Fyvush Finkel, 93

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A consummate entertainer, Finkel’s career bridged Yiddish theater and all-American television.

"When they want you, my dear friend, they'll find you in Johannesburg! If they don't want you, you can walk their dog, take them to lunch, tell them how great they are — but you can forget it!"

- Fyvush Finkel
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Born Philip Finkel -- “Fyvush is my Jewish name,” he said of his stage alter ego -- the Brooklyn native achieved his greatest fame on the 1990s CBS series “Picket Fences.” He won an Emmy for best supporting actor in 1994.

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Finkel, who said he got his “big break at the age of 70” when he was cast as the crabby lawyer Douglas Wambaugh on “Picket Fences,” won TV producer David E. Kelley’s attention when he played a corrupt lawyer in the Sidney Lumet film “Q&A.” The pair re-teamed in 2000 for “Boston Public.”

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From his start at age 9, Finkel never stopped performing. Blessed with a malleable, expressive face, he made the leap from New York City’s Second Avenue Jewish theater scene to Borscht Belt resorts to Broadway and TV.

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