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Dan Finnerty is an Americanmarker stage and film actor.

Early and personal life

Finnerty grew up in the small town of Bath, New York and attended Emerson Collegemarker in Boston. He was a member of the hit off-Broadway show Stomp in New York Citymarker. On August 8, 1998, he married actress Kathy Najimy. Gloria Steinem officiated the ceremony. The couple have one daughter.


He created and is the lead singer of the cult hit group The Dan Band. His Los Angelesmarker show, Dan Finnerty & The Dan Band: I Am Woman, was filmed as a one hour concert special on Cable TV's Bravo channel, directed by Joseph McGinty Nichol and executive produced by Steven Spielberg, who then cast him in The Terminal.

Finnerty is best known for his foul-mouthed rendition of Total Eclipse of the Heart as the wedding singer at Will Ferrell's wedding in the movie Old School, directed by Todd Phillips, who has continued to feature Dan, using him as the sleazy bat-mitzvah singer in Starsky & Hutch and again as the irreverent wedding singer in The Hangover.

He has released "The Dan Band Live", the full-length cd of his live show, which Entertainment Weekly dubbed "the hottest ticket in Hollywood." As well as a Holiday album called Ho: A Dan Band Xmas through Razor & Tie Records. The album consists completely of original Dan Band songs, with no covers. Songs on the album include "Ho, Ho, Ho" (a smooth R&B Christmas song about a prostitute) "Merry Christmakwanzakah," "Please Don't Bomb Nobody This Holiday," and "I Wanna Rock U Hard This Christmas" whose video featured Florence Henderson from The Brady Bunch making the moves on Santa at a retirement home. The video for "Please Don't Bomb Nobody This Holiday" featured many celebrity cameos, including Sheryl Crow, Christina Applegate, Nicole Scherzinger from The Pussycat Dolls, Kyle Gass from Tenacious D, Neil Patrick Harris, Meg Ryan, Macy Gray, Christopher Guest, among others. They've been the house band on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Pajama Party, and Spike TV's Spike Guys' Choice Awards 2009, and wrote and performed the finale song for the final season of "Last Comic Standing" as well as numerous appearances on Jimmy Kimmel Live, The Late Late Show, Last Call with Carson Daly, and CD USA. Dan is a recurring correspondent on The Jay Leno Show.

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