Biography

Fyvush Finkel, born Philip Finkel, was an American actor from New York City, the son of Jewish immigrant parents from Eastern Europe. His career began in the Yiddish theatres of Manhattan where his talent for peppering his singing with comedic inflections gained him notoriety and consistent casting for over thirty years. He finally made his Broadway debut in 1964 as a member of the original production of Fiddler on the Roof, playing Mordcha the innkeeper. During the 1990s he began working in television and came to the attention of producer David E. Kelley, who cast him in two of his successful series: Picket Fences and Boston Public, the former earning him an Emmy (Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series) in 1994. After Boston Public was cancelled in 2004 he returned to the theatres of New York, eventually retiring after the conclusion of the production of New Jerusalem in 2007. He passed away at his home in New York at the age of 93 due to heart problems.

Fyvush Finkel, born Philip Finkel, was an American actor from New York City, the son of Jewish immigrant parents from Eastern Europe. His career began in the Yiddish theatres of Manhattan where his talent for peppering his singing with comedic inflections gained him notoriety and consistent casting for over thirty years. He finally made his Broadway debut in 1964 as a member of the original production of Fiddler on the Roof, playing Mordcha the innkeeper. During the 1990s he began working in television and came to the attention of producer David E. Kelley, who cast him in two of his successful series: Picket Fences and Boston Public, the former earning him an Emmy (Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series) in 1994. After Boston Public was cancelled in 2004 he returned to the theatres of New York, eventually retiring after the conclusion of the production of New Jerusalem in 2007. He passed away at his home in New York at the age of 93 due to heart problems.

Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Male

Known Credits 12

Birthday 1922-10-09

Day of Death 2016-08-14

Place of Birth Brooklyn, New York, USA

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Also Known As

  • Fyvish Finkle
  • Philip Finkel
  • Fivush Finkel

Acting TV ShowsMovies

2017 If You're Not In The Obit, Eat Breakfast as Himself
2010 Blue Bloods (1 episode) as Moishe
2009 A Serious Man as Dybbuk?
2000 Boston Public (81 episodes) as Harvey Lipschultz
1998 Fantasy Island (13 episodes)
1995 Nixon as Murray Chotiner
1994 Chicago Hope (1 episode)
1993 For Love or Money as Milton Glickman
1992 Picket Fences (22 episodes) as Douglas Wambaugh
1990 Q & A as Preston Pearlstein
1989 The Simpsons (1 episode)
1986 Brighton Beach Memoirs as Mr. Greenblatt

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