|Born||John Marcus McNairy
November 11, 1977 
|Alma mater||University of Texas at Austin|
|Spouse(s)||Whitney Able (2010–present)|
John Marcus "Scoot" McNairy (born November 11, 1977) is an American actor and film producer most widely known for starring in Argo (2012), Killing Them Softly (2012), Promised Land (2012), Monsters (2010), and In Search of a Midnight Kiss (2007).
McNairy was born in Dallas, Texas, to Alicia Ann McNairy (née Merchant) and Stewart Hall McNairy. McNairy has an older brother. Although he grew up in Dallas, he spent holidays and weekends on his parent's ranch in rural Paris, Texas.
Growing up, McNairy did theater in after-school programs.
His father began calling him Scooter when he was about two years old. He has commented on his nickname, saying: "A lot of people are like, oh, it must be some amazing story. But it’s because I used to scoot around on my butt."
McNairy moved to Austin, Texas in his early 20s, and was cast in his first film role, Wrong Numbers (2001), a teen drinking comedy written and directed by friend and frequent collaborator Alex Holdridge. The film won the Audience Award at the Austin Film Festival. Holdridge was hired to remake Wong Numbers into a studio picture, but things didn't work out, although the eventual movie resulted in Superbad.
McNairy wasn't sure of being an actor: "I thought I wanted to be a wildlife photographer or cinematographer," he says, citing a love for the great outdoors. "So I moved [to LA] to go to film school." After a year of film school working to become a cinematographer, McNairy dropped out and began making working in film production (carpentry, building film sets). Then he worked as an extra, until he eventually found steady work starring in over 200 TV commercials. Although initially interested in being behind the camera, he soon found roles as a journeyman actor for over 10 years.
During the early 2000s, McNairy was known for his specialization in portraying colorful and individualistic young men with a slightly rebellious edge. McNairy began with small parts in films, including Wonderland (2003), Herbie: Fully Loaded (2005), and Art School Confidential (2006).
In 2010, McNairy worked on The Listening Party as Ferret and Everything Will Happen Before You Die as Matt. 2010 also saw the release of the alien invader film by Gareth Edwards called Monsters, which featured largely improvised dialogue and was shot in Mexico, Guatemala, Costa Rica, and Texas.
In 2011, McNairy played Frankie, a scrawny motormouth, in director Andrew Dominik's film Killing Them Softly (2012), playing opposite Brad Pitt. The film is based on the 1974 novel, Cogan's Trade by George V. Higgins, re-envisioned to the 2008 election season.
The role led to a successive string of high-profile roles in films, including Ben Affleck's Argo (2012), Gus Van Sant's Promised Land (2012), and Lynn Shelton's Touchy Feely (2013) opposite Rosemarie DeWitt and also stars Ellen Page, Josh Pais, and Allison Janney.
For his role as Joe Stafford in Argo, he studied Farsi, which he spoke in his final monologue in the film.
In 2013, he appeared in Steve McQueen's 12 Years a Slave, which again also featured Brad Pitt. McNairy also filmed his second movie with Michael Fassbender, Leonard Abrahamson's Frank, and co-starred in Jaume Collet-Serra's Non-Stop (2014), opposite Liam Neeson and Julianne Moore.
In January 2013, he began filming David Michod's The Rover, opposite Robert Pattinson and Guy Pearce, which finished filming March 2013. McNairy will star in the upcoming AMC Network drama, Halt and Catch Fire, about the personal computer business in the 1980s.
McNairy said he "started out building sets, and that’s how I met my commercial agent who’s now my theatrical manager and my producing partner, John Pierce. I’ve been with him for seven years. Everybody needs to find their one major cheerleader who will stand behind them on anything, and I definitely found that with John."
He has also worked on a number of projects as an actor and producer, including: A Night in the Woods as Brody Cartwright due for release in 2012, Angry White Man as Walt, Dragon Day as Phil and The Off Hours as Corey, all released in 2011.
|2002||Plugged In||N/A||Short film|
|2003||Silenced||Friend 1||Short film|
|2004||White Men in Seminole Flats||Dale||Short film|
|2004||Good Girls Don't...||Henry||Episode: "My Best Friend Is a Big Fat Slut"|
|2004||Sleepover||DJ at Club|
|2005||Herbie: Fully Loaded||Augie|
|2005||Six Feet Under||Trevor||Episode: "All Alone"|
|2005||Close to Home||T.J.||Episode: "Meth Murders"|
|2006||More, Patience||Jake||TV movie|
|2006||Murder 101||Panache||TV movie|
|2006||Art School Confidential||Army-Jacket|
|2006||Jake in Progress||Dean Thomas Stilton||Episodes:
"Eyebrow Girl vs. Smirk Face"
"The Hot One"
|2006||The Shadow Effect||Harold Grey||Short film|
|2006||Mr. Fix It||Dan|
|2007||In Search of a Midnight Kiss||Wilson||Producer|
|2007||How I Met Your Mother||Fast Food Worker||Episode: "Something Blue"|
|2007||Blind Man||Sparky Collins|
"The Secret in the Soil"
"The Man in the Outhouse"
"The Daredevil in the Mold"
|2008||Murder 101: New Age||Panache||TV movie|
|2008||The Shield||Doug Obermyer||Episode: "Snitch"|
|2008||My Name Is Earl||Bed Bug||Episode: "Quit Your Snitchin'"|
|2008||Eleventh Hour||Rudy Callistro||Episode: "Surge"|
|2009||Shipping and Receiving||Steve Porter||Short film|
|2009||Cop Out||Mike Singbush||Short film|
|2009||The Resurrection of Officer Rollins||Shooter||Short film|
|2009||CSI: Crime Scene Investigation||Vitas Long||Episode: "Lover's Lanes"|
|2010||Everything Will Happen Before You Die||Matt|
|2010||Wes and Ella||Wes|
|2011||Amor Fati||Teddy||Short film|
|2011||The Whole Truth||Larry Thompson||Episode: "Lost in Translation"|
|2011||The Off Hours||Corey|
|2011||A Night in the Woods||Brody Cartwright|
|2011||Angry White Man||Walt|
|2012||Killing Them Softly||Frankie|
|2012||Promised Land||Jeff Dennon|
|2013||12 Years a Slave||Brown|
|2014||All Hail The King||Jackson Norris|
|2014||Halt and Catch Fire||Gordon Clark||Upcoming series|
|2007||In Search of a Midnight Kiss|
|2012||Please, Alfonso||Short film|
|2013||Frank and Cindy||Pre-production|
McNairy has had one nomination and one win for In Search of a Midnight Kiss.
