Dan Finnerty

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Dan Finnerty
Dan Finnerty.jpg
Born 1970 (age 43 – 44)
Rochester, New York
Alma mater Emerson College
Occupation Actor
Years active 1995–present
Spouse(s) Kathy Najimy (m. 1995)
Children Samia Finnerty

Dan Finnerty is an American actor and singer.

Early and personal life[edit]

Finnerty was born in Rochester, New York and grew up in the small town of Bath, New York and attended Emerson College in Boston. He was a member of the hit off-Broadway show Stomp in New York City. On August 8, 1995, he married actress Kathy Najimy. Gloria Steinem officiated the ceremony. The couple has one daughter, Samia Najimy Finnerty, born December 1996.

Career[edit]

He created and is the lead singer of the cult hit group The Dan Band. His show, Dan Finnerty & The Dan Band: I Am Woman, was filmed as a one hour concert special on Cable TV's Bravo channel, directed by McG and executive produced by Steven Spielberg, who then cast him in The Terminal.

Finnerty is best known for his foul-mouthed rendition of "Total Eclipse of the Heart" as the wedding singer at Will Ferrell's wedding in the movie Old School, directed by Todd Phillips, who continued to feature Dan, using him as the sleazy bat-mitzvah singer in Starsky & Hutch and again as the irreverent wedding singer in The Hangover.

He has released The Dan Band Live, the full-length CD of his live show, which Entertainment Weekly dubbed "the hottest ticket in Hollywood." He also released a holiday album called Ho: A Dan Band Xmas. The album consists completely of original Dan Band songs. Songs on the album include "Ho, Ho, Ho" (a smooth R&B Christmas song about a prostitute) "Merry Christmakwanzakah," "Please Don't Bomb Nobody This Holiday," and "I Wanna Rock U Hard This Christmas" whose video featured Florence Henderson from The Brady Bunch making the moves on Santa at a retirement home. The video for "Please Don't Bomb Nobody This Holiday" featured many celebrity cameos, including Sheryl Crow, Christina Applegate, Nicole Scherzinger from The Pussycat Dolls, Kyle Gass from Tenacious D, Neil Patrick Harris, Meg Ryan, Macy Gray, Christopher Guest, among others. They've been the house band on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Pajama Party, and Spike TV's Spike Guys' Choice Awards 2009, and wrote and performed the finale song for the final season of Last Comic Standing as well as numerous appearances on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno Jimmy Kimmel Live!, The Late Late Show, Last Call with Carson Daly, and CD USA. He has guest-starred on numerous television shows and he voiced Wallow in Random! Cartoons. Dan was a recurring correspondent on The Jay Leno Show and continued as a correspondent on the The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.

Filmography[edit]

Work Year (Notes) Character
Lost Souls 2000 Technical Director
The Wedding Planner 2000 Best Man
The Princess and the Pea 2002 Prince Rollo (Singing Voice)
Old School 2003 The Wedding Singer
Starsky & Hutch 2004 The Bar Mitzvah Singer
The Terminal 2004 The Discovery Store Manager
I Hate Valentine's Day 2009 Grouchy Guy
The Hangover 2009 The Wedding Singer
Rock of Ages 2012 Stacee Jaxx's Tour Manager

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