John Finnegan (I) (1926–2012)


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John Finnegan, or sometimes known as J.P. Finnegan, is an American film actor, mostly known for his roles on the American crime fiction series, Columbo (1971), which aired regularly from 1971 to 1978. Another role included voicing the character, "Warren T. Rat", who was the main villain in the 1986 Don Bluth film, An American Tail (1986). Finnegan... See full bio »

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Known For

An American Tail Warren T. Rat
(1986)
Vegas Vacation Hoover Dam Guide
(1997)
The Natural Sam Simpson
(1984)
Last Action Hero Watch Commander
(1993)

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 1972-2003 Columbo (TV Series)
Barney / Sean Jarvis / Chief Quentin Corbett / ...
- Columbo Likes the Nightlife (2003) ... Sean Jarvis
- A Trace of Murder (1997) ... Barney
- Strange Bedfellows (1995) ... Barney
- It's All in the Game (1993) ... Barney
- Columbo and the Murder of a Rock Star (1991) ... Chief Quentin Corbett
 2000 The District (TV Series)
Bob Graham
- The Jackal (2000) ... Bob Graham
 2000 The Independent
Guard
 1997 Beyond Belief: Fact or Fiction (TV Series)
Jerome Metz / Jerome Metz (segment "The Magic Rose Garden")
- The Magic Rose Garden (1997) ... Jerome Metz
- Candlestick/The Diner/From the Agency/The Magic Rose Garden/The Jeep (1997) ... Jerome Metz (segment "The Magic Rose Garden")
 1997 Vegas Vacation
Hoover Dam Guide
 1996 Mars Attacks!
Speaker of the House
 1995 ER (TV Series)
Mitchell
- Do One, Teach One, Kill One (1995) ... Mitchell
 1993 Last Action Hero
Watch Commander
 1990-1992 Murder, She Wrote (TV Series)
Douglas Foudy / Uncle Charlie
- The Wind Around the Tower (1992) ... Douglas Foudy
- Good-Bye Charlie (1990) ... Uncle Charlie
 1992 Reasonable Doubts (TV Series)
Billy's Grandfather
- Home Is Where the Heart Is (1992) ... Billy's Grandfather
 1991 Birch Street Gym (Short)
Rudy
 1991 JFK
Judge Haggerty
 1990 The Knife and Gun Club (TV Movie)
Mr. Warshawski
 1990 Come See the Paradise
Brennan
 1990 The Last of the Finest
Tommy Grogan
 1990 Midnight Caller (TV Series)
Pappy
- Kid Salinas (1990) ... Pappy
 1989 Highway to Heaven (TV Series)
Ronald Hays
- Merry Christmas from Grandpa (1989) ... Ronald Hays
 1989 Big Man on Campus
Judge Ferguson
 1989 Finish Line (TV Movie)
Purdy Hall
 1988 Matlock (TV Series)
Mr. Gillespie
- The Ambassador: Part 2 (1988) ... Mr. Gillespie
- The Ambassador: Part 1 (1988) ... Mr. Gillespie
 1988 Spellbinder
George (uncredited)
 1988 The Law and Harry McGraw (TV Series)
 1988 Hunter (TV Series)
Peterson
- The Black Dahlia (1988) ... Peterson
 1987 Cagney & Lacey (TV Series)
Captain Stewart
- The City Is Burning (1987) ... Captain Stewart
 1986 An American Tail
Warren T. Rat (voice)
 1986 Big Trouble
Det. Murphy
 1986 The Magical World of Disney (TV Series)
Sidney
- The Deacon Street Deer (1986) ... Sidney
 1986 227 (TV Series)
Senator James
- We the People (1986) ... Senator James
 1985 School Spirit
Pinky Batson
 1985 The Journey of Natty Gann
Logging Boss
 1985 Hill Street Blues (TV Series)
Tommy Leland
- The Life and Time of Dominic Florio Jr. (1985) ... Tommy Leland
 1984 The Hoboken Chicken Emergency (TV Movie)
 1984 The Natural
Sam Simpson
 1984 Love Streams
Taxi Driver
 1982 Terror at Alcatraz (TV Movie)
Murphy
 1982 Rehearsal for Murder (TV Movie)
Damon
 1980 Gloria
Frank
 1980 Galactica 1980 (TV Series)
Officer in Trauma Room
- The Night the Cylons Landed: Part 2 (1980) ... Officer in Trauma Room
