|Born||Charles Everett McGill III
October 21, 1945
Miami Beach, Florida
Everett McGill (born October 21, 1945) is an American actor, best known for mostly playing supporting roles in films like Licence to Kill, Silver Bullet, The People Under the Stairs, Heartbreak Ridge, Dune, Yanks, Under Siege 2: Dark Territory and My Fellow Americans
Life and career
McGill has a relatively short filmography, but has managed to garner some level of fame by appearing in films and television series with cult followings, including a stint as Chad Richards on the soap opera The Guiding Light in 1975 and 1976. After coming into the public eye in 1981 for his role as the rugged caveman leader Naoh in Quest for Fire, McGill appeared in Silver Bullet, a 1985 werewolf movie inspired by a Stephen King short story; the Korean War battle epic Field of Honor and the Clint Eastwood war film Heartbreak Ridge in 1986; and in the 1989 installment of the James Bond franchise Licence to Kill.
The success of McGill's movies has varied; Field of Honor was delayed for a year after its release due to its bad reception at Cannes, while Licence to Kill and The People Under the Stairs, where he plays an insanely racist, incestuous, and murderous cannibalistic landlord, were more successful. His most recent film performance was in David Lynch's The Straight Story, where he played Tom, a John Deere dealer/mechanic.
Work with David Lynch
The actor is most widely recognized for his work with director David Lynch. McGill first worked with Lynch in the 1984 adaptation of Frank Herbert's Dune, in which he played Fremen leader Stilgar. McGill later appeared as Ed Hurley on the television series Twin Peaks. McGill also appeared in Lynch's 1999 film The Straight Story.
The People Under the Stairs