|Born||in Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA|
|Died||in Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA (complications following surgery)|
|Birth Name||William Franklin Finley III|
|Height||6' 4" (1.93 m)|
Mini Bio (1)
Marvelously quirky, distinctive and versatile character actor William Franklin Finley was born on September 20, 1940 in New York City. Finley attended Columbia University, where he first met future filmmaker Brian De Palma. The lanky 6'4" Finley first began acting on the New York stage. He made his film debut in De Palma's odd short movie Woton's Wake. Finley went on to play a deliciously rich and colorful array of strikingly idiosyncratic parts for De Palma: a slow-witted stage hand in Murder a la Mod (1968), the disapproving friend of a guy who was about to be married in The Wedding Party (1969), the wicked titular villain in Dionysus in '69 (1970); splendid as Margot Kidder's freaky psychiatrist husband in Sisters (1972); excellent and engaging in a rare substantial lead as the meek and nerdy struggling songwriter Winslow Leach in the delightfully outrageous Phantom of the Paradise (1974), and a seedy psychic in The Fury (1978).
Finley tackled a couple of equally memorable off-center roles in a pair of superior Tobe Hooper fright features: he was Marilyn Burns' deranged husband in Eaten Alive (1976) and a pathetic drunken carnival magician in The Funhouse (1981). Finley was once again fine as a geeky scientist in the exciting Chuck Norris horror/action hybrid Silent Rage (1982). In addition to acting, Finley composed the theme song for Murder a la Mod and co-wrote the script for the offbeat teen coming-of-age comedy The First Time (1983). Finley had a small, yet chilling part as a creepy private investigator in the disappointing The Black Dahlia (2006). William Finley died at age 71 on April 14, 2012; he was survived by his wife Susan and son Dashiell.
- IMDb Mini Biography By: woodyanders
|Susan Weiser-Finley||(21 September 1974 - 14 April 2012) ( his death) ( 1 child)|