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M.C. Gainey
Name Mike Connor Gainey
Birth Date 18 January, 1948
Birth Place Jackson, Mississippi, US
Family Kim Hollands (wife)
Years Active 1974 - present
M.C. Gainey is an american film and television actor whose distinctive mustache, 6'2½" height, and threatening look have often given him supporting roles as southern/southwestern types, thugs, and criminals, some of them in very well known films and TV shows.

BiographyEdit

Notorious for his uncanny portrayals of jocks, rednecks, hellraisers, and good ol' boys, the rough-hewn american character actor M.C. Gainey built a career for himself as the prototypical onscreen lowlife.

Gainey debuted onscreen - effectively portraying a young police officer - in the musical film version of the Dennis Potter miniseries Pennies from Heaven. At least two additional roles as a policeman followed during the '80s, in Starman (1984) and in Ratboy (1986). Gainey landed a number of additional assignments through the end of that decade, but his career did not fully catch fire until the '90s, when he sustained several turns per year. Additional films during this period include 1993's Geronimo: An American Legend (as a miner), 1996's Citizen Ruth (as Harlan), 1997's Con Air (as the villain Swamp Thing), 1999's Happy, Texas (as Bob Allen), and 2003's Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines (as a bouncer).

In the late '90s and early 2000s, Gainey delivered two particularly memorable and dark performances that gave him instant recognition among viewers. In the first picture - Breakdown (1997) - Gainey played Earl, one of the psychopathic redneck kidnappers. In the second, Sideways (2004), Gainey played the unnamed husband of waitress Cammi, who chases an intruder out of his house while fully naked. In 2005 he took part in The Dukes of Hazzard movie, after playing a different role in the TV series of the same title in 1979. Gainey played Kurtz/The Wizard in the controversial road-revenge film Apocalypse Oz, a film containing no original dialogue as it is all taken from Apocalypse Now or The Wizard of Oz. In 2007 he appeared in a trio of films including Mr. Woodcock, Wild Hogs, and the sci/horror film Unearthed.

Since the early 1980s he has been in over 60 movies and made for TV movies. He was one of the stars of the short-lived television series Against the Law. He has guest starred on over 40 television shows, including The Dukes of Hazzard, Knight Rider, Designing Women, The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr., Criminal Minds, Walker, Texas Ranger, CSI, Days of our Lives, The X-Files and Desperate Housewives.

Gainey found his broadest exposure to date, however, as Mr. Friendly/Tom - seemingly the leader of the Others - in the series Lost, a character who has appeared in 19 episodes, as many as some former main cast members.

Criminal MindsEdit

In the Season One episode Derailed he portrayed Special Agent Frank Moretti of the FBI Dallas Office, who tried to act as negotiator but failed because he was not "the highest authority".

