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Rory McCann (born 24 April 1969) is a Scottish actor. He is best known for portraying Sandor "The Hound" Clegane on the HBO series Game of Thrones.
McCann was born in Glasgow. Prior to his acting career, he worked as a bridge painter, landscape gardener, and carpenter.
Prior to being an actor Rory was a Forester who studied at the Scottish School of Forestry near Inverness. McCann's first acting role came in an advert for Scott's Porage Oats, dressed in a vest and kilt. He played a disabled personal trainer in the 2002 television comedy drama The Book Group, winning the Scottish BAFTA for the best television performance of 2002. Since then, he has taken television roles as Detective Inspector Stuart Brown in State of Play, Peter the Great in Peter in Paradise, and a priest in the award-winning British comedy drama series Shameless. He made his Hollywood debut in the 2004 film Alexander. In 2007, he appeared as Michael Armstrong in Hot Fuzz. In 2008, he played Moby in The Crew and Atilla the Hun in the BBC docudrama Heroes and Villains. He currently portrays Sandor "The Hound" Clegane on the HBO series Game of Thrones.
McCann has a younger sister, Sally-Gay McCann, who works on costumes for film and television; he worked alongside her on Alexander and Game of Thrones. McCann is a supporter of the Scottish Green Party, and appeared in its 2007 Scottish Parliament general election broadcast.