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Fyvush Finkel Poster

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Overview (4)

Date of Birth 9 October 1922Brooklyn, New York, USA
Date of Death 14 August 2016Manhattan, New York, USA
Birth NamePhilip Finkel
Height 6' 1" (1.85 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Fyvush Finkel was born on October 9, 1922 in Brooklyn, New York, USA as Philip Finkel. He was an actor, known for Picket Fences (1992), A Serious Man (2009) and Boston Public (2000). He was married to Gertrude (Trudi) Lieberman. He died on August 14, 2016 in Manhattan, New York.

Spouse (1)

Gertrude (Trudi) Lieberman (15 March 1947 - 1 January 2009) (her death) (2 children)

Trivia (8)

Fyvush appeared in the touring company of "Fiddler On The Roof" for 12 years. Initially he performed the role of the innkeeper, but ultimately assumed the lead role of Tevye.
Fyvush is Yiddish for Phillip, a name he used in school.
Has two sons: Ian, a musical arranger, and Elliot, a concert pianist.
Born Philip Finkel, but adopted the Yiddish translation for Philip (Fyvush) for his career.
Born in Brooklyn, the third of four sons of Jewish immigrant parents, Mary (Beda), a housewife from Minsk, Belarus (then part of Russia), and Harry Finkel, a tailor from Warsaw, Poland.
In 2007, the 85-year-old character actor appeared in David Ives' play, "New Jerusalem", at the Classic Stage Company in New York City. Finkel played a synagogue board member in the show, which focused on the 1656 banishment of philosopher Baruch de Spinoza from Amsterdam's Jewish community.
He played child roles on stage until he was a teenager. He attended a vocational high school to learn the fur industry, but he never worked in furs. He joined a Yiddish stock company, playing to Yiddish-speaking audiences in smaller cities and towns.
Has three grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Personal Quotes (4)

I don't audition, because I don't like it. When you own a store, you sell products, but when you audition, you are trying to sell yourself. If they turn you down, they turn you down. I will not have it. I tell the people, 'Look, you're not buying a house. Take a chance.'
Life was not all blintzes and sour cream.
I love people. I keep telling performers, 'Not only do you owe them a good performance, you also owe them love. If you love them, they love you 10 times more. It is not the producers that pay your wages; they do. If they don't like you, you're not going to get work. But if they love you, they'll put you in comfort.'
In Hollywood they don't have Sheva Brokhes. In Hollywood, you're lucky if the marriage last seven days.

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