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Also Known As: Fyvush Finkle Died:
Born: October 9, 1922 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Brooklyn, New York, USA Profession: comic, actor

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Portly and grandfatherly, with what some might consider stereotypical Jewish mannerisms, Finkel was a fifty-year veteran of Yiddish theater whose career received a shot in the arm in his early 70s as he became a regular on the acclaimed CBS dramatic series "Picket Fences" (1992-96). Finkel first appeared on the stage at the age of nine, acting for almost thirty-five years in the thriving Yiddish theaters of the Lower East Side as well as performing as a standup comic in the Catskill's so-called Borscht Belt. While never a big star, he worked regularly until the venues began dying out in the early 1960s. He landed a small part in the national touring company of "Fiddler on the Roof" (1965), eventually making his Broadway debut in the role of Tevye the milkman in 1970 in the long-running Broadway company. Between Broadway and the touring company Finkel spent twelve years with the production. Nearly two decades later, Finkel's work in the New York Shakespeare Festival production of a Yiddish classic "Crown Cafe" (1989) earned him an OBIE Award. Finkel made his film debut in the detective comedy "Off Beat" (1986) and more small roles in films followed. It was his appearance as a shyster lawyer in Sidney...

Portly and grandfatherly, with what some might consider stereotypical Jewish mannerisms, Finkel was a fifty-year veteran of Yiddish theater whose career received a shot in the arm in his early 70s as he became a regular on the acclaimed CBS dramatic series "Picket Fences" (1992-96).

Finkel first appeared on the stage at the age of nine, acting for almost thirty-five years in the thriving Yiddish theaters of the Lower East Side as well as performing as a standup comic in the Catskill's so-called Borscht Belt. While never a big star, he worked regularly until the venues began dying out in the early 1960s. He landed a small part in the national touring company of "Fiddler on the Roof" (1965), eventually making his Broadway debut in the role of Tevye the milkman in 1970 in the long-running Broadway company. Between Broadway and the touring company Finkel spent twelve years with the production. Nearly two decades later, Finkel's work in the New York Shakespeare Festival production of a Yiddish classic "Crown Cafe" (1989) earned him an OBIE Award.

Finkel made his film debut in the detective comedy "Off Beat" (1986) and more small roles in films followed. It was his appearance as a shyster lawyer in Sidney Lumet's "Q & A" (1990) that led "Picket Fences" producer/writer David Kelley to cast Finkel in the regular role of public defender Douglas Wambaugh. Though the character was not conceived as Jewish, Finkel brought that quality to Wambaugh, a man who though at times may act a bit deviously, is fundamentally concerned with providing his clients with the best defense possible. For the role Finkel earned a 1994 Emmy Award, announcing at the televised ceremonies that he had waited 51 years for that moment. Following the demise of "Picket Fences", the actor had a regular role on the short-lived revival of "Fantasy Island" (ABC, 1998) and then reteamed with writer-producer David E Kelley to play the spunky history teacher Harvey Lipschultz in "Boston Public" (Fox, 2000- ).

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Serious Man, A (2009)
2.
 Urn, The (2008)
3.
 Komediant, The (2002) Himself
4.
 Crew, The (2000) Sol Lowenstein
5.
 Aaron's Magic Village (1997) Narration
6.
 Nixon (1995) Murray Chotiner
7.
 Pickle, The (1993) Mr Shacknoff
8.
 For Love Or Money (1993) Milton
9.
 Mobsters (1991) Tailor
10.
 Q&A (1990) Preston Pearlstein
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1931:
Began his career in Yiddish theater at age 9 (date approx.)
1966:
Signed for the national company of "Fiddler on the Roof"; started off playing the innkeeper and eventually graduated to the leading role
1970:
Broadway debut as Tevye in "Fiddler on the Roof"
1981:
Again starred in a Broadway revival of "Fiddler on the Roof"
1986:
TV special debut on HBO, "Robert Klein on Broadway"
1987:
TV-movie debut, "Seize the Day" on PBS's "American Playhouse"
1989:
Returned to Broadway in the revival of "Cafe Crown"
1990:
Conceived and toured one-man-show, "Finkel's Follies"
1992:
TV series debut in regular role, "Picket Fences" (CBS); played attorney Douglas Wambaugh; won Emmy Award
1995:
Cast as Murray Chotiner in Oliver Stone's biographical drama "Nixon"
1996:
Created one-man stage show "Fyvush Finkel - From Second Ave to Broadway"; sons Elliot and Ian accompanied him with a full orchestra for musical segments; premiered off-Broadway in 1997
1998:
Returned to series TV with "Fantasy Island" (ABC), a short-lived revival of the popular 70s series
2000:
Reteamed with David E Kelley on the Fox drama series "Boston Public"; played history teacher Harvey Lipschultz
2000:
Acted in the crime comedy "The Crew," starring Burt Reynolds and Richard Dreyfuss
2009:
Cast in "A Serious Man," written and directed by The Coen Brothers
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wife:
Gertrude Lieberman. Singer, playwright. Married in March 1947.

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son:
Elliot Finkel. Musician.
son:
Ian Finkel. Musician.
grandson:
Abott Finkel. Percussionist.
great-grandson:
Caley Jay Finkel. Born August 15, 1995; mother Yasna Finkel, father Abott Finkel.
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