Character actor appeared regularly on 'Columbo'
John Finnegan, 85, a character actor who portrayed a scout in the 1984 baseball film "The Natural" and regularly appeared on television's "Columbo," died Sunday at his Palm Desert home from pneumonia and complications of old age, said his wife, Carolynn.
At the Actors Studio in his native New York City he became friends with John Cassavetes and Peter Falk, two connections that helped Finnegan when he moved to Los Angeles in the early 1950s.
With Falk in the starring role of Det. Columbo, Finnegan played a wide variety of supporting parts between...