Scoot McNairy

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Scoot McNairy
Born John Marcus McNairy
(1977-11-11) November 11, 1977 (age 37)
Dallas, Texas, U.S.
Occupation Actor, producer
Years active 2001–present
Spouse(s) Whitney Able
(2010–present)

John Marcus "Scoot" McNairy[1] (born November 11, 1977)[1] is an American actor and producer known for roles in In Search of a Midnight Kiss (2007), Monsters (2010), Argo (2012), Killing Them Softly (2012), Promised Land (2012) Non-Stop (2014), and Gone Girl (2014).[2]

Early life[edit]

McNairy was born in Dallas, Texas,[1] to Alicia Ann McNairy (née Merchant) and Stewart Hall McNairy.[1] He has an older brother.[3] In addition to a house in Dallas, the family had a ranch in rural Paris, Texas, where they spent time on weekends and holidays.[4][5] Growing up, he did theater in after-school programs.[2] His father began calling him Scooter when he was about two years old. "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", says McNairy .[6]

McNairy has stated that he is "highly dyslexic", and that he had to "go to dyslexia school for four years". He describes himself as a visual learner, and was attracted to films for that reason.[3]

Career[edit]

Actor[edit]

McNairy moved to Austin, Texas in his early 20s. He appeared in Wrong Numbers (2001), written and directed by Alex Holdridge. The film won the Audience Award at the Austin Film Festival.[5] Holdridge was hired to remake Wrong Numbers into a studio picture, which was never made.[6]

Interested in cinematography and photography, McNairy moved to Los Angeles to go to film school.[5] He attended for a year,[7] then dropped out and began working in film production, doing carpentry and building film sets. Then he worked as an extra, until he eventually found steady work in over 200 TV commercials. He eventually was offered roles in feature films, a career he has been pursuing since 2001.[2][8]

During the early 2000s, McNairy portrayed colorful and individualistic young men with a rebellious edge. He had 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.[9][10][11]

In 2011, McNairy played Frankie in director Andrew Dominik's film Killing Them Softly (2012), playing opposite Brad Pitt.[12] The film is based on the 1974 novel Cogan's Trade by George V. Higgins, re-envisioned to take place during the 2008 election.[8]

The role led to a string of high-profile roles, including Ben Affleck's Argo (2012),[4] Gus Van Sant's Promised Land (2012), and Lynn Shelton's Touchy Feely (2013) opposite Rosemarie DeWitt, which also stars Ellen Page, Josh Pais, and Allison Janney.[13] For his role as Joe Stafford in Argo, he studied Persian, which he spoke in his final monologue in the film.[14]

In 2013, he appeared in Steve McQueen's 12 Years a Slave, which again included Pitt. McNairy 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.[14]

He appears in David Michod's The Rover (2014) opposite Robert Pattinson and Guy Pearce. McNairy is currently starring in the AMC Network drama Halt and Catch Fire, about the personal computer business in the 1980s.[15][16]

In June 2014, McNairy was cast in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.[17]

Producer[edit]

He worked as producer for 2007's In Search of a Midnight Kiss, in which he also starred and which is referred to as his breakout film.[18][19]

He has worked on a number of other projects as an actor and producer, including 2012's A Night in the Woods, and Angry White Man, Dragon Day, and The Off Hours, all released in 2011.[13]

Other work[edit]

In 2006, McNairy appeared in the music video for "Fidelity" by Regina Spektor, directed by McNairy's friend Marc Webb.[3]

Personal life[edit]

McNairy has been married to actress Whitney Able since 2010. They initially started dating in Los Angeles about six months before co-starring in Monsters.[20] The couple moved back to East Texas in 2011.[2]

