Jon Finch - Actor Mar 3, 2013 13:16:40 GMT 1
Post by Laurence on Mar 3, 2013 13:16:40 GMT 1
Actor Jon Finch took the title role in Roman Polanksi’s film The Tragedy of Macbeth (1971) then starred in Alfred Hitchcock’s Frenzy (1972); that those two films proved to be the high point of his film career was probably due to his self-proclaimed lack of appetite for stardom.
That Finch never achieved lasting stardom had a number of causes, including the diabetes from which he suffered for much of his life. Ridley Scott picked him to play Kane in the classic scene in Alien (1979), with a slimy extraterrestrial bursting from his chest, but a diabetic episode forced him out, and Scott had to persuade John Hurt to take the role. But the main reason why Finch failed to become a household name seems to have been a lack of ambition which led to his turning down a number of roles — James Bond in Live and Let Die (1973) and Doyle in the television series The Professionals, roles that made the names of other actors. “I never wanted to be a big star,” Finch once observed: “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.”
The son of a merchant banker, Jon Finch was born at Caterham, Surrey, on March 2 1941, and started acting at school. After performing in amateur theatre groups and singing in a folk group, he did his National Service in a parachute regiment and stayed on as a member of an SAS reserve regiment, training at weekends and several nights a week. He resigned from the military as his acting commitments became more demanding. As a professional actor Finch appeared with various repertory companies before landing a part in Crossroads for its first run in 1964. This led to parts in other television serials such as Z Cars, and in the Hammer horrors The Vampire Lovers and The Horror of Frankenstein (both 1970). Jon Finch was found dead in his flat in Hastings on 28 December 2012 after friends and family became concerned for his welfare.