 1980 Little Miss Marker
Casino Clerk
 1979 The In-Laws
Deliveryman #1
 1979 Lou Grant (TV Series)
Tim / Tim Butterfield
- Bomb (1979) ... Tim
- Marathon (1979) ... Tim Butterfield
 1978 All in the Family (TV Series)
Santa Claus
- Bogus Bills (1978) ... Santa Claus
 1978 The Eddie Capra Mysteries (TV Series)
Gerard
- Dirge for a Dead Dachshund (1978) ... Gerard (as J.P. Finnegan)
 1978 Bloodbrothers
Bartender (as J.P. Finnegan)
 1978 The Amazing Spider-Man (TV Series)
Male Reporter
- Night of the Clones (1978) ... Male Reporter
 1978 Nowhere to Run (TV Movie)
O'Neil (as John P. Finnegan)
 1977 Opening Night
Bobby
 1977 Heroes
Mr. Munro (as John P. Finnegan)
 1977 Lucan (TV Series)
Jess
- Pilot (1977) ... Jess
 1972-1977 McCloud (TV Series)
Booking Sergeant / 1st Officer / 1st Desk Sergeant / ...
- McCloud Meets Dracula (1977) ... 1st Officer (as J.P. Finnegan)
- The Day New York Turned Blue (1976) ... Booking Sergeant
- Return to the Alamo (1975) ... 1st Desk Sergeant
- The 42nd Street Cavalry (1974) ... Booking Sergeant
- Showdown at the End of the World (1973) ... Doorman
 1977 Quincy M.E. (TV Series)
Joe Ives
- ...The Thigh Bone's Connected to the Knee Bone... (1977) ... Joe Ives (as J.P. Finnegan)
 1977 Once an Eagle (TV Mini Series)
Bartender
- Part 7 (1977) ... Bartender (as J.P. Finnegan)
 1976 Nickelodeon
Kathleen's Director
 1976 Delvecchio (TV Series)
Sgt. Potts
- Wax Job (1976) ... Sgt. Potts (as J.P. Finnegan)
 1976 Rich Man, Poor Man - Book II (TV Series)
Reporter
- Chapter III (1976) ... Reporter (as J.P. Finnegan)
 1976 McMillan & Wife (TV Series)
Captain Emerson
- Point of Law (1976) ... Captain Emerson
 1976 One Day at a Time (TV Series)
Man #1
- Julie's Job (1976) ... Man #1
 1976 The Lindbergh Kidnapping Case (TV Movie)
Artie
 1976 The Killing of a Chinese Bookie
Taxi Driver
 1976 Mallory: Circumstantial Evidence (TV Movie)
Deputy Marshal Vieter
 1976 Rich Man, Poor Man (TV Mini Series)
Jack
- Part II: Chapters 3 and 4 (1976) ... Jack
 1975 Conspiracy of Terror (TV Movie)
Sgt. Carroll
 1974-1975 Police Woman (TV Series)
Sgt. Bingham / Ballistic Expert
- Incident Near a Black & White (1975) ... Ballistic Expert (as John P. Finnegan)
- No Place to Hide (1975) ... Sgt. Bingham
- Shoefly (1974) ... Sgt. Bingham
 1975 Switch (TV Series)
Sargeant
- Death by Resurrection (1975) ... Sargeant
 1975 Ellery Queen (TV Series)
Elevator Starter / Fred Durnhoffa / Matthew Thomas Cleary
- The Adventure of the 12th Floor Express (1975) ... Elevator Starter / Fred Durnhoffa
- Too Many Suspects (1975) ... Matthew Thomas Cleary
 1975 Maude (TV Series)
Bartender
- The Election (1975) ... Bartender
 1975 Capone
N.Y. Police Lt.
 1974 Terror on the 40th Floor (TV Movie)
Stark
 1974 The Rookies (TV Series)
Robbie / Bartender
- Something Less Than a Man (1974) ... Robbie (as John P. Finnegan)
- Trial by Doubt (1974) ... Bartender (as John P. Finnegan)
 1973 Savage (TV Movie)
Mike
 1972 Banacek (TV Series)
Lt. Hallohan
- To Steal a King (1972) ... Lt. Hallohan
- Let's Hear It for a Living Legend (1972) ... Lt. Hallohan
 1972 Play It As It Lays
Frank
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Personal Details

Alternate Names:

J. P. Finnegan | J.P. Finnegan | John P. Finnegan

Spouse:

Virginia Carolynn Jacobs  (his death) | See more »
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Finnegan appeared in five films of director/actor John Cassavetes. See more »

Star Sign:

Leo

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