FilmographyEdit

  • Love Ranch (2009)
  • All About Steve (2008) - Earl
  • Crossing Over (2008) - Sleazy Motel Clerk
  • Lost: Via Domus (2008) - Tom
  • The Pardon (2008) - Gibbs Duhon
  • Trim (2008) - Ron
  • Mr. Woodcock (2007) - Hal
  • The Death and Life of Bobby Z (2007) - Boom Boom
  • Unearthed (2007) - Rob Horn
  • Wild Hogs (2007) - Murdock
  • Apocalypse Oz (2006) - Kurtz
  • Beerfest (2006) - Priest
  • Everlast (2006) - Detective Roberts
  • Relative Strangers (2006) - Spicer
  • The TV Set (2006) - Hutch
  • Tripping Forward (2006) - Jim Rose
  • Are We There Yet? (2005) - Al
  • At Last (2005) - Earl Singleton
  • Bones (2005) - Braxton Smalls
  • Criminal Minds (2005) - FBI Agent Frank Moretti
  • The Dukes of Hazzard (2005) - Sheriff Rosco P. Coltrane
  • Anchorman: Wake-Up Ron Burgundy (2004) - Bartender
  • Club Dread (2004) - Hank
  • Desperate Housewives (2004) - Claude
  • Lost (2004) - Tom Friendly
  • Sideways (2004) - Cammi's Husband
  • Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines (2003) - Roadhouse Bouncer
  • The Cooler (2003) - Highway Officer
  • The Last Cowboy (2003) - Amos Russell
  • Wonderland (2003) - Billy Ward
  • Highway (2002) - Steven
  • Run Ronnie Run (2002) - Hark Trellis
  • The Country Bears (2002) - Roadie
  • The New Guy (2002) - Clem
  • Dead Last (2001) - Hagerty
  • Diary of a Sex Addict (2001) - Theatre manager
  • UC: Undercover (2001) - Cubby
  • CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (2000) - Frank Maddox
  • Happy, Texas (1999) - Robert 'Bob' Allen Maslow
  • Horse Sense (1999) - Twister
  • The Haunting (1999) - Large Man
  • Tyrone (1999) - Sheriff Haggard
  • Buddy Faro (1998) - Dyer
  • Last Rites (1998) - 'Quinn' Quint
  • Meet the Deedles (1998) - Major Flower
  • Ringmaster (1998) - Trucker
  • The Magnificent Seven (1998) - Earl
  • Yakima Wash (1998)
  • Breakdown (1997) - Earl
  • Con Air (1997) - Swamp Thing
  • Pensacola: Wings of Gold (1997) - Clyde Donaldson
  • Citizen Ruth (1996) - Harlan
  • Death Benefit (1996) - D.K. Graham
  • Don't Look Back (1996) - Red
  • Nash Bridges (1996) - Neil Gallow
  • The Fan (1996) - Man Behind Man
  • The Pretender (1996) - Sharpton
  • The Secret Agent Club (1996) - Jock Dad
  • Misery Loves Company (1995) - Scar
  • Naomi & Wynonna: Love Can Build a Bridge (1995) - Gaylon
  • One Tough Bastard (1995) - Hank
  • The Home Court (1995) - Bobby Keaton
  • Women of the House (1995) - Mover #2
  • Blind Justice (1994) - Bull
  • M.A.N.T.I.S. (1994) - Cabin Dweller
  • New Eden (1994) - Thor
  • Thunder Alley (1994) - Mr. Ohrt
  • Touched by an Angel (1994) - Smoky
  • Danger Theatre (1993) - George Driver
  • Geronimo: An American Legend (1993) - Unafraid miner
  • The Adventures of Brisco County Jr. (1993) - Big Smith
  • The X-Files (1993) - Bo Taylor
  • Walker, Texas Ranger (1993) - Craig
  • Hearts Afire (1992) - M.C.
  • Leap of Faith (1992) - Tiny
  • Ned Blessing: The True Story of My Life (1992) - One-Armed Jack Sample
  • Raven (1992) - Fat Boy Ochoa
  • The Mighty Ducks (1992) - Lewis
  • Ulterior Motives (1992) - Max
  • Silk Stalkings (1991) - Lucien 'Bayou' Boudreau
  • The Commish (1991)
  • Against the Law (1990) - J.T. 'Miggsy' Meigs
  • El Diablo (1990) - Bebe
  • The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (1990) - Luther
  • An Innocent Man (1989) - Malcolm
  • Doctor Doctor (1989) - Darren DuFine
  • Hardball (1989)
  • The Young Riders (1989) - Gabe Colter
  • Frank Nitti: The Enforcer (1988)
  • Police Story: Gladiator School (1988) - Rafferty
  • Spellbinder (1988) - Brock
  • Two Idiots in Hollywood (1988) - Sgt. Albert
  • CBS Summer Playhouse (1987) - Benger
  • Fatal Beauty (1987) - Barndollar
  • Designing Women (1986) - T. Tommy Reed
  • L.A. Law (1986)
  • Matlock (1986) - Marty Jensen
  • Ratboy (1986) - Police Officer
  • Soul Man (1986) - Man in Cell
  • Street Hawk (1985) - Frankie Monroe
  • The Rape of Richard Beck (1985) - Sonny
  • Hunter (1984) - Magruder
  • Night Court (1984) - Eddie the Machete
  • Starman (1984) - Cop #2
  • Night Partners (1983) - Rapist
  • The A-Team (1983) - C.W. Watkins
  • Whiz Kids (1983)
  • Wizards and Warriors (1983)
  • Cheers (1982) - Irving
  • Frances (1982) - Reports | Publicists | Photographers
  • Knight Rider (1982) - Jason Keller
  • T.J. Hooker (1982) - Earl Banks
  • Father Murphy (1981) - Foreman
  • Pennies from Heaven (1981) - Young Policeman
  • Simon & Simon (1981) - Clarence 'Buzz-Saw' Cooder
  • Hart to Hart (1979) - Hayward
  • The Dukes of Hazzard (1979) - Peters
  • Happy Days (1974) - Elmo

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NotesEdit

  • His given name Mike Connor is in memory of the first Irish governor of Mississippi, his home state.
  • On being typecast, he said: "With a face like this, there aren't a lot of lawyers or priest roles coming my way. I've got a face that was meant for a mug shot and that's what I've been doing for the past thirty years. If I play a cop, it's always a racist cop, or a trigger-happy cop or a crooked cop - but by and large I play cowboys, bikers, and convicts."

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