Actor John Finn

John Joseph Finn (born September 30, 1952) is an American character 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.

Early life

Born to an Irish-American family in The Bronx, New York, he graduated from Eldred Central School in Eldred, New York, in the year 1970. He later joined the Navy for a few years, after which he entered the acting business.



Year Title Role Notes
1984 The Pope of Greenwich Village Ginty film debut
1984 Death Mask Reporter 1970
1988 Shakedown Bartender
1989 Glory Sergeant Major Mulcahy
1990 Loose Cannons Cop credited as John J. Finn
1990 A Shock to the System Motorman
1990 Desperate Hours Lexington
1991 Cover Up Jeff Cooper
1992 Cheers Mitch Ganzell
1993 Nowhere to Run Cop in Chase
1993 Cliffhanger Agent Michaels
1993 Carlito’s Way Duncan
1993 Geronimo: An American Legend Captain Hentig
1993 The Pelican Brief Matthew Barr
1994 Being Human Detective Cobb
1994 Blown Away Captain Roarke
1996 City Hall Commissioner Coonan
1996 Hoist Away N/A Short film; Director/Writer
1997 Turbulence FBI Agent Frank Sinclair
1997 Trojan War Ben Kimble
1999 True Crime Reedy
2002 Analyze That Richard Chapin
2002 Catch Me If You Can Assistant Director Marsh
2003 The Hunted Ted Chenoweth
2003 The Human Stain Louie Borero
2006 Property The Storyteller Short film
2013 The Lifeguard Big Jason
2014 The Gift Sean Og
2017 Gifted Aubrey Highsmith
2018 Bent Driscoll
2019 Finding Steve McQueen W. Mark Felt
2019 Ad Astra Stroud
2019 Saved Rounds N/A Short film; Director/Producer


Year Title Role Notes
1979 B.J. and the Bear Forman television debut
Episode: “The Eyes of Texas”
1980 Rage! Man #C Television Movie
1981 The Incredible Hulk Mechanic Episode: “Fast Lane”
1982 Fame Driver Cop Episode: “Tomorrow’s Farewell”
1982 The Fall Guy Bleeker Episode: “A Piece of Cake”
Pete Episode: “No Way Out”
1987 Spenser: For Hire Monroe Episode: “My Enemy, My Friend”
Ken Green Episode: “I Confess”
1987 Leg Work Clauson Episode: “The Art of Murder”
1988 Alone in the Neon Jungle Alan Benson Television Movie
1988 Miami Vice Charles Hatch Episode: “Hell Hath No Fury”
1988 Tattinger’s Mcintosh’s torpedo Episode: “Pilot”
1989 A Man Called Hawk unknown Episode: “The Master’s Mirror”
1990 ABC Afterschool Specials unknown Episode: “All That Glitters”
1990 Law & Order Freddo Parisi Episode: “Poison Ivy”
1991 Posing: Inspired by Three Real Stories Jimmy Lanahan Television Movie
1992 Quantum Leap Admiral Spencer Episode: “Running for Honor – June 11, 1964”
1992 Matlock Sheriff Dewey Episode: “The Outcast”
1992 Quicksand: No Escape Detective Harris credited as John Joseph Harris
1992 Street Justice unknown Episode: “Eye Witness”
1992 Cheers Mitch Ganzell Episode: “Take Me Out of the Ball Game”
1992 Steel Justice Lieutenant Bill Somes Television Movie
1992 Lady Against the Odds Lieutenant Donnelly Television Movie
1992 Mario and the Mob unknown Television Movie
1992 Citizen Cohn Senator Charles Potter Television Movie
1992 Flying Blind Mr. Rickman Episode: “Pilot”
1993 Frasier Tim Episode: “Miracle on Third or Fourth Street”
credited as John J. Finn
1994 SeaQuest 2032 Colonel Schrader Episode: “Nothing But the Truth”
1994-1995 Chicago Hope Dr. Trevor Filburn 3 episodes; recurring role
1995 Truman Bob Hannegan Television Movie
1995 The Client Waite Calhoun Episode: “A Perfect World”
1995 Murderous Intent unknown Television Movie
1995 Runaway One Colonel van Damme Television Movie
1995 NYPD Blue Jimmy “Socks” Matlow Episode: “Dirty Socks”
1996 JAG Major Klein Episode: “Boot”
1996 Gone in the Night Gerry Harbin Television Movie
1996 Nash Bridges FBI Special Agent Elliot Rose Episode: “Aloha Bash”
1996 Crazy Horse General Crook Television Movie
1996-1997 EZ Streets Captain Geary 11 episodes; recurring role
1997 Promised Land Frank Boller Episode: “The Getaway”
1997 Millennium William Garry Episode: “Covenant”
1997 Invasion Airbase Colonel Brown (uncredited) Miniseries
1997 Players Lieutenant Mike Harper Episode: “Rashocon”
1997 NYPD Blue Lieutenant John Shanon 2 episodes
1997-1999 The X-Files Michael Kritschgau 5 episodes; recurring role
1998 Brooklyn South Officer Ray MacElwaine 8 episodes; recurring role
1999 Strange World Special Agent Richard H. Hoffman 2 episodes
1999 Atomic Train Wally Phister Miniseries; 2 episodes
1999 Season of Love Gorm Schrader 2 episodes
1999-2003 Dawson’s Creek Sheriff John Witter 4 episodes; recurring role
2000 The Practice Detective Henry Dokes 2 episodes
2000 Deadlocked Jack Fisque Television Movie
2000 Rocket’s Red Glare Wyatt Claybourne Television Movie
2001 Cover Me: Based on the True Life of an FBI Family Nathan Martson Episode: “The River”
2001 NYPD Blue Jimmy McElroy Episode: “Nariz a Nariz”
2001 Philly Frank Maguire Episode: “Light My Fire”
2002 Shadow Realm Malone Television Movie
2002 Thieves George Lieser Episode: “Home Is Where the Heist Is”
2002 Night Visions Malone Episode: “Patters/Voices” (segment: Voices)
2002 Without a Trace Abner Harrington Episode: “In Extremis”
2003-2010 Cold Case John Stillman series regular; 156 episodes/Director; 2 episodes
Episode: “Wednesday’s Women” (2008)
Episode: “The Runaway Bunny” (2010)
2011 NCIS Marine Commandant Charles T. Ellison 2 episodes
2012 Blue Bloods David Cummings Episode: “Leap of Faith”
2012 Suits Lawrence Kemp 2 episodes
2012 Homeland Rex Henning Episode: “The Clearing”
2013 Golden Boy Ed McKenzie Episode: “McKenzie on Fire”
2014 Believe Mr. Tate Episode: “Sinking”
2014 Madam Secretary Allen Bollings Episode: “Blame Canada”
2014 An Bronntanas Sean Og Miniseries, 5 episodes
2014 Wall Street Ritter Television Movie
2015 The Blacklist Judge Richard Denner 2 episodes
2016 Elementary Neil Dannon Episode: “Down Where the Dead Delight”
2016 The Good Wife Oren Cleary Episode: “Targets”
2017 Doubt Don Wilson Episode: “Pilot”
2017 NCIS Retired General Charles T. Ellison Episode: “M.I.A.”
2018-2020 The Walking Dead Earl Sutton 11 episodes
2018 The Enemy Within Richard Bregman Episode: “Pilot”
2019 The Loudest Voice Jack Welch Miniseries, 1 episode
2019 The Crown Arthur “Bull” Hancock Episode: “Coup”

credited as John J. Finn

External Links

Actor John Finn – Wikipedia

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