|Screen Actors Guild Awards||2013||Won||Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture||Argo (2012)|
|Palm Springs International Film Festival||2013||Won||Ensemble Cast Award||Argo (2012)|
|Hollywood Film Festival||2012||Won||Ensemble of the Year||Argo (2012)|
|Phoenix Film Critics Society||2012||Nominated||Best Acting Ensemble||Argo (2012)|
|San Diego Film Critics Society||2012||Nominated||Best Ensemble Performance||Argo (2012)|
|Hamptons International Film Festival||2012||Won||Breathrough Performer||Killing Them Softly (2012)|
|British Independent Film Awards||2010||Nominated||Best Actor||Monsters (2010)|
|Independent Spirit Awards||2009||Won||John Cassavetes Award
Shared with: Alex Holdridge (writer/director),
Seth Caplan (producer)
|In Search of a Midnight Kiss (2007)|
On moving back to East Texas in 2011, McNairy said, "I live in the middle of nowhere; nobody watches movies out there."
- In 2006, McNairy appeared in the music video for "Fidelity" by Regina Spektor, directed by McNairy's friend Marc Webb
- Scoot McNairy, "A Verge Short Film Directed by Jeff Vespa"
Notes and references
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- Herman, James Patrick (November 29, 2012). "Meet Mr. Right Now…Scoot McNairy.". Verge. Retrieved 27 January 2014.
- Sperling, Nicole (September 8, 2012). "Toronto International Film Festival: Actor Scoot McNairy is on a roll with multiple roles". L.A. Times. Retrieved 27 January 2014.
- Campion, Freddie (October 2, 2012). "One to Watch: Mr Scoot McNairy". Mr Porter. Retrieved 27 January 2014.
- Boursaw, Jane (September 8, 2008). "Exclusive: Interview with Scoot McNairy of "In Search of a Midnight Kiss" – Video". Every Joe. Defy Media, LLC. Retrieved 27 January 2014.
- Doperalski, Dan (October 3, 2012). "10 Actors to Watch 2012: Scoot McNairy / McNairy: ‘Softly’ star gets chance to shine". Variety. Retrieved 27 January 2014.
- Aguirre, Abby (January 2, 2013). "Asked & Answered | Scoot McNairy". New York Times (T-Magazine). Retrieved 27 January 2014.
- Catsoulis, Jeannette (October 28, 2010). "Alien Invaders, Earthling Romance". New York Times. Retrieved 27 January 2014.
- Kohn, Eric (October 13, 2010). "Making Movies With Laptops and Ingenuity". New York Times. Retrieved 27 January 2014.
- "SXSW 2010: Exclusive - Scoot McNairy on 'Monsters'". Fear.net. March 18, 2010. Retrieved 27 January 2014.
- Lim, Dennis (September 6, 2012). "Illuminating Performances: Breakout Actors of the New Season - Scoot McNairy". New York Times. Retrieved 27 January 2014.
- Osenlund, R. Kurt (September 6, 2013). "Scoot McNairy Has Worked with Brad Pitt, Ben Affleck, Matt Damon and Michael Fassbender. So Why Don't You Know His Name Yet?". Indiewire. Retrieved 27 January 2014.
- Ferguson, Deborah (December 15, 2012). "Scoot McNairy". contentMode. Retrieved 27 January 2014.
- Weisman, Jon (March 4, 2012). "Scoot McNairy Joins AMC Pilot ‘Halt’". Variety. Retrieved 27 January 2014.
- Marechal, AJ (July 26, 2013). "TCA: AMC Orders ‘Halt and Catch Fire’ and ‘Turn’ to Series". Variety. Retrieved 27 January 2014.
- Dargis, Manohla (August 1, 2008). "Hopeful Misanthrope Seeks Same". New York Times. Retrieved 27 January 2014.
- "Lost and Found". New York Times. August 1, 2008. Retrieved 27 January 2014.
- "Scoot McNairy: Awards". IMDb. IMDb.com, Inc. Retrieved 27 January 2014.
- Smith, Krista (October 19, 2012). "Whitney Able & Scoot McNairy on "Monsters"" (video). Vanity Fair. Condé Nast. Retrieved 27 January 2014.