John Finn

In which decade would you want to live?

“I went in the Navy when I was 17, and after that I sailed as a merchant seaman, so I’m very enamored of the sea. I think sometime during the age of sailing ships, the mid- to late 1800s.”

The secret to a successful series is?

“It’s such a crapshoot. I think that Jerry Bruckheimer philosophically senses something that is part of the American psyche. He does it in many ways. One of the ways on our show is the idea of some sort of justice, or some sort of resolution to issues that are basically crimes or murders.”

The best part of the job?

“The meals. The best part of it is working with talented people, and the free food certainly adds to it, coming from a big family.”

The worst part?

“I’ve got tremendous experience by virtue of age if nothing else. Not that my opinion is necessarily better than somebody else’s, it’s just that sometimes you see things that are wrong, and sometimes they’re wrong due to inexperience. You just want to bring your experience to bear and say, ‘Hang on a second. If you said this as opposed to that, it would make a world of difference.’”