John Finn

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This article is about the U.S. actor. For the U.S. Navy veteran, see John William Finn. For the musician, see Jon Finn.
John Finn
Born (1952-09-30) September 30, 1952 (age 64)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Years active 1979-present

John Finn (born September 30, 1952) is an American actor known as one of the leads of the television programs Cold Case and EZ Streets. Finn has also had supporting roles in the films The Hunted (2003), Analyze That (2002), Catch Me If You Can (2002), True Crime (1999), Turbulence (1997), Blown Away (1994), The Pelican Brief (1993), and Glory (1989).

TV series that Finn has had recurring roles on include Dawson's Creek, The Practice, The X-Files, Strange World, NYPD Blue (he also appeared two other times on Blue as different characters), Chicago Hope, and eight episodes of Brooklyn South.

He graduated from Eldred Central School in Eldred, NY in the year 1970. He later joined the Navy for a few years, after which he entered the acting business.


In 2005, Finn along with co-stars Kathryn Morris and Jeremy Ratchford appeared in a celebrated TV promo for Cold Case on the Irish language television station TG4. In the promo, an actor from the Irish drama Ros na Rún playing 'Daniel', is being interrogated in the Philadelphia Police Department's interview room. Despite relentless questioning over a missing woman, the suspect refuses to co-operate, smugly stating in Irish that he cannot understand English. Lieutenant John Stillman (Finn) promptly sits beside him and asks in Irish, in a pitch perfect accent, "Cá bhfuil an bhean seo? Ar mharaigh tú í?" ("Where is this woman? Did you murder her?").

Detective Lilly Rush (Morris) looks the now terrified suspect in the eye and asks, "An dtuigeann tú anois, Daniel?" ("Do you understand now, Daniel?")

Meanwhile, Detective Nick Vera (Ratchford), having viewed the exchange behind glass, shakes his head and quips, "Didn't see that coming."


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