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Emmy winning actor and bearer of one of the greatest monikers ever, Fyvush Finkel, died at the spry age of 93.

In 1992, he was born Phillip Finkel.  I know, right?  Who changes their name from Phillip to something like Fyvush?  

Fyvush-Fucking-Finkle did!  Come on!  How awesome is that name?  It’s so fun to say!  Go on, say it.  I’ll wait.

Fyvush

Oh yeah, that guy…

I mean, who the hell would ever remember some schlep like Phil Finkle?  But a mensch like Fyvush Finkel: he da man!  Da Semitic man!

Yes, Fyvush Finkel was Jewish.  But that’s kind of an understatement.  Even Mel Brooks and Woody Allen kept telling Fyvush “Enough with the New York Jew thing, we get it already.”  But when a man acts in the Yiddish theater for 35 years, he’s gonna be as damned Jewish has he wants to be.  Hell, he’ll even change his name to Fyvush!

Even as he became more famous over the years, he still returned to Yiddish Theater because he said it was an atmosphere that you didn’t get anywhere else.

Once, while he was performing, a man in the front row fell asleep.  Fyvush stopped and asked the man’s wife to wake him up to which she replied: “You wake him up.  You’re the one who put him to sleep.”

Apparently, shit like that don’t fly during “Wicked.”

In his time, he took on such roles as Shomier, Shlomo, Saul, Sol, Abe, Moishe and Moshe.

Besides his name, Finkel will be remembered for his roles in the TV show “Boston Public” and “Picket Fences.”  I never saw “Boston Public” and, frankly, I’m too lazy to find out more about his character from the show.  But I loved him in “Picket Fences.”  I wonder if that show holds up…

This hit goes to: Mary!  She breaks her tie w/ Pirate and is now a mere 60 points behind the leader!

Happy pooling,

SPMI

Current Standings:

Jami: 170 – (Scott Weiland  – 60, Pat Harrington, Jr. – 20, Umberto Eco – 20, Rob Ford – 60, Erik Bauersfeld – 10)

Tailgating w/ Jesus: 140 (Dolph Schayes – 20, Meadowlark Lemon – 20, Monte Irvin – 10, Muhammad Ali – 30, Pat Summitt – 40, Buddy Ryan – 20)

Lee Kwang-Soo (Giraffe): 130- (Daniel Fleetwood – 70, Abe Vigoda – 10, Nancy Fucking Reagan! – 10!, George Martin – 10, Elie Wiesel – 20, Mike “Mighty Atom, Jr.” Greenstein – 10)

The Girl on Fire: 110 (Wayne Rogers – 20, René Angélil – 30, George Gaynes – 10, James Noble – 10, Doris Roberts – 10, Marni Nixon – 20, Fyvush Finkel – 10)

Occupy the Casket: 100 – (Natalie Cole – 40, Vanity – 50, Boutros Boutros-Ghali – 10)

Joanne: 90 (Joey Feek – 60, Joe Garagiola – 10, Julius La Rosa – 20)

Team Sushi: 80 (Chyna, aka Joanie Laurer – 60, Morley Safer – 20)

Mostly Mike: 60 (Marvin Minsky – 20, Mihaly “Michu” Meszaros – 30, Janet Waldo – 10)

Age of Aquarius: 60 (William Guest – 30, Merle Haggard – 30)

Harmony: 60 (Harper Lee – 20, George Kennedy – 10, Frank Sinatra, Jr. – 30)

Mortician’s Daughter: 50 – (Justice Antonin Scalia – 30, Bud Collins – 20)

Gianna: 40 (Robert Stigwood – 20, Lois Duncan – 20)

Nathaniel: 30 (Alan Young – 10, Kenny Baker – 20)

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