Ben Kingsley
(1982) Robert Duvall
Robert Duvall
/ Tom Courtenay
Tom Courtenay
(1983) F. Murray Abraham
F. Murray Abraham
(1984) Jon Voight
Jon Voight
(1985) Bob Hoskins
Bob Hoskins
(1986) Michael Douglas
Michael Douglas
(1987) Dustin Hoffman
Dustin Hoffman
(1988) Tom Cruise
Tom Cruise
(1989) Jeremy Irons
Jeremy Irons
(1990) Nick Nolte
Nick Nolte
(1991) Al Pacino
Al Pacino
(1992) Tom Hanks
Tom Hanks
(1993) Tom Hanks
Tom Hanks
(1994) Nicolas Cage
Nicolas Cage
(1995) Geoffrey Rush
Geoffrey Rush
(1996) Peter Fonda
Peter Fonda
(1997) Jim Carrey
Jim Carrey
(1998) Denzel Washington
Denzel Washington
(1999) Tom Hanks
Tom Hanks
(2000) Russell Crowe
Russell Crowe
(2001) Jack Nicholson
Jack Nicholson
(2002) Sean Penn
Sean Penn
(2003) Leonardo DiCaprio
Leonardo DiCaprio
(2004) Philip Seymour Hoffman
Philip Seymour Hoffman
(2005) Forest Whitaker
Forest Whitaker
(2006) Daniel Day-Lewis
Daniel Day-Lewis
(2007) Mickey Rourke
Mickey Rourke
(2008) Jeff Bridges
Jeff Bridges
(2009) Colin Firth
Colin Firth
(2010) George Clooney
George Clooney
(2011) Daniel Day-Lewis
Daniel Day-Lewis
(2012) Matthew McConaughey
Matthew McConaughey
(2013) Eddie Redmayne
Eddie Redmayne
(2014) Leonardo DiCaprio
Leonardo DiCaprio
(2015) Casey Affleck
Casey Affleck
(2016) Gary Oldman
Gary Oldman
(2017)

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National Board of Review Award for Best Actor

Ray Milland
Ray Milland
(1945) Laurence Olivier
Laurence Olivier
(1946) Michael Redgrave
Michael Redgrave
(1947) Walter Huston
Walter Huston
(1948) Ralph Richardson
Ralph Richardson
(1949) Alec Guinness
Alec Guinness
(1950) Richard Basehart
Richard Basehart
(1951) Ralph Richardson
Ralph Richardson
(1952) James Mason
James Mason
(1953) Bing Crosby
Bing Crosby
(1954) Ernest Borgnine
Ernest Borgnine
(1955) Yul Brynner
Yul Brynner
(1956) Alec Guinness
Alec Guinness
(1957) Spencer Tracy
Spencer Tracy
(1958) Victor Sjöström
Victor Sjöström
(1959) Robert Mitchum
Robert Mitchum
(1960) Albert Finney
Albert Finney
(1961) Jason Robards
Jason Robards
(1962) Rex Harrison
Rex Harrison
(1963) Anthony Quinn
Anthony Quinn
(1964) Lee Marvin
Lee Marvin
(1965) Paul Scofield
Paul Scofield
(1966) Peter Finch
Peter Finch
(1967) Cliff Robertson
Cliff Robertson
(1968) Peter O'Toole
Peter O'Toole
(1969) George C. Scott
George C. Scott
(1970) Gene Hackman
Gene Hackman
(1971) Peter O'Toole
Peter O'Toole
(1972) Al Pacino
Al Pacino
/ Robert Ryan
Robert Ryan
(1973) Gene Hackman
Gene Hackman
(1974) Jack Nicholson
Jack Nicholson
(1975) David Carradine
David Carradine
(1976) John Travolta
John Travolta
(1977) Jon Voight
Jon Voight
/ Laurence Olivier
Laurence Olivier
(1978) Peter Sellers
Peter Sellers
(1979) Robert De Niro
Robert De Niro
(1980) Henry Fonda
Henry Fonda
(1981) Ben Kingsley
Ben Kingsley
(1982) Tom Conti
Tom Conti
(1983) Victor Banerjee
Victor Banerjee
(1984) William Hurt
William Hurt
/ Raúl Juliá
Raúl Juliá
(1985) Paul Newman
Paul Newman
(1986) Michael Douglas
Michael Douglas
(1987) Gene Hackman
Gene Hackman
(1988) Morgan Freeman
Morgan Freeman
(1989) Robert De Niro
Robert De Niro
/ Robin Williams
Robin Williams
(1990) Warren Beatty
Warren Beatty
(1991) Jack Lemmon
Jack Lemmon
(1992) Anthony Hopkins
Anthony Hopkins
(1993) Tom Hanks
Tom Hanks
(1994) Nicolas Cage
Nicolas Cage
(1995) Tom Cruise
Tom Cruise
(1996) Jack Nicholson
Jack Nicholson
(1997) Ian McKellen
Ian McKellen
(1998) Russell Crowe
Russell Crowe
(1999) Javier Bardem
Javier Bardem
(2000) Billy Bob Thornton
Billy Bob Thornton
(2001) Campbell Scott
Campbell Scott
(2002) Sean Penn
Sean Penn
(2003) Jamie Foxx
Jamie Foxx
(2004) Philip Seymour Hoffman
Philip Seymour Hoffman
(2005) Forest Whitaker
Forest Whitaker
(2006) George Clooney
George Clooney
(2007) Clint Eastwood
Clint Eastwood
(2008) George Clooney
George Clooney
/ Morgan Freeman
Morgan Freeman
(2009) Jesse Eisenberg
Jesse Eisenberg
(2010) George Clooney
George Clooney
(2011) Bradley Cooper
Bradley Cooper
(2012) Bruce Dern
Bruce Dern
(2013) Michael Keaton
Michael Keaton
/ Oscar Isaac
Oscar Isaac
(2014) Matt Damon
Matt Damon
(2015) Casey Affleck
Casey Affleck
(2016) Tom Hanks
Tom Hanks
(2017)

