Courtney Gains

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Courtney Gains
Courtney Gains 2014.jpg
Gains in 2014
Born (1965-08-22) August 22, 1965 (age 53)
Years active1984–present

Courtney Gains (born August 22, 1965) is an American actor best known for his portrayal of "Malachai" in the 1984 horror movie Children of the Corn, based on the short story by Stephen King.


Gains achieved success during the 1980s with a variety of roles in films such as Children of the Corn, Hardbodies, Lust in the Dust, Back to the Future, Can't Buy Me Love, Secret Admirer, Colors, The 'Burbs and Memphis Belle. His most recent credits include Sweet Home Alabama, Dorm Daze (which he also executive-produced) and Desolation Canyon, a cameo in Rob Zombie's Halloween remake and as well as Ned in the awarded Horror thriller film The House Across the Street.[1]

In addition to his film work, Gains has played a major role in the video game Wing Commander III: Heart of the Tiger and guest-starred on several notable television shows including Seinfeld, Monk, In the Heat of the Night, Tales from the Crypt, ER, JAG, Pacific Blue, Nash Bridges, Diagnosis: Murder, Charmed, Alias, The Guardian and My Name is Earl.[2][3] Gains has also worked as an acting coach.[4]

Gains worked as musician and once performed live on stage with Phish, appearing at the band's December 6, 1996 concert in Las Vegas, which was later released on CD as Vegas 96. Gains has since released a solo album.[5]



  1. ^ "The House Across the Street". DC. Retrieved 2010-10-11.
  2. ^ "interview with Courtney Gains". 2007-05-31. Archived from the original on 2013-01-28. Retrieved 2010-10-11.
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  4. ^ "Courtney on Myspace". Retrieved 2010-10-11.
  5. ^ Phish 12/06/96 Setlist Archived 2012-11-25 at the Wayback Machine

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