Bill Finnegan
William Robinson Finnegan

(1928-06-29)June 29, 1928
DiedNovember 28, 2008(2008-11-28) (aged 80)
OccupationTelevision producer, film producer
Years active1950–2003
Spouse(s)Patricia Finnegan (1952 – 2008; his death)
Children4, including William Finnegan

William Robinson Finnegan (June 29, 1928 – November 28, 2008) was an American television and film producer whose well known credits included The Fabulous Baker Boys, Hawaii Five-O and the cult hit, Reality Bites.[1] he was a five time Emmy Awards nominee.[1]

Early life

Bill Finnegan was born in Kansas City, Missouri, on June 29, 1928.[1] He enlisted and served in the United States Navy during World War II. Finnegan initially launched a career as a newsman in 1950 when he began reporting for, among other publications, the Associated Press.[1]

Television and film production

Following a stint as a journalist and newsman, Finnegan began working as an assistant director and production manager in the television industry. Finnegan founded Finnegan-Pinchuk, a production company, with his wife, Patricia Finnegan, and their business partner, Sheldon Pinchuk. Their company, headquartered in Studio City, California, became a supplier of network and cable television movies by the late 1970s and 1980s.[1]

Television productions by Finnegan-Pinchuk included Wes Craven's Summer of Fear in 1978; The Ordeal of Patty Hearst (1979) starring Dennis Weaver; The $5.20 an Hour Dream with Linda Lavin in 1980; 1982's World War III starring Rock Hudson; Jane Fonda's The Dollmaker in 1984; Amos, starring Kirk Douglas in 1985; The Atlanta Child Murders with Morgan Freeman, also aired in 1985; Circle of Violence which starred Tuesday Weld and River Phoenix in 1986, and Hoover in 1987, which starred Treat Williams.[1] Finnegan also produced several television shows, including Hawaii Five-O in 1977 and The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd ten years later in 1987, and the Emmy-award-winning Northern Exposure, which aired from 1990 to 1995.[1]

Finnegan and his company also produced or co-produced feature films including Support Your Local Gunfighter in 1971; North Shore in 1987; The Fabulous Baker Boys in 1989; White Palace in 1990; The Babe in 1992; CrissCross in 1992; Reality Bites, starring Ben Stiller, in 1994; and Ed, starring Matt LeBlanc, in 1996. Finnegan officially retired from the production business in 2003.[1]


Bill Finnegan died of Parkinson's disease at his home in Sag Harbor, New York, on November 28, 2008, at the age of 80.[1] He and his wife, Patricia Finnegan, had four children – Michael Finnegan, a political reporter for the Los Angeles Times; William Finnegan, a staff reporter for The New Yorker; Colleen, a doctor; and Kevin, a labor lawyer.[1]

Television Films




  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "TV and film producer William Finnegan dies at 80". Los Angeles Times. December 2, 2008. Archived from the original on December 19, 2008. Retrieved December 28, 2008.