Death: Jan. 14, 1977 Post-death success: Best known for playing television anchorman Howard Beale and his character's memorable rant: "I'm as mad as hell and I'm not going to take this any more!" in 1976's "Network," Finch didn't live to receive his Academy Award for best actor. He is the first person to receive a posthumous Academy Award in an acting category, followed by Heath Ledger.
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