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William R. Finnegan (June 29, 1928 - November 28, 2008) was an American television and film producer whose well known credits included The Fabulous Baker Boys, Hawaii Five-O and the cult hit, Reality Bites. he was a five time Emmy Awards nominee.
Television and film production
Following his stint as a journalist and newsman, Finnegan began working as an assistant director and production manager in the television industry. Finnegan founded Finnegan-Pinchuk Company, a production company, with his wife, Patricia Finnegan, and their business partner, Sheldon Pinchuk. Their company, which was headquartered in Studio City, California, became one of the entertainment industry's leading leading suppliers of network and cable television movies by the late 1970s and 1980s.
Television productions by Finnegan's Finnegan-Pinchuk Company included Wes Craven's Summer of Fear in 1978; The Ordeal of Patty Hearst (1979) starring Dennis Weaver; The $5.20 an Hour Dream with Linda Lavin in 1980; 1982's World War III starring Rock Hudson; Jane Fonda's The Dollmaker in 1984; Amos, starring Kirk Douglas in 1985; The Atlanta Child Murders with Morgan Freeman, also aired in 1985; and Hoover in 1987, which starred Treat Williams. Finnegan also produced several television shows, including Hawaii Five-O in 1977 and The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd ten years later in 1987.
Finnegan and his company also produced or co-produced many feature films including Support Your Local Gunfighter in 1971; North Shore in 1987; The Fabulous Baker Boys in 1989; White Palace in 1990; The Babe in 1992; CrissCross in 1992; Reality Bites, starring Ben Stiller, in 1994; and Ed, starring Matt LeBlanc, in 1996.
Finnegan officially retired from the production business in 2003.
Bill Finnegan died of Parkinson's disease at his home in Sag Harbor, New York, on November 28, 2008, at the age of 80. He was survived by his wife, Patricia Finnegan, and their children - Michael Finnegan, a political reporter for The Los Angeles Times; William Finnegan, a staff reporter for The New Yorker; Colleen, a doctor; and Kevin, a labor lawyer. He was also survived by three grandchildren and a brother, Charles Robinson.