Dan Finnerty Wiki Bio

American actor and singer Dan Finnerty was born in Rochester, New York State USA, on 22 January 1970, making his zodiac sign Aquarius. He’s had roles in nearly 40 movies and TV series, and is perhaps still best known for his playing of Wedding Singer in the 2009 comedy movie “The Hangover”, which Tod Phillips directed, and which starred Justin Bartha, Bradley Cooper and Zach Galifianakis. It follows three friends who attended a bachelor party in Los Angeles, and have now awoken without recollecting the events from the night before; the film won 13 of its 39 award nominations.

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Education and early life

Dan was raised in Bath, New York State by his parents, about whom he rarely speaks in public as he respects their privacy; it’s still believed by most of Dan’s fans that his father was an architect, and his mother a doctor. Because Dan hasn’t mentioned having siblings, it’s believed that he has none.

He grew up being focused on his studies, and was perhaps mostly into music during his teenage years; he was in a school band, and dreamed of being a member of a worldwide popular music group.

Upon matriculating in 1988, Dan moved to Boston, Massachusetts and enrolled at Emerson College, from which he graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in 1992.

Roles in TV series

Dan launched his acting career in 1995, making an appearance in two episodes of the musical comedy “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno”, while he could then have been seen appearing in an episode of the biographical historical documentary “American Experience”, the comedy “Veronica’s Closet”, and the science fiction comedy “Meego”.

Between 1998 and 2000, he portrayed Joe the Bartender in six episodes of the comedy “Rude Awakening”, created by Claudia Lonow, and which starred Sherilyn Fenn, Jonathan Penner and Lynn Redgrave – it follows the life of an unsuccessful alcoholic actress, and the series was nominated for three awards. In 2004, Dan voiced Singer in the episode “A Robot for All Seasons” of the animated action adventure “My Life as a Teenage Robot”, and the remainder of the 2000s heard him voice various characters in an episode or two of many series, such as the animated comedy drama “King of the Hill”, the animated action adventure “The Life and Times of Juniper Lee” and the short animated adventure “Random! Cartoons”.

Dan was focused on appearing in movies in the 2010s, and has thus had only two other TV series roles. He played Sad Sack in the 2014 pilot episode of the popular mystery crime drama “The Mysteries of Laura”, created by Jeff Rake, and which starred Debra Messing, Laz Alonso and Josh Lucas; it follows a homicide detective as she’s working in New York City, and the series won one of its four award nominations.

In 2016, Dan appeared in the episode “That Dare Not Speak” of the comedy “Graves”.

Roles in movies

Dan’s debut film role was his playing of Purse Snatcher in the 1998 drama “Cosmo’s Tale”, and he gained recognition in 2001, when cast to play Best Man in the romantic comedy “The Wedding Planner”, which Adam Shankman directed, and which starred Bridgette Wilson-Sampras, Matthew McConaughey and Jennifer Lopez. It follows a wedding planner who’s fallen in love with the groom – the film won two of its eight award nominations.

A couple of Dan’s following roles were in the 2002 animated family adventure “The Princess and the Pea” (voice role), the comedy “Old School” and the  musical comedy “The Dan Show” both in 2003. The following year saw him play Bat Mitzvah Singer in the hit crime comedy “Starsky & Hutch”, which Todd Phillips directed, and which starred Snoop Dogg, Owen Wilson and Ben Stiller. It follows two police officers as they’re solving crimes while driving around in their Ford Gran Torino; the film won three of its 14 award nominations. Also in 2004, Dan portrayed Discovery Store Manager in the critically acclaimed romantic comedy drama “The Terminal”, which won seven of its 15 award nominations.

Some of his most notable performances in the remainder of the decade were in the 2007 comedy “Vincey Masters: Born to be a Karate Meister”, the 2008 comedy “Extreme Movie”, and the 2009 romantic comedy “I Hate Valentine’s Day”.

In 2012, Dan portrayed Tour Manager Stacee in the musical comedy drama “Rock of Ages”, directed by Adam Shankman, and which starred Julianne Hough, Diego Boneta and Tom Cruise; it follows a city boy and a small-town girl who’ve just met on the Sunset Strip in Los Angeles, and the film won two of its 10 award nominations.

Dan’s since appeared in only four movies, while his two most recent roles have been in the crime comedy drama “Forty Winks” and the family fantasy comedy “Hocus Pocus 2”, both released in 2022; he’s currently shooting for the upcoming movie “Atrabilious”.

Other credits

Dan produced the 2003 musical comedy movie “The Dan Show” and the 2005 comedy film “Dan Finnerty & the Dan Band: I Am Woman”.

He received special thanks for the 2009 romantic comedy movie “The Proposal”, which starred Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds, and won seven of its 27 award nominations.

Dan’s sung songs in 10 movies and TV series, most recently in the 2009 comedy movie “The Hangover”, the 2018 comedy drama film “Dumplin’”, and the 2021 romantic comedy movie “Single All the Way”.

Some of the talk-shows in which he’s made a guest appearance include “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno”, “Chelsea Lately”, and “That’s My Jam”.

Love life and wife

Dan’s not that open when it comes to sharing the details of his love life with the public, but it’s widely known that he’s both a husband, and a father of one. He wed American actress and activist Kathy Najimy in August 1998, in a large ceremony attended by their numerous friends and family members; Kathy’s a famous actress who’s appeared in nearly 150 movies and TV series, and is perhaps still best known for playing the lead character Mary Patrick in the 1992 family comedy musical movie “Sister Act”, which also starred Whoopi Goldberg and Maggie Smith.

In December 1996, nearly two years prior to their wedding, Kathy gave birth to their daughter Samia, who’s today a successful singer-songwriter.

Dan hasn’t mentioned other women whom he’s dated; he’s married to Kathy Najimy as of November 2022, and they have a daughter together.

Hobbies and other interests

Dan’s deeply passionate about music, and was a previous member of the band Stomp, while he’s today the frontman of The Dan Band; some of their music can be found uploaded onto their YouTube channel, which is subscribed to by nearly 10,000 people.

There are close to 25,000 people following Dan on Instagram, while he’s posted more than 250 pictures and videos onto the social media network, most of which show him during his everyday life.

Dan loves stand-up comedy, and his favorite comedian is the late Robin Williams.

He’s a dog-lover, and his and Kathy’s pet dog’s been featured in some of their Instagram pictures and videos.

Dan and Kathy have vacationed all around the world, while their favorite city is Athens, Greece.

Dan’s favorite actors are James Stewart and Jason Richards, while some of his favorite movies are “Harvey”, “The Magic of Lassie” and “Mr. Krueger’s Christmas”.

Age, height and wealth

Dan’s age is 52. He has light blue eyes and short brown hair, weighs about 175lbs (79kgs), and he’s 6ft (1.83m) tall.

Dan’s net worth’s been estimated at over $2 million, as of November 2022.

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