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Date Of BirthApril 16, 1996
DiedJanuary 30, 2016, Weybridge, United Kingdom
SpouseMelanie Duffin, Paula O Doyle', Lisa Moretti, Mel Finlay
FactThe 9th edition of Halliwell's Filmgoer's Companion erroneously credits him as having died in 1986.

David Edward “Dave” Finlay Jr. (born 25 October 1958) is a Northern Irish professional wrestling trainer, producer and retired professional wrestler. He is currently signed to WWE as a producer.

Finlay was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland. He began his career in 1974, wrestling in various independent promotions in Ireland and the United Kingdom. He wrestled in his first World Championship Wrestling (WCW) match in 1989 and made his first appearance for the World Wrestling Federation (WWF, now WWE) in 1995.

Finlay held numerous championships throughout his career, including the WCW World Television Championship and the WWF European Championship. He is a former United States Heavyweight Champion, a three-time Hardcore Champion and a two-time World Tag Team Champion. He was also the 2006 King of the Ring winner.

Finlay retired from professional wrestling in 2011, but returned to WWE in 2017 as a producer. He is the father of professional wrestler David Finlay Jr., who currently competes in WWE’s NXT UK brand.

Early Life

David Edward Finlay Jr. was born on 25 October 1958 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. He was raised in the city’s Shankill Road area and educated at Orangefield Boys’ Secondary School. He began amateur wrestling at the age of 14 and later joined the Belfast Wrestling Club.


Finlay made his professional wrestling debut in 1974, wrestling under the name “Young David Finlay”. He wrestled in various independent promotions in Ireland and the United Kingdom, before making his World Championship Wrestling (WCW) debut in 1989.

In 1995, Finlay made his World Wrestling Federation (WWF, now WWE) debut as a member of Jim Cornette’s stable, The New Midnight Express. He feuded with The British Bulldog and Owen Hart before aligning himself with Stone Cold Steve Austin. Finlay won his first WWF Championship, the WWF European Championship, in 1997.

In 2006, Finlay won the King of the Ring tournament, defeating Booker T in the final. He also won the WWE Hardcore Championship three times and the World Tag Team Championship twice. In 2009, he was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame.

Finlay retired from professional wrestling in 2011, but returned to WWE in 2017 as a producer. He is the father of professional wrestler David Finlay Jr., who currently competes in WWE’s NXT UK brand.

General Info

Full NameDave Finlay
Date Of BirthApril 16, 1996
DiedJanuary 30, 2016, Weybridge, United Kingdom
Place Of BirthCamagüey, Cuba
Height1.78 m
Weight104.3 kg


SpouseMelanie Duffin, Paula O Doyle', Lisa Moretti, Mel Finlay


MoviesThe Pianist, The Four Musketeers, The Three Musketeers, Lifeforce, Othello, The Return of the Musketeers, Shaft in Africa, Murder by Decree, The Molly Maguires, Wild Geese, The Deadly Bees, The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner, Inspector Clouseau, Gumshoe, A Christmas Carol, Neither the Sea No...

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1He is buried next to his wife, Doreen at Weybridge Cemetery.
2Omitted from 2016 In Memoriam section of clips and stills in the 2016 Oscars was a Oscar Nom for Othello..
3Considered for De Flores in Doctor Who: Silver Nemsis.
4Inteviewed for Khan in Octopussy.
5He has two roles in common with Peter Cushing, Nigel Davenport and David Warner: (1) Cushing played Professor Van Helsing in Horror of Dracula (1958), The Brides of Dracula (1960), Dracula A.D. 1972 (1972), The Satanic Rites of Dracula (1973) and The Legend of the 7 Golden Vampires (1974), Davenport played him in Dracula (1974), Finlay played him in Count Dracula (1977) and Warner played him in Penny Dreadful (2014) and (2) Davenport played Sir Arthur Conan Doyle in The Edwardians: Conan Doyle (1972), Cushing played him in The Great Houdini (1976), Finlay played him in The Other Side (1992) and Warner played him in Houdini (1998).
6He played Inspector Lestrade in A Study in Terror (1965) and Murder by Decree (1979) and his creator Sir Arthur Conan Doyle in The Other Side (1992).
7He was a front runner for the role of Ernst Stavro Blofeld in Diamonds Are Forever (1971) before Charles Gray was cast.
8Before being cast as Hans Fallanda in Lifeforce (1985), Finlay was considered for the roles of Dr. Armstrong, Dr. Bukovsky and Sir Percy Heseltine.
9He has two roles in common with Gérard Depardieu: (1) Finlay played Jean Valjean in Les Misérables (1967) while Depardieu played him in Les misérables (2000) and (2) Finlay played Porthos in The Three Musketeers (1973), The Four Musketeers: Milady's Revenge (1974) and The Return of the Musketeers (1989) while Depardieu played him in The Man in the Iron Mask (1998).
10Father of Stephen Finlay, Cathy Finlay and Daniel Finlay.
11Member of Garrick club for many years.
12A devout Catholic, he belongs to the British Catholic Stage Guild.
13An Associate Member of RADA.
14He graduated from RADA (Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts) in London, England.
15He played Inspector Lestrade in two unrelated films which featured Sherlock Holmes attempting to solve the Jack the Ripper murders: A Study in Terror (1965) and Murder by Decree (1979). Both films featured Anthony Quayle in a supporting role.
16The 9th edition of Halliwell's Filmgoer's Companion erroneously credits him as having died in 1986.
17Did not serve in World War II.
18He was awarded the CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) in the 1984 New Year's Honours List for his services to drama and was presented with his award by Queen Elizabeth II in February 1984 investiture ceremony.




