William Finley (actor)

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William Finley
Born (1940-09-20)September 20, 1940
New York City, New York, U.S.
Died April 14, 2012(2012-04-14) (aged 71)
New York City, New York
Occupation Actor
Years active 1962–2006

William Finley (September 20, 1940 – April 14, 2012)[1] was an American actor who has appeared in the films Simon, Silent Rage, Phantom of the Paradise,[2] Sisters,[2] and The Wedding Party.[2] He had a long-running friendship and collaboration with director Brian De Palma, beginning with the student films Woton's Wake (1962)[2] and Murder à la Mod (1968). He also acted in De Palma's 2006 release The Black Dahlia.[2] Under the name W. Franklin Finley, he wrote the screenplay for the 1983 film The First Time. He was also the co-author of the 1985 book Racewalking.

Finley graduated from Columbia University in 1963. He resided in New York City with his wife and son.


Year Title Role Notes
1962 Woton's Wake Woton Short
1968 Murder à la Mod Otto
1969 The Wedding Party Alistair Filmed in 1963
1970 Dionysus in '69 Dionysus
1973 Sisters Dr. Emil Breton Credited as Bill Finley
1974 Phantom of the Paradise Winslow Leach/The Phantom
1977 Eaten Alive Roy
1978 The Fury Raymond Dunwoodie
1980 Simon Fichandler
1980 Dressed to Kill Bobbi Voice (uncredited)
1981 The Funhouse Marco the Magnificent
1982 Silent Rage Dr. Paul Vaughn
1985 Double Negative Raymond Bobo Short (credited as Bill Finley)
1993 Tales from the Crypt Dr. Nevel Episode: "Till Death Do We Part"
1995 Night Terrors Dr. Matteson
2006 Masters of Horror Husband Episode: "Sick Girl" (uncredited)
2006 The Black Dahlia George Tilden Credited as Bill Finley


Finley was diagnosed with an inflamed colon on April 6, 2012. He underwent surgery 3 days after his admission. He appeared to be doing well after the surgery, but on the morning of April 14, 2012, Finley died at the age of 71 in New York City.[2]


  1. "In Memory Of William Finley (1942-2012), 5 Things You Might Not Know About 'Phantom Of The Paradise'". indiewire. Retrieved 2012-04-16.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 Slotnik, Daniel E. (April 17, 2012). "William Finley, Actor in De Palma Movies, Dies at 71". The New York Times.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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