Jon Finch

Active - 1970 - 2005  |   Born - Mar 2, 1941   |   Died - Dec 28, 2012   |   Genres - Drama, Horror, Mystery, Historical Film

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Biography by Hal Erickson

British actor Jon Finch's splendid reputation in Shakespearean repertory led to his being cast in the 1970 Roman Polanski film version of MacBeth. Finch's ability to convey "cross purposes" by having his voice say one thing and his eyes another, served him well in Hitchcock's 1972 Frenzy. In the opening scene, we are meant to assume that Finch is a serial killer--and once we find out he isn't, we can still understand why everyone around him thinks he is. Finch remained active as a thespian up through his final years, but demonstrated little interest in stardom, turning down opportunities to play James Bond in Live and Let Die (1973) and Aramis in Richard Lester's Three Musketeers (1973). He made one of his final appearances in Ridley Scott's Kingdom of Heaven (2005) and died at age 71 in late 2012.

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