Joel McKinnon Miller

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Joel McKinnon Miller, sometimes credited as Joel McKinnon, is an American film and television actor who has been living in Los Angeles since 1991. He is known for the role of Don Embry on HBO's drama series Big Love and the role of Detective Scully on Brooklyn Nine-Nine.

Life and career[edit]

Miller, a native of Rockford, Minnesota, took opera singing lessons as a youth and later attended the University of Minnesota Duluth where he studied theatre. He dropped out in 1980, a few credits short of graduating, but returned to his alma mater to finish his degree in 2007.[1]

Prior to Big Love his main role on television was as Lyle Nubbin in three episodes of Las Vegas. Since 1991 he has also appeared in episodes of several American television series, including Cold Case, Murphy Brown, The Commish, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Pacific Blue, Dharma & Greg, The X Files, ER, Malcolm in the Middle, Roswell, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Deadwood, Six Feet Under, Desperate Housewives, Boston Legal, The Closer, and Everybody Loves Raymond (in which he portrayed George, the custodian, in the episode The Faux Pas).[2][3]

His biggest role in a movie is in the 2003 award winning television movie Secret Santa. He also played supporting characters in The Truman Show, Galaxy Quest, Rush Hour 2 and Men in Black II, and supplied the voice of Bromley in the animated feature The Swan Princess. Miller currently appears as a cast member on Brooklyn Nine-Nine as Detective Scully.[3]


Year Title Role Notes
2013- Brooklyn Nine-Nine Scully - Episodes
2012-2013 American Horror Story: Asylum Det. Connors 3 Episodes
2006-2011 Big Love Don Embry 46 Episodes
2005-2006 Las Vegas Lyle Nubbin 3 Episodes
2005 Everybody Loves Raymond George 1 Episode
2001 The Jennie Project Frank TV Movie
2001 Nikki Mr Higgins 1 Episode
2000 The Family Man Tommy
2000 Spin City George 1 Episode
2000 Miracle in Lane 2 Bill TV Movie
2000 ER Mr Emerson 1 Episode
2000 Malcolm in the Middle Officer Carl 1 Episode
1999 Galaxy Quest Warrior Alien
1999 JAG Gary Sharps 1 Episode
1999 The Thirteenth Year Hal TV Movie
1999 The X-Files Deputy Greer Episode: "Agua Mala"
1998 Rugrats Dummi Bear Voice Only, 1 Episode
1998 Maggie Mr Dawson 1 Episode
1998 The Rat Pack G-Man #1 TV Movie
1998 The Truman Show Garage Attendant
1998 Blackout Effect Brian Mack TV Movie
1997 Dharma & Greg Hooper 1 Episode
1997 The Maker Customs Officer
1997 Dead Men Can't Dance Bearclaw
1997 Crisis Center Bob 1 Episode
1997 Prison of Secrets Dennis TV Movie
1996 Star Trek: Klingon Video Game
1996 Boston Common Manager 1 Episode
1996 Pacific Blue Rat Man 1 Episode
1996 Sister, Sister Bert Walker 1 Episode
1996 The Home Court Cousin Roy 1 Episode
1995 Courthouse Officer Lucas 1 Episode
1995 Picket Fences Painter 1 Episode
1995 The Commish Michael Muldoon 2 Episodes
1995 The Rockford Files: A Blessing in Disguise Mackie TV Movie
1994 The Swan Princess Bromley Voice Only
1994 Hardball Fan #1 1 Episode
1994 Wagons East Zack Ferguson
1993 Dream Lover Minister
1993 Dream On Dick Hermann 1 Episode
1993 Mother of the Bride Photographer TV Movie
1992 Forever Young Man At Picnic Debut Film
1992 The Powers That Be Telephone Repair Guy 1 Episode
1991 Murphy Brown Joe Smith 1 Episode


  1. ^ "Opera and Television: The Making of a Star". Bridge. University of Minnesota Duluth. Retrieved 5 September 2015. 
  2. ^ Profile,; accessed August 11, 2014.
  3. ^ a b Joel McKinnon Miller at the Internet Movie Database

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