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Overview (3)

Born in Caterham, Surrey, England, UK
Died in Hastings, East Sussex, England, UK
Height 5' 10" (1.78 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Dark, broodingly handsome Jon Finch was the son of a merchant banker. His first stage role was in elementary school at age 13 playing a Roman noblewoman(!). After gaining experience in amateur theatre groups and following a short stint with a folk singing group, he suddenly left for military service at age 18, serving in a parachute regiment. He returned to acting a few years later and delved seriously into classical theatre with several different repertory companies, appearing in over 50-60 plays, including "Night of the Iguana" and "She Stoops to Conquer", and serving as stage manager and / or assistant director for several of these companies. His first TV break came in 1967 and shortly thereafter won supporting roles in a couple of Hammer Studio film productions, The Vampire Lovers (1970) and The Horror of Frankenstein (1970). This was a sign as to the direction his cinematic career would take. His Gothic-edged film career peaked in the early 70s with such classy fare as Roman Polanski's Macbeth (1971), in which he played the tormented title role, in a particularly gory and controversial presentation; Alfred Hitchcock's macabre serial-killer thriller Frenzy (1972), in which he is a suspect in the dastardly crimes; The Final Programme (1973), an end-of-the-world sci-fi adventure that has since earned cult status; and the all-star production of Death on the Nile (1978), an elegant whodunit, courtesy of Agatha Christie. More importantly, he took part in many Shakespeare pieces that were transferred to TV, Richard II (1978) and Much Ado About Nothing (1984). His career grew more erratic into the 80s and, for the most part, was typically cast in horror roles. But the gentleman has risen above it all with definite class, intelligence and a certain natural charm.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Gary Brumburgh / gr-home@pacbell.net

Spouse (1)

Catriona MacColl (29 December 1981 - 1987) ( divorced) ( 1 child)

Trivia (10)

Was originally cast to play the part of Kane in Alien (1979), but had to drop out on the first day of filming because he fell ill with bronchitis, forcing him to spend three days in intensive care.
Turned down a regular role as Doyle in the British TV series The Professionals (1977), claiming that he "couldn't possibly play a policeman".
Turned down the chance to play James Bond in Live and Let Die (1973).
He turned down an offer from Richard Lester to play Aramis in The Three Musketeers (1973).
He was chosen, somewhat incongruously, to play the Aboriginal Detective Inspector Bonaparte in the Australian television series Boney (1972), but pulled out two weeks before filming, having been picked to play the lead in Frenzy (1972).
During the making of Diagnosis: Murder (1975), he fainted several times on the set, and was diagnosed with diabetes.
Considered for Col. Colin Caine, Dr. Armstong, Dr. Bukovsky, Roger Derebridge and Kelly in Lifeforce (1985).
Won Actor of the Year Award at the Variety Club Awards in 1972 for his performances in 'Frenzy'.and 'Macbeth' (Polanski's).
Won Most Promising Newcomer Award at the Variety Club Awards in 1972 for his performances in 'Frenzy'.and 'Macbeth' (Polanski's).
According to his listing in Quinlan's Film Stars (2000) he appeared in The Man With the Green Cross (1976).,The Threat (1981) and Strange (1987).

Personal Quotes (1)

I never wanted to be a big star. I usually do one film a year, so I always have enough money to enjoy myself and keep myself out of the public eye. It's a very pleasant life, not one of great ambition.

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