The Magical Legend of the Leprechauns1999TV Mini-SeriesGeneral Bulstrode
Stiff Upper Lips1998Hudson Junior
The Grand1998TV SeriesEdward Lawrence
So This Is Romance?1997Mike's Dad
For My Baby1997Rudi Wittfogel
Common As Muck1997TV SeriesDerek
Put K Slave1997
Tiré à part1996John Rathbone
A Mind to Murder1995TV MovieProfessor Etherege
Heartbeat1994TV SeriesHoward Franklin
Lovejoy1994TV SeriesHarold Plumb
The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes1994TV SeriesProfessor Coram Sergius
Charlemagne1994TV Mini-SeriesAlcuin de York
Storia di una capinera1993Father Nunzio
An Exchange of Fire1993TV SeriesPavel Rhele
Stalin1992TV MovieSergei
The Other Side1992TV MovieSir Arthur Conan Doyle
La mansión de los Cthulhu1992Chandu
Mountain of Diamonds1991TV MovieGarrick
King of the Wind1990Edward Coke
The Return of the Musketeers1989Porthos
Erebus: The Aftermath1988TV Mini-SeriesJudge Peter Mahon
Christmas Night with the Two Ronnies1987TV MovieFoulfellow
The Two Ronnies1987TV SeriesBar Customer: Pinocchio II Segment
Casanova1987TV MovieRazetta
Lifeforce1985Dr. Hans Fallada
Screen Two1985TV SeriesFrank Strange
Nineteen Nineteen1985Sigmund Freud (voice)
Nine Days in May1984TV MovieNarrator
Arch of Triumph1984TV MovieBoris
A Christmas Carol1984TV MovieJacob Marley
Sakharov1984TV MovieKravtsov
La chiave1983Nino Rolfe
The Black Adder1983TV SeriesThe Witchsmeller Pursuivant
The Ploughman's Lunch1983Matthew Fox
The Return of the Soldier1982William Grey
Tales of the Unexpected1981TV SeriesArthur Pearson
Play for Today1970-1981TV SeriesDearth Frank Doel Andrew Firth
Tales from the Thousand and One Nights1981TV MovieShahriar
Un'ombra nell'ombra1979Paul
Murder by Decree1979Inspector Lestrade
The Thief of Baghdad1978TV MovieAbu Bakar
Betzi1978TV MovieNapoleon
The Wild Geese1978Father Geoghagen
Saturday, Sunday, Monday1978TV MoviePeppino
Count Dracula1977TV MovieAbraham van Helsing
Another Bouquet1977TV Mini-SeriesPeter Manson
Bouquet of Barbed Wire1976TV SeriesPeter Manson
Pas de frontières pour l'inspecteur: Le bouc émissaire1975TV MovieVan der Valk
The Four Musketeers: Milady's Revenge1974Porthos
Van der Valk und die Reichen1973TV MovieVan der Valk
Shaft in Africa1973Amafi
BBC Play of the Month1969-1973TV SeriesVoltaire Sancho Panza Shylock ...
ITV Saturday Night Theatre1969-1973TV SeriesAdolf Hitler / Wilfred Tilley
The Exorcism of Hugh1972George Dabernon
Van der Valk und das Mädchen1972TV MoviePiet van der Valk
Danny Jones1972Mr. Jones
Sitting Target1972Marty Gold
Casanova1971TV Mini-SeriesCasanova
In the Devil's Garden1971/IDet. Chief Supt. Velyan
Cromwell1970John Carter
The Molly Maguires1970Davies
This Happy Breed1969TV Movie
The Wednesday Play1969TV SeriesAlbert
Armchair Theatre1962-1969TV SeriesDavid Field / Patrick Kelly / Bosun / ...
Twisted Nerve1968Henry Durnley
The Shoes of the Fisherman1968/IIgor Bounin
Inspector Clouseau1968Supt. Weaver
The Spare Tyres1967ShortCouncil foreman
Les Misérables1967TV Mini-SeriesJean Valjean
I'll Never Forget What's'isname1967Chaplain
Theatre 6251967TV SeriesDr. Dee
The Jokers1967Harrassed man
Thirty-Minute Theatre1967TV SeriesThe man
Much Ado About Nothing1967TV MovieDogberry
The Deadly Bees1966H.W. Manfred
Thirteen Against Fate1966TV SeriesDr. Hans Kuperus
The Sandwich Man1966Second Fish Porter
The Wild Affair1965Drunk
A Study in Terror1965Inspector Lestrade
The Comedy Man1964Prout
Agent 8 3/41964British Embassy Porter (uncredited)
Underworld Informers1963Leon Sale
Drama 61-671963TV SeriesAlbert Hope
Doctor in Distress1963Corsetiere
Private Potter1962Capt. Patterson
The Longest Day1962Pvt. Coke (uncredited)
The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner1962Booking Office Clerk (uncredited)
Walk in the Shadow1962Henry - Teddy's father
Z Cars1962TV SeriesHarvey
Studio 41962TV SeriesFernand Destayac
Under Western Eyes1962TV MovieMikulin
You Can't Win1961TV SeriesGeorge Lander
The Compartment1961TV MovieBusinessman
The Younger Generation1961TV SeriesGeorge Tremaine / Ross Mayer
One Way Pendulum1961TV MovieRobert Barnes
The Bun House Wedding1961TV MovieMr. Montgomery
People of Nowhere1961TV MovieStefan
The Charlie Drake Show1961TV Series
The Victim1961TV ShortWilfred Taylor
Doctor Knock1961TV SeriesMonsieur Mousquet
ITV Play of the Week1959-1960TV SeriesBill Foden / Alfred Wilson / Eric Watts
Target Luna1960TV SeriesMr. Henderson
Soldier, Soldier1960TV MovieCharlie Scuffham
BBC Sunday-Night Theatre1959TV SeriesLouis
Big Guns1958TV SeriesRoscoe
Onion Boys1958TV SeriesMr. Craven, Antique Dealer
The Telescope1957TV MovieMr. Pinnock
John and Paddy1956TV MovieClerk of the Court
The Twopenny Diamond1956TV MovieMr. Pearce
The Secrets of the Prairie1956TV Mini-SeriesClerk of the court
Four Seasons2008-2009TV Mini-SeriesAlexander 'Alex' Combe
Merlin2008TV SeriesAnhora
The Waiting Room2007/IRoger
Prime Suspect 7: The Final Act2006TV Mini-SeriesArnold Tennison
Life Begins2004-2006TV SeriesEric Thornhill
Johnny and the Bomb2006TV Mini-SeriesTom Maxwell
Lighthouse Hill2004Alfred
The Statement2003Commissaire Vionnet
Prime Suspect 6: The Last Witness2003TV Mini-SeriesArnold Tennison
Eroica2003TV MovieJosef Haydn
The Lost Prince2003TV MovieAsquith
Silent Cry2002Dr. Robert Barrum
The Pianist2002Father
The Martins2001Mr. Heath
Station Jim2001TV MovieRiorden Snr
The Sins2000TV Mini-SeriesUncle Irwin Green
In the Beginning2000TV Mini-SeriesGod (voice, uncredited)
Brand Spanking New Show2000TV Series
Ghosthunter2000ShortCharlie Fielding
Where the Heart Is2000TV SeriesMr. Turner
Longitude2000TV MovieAdm. Wagner
How Do You Want Me?1998-1999TV SeriesAstley Yardley
Dreaming of Joseph Lees1999Father


