M. C. Gainey

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M. C. Gainey
M. C. Gainey at WonderCon 2010 3.JPG
Gainey at WonderCon 2010.
Born Michael Connor Gainey
(1948-01-18) January 18, 1948 (age 66)
Jackson, Mississippi, U.S.
Occupation Stand-up comedian, actor, voice artist, comedian
Years active 1963-present
Spouse(s) Kim Novicki

Michael Connor "Mike" Gainey[1] (born January 18, 1948), better known as M. C. Gainey, is an American film and television actor whose distinctive mustache, 6'2½" height, and threatening look have landed him supporting roles as Southern/Southwestern types, thugs, and criminals.

Early life[edit]

Gainey was born Michael Connor Gainey in Jackson, Mississippi on January 18, 1948. In the early 1970s, he attended the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco along with Ken Hixon.[2] Gainey attended the University of Southern Mississippi prior to moving to California.[2] He worked as an undertaker's apprentice before he decided to study acting.[2]


In 1981, he made his big-screen debut in the Steve Martin musical Pennies from Heaven.[2] Since the early 1980s he has been in over 50 movies and made for TV movies, including Breakdown, Two Idiots in Hollywood, Con Air, The Mighty Ducks, The Fan, Are We There Yet?, Terminator 3, Sideways, and 2005's The Dukes of Hazzard.

Gainey 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., Walker, Texas Ranger, Criminal Minds, CSI, Cheers, Days of our Lives, The X-Files, Desperate Housewives, Burn Notice, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, and had a role as Tom Friendly on the series Lost, a character who appeared in 20 episodes, as many as some former main cast members. He also played the murderous drug dealer Bo Crowder in a recurring role in the 2010 season of the hit FX TV show Justified.

In 2004 he appeared in full frontal nudity in the award-winning arthouse movie Sideways as a cuckolded husband, alongside Paul Giamatti and Virginia Madsen.

Gainey attended the 2007 Emmys with Lost's show runners Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse.[3]

Gainey played Kurtz/The Wizard in the controversial road-revenge short film Apocalypse Oz, 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, Mr. Woodcock, Wild Hogs, and the sci/horror film Unearthed; in 2010 he appeared in Love Ranch.

In 2010, he voiced one of the characters of Tangled as Captain of the Palace Guard.

In 2012, he appeared in Quentin Tarantino's film Django Unchained.[4]

Personal quotes[edit]

On being typecast:

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.[5]

On the characters he has played:

"Swamp Thing" in Con Air. In a movie that has so many villains, take a look at my character closely - not that it supports the weight of a careful examination - and you'll see that I don't really get in anyone's face, I don't really kill anyone, I'm not really a bad guy - I'm just a guy who likes to fly. He made the mistake of landing his plane full of controlled substances in the wrong place and finds himself in the system. In terms of bad guys though, the character I played in Breakdown was a very bad human being. There's nothing redeeming about that character.[5]


  1. ^ According to his interview on ABC's Official Lost Audio Podcast (released April 16, 2007), he is named after Martin S. "Mike" Connor, the first Irish-American governor of Mississippi (1932 - 1936).
  2. ^ a b c d TV Guide Profile Retrieved on 11/28/2010
  3. ^ Watch with Kristin - Lost Still in "Radio Silence" (Hmph)
  4. ^ Slash Film
  5. ^ a b M.C Gainey : Interview : Dukes of Hazzard : Movies : Entertainment : Web Wombat

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