It was the 1969 feature film, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969) that inspired him to pursue a career in cinema.
His favourite films include: Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969), Rear Window (1954), Being There (1979), Jaws (1975), Lawrence of Arabia (1962), Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964), 8½ (1963), Alien (1979), American Graffiti (1973), Citizen Kane (1941), Cabaret (1972) and The Year of Living Dangerously (1982).
While growing up in Marin County, one of his neighbors was George Lucas. He later worked on the special effects crew of Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983), produced and written by Lucas.
A founder member of Propaganda Films in 1986.
At the 1990 MTV Video Music Awards, three out of four nominees for Best Direction in a Video - "The End of the Innocence" by Don Henley, "Janie's Got a Gun" by Aerosmith, and "Vogue" by Madonna - were directed by him ("Vogue" won.).
Was originally set to direct Madonna: Truth or Dare (1991), but dropped out.
Daughter, Phelix Imogen Fincher (b. 25 April 1994), with Donya Fiorentino.
Has been close friends with Brad Pitt ever since working together on Se7en (1995).
In 2005, he directed the video for Nine Inch Nails' "Only". Ten years earlier, he used Coil's version of the Nine Inch Nails' song "Closer" during the opening credits montage of his film Se7en (1995).
Turned down the offer to direct 8MM (1999), opting to do Fight Club (1999) instead.
Was originally considered to direct Hannibal (2001).
Was originally considered to direct Confessions of a Dangerous Mind (2002).
Turned down the offer to direct Catch Me If You Can (2002), opting to do Panic Room (2002) instead.
Was originally considered to direct Spider-Man (2002).
His video for Madonna's "Express Yourself" voted #1 in Slant Magazines Top 100 Videos. 2 of his other Madonna videos also made the list. "Vogue" at #4 & "Oh, Father" at #11. (19th January 2003)
Turned down the offer to direct Batman Begins (2005).
Was originally set to direct The Black Dahlia (2006), but dropped out.
Was originally set to direct Mission: Impossible III (2006), but dropped out.