Brady Finta was born in San
Diego. At the time, his father was in Vietnam on one of his
two tours as a fighter pilot in the US Navy. With his father
being in the US Navy, they relocated many times, including
Camarillo, California; Virginia Beach, Virginia; Pax River,
Maryland; San Diego, California; Farifax, Virginia;
Charleston, South Carolina; and Memphis, Tennessee.
Finta attended 10 schools before high school and finished at
James Island High School in Chas, South Carolina. He then
attended the University of South Carolina, where he received
a degree in Political Science and played on the rugby team.
After spending the summer after graduation in Norway (his
father was stationed there), Finta went to the Marine Corps
Officer Candidate School as a result of having gone through
college on a Marine ROTC scholarship. He became a second
lieutenant, trained as an infantry officer for a year and
was then assigned his first platoon in Hawaii. After three
years (with one year of it deployed to Japan), he was
transferred to Camp Pendleton, California. Approximately two
years later, he resigned his commission and joined the FBI
After graduating the FBI Academy, he was posted to the Los
Angeles Division (Orange County) and assigned to the Asian
Organized Crime section, where he has been ever since. Soon
after completing his agent probation, he tried out and was
selected to be a member of the FBI Los Angeles SWAT Team. He
will soon be working counter terrorism.
Finta's mother is currently pursuing a master's degree in
theology at a Jesuit University in Ohio. His father retired
from the Navy and lives and works in Spokane, Washington.
His older brother, Jim, is a helicopter pilot for the Coast
Guard in Seattle, Washington. His older sister, Lori, is a
film editor in Memphis, Tennessee. His younger sister, Gina,
is a dance instructor in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He also has
a half sister, Katya. In addition, has eight nieces and
Finta's hobbies include surfing, home improvement and
traveling. He has traveled the US and abroad, having served
in Okinawa, Japan, among other places. He describes himself
as enthusiastic, athletic and motivated. He enjoys playing
rugby and watching football. His hero is a 20-year-old lance
corporal who returned from Iraq missing an eye. To Finta,
that kind of courage and self-sacrifice defines heroes.
Finta currently lives in Huntington Beach, California, with
his fiancée, Broni.