Filmography[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2001 Wrong Numbers Russell
2002 Plugged In Short film
2003 Sexless Ryan
2003 Wonderland Jack
2003 Silenced Friend 1 Short film
2004 D.E.B.S. Stoner
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 Marcus Charles
2006 Art School Confidential Army-Jacket
2006 Jake in Progress Dean Thomas Stilton Episodes:
"Eyebrow Girl vs. Smirk Face"
"The Hot One"
2006 Bobby Beatnik
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
2007–2011 Bones Noel Liftin Episodes:
"The Secret in the Soil"
"The Man in the Outhouse"
"The Daredevil in the Mold"
2008 Wednesday Again Peter
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"
2009 Mr. Sadman Stevie
2010 Wreckage Frank Jeffries
2010 Everything Will Happen Before You Die Matt
2010 Monsters Andrew Kaulder
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 Argo Joe Stafford
2012 Promised Land Jeff Dennon
2013 Touchy Feely Jesse
2013 Dragon Day Phil
2013 12 Years a Slave Brown
2014 Non-Stop Tom Bowen
2014 Marvel One-Shot: All Hail the King Jackson Norriss Short film
2014 The Rover Henry
2014 Frank Don
2014 Gone Girl Tommy
2014 Halt and Catch Fire Gordon Clark
2014 Black Sea Daniels Post-production
2016 Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Unknown Post-production
2016 Our Brand Is Crisis Filming
Producer
Year Title Notes
2007 In Search of a Midnight Kiss
2012 Please, Alfonso Short film
2013 Straight A's
2014 Frank and Cindy Post-production

Awards[edit]

McNairy has had one nomination and one win for In Search of a Midnight Kiss.[21]

Award Year Result Category/Recipient(s) Film
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 Breakthrough 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)

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "John Marcus Mcnairy, "Texas, Birth Index, 1903-1997"". FamilySearch. Retrieved 27 January 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c d Creeden, Molly (November 28, 2012). "Breaking Out: Scoot McNairy in Killing Them Softly". Vogue. Condé Nast. Retrieved 27 January 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c Herman, James Patrick (November 29, 2012). "Meet Mr. Right Now…Scoot McNairy.". Verge. Retrieved 27 January 2014. 
  4. ^ a b 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. 
  5. ^ a b c Campion, Freddie (October 2, 2012). "One to Watch: Mr Scoot McNairy". Mr Porter. Archived from the original on October 4, 2012. Retrieved May 17, 2015. 
  6. ^ a b 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. 
  7. ^ Doperalski, Dan (October 3, 2012). "10 Actors to Watch 2012: Scoot McNairy / McNairy: ‘Softly’ star gets chance to shine". Variety. Retrieved 27 January 2014. 
  8. ^ a b Aguirre, Abby (January 2, 2013). "Asked & Answered | Scoot McNairy". New York Times (T-Magazine). Retrieved 27 January 2014. 
  9. ^ Catsoulis, Jeannette (October 28, 2010). "Alien Invaders, Earthling Romance". New York Times. Retrieved 27 January 2014. 
  10. ^ Kohn, Eric (October 13, 2010). "Making Movies With Laptops and Ingenuity". New York Times. Retrieved 27 January 2014. 
  11. ^ "SXSW 2010: Exclusive - Scoot McNairy on 'Monsters'". Fear.net. March 18, 2010. Retrieved 27 January 2014. 
  12. ^ Lim, Dennis (September 6, 2012). "Illuminating Performances: Breakout Actors of the New Season - Scoot McNairy". New York Times. Retrieved 27 January 2014. 
  13. ^ a b 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. 
  14. ^ a b Ferguson, Deborah (December 15, 2012). "Scoot McNairy". contentMode. Retrieved 27 January 2014. 
  15. ^ Weisman, Jon (March 4, 2012). "Scoot McNairy Joins AMC Pilot ‘Halt’". Variety. Retrieved 27 January 2014. 
  16. ^ Marechal, AJ (July 26, 2013). "TCA: AMC Orders ‘Halt and Catch Fire’ and ‘Turn’ to Series". Variety. Retrieved 27 January 2014. 
  17. ^ "Batman V. Superman May Be More Insanely Depressing Than We Suspected". io9. 28 August 2014. Retrieved 29 August 2014. 
  18. ^ Dargis, Manohla (August 1, 2008). "Hopeful Misanthrope Seeks Same". New York Times. Retrieved 27 January 2014. 
  19. ^ "Lost and Found". New York Times. August 1, 2008. Retrieved 27 January 2014. 
  20. ^ Smith, Krista (October 19, 2012). "Whitney Able & Scoot McNairy on "Monsters"" (VIDEO). Vanity Fair. Condé Nast. Retrieved 27 January 2014. 
  21. ^ "Scoot McNairy: Awards". IMDb. IMDb.com, Inc. Retrieved 27 January 2014. 

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