William Finley (I) (1940–2012)


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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 ... See full bio »

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Known For

Phantom of the Paradise Winslow / The Phantom
(1974)
The Black Dahlia George Tilden
(2006)
Sisters Emil Breton
(1972)
The Funhouse Marco the Magnificent
(1981)

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 2006 The Black Dahlia
George Tilden (as Bill Finley)
 2006 Masters of Horror (TV Series)
Husband
- Sick Girl (2006) ... Husband (uncredited)
 1998 Sabrina, the Teenage Witch (TV Series)
Werewolf
- Good Will Haunting (1998) ... Werewolf (uncredited)
 1993 Tales from the Crypt (TV Series)
Dr. Nevel
- Till Death Do We Part (1993) ... Dr. Nevel
 1993 Night Terrors
Dr. Matteson
 1985 Double Negative (Short)
Milt
 1982 Silent Rage
Dr. Paul Vaughn
 1981 The Funhouse
Marco the Magnificent
 1980 Dressed to Kill
Bobbi (voice, uncredited)
 1980 Simon
Fichandler
 1979 Wise Blood
Man (uncredited)
 1978 The Fury
Raymond
 1976 Eaten Alive
Roy
 1976 Obsession
 1976 Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman (TV Series)
Dr. Elvin McCabe
- Episode #1.75 (1976) ... Dr. Elvin McCabe
 1975 Last Hours Before Morning (TV Movie)
Elmo
 1974 Phantom of the Paradise
Winslow / The Phantom
 1972 Sisters
Emil Breton (as Bill Finley)
 1970 Dionysus in '69
Dionysus
 1969 The Wedding Party
Alistair - A Groomsman
 1968 Murder à la Mod
Otto
 1962 Woton's Wake (Short)
Woton
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Alternate Names:

Bill Finley | W. Franklin Finley

Height:

6' 4" (1.93 m)
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Best known by many cult fans for his lead role as struggling songwriter Winslow Leach in the rock opera Phantom of the Paradise (1974). See more »

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Towering height and slender frame See more »

Star Sign:

Virgo

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