Wednesday, April 18, 2012
Cult Actor William Finley dies at 71! Best known for De Palma classics.
I'll never forget how I met Mr. Finley once, during a Jeremy Irons directed music video shoot in Manhattan in the early 80's at the Limelight, the notorious church-turned-night club. I was doing some on-set special effects work when a voice from behind me spoke, "What's going on here?" I turned around and instantly recognized the tall, lanky William Finley (I think he had a briefcase in his hand). I told him we were shooting a music video and then went into how much I enjoyed his work in numerous De Palma films. He was nice, shook hands and left moments later.
Check out his NY TIMES obit here: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/18/movies/william-finley-actor-in-de-palma-films-dies-at-71.html?_r=1 (Different sources state his age as 71 or 69 at the time of his death.)