RIP Fyvush Finkel

Hey 3.5 readers.

Just a quick note to remember Fyvush Finkel who has passed away at age 93.

In the 1990s, there was a really out there, perhaps before its time show called Picket Fences.

Basically, every week this small town would face some sort of wacky legal case, usually investigated by town sheriff Tom Skerritt.

Many of the cases escape me but the one that sticks in my mind was there was a doctor who had figured out how to grow human babies inside cows (i.e. a human baby gestates inside and is given birth by a cow.)

The show gave a lot of actors their start, Lauren Holly and Don Cheadle come to mind.  Holly Marie Combs played the sheriff’s daughter. She then went on to become one of the witches on Charmed.

Finkel played the town’s unabashed ambulance chaser, Douglas Wambaugh.

To the chagrin of grizzled, super serious Judge Henry Bone (Ray Walston), Wambaugh would enter the court every week and introduce himself and his client in less than politically correct terms.

“Douglas Wambaugh for the vegetable!” and “Douglas Wambaugh for the body snatcher!” are two off the top of my head.

Funny show that was very cutting edge for the 1990s.  I enjoyed it as a kid.

And it was cool that Finkel, who’d been a star of Yiddish theater his whole life, broke into television in his 70s.

Its never too late, 3.5.

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One thought on “RIP Fyvush Finkel

  1. I remember him from Picket Fences. He had a long and productive life.

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