After making his film debut in Murder, Inc. (1960), and in the Off-Off Broadway production of "The Brig" in the 1960s, he made a few television appearances before starring in the controversial film adaption of The Connection (1961), reprising his role from the stage production.
He continued to work steadily in the 60s and early 70s, making appearances on television in Bonanza and Banacek, and in films such as The Pawnbroker (1964), Cool Hand Luke (1967), Easy Rider (1969) in which Finnerty plays a rancher whose lifestyle draws the admiration of Wyatt aka "Captain America," the character played by Peter Fonda, The Panic in Needle Park (1971), Kid Blue (1973) and Cockfighter (1974).
Finnerty died in 1974 in New York City from a heart attack at the age of 49.
He is the father of jazz musician Barry Finnerty.
- Warren Finnerty's New York Times obituary
- Warren Finnerty at the Internet Movie Database
- Warren Finnerty at the Internet Broadway Database
- Warren Finnerty at the Internet Off-Broadway Database
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