English-born Australian actor Peter Finch (28 September 1916–14 January 1977) was born 100 years ago today. Finch was the first Australian to win an Academy Award for acting. He played the messianic TV anchorman Howard Beale in Network (Sidney Lumet, USA, 1976) who tells viewers to go to their windows and shout, 'I’m mad as hell and I’m not going to take this anymore!’.
While Finch is mostly remembered for his many film roles, few realise that his early career included radio drama. His international career began after he was discovered by Laurence Olivier and Vivien Leigh during their celebrated tour of Australia in 1948.