Finkel began his career as an actor at a Yiddish theater in New York. In 1970, he was with the play Fiddler on the Roof Broadway debut his. 1992 cast him David E. Kelley for the TV series Picket Fences - Tatort garden fence. For the role of the lawyer Douglas Wambaugh Fyvush Finkel was honored with an Emmy. He has also received a Golden Globe nomination. After the end of the series Finkel played from 1998 to 1999 in the new edition of Fantasy Iceland. After that he was seen in 2000 in the television series Boston Public.