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National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Actor

Michael Caine
Michael Caine
(1966) Rod Steiger
Rod Steiger
(1967) Per Oscarsson
Per Oscarsson
(1968) Jon Voight
Jon Voight
(1969) George C. Scott
George C. Scott
(1970) Peter Finch
Peter Finch
(1971) Al Pacino
Al Pacino
(1972) Marlon Brando
Marlon Brando
(1973) Jack Nicholson
Jack Nicholson
(1974) Jack Nicholson
Jack Nicholson
(1975) Robert De Niro
Robert De Niro
(1976) Art Carney
Art Carney
(1977) Gary Busey
Gary Busey
(1978) Dustin Hoffman
Dustin Hoffman
(1979) Peter O'Toole
Peter O'Toole
(1980) Burt Lancaster
Burt Lancaster
(1981) Dustin Hoffman
Dustin Hoffman
(1982) Gérard Depardieu
Gérard Depardieu
(1983) Steve Martin
Steve Martin
(1984) Jack Nicholson
Jack Nicholson
(1985) Bob Hoskins
Bob Hoskins
(1986) Steve Martin
Steve Martin
(1987) Michael Keaton
Michael Keaton
(1988) Daniel Day-Lewis
Daniel Day-Lewis
(1989) Jeremy Irons
Jeremy Irons
(1990) River Phoenix
River Phoenix
(1991) Stephen Rea
Stephen Rea
(1992) David Thewlis
David Thewlis
(1993) Paul Newman
Paul Newman
(1994) Nicolas Cage
Nicolas Cage
(1995) Eddie Murphy
Eddie Murphy
(1996) Robert Duvall
Robert Duvall
(1997) Nick Nolte
Nick Nolte
(1998) Russell Crowe
Russell Crowe
(1999) Javier Bardem
Javier Bardem
(2000) Gene Hackman
Gene Hackman
(2001) Adrien Brody
Adrien Brody
(2002) Bill Murray
Bill Murray
(2003) Jamie Foxx
Jamie Foxx
(2004) Philip Seymour Hoffman
Philip Seymour Hoffman
(2005) Forest Whitaker
Forest Whitaker
(2006) Daniel Day-Lewis
Daniel Day-Lewis
(2007) Sean Penn
Sean Penn
(2008) Jeremy Renner
Jeremy Renner
(2009) Jesse Eisenberg
Jesse Eisenberg
(2010) Brad Pitt
Brad Pitt
(2011) Daniel Day-Lewis
Daniel Day-Lewis
(2012) Oscar Isaac
Oscar Isaac
(2013) Timothy Spall
Timothy Spall
(2014) Michael B. Jordan
Michael B. Jordan
(2015) Casey Affleck
Casey Affleck
(2016) Daniel Kaluuya
Daniel Kaluuya
(2017)

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