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Mali Finn (March 8, 1938-November 28, 2007), born Mary Alice Mann, was an American casting director and former English and drama teacher. She cast numerous actors in successful films, including Edward Furlong, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Russell Crowe.

Biography


Mali Finn

Born as Mary Alice Mann on March 8, 1938, in Danville, Illinois, she later moved to Minneapolis, where she received a bachelor's degree in theater from the University of Minnesota. She was married to Don Finn, also a casting director, and had one child with him.

Career

In the early 1980s Finn was a beloved drama teacher at Holland High School in Holland, Michigan, where she challenged her students with difficult productions such as You Can't Take It With You, while her husband lectured at Hope College. In 1981 the couple moved to Newport Beach, California, where Mali's career as a casting director began. She already had a handful of casting credits on her resumé, including The Untouchables (1987), when she established her own firm, Mali Finn Casting, in '89. She boosted Leonardo DiCaprio's career by casting him in the James Cameron film Titanic (1997); she also cast Russell Crowe in L.A. Confidential (1997). Finn discovered actor Brad Renfro when he was ten years old and cast him in Joel Schumacher's The Client (1994).

Finn cast almost 90 movies and television series during her career. Director Curtis Hanson worked with her on four of his films: L.A. Confidential, Wonder Boys (2000), 8 Mile (2002), and Lucky You (2007). (She was featured prominently in the "Fame" episode of The Human Face, presented by John Cleese.)

Finn won numerous awards for her work, including the Artios Award for Best Casting for both L.A. Confidential and the HBO movie 61* (2001); in addition, she was nominated for three Artios Awards for Titanic. She also won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Casting for a Miniseries, Movie, or Special for 61* and was nominated for another Emmy for Outstanding Individual Achievement in Casting for Indictment: The McMartin Trial (1995).

Death

Finn retired in 2006 due to melanoma, which claimed her life at the age of 69 on November 28, 2007, at her home in Sonoma County, California.

Selected casting director credits



  • 10,000 B.C (2008)
  • Dirty Hands (2008)
  • Lucky You (2007)
  • The Number 23 (2007)
  • The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (2007)
  • Shooter (2007)
  • Running with Scissors (2006)
  • Seraphim Falls (2006)
  • Walker Payne (2006)
  • North Country (2005)
  • Dark Water (2005)
  • The Assassination of Richard Nixon (2004)
  • Undertow (2004)
  • Raising Helen (2004)
  • The Girl Next Door (2004)
  • The Big Bounce (2004)
  • The Matrix Revolutions (2003)
  • The Matrix Reloaded (2003)
  • All the Real Girls (2003)
  • Phone Booth (2002)
  • 8 Mile (2002)
  • Never Get Outta the Boat (2002)
  • K-19: The Widowmaker (2002)
  • High Crimes (2002)
  • Joy Ride (2001/I)
  • 61* (2001) (TV)
  • Tigerland (2000)
  • The Weight of Water (2000)
  • Running Mates (2000) (TV)
  • Reindeer Games (2000)
  • The Green Mile (1999)
  • The Love Letter (1999)
  • Best Laid Plans (1999)
  • The Matrix (1999)
  • 8MM (1999)
  • Your Friends & Neighbors (1998)
  • Titanic (1997)
  • Batman & Robin (1997)
  • L.A. Confidential (1997)
  • Sunday (1997)
  • The Chamber (1996)
  • Foxfire (1996)
  • A Time to Kill (1996)
  • Eye for an Eye (1996)
  • Batman Forever (1995)
  • The Client (1994)
  • True Lies (1994)
  • The Air Up There (1994)
  • House of Cards (1993)
  • That Night (1992)
  • Hot Shots! (1991)
  • Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)
  • Welcome Home, Roxy Carmichael (1990)
  • Pacific Heights (1990)
  • Flatliners (1990)
  • Split Decisions (1988)
  • Lady in White (1988)
  • The Untouchables (1987)
  • Outrageous Fortune (1987) (as Mally Finn)

References


Mali Finn

External links



  • Mali Finn at the Internet Movie Database
  • Bio on Gus Van Sant's Elephant
  • MethodFest honors Mali Finn
  • Casting director Mali Finn dies
  • Los Angeles Times: Casting director brought a deft touch to 'Titanic,' 'L.A. Confidential'
  • Obituary in Boston Globe


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