Jamie McShane is an American actor and former author.
McShane was born and raised in northern New Jersey with four siblings. In his early years, he became an athlete who excelled particularly in ice hockey. He was inspired to become an actor at the age of five, after he saw the animated Disney film Robin Hood. McShane originally intended to play hockey in the Olympics, turn pro, and get hired as an actor, but this plan was canceled when McShane suffered a head injury in school, which ended his hockey career. Instead, he took up tennis, went on to play in a few professional tournaments, and eventually became a tennis instructor.
McShane graduated from the University of Richmond with a BA in English. Afterwards, he worked three jobs until he saved enough money to hitchhike around the world. His travels encompassed many parts of Europe, Asia, Australia, and New Zealand. During the decade following his return, he traveled around New York City, New York, doing multiple stints on theater, extra work, stand-in work, and commercials. McShane eventually landed roles in indie films and small bits on soap-opera shows. During this time, McShane received a black belt in Tae Kwon Do, wrote a book of poetry and some children's stories, and worked full-time in his family's business, which specialized in selling and fixing microscopes.
Eventually, McShane moved to Los Angeles, California, to pursue a proper acting career. His early breaks included roles in the shows NYPD Blue, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, and the pilots of Philly and Deadwood. He won a Best Actor Award at the 2002 Palm Springs International Festival of Short Films, in relation to his lead role in the AFI-produced film Fine. Since 2001, McShane has made appearances in over 100 episodes of TV shows, and had roles in many films such as Gone Girl, Argo, The Avengers, Thor, Hostage, Gridiron Gang, and Pride and Glory. His recent recurring roles are on Ironside and Bosh, but he is extremely well known for his portrayals of the emotionally driven Irish gunrunner Cameron Hayes in Sons of Anarchy, and also the compassionate LAPD Squad Sergeant Terence Hill in Southland.
On Criminal MindsEdit
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