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Thursday, January 17, 2013

Another One Bites The Dust

The other day I saw an obituary for the actor Jon Finch. It was the first I'd heard that he'd died.

He may not be a name that you are immediately familiar with, but anyone who studied Macbeth at school or college will probably have seen Polanski's film, in which Finch starred as the murderous king.

He first invaded my teenage conscious when he starred in a Sci-Fi TV show, in which the aliens had deformed little fingers. He was a friendly invader. We all had a crush on him, especially my friend Marian, who had deformed little fingers...

In those wonderful days free from celebrity secrecy and stalking, when I looked him up in the phone book - I found him. And I phoned him. I have no idea what we talked about, but it was laid back and friendly.

From his obit I learned that he tended to choose one plum part a year to maintain his lifestyle, refusing all others. He apparently turned down the role of James Bond, which was then offered to Roger Moore. Finch would have been a much younger and dishier 007. He also turned down The Three Musketeers and John Hurt's role in Alien. But he did accept a part in Alfred Hitchcock's Frenzy.

Thus passed my first brush with celebrity, alone in his flat and almost forgotten. Sad.


Anonymous said...

I remember him from 'Frenzy'...

JoJo said...

Very sad. And that's so cool you were able to call him! My that was cheeky of you. lol

Helen Drake said...

I'm his ex-partner, Helen. Although he was alone when he died, he was very loved and not forgotten by those who knew and loved him. It is true that he had not worked for a long time and it is sad that he was on his own when he died but he had lots of very happy times, especially with our daughter, Holly, who he adored and who adored him. Thank you for your comments regarding his work.

val said...

Thank you for your comment. I did sort of feel that he was forgotten by the public, when he deserved more, and I'm glad there were lots of people to sustain him.

I am envious of his courage in deciding to work less and live more. It would be a better world if everyone could do that.

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