Picket Fences' Fyvush Finkel Dead at 93

Fyvush Finkel, best known to audiences for his role as Douglas Wambaugh on the David E. Kelley drama Picket Fences, passed away on Sunday at 93. A cause of death has not yet been disclosed.

The stage and screen star won an Emmy for his work as Picket Fences‘ small-town lawyer, whom he played from 1992-96. He later re-teamed with Kelley on Boston Public in the role of history teacher Harvey Lipschultz.

Finkel began his career more than 80 years ago doing local theater in New York City. His first big break came at 43 when he joined the Fiddler On the Roof touring company. He later made the leap to television, where his other credits include the ill-fated ’90s revival of Fantasy Island and guest spots on Harry’s Law and Blue Bloods; his film credits include Nixon and A Serious Man.

The news of his passing was first reported by Broadway World.

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14 Comments
  1. Steven says:

    Douglas Wambaugh for the Defense! RIP!

  2. Mike says:

    Loved him on Boston Public. My condolences to his family.

  3. The Watcher says:

    A brilliant character actor, he will be missed.

  4. dan says:

    Loved FF on Picket Fences! I cheered from my couch when he won the Emmy. RIP Mr. Finkel.

  5. He touched me! He touched me.

  6. rowan77 says:

    Sad news. Rest in Peace.

  7. whisperintherain says:

    As a longtime fan of David E. Kelley’s shows, I enjoyed what I saw of his work a lot. i particularly liked the dynamic between him and the much-missed Ray Walston on Picket Fences. Contrary to what the article states, he was not recurring, but a series regular on Boston Public. The opening credits ended with him getting the honorific “and Fyvush Finkel as Harvey Lipschultz” title.

  8. Mark says:

    I’ll always remember his rendition of If I Were a Rich Man. He was always a favorite of mine on David E Kelly’s shows.

  9. Eran says:

    Very sad news. Have always enjoyed his work and unique on-screen presence. May he RIP.

  10. LAwoman says:

    Aw, he was so great on Picket Fences.