Boyd Gaines in January 2013
|Born||Boyd Payne Gaines
May 11, 1953
Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.
Boyd Payne Gaines (born May 11, 1953) is an American stage, film, television actor, and singer.
Early life and education
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).
Gaines has appeared in a number of films and television shows, including Fame, L.A. Law and Law & Order, Piece of Cake (1990), 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 1981 movie Porky's. He also played Lt Ring in the 1986 film Heartbreak Ridge and Jason in The Sure Thing (1985).
Gaines is a voice-actor, and is credited with recording several audiobooks.
He has appeared on the Broadway stage, in both musicals and plays. His first Broadway play was The Heidi Chronicles in 1989. He recently appeared in the Broadway revival of An Enemy of the People in 2012. Some of the musicals have been Company (1995), She Loves Me (1993) and Contact in 2000. Other plays have been The Columnist (2012) and the 2010 revival of Driving Miss Daisy. He appeared in the 2008 revival of Gypsy as Herbie, and won the Tony Award.
Awards and nominations
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. 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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