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Actor William Finley – PHANTOM OF THE PARADISE Dead at 69

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Not terribly prolific, but a distinctive character actor who worked with Brian DePalma in many of the director’s early films including MURDER A LA MOD (1968) and THE WEDDING PARTY (1969). The lanky 6’4″ William Finley played the side splitting surgeon of DePalma’s SISTERS (1973) and despite acting mostly behind a mask, brought a great deal of pathos to the title role of DePalma’s THE PHANTOM OF PARADISE (1974) as Winslow Leach who, after being disfigured by the record press of Death Records, haunts music impresario Swan (Paul Williams) and his venue knows as The Paradise. Finley also worked for DePalma in THE FURY (1978), and BLACK DAHLIA (2006), the actor’s final film. Finlay acted for director Tobe Hooper three times (EATEN ALIVE, THE FUNHOUSE, and NIGHT TERRORS), appeared in the cult classic WISE BLOOD (1979), and had a nice part in the outstanding Chuck Norris serial killer thriller SILENT RAGE in 1982. William Finley was 69.

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  1. Greg Segal

    April 15, 2012 at 10:34 pm

    A very underrated, highly gifted actor. I had hoped he’d get his due during his lifetime. Thank you Bill. RIP.

  2. Jeanna

    April 15, 2012 at 11:02 pm

    Just had a conversation about him today and had looked him up on IMDB yesterday. Such sad news, he will be missed.

  3. Francesco

    April 16, 2012 at 11:25 am

    It was my hero.So sad what happened……I can never forget the expressions and the great interpretation in”P.O.P.”,but not only this,”sisters”,”Fury”and the short appearance,but great,in”The Black Dahlia”,,,,A great artist,I’m so sad today,we’ll never forget you Bill…..An embrace of love for his family & friends

  4. jake

    April 16, 2012 at 3:32 pm

    so sad… let us never forget the music in this epic movie.

  5. Valo

    May 31, 2012 at 11:45 am

    Goodbye artist! may your name be carved in the tree of masterpieces.
    See my tribute to the best movie ever..
    Special greet to beef ;)
    RIP
    === http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WSuGGxFWwrg ===

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