won an Emmy Award as Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series for his role as Douglas Wambaugh on Picket Fences
. His first acting role was 51 years earlier in one of the numerous Jewish theaters along New York City's Second Avenue. Finkel's breakthrough to American mainstream theater came at the age of 43 when he joined Jerome Robbins
' national company of the Broadway hit Fiddler on the Roof
. He toured the USA and Canada, playing first the Innkeeper, then the Butcher and finally the lead, Tevya, over a 12-year period.
His additional theater credits include an Obie-winning performance in Cafe Crown and a five-year stint as the star of off-Broadway's Little Shop of Horrors.
Finkel appeared in the feature films Nixon, For Love or Money, Mobsters, Seize the Day and Q&A. His additional television credits include the revival of Fantasy Island, Early Edition, One Life to Live, Evergreen, Prime of Your Life and The Simpsons. Between his film and television work, Finkel has appeared with sons Ian (a master mallet percussionist) and Elliot (a noted pianist), along with his grandson Abbot (a drummer), in two musical revues -- Finkel's Follies, which he created, and From Second Avenue to Broadway, in which Finkel sung songs from both the Yiddish theater and Broadway. Finkel and sons have also appeared in concert aboard cruise ships, highlighted by a ‘round-the-world cruise on the Queen Elizabeth 2.
Note: This profile was written in or before 2003.
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