Boyd Gaines

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Boyd Gaines
Boyd Gaines 2013.jpg
Boyd Gaines in January 2013
Born Boyd Payne Gaines
(1953-05-11) May 11, 1953 (age 62)
Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 1980–present
Spouse(s) Kathleen McNenny

Boyd Payne Gaines (born May 11, 1953) is an American stage, film, television actor, and singer.

Early life and education[edit]

He was born in Atlanta, Georgia, to Ida and James Gaines. His early theatre training began at the Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts in Santa Maria, California, where his talent and rich baritone voice was showcased in leading roles in plays, musicals and even opera. He attended the Juilliard School as a member of the Drama Division's Group 8 (1975–1979).[1]


Gaines has appeared in a number of films and television shows, including Fame, L.A. Law and Law & Order, "Piece of Cake", but perhaps he is best known for playing a dental student and dentist Mark Royer, who married Valerie Bertinelli's Barbara Cooper on TV's One Day at a Time and as Coach Brackett from the 1982 movie Porky's. Gaines is a voice-actor, and is credited with recording several audiobooks. He also played Lt Ring in the 1986 film Heartbreak Ridge and Jason in The Sure Thing. At this point in his career Gaines bore a strong resemblance to the late Jim Hutton.

Awards and nominations[edit]

Gaines was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Play in 2007, for Journey's End, making him the first actor to be nominated in each of the four Tony categories for which an actor is eligible.

Only two male and three female performers have been nominated for all four Tony performance awards, the others being Raúl Esparza, Angela Lansbury, Jan Maxwell, and Audra McDonald.[2] Gaines was the first performer to be nominated for each of Best Featured Actor in a Play in 1989 for The Heidi Chronicles, Best Actor in a Musical in 1994 for She Loves Me, Best Featured Actor in a Musical in 2000 for Contact (and again in 2008 for Gypsy) and Best Actor in a Play in 2007 for Journey's End. Gaines won in three of the categories (and four of the five nominations), missing only for the performance in Journey's End.


He is married to Kathleen McNenny. They have one child.


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