John Finn

John Finn

Highest Rated: 96% Catch Me if You Can (2002)

Lowest Rated: 16% The Lifeguard (2013)

Birthday: Sep 30, 1952

Birthplace: New York, New York, USA

Character actor John Finn has proven prolific with more than 80 film and television appearances since his screen debut in 1979 on the trucker and chimpanzee buddy comedy "B.J. and the Bear." Yet his career in acting had a late start, as he first pursued a path in the Navy. After several years of service, Finn walked away from the armed forces and pursued his long-held interest in the preforming arts. Following a string of one-offs on such popular 1980s television series as the superhero saga "The Incredible Hulk" and the music-fueled drama "Fame," Finn made his film debut playing a reporter in the 1984 obsession-fueled crime drama "Death Mask." His first major film role came five years later when he was cast as Sergeant Major Mulcahy in the Oscar-winning docudrama "Glory," which centered on the United States' first all-black volunteer company in the midst of the Civil War. After scores of smaller roles, Finn earned his first series regular role in 1996 on the short-lived cop drama "EZ Streets," playing Captain Geary. This led to more cop parts, including recurring roles on two New York-set crime series, "Brooklyn South" and "NYPD Blue." Then in 2003, Finn was cast as series regular Lieutenant John Stillman on the Philadelphia-set crime drama "Cold Case." Once the series ended after seven seasons, Finn tapped into his armed service experience, portraying Marine Commandant Charles T. Ellison, a recurring character on the Navy-based investigation drama "NCIS."

Highest rated movies

Catch Me if You Can Glory
Ad Astra Gifted
True Crime
Finding Steve McQueen
The Human Stain




83% 40% Ad Astra Brigadier General Stroud (Character) $50.2M 2019
46% 63% Finding Steve McQueen W. Mark Felt (Character) - 2018
No Score Yet 46% Bent Driscoll (Character) - 2018
73% 85% Gifted Aubry Highsmith (Character) $24.8M 2017
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Gift Sean Og (Character) - 2014
16% 27% The Lifeguard Big Jason (Character) - 2013
42% 48% The Human Stain Louie Borero (Character) $5.4M 2003
29% 47% The Hunted Ted Chenoweth (Character) $34.2M 2003
96% 89% Catch Me if You Can Assistant Director Marsh (Character) $164.4M 2002
27% 39% Analyze That Richard Chapin (Character) $32.1M 2002
No Score Yet No Score Yet Shadow Realm Malone (Character) - 2002
No Score Yet 60% Deadlocked Jack Fisque (Character) - 2000
No Score Yet No Score Yet Rocket's Red Glare Wyatt Claybourne (Character) - 2000
54% 49% True Crime Reedy (Character) $16.6M 1999
No Score Yet No Score Yet Atomic Train Wally Phister (Character) - 1999
17% 19% Turbulence FBI Agent Frank Sinclair (Character) $11.5M 1997
No Score Yet 39% Trojan War Ben Kimble (Character) - 1997
No Score Yet 83% Crazy Horse General Crook (Character) - 1996
88% 74% Truman Bob Hannagan (Character) - 1995
No Score Yet No Score Yet Murderous Intent Unknown (Character) - 1995
38% 40% Blown Away Capt. Fred Roarke (Character) $30.1M 1994
No Score Yet No Score Yet Steel Justice Lt. Bill Somes (Character) - 1992
No Score Yet 17% Cover-Up Jeff Cooper (Character) - 1991
93% 93% Glory Sgt. Maj. Mulcahy (Character) $25.5M 1989
No Score Yet No Score Yet Alone in the Neon Jungle Benson (Character) - 1988


80% 78% The Walking Dead Earl Sutton (Character) 2019
No Score Yet 82% NCIS Gen. Charles T. Ellison (Guest Star) 2011 2017
93% 91% The Good Wife Oren Cleary (Guest Star) 2016
95% 89% Elementary Unknown (Guest Star) 2016
91% 80% The Blacklist Judge Richard Renner (Guest Star) 2015
No Score Yet 79% Madam Secretary Allen Bollings (Guest Star) 2014
39% 79% Believe Unknown (Guest Star) 2014
58% No Score Yet Golden Boy Unknown (Guest Star) 2013
90% 87% Suits Lawrence Kemp (Character),
Unknown (Guest Star)
No Score Yet 88% Blue Bloods David Cummings (Guest Star) 2012
No Score Yet 84% Cold Case Lt. John Stillman (Character),
No Score Yet 81% Dawson's Creek Unknown (Guest Star) 2003
No Score Yet 66% Without a Trace Unknown (Guest Star) 2002
No Score Yet No Score Yet Thieves Unknown (Guest Star) 2001
64% No Score Yet Philly Unknown (Guest Star) 2001
83% 83% NYPD Blue Lt. John Shannon (Guest Star) 1995 1997 2001
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Practice Unknown (Guest Star) 2000
74% 86% The X-Files Michael Kritschgau (Guest Star) 1997 1999
No Score Yet No Score Yet Strange World Unknown (Guest Star) 1999
No Score Yet No Score Yet Terre de passions Unknown (Character) 1999
No Score Yet No Score Yet Brooklyn South Unknown (Guest Star) 1998
No Score Yet No Score Yet Players Unknown (Guest Star) 1997
83% No Score Yet EZ Streets Captain Geary (Character) 1996-1997
No Score Yet 93% Millennium Unknown (Guest Star) 1997
No Score Yet No Score Yet Promised Land Unknown (Guest Star) 1997
No Score Yet No Score Yet Nash Bridges Unknown (Guest Star) 1996
No Score Yet 35% JAG Unknown (Guest Star) 1996
25% No Score Yet The Client Unknown (Guest Star) 1995
95% 94% Frasier Tim (Guest Star) 1993
No Score Yet 84% Quantum Leap Admiral Spencer (Guest Star) 1992
No Score Yet 96% Law & Order Unknown (Guest Star) 1990
71% 91% Miami Vice Unknown (Guest Star) 1988
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Fall Guy Unknown (Guest Star) 1982
No Score Yet 76% Incredible Hulk Unknown (Guest Star) 1981