‘Picket Fences’ actor Fyvush Finkel dead at 93

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NEW YORK — Stage and screen character actor Fyvush Finkel has died. He was 93.
Finkel’s career started in Yiddish theater and led to memorable roles in “Fiddler on the Roof” on Broadway and “Boston Public” on TV.

His death on Sunday in Manhattan was confirmed by his son, Ian, who said Monday that his father had suffered heart problems for months.

Finkel had film roles in “Q&A,” ”Brighton Beach Memoirs,” ”For Love or Money” and “Nixon.” On TV, he was on “Boston Public,” ”Picket Fences” and “Blue Bloods.”

In “Fiddler on the Roof,” he played Mordcha, and he took on the role of Tevye the milkman in a national touring production in 1981. In his last appearance on Broadway in 1989’s “Cafe Crown,” Finkel earned a Drama Desk Award nomination.