Farewell, William Finley
A lot of wonderful character actors came out of US movies in the seventies. William Finley was the star of ‘Phantom of the Paradise’ and ‘Sisters’ (retitled in the UK, ‘Blood Sisters’) and appeared in Tobe Hooper’s ‘The Funhouse’ as a failed magician. His hopelessly credulous but slightly forlorn face made him perfect as an underdog in ‘Phantom’ – we still use his catchphrase from that film – ‘But I’m innocent!’, but he could seem sinister too, and was used to great effect as Margot Kidder’s husband in ‘Sisters’, a film I still adore. He died at 71.