This Is Your Life1995TV Series documentaryHimself
Comic Relief1988TV SpecialHimself
The Making of... 'Lifeforce'1985Video shortHimself
The Spanish Civil War1983TV Series documentaryNarrator
Saturday Night at the Mill1981TV SeriesHimself
Night of One Hundred Stars1980TV MovieHimself
The Morecambe & Wise Show1978TV SeriesHimself
Night of 100 Stars1977TV SpecialHimself
Cinema1974TV Series documentaryHimself
The Morecambe & Wise Show1973TV SeriesHimself / Casanova
The Body1971DocumentaryNarrator (voice)
Life and Travels of Miguel de Cervantes, Author of 'Don Quixote'1971TV Movie documentaryNarrator

Archive Footage

Carlsen's Curse with Steve Railsback2013Video shortHans Fallada
Dangerous Beauty with Mathilda May2013Video shortFallada
Space Vampires in London with Tobe Hooper2013Video shortFallada
A Matter of Time2007Video documentaryVan Helsing
Biography2004TV Series documentaryProfessor Van Helsing
The Greatest2001TV Series documentaryPeter Manson
L'uomo che guarda1994Nino Rolfe (uncredited)
The Morecambe & Wise Show1974TV SeriesCasanova
Great Acting: Laurence Olivier1966TV Movie documentaryIago in 1965 "Othello"


Won Awards

1974BAFTA TV AwardBAFTA AwardsBest ActorBBC Play of the Month (1965)
1966Prize San SebastiánSan Sebastián International Film FestivalBest ActorOthello (1965)

Nominated Awards

2007OFTA Television AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture or MiniseriesPrime Suspect: The Final Act (2006)
1983BAFTA Film AwardBAFTA AwardsBest Supporting ActorThe Return of the Soldier (1982)
1972BAFTA TV AwardBAFTA AwardsBest ActorCasanova (1971)
1967BAFTA Film AwardBAFTA AwardsMost Promising Newcomer to Leading Film RolesOthello (1965)
1966OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Actor in a Supporting RoleOthello (1965)
1966Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Supporting ActorOthello (1965)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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