|Born||Myrtle Beach, South Carolina|
|Residence||New York City
Los Angeles, California
At the age of 21 McClain moved to Chicago where he wrote and began performing his critically acclaimed, multiple character, one-man show, "Like It Is." The Chicago Reader was quoted as saying: “If we’re ever to return to a day when theatre matters, we’ll need a few hundred more artists with McClain’s vision and courage.” The show subsequently moved to New York, where his work was compared to that of Eric Bogosian, John Leguizamo, and Anna Deavere Smith.
McClain continued to pursue stage acting for a number of years in New York City and his work there includes appearing Off-Broadway in the original cast of Jonathan Tolins’ "The Last Sunday In June" at The Rattlestick Playwrights Theater and later in its transfer to The Century Center for the Performing Arts, as well as at Lincoln Center Theater and with the Lincoln Center Director’s Lab. Around the country, he has been seen on stage at the American Conservatory Theatre, South Coast Repertory, Florida Stage, Paper Mill Playhouse, and the National Jewish Theatre, as well as at various theatres in Los Angeles.
In 2004 he booked a lead in the Jessica Simpson pilot for ABC, and over the next several years made a number of guest appearances on television. In 2010 he was cast as the lead in TV Land's second original comedy series Retired at 35 which premiered on January 19, 2011, at 10:30 pm following Hot in Cleveland.
|2001||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Isaac Yarbrough||Episode: "Countdown"|
|2002||Far from Heaven||Staff Member #1|
|2003||Happy Family||Jimmy||Episode: "Randall's Gift|
|2005||The Bad Girl's Guide||Patric||Main Cast|
|2006||CSI: Miami||Todd Manning||Episode: "The Score"|
|2006||CSI: Crime Scene Investigation||Adam Chase||Episode: "Rashomama"|
|2007||Without a Trace||Justin Hobart||Episode: "One and Only"|
|2008||Valentine||Morgan Treat||Episode: "Daddy's Home"|
|2009||24||Derek Watts||Multiple Episodes|
|2009||Medium||Ted - Executive in Meeting||Episode "How To Make A Killing In Big Business Parts 1&2"|
|2010||Scoundrels||Hugh Barnes||Episode: "Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire"|
|2010||Love and Other Unstable States of Matter||Owen|
|2011–12||Retired at 35||David Robbins||Lead|
|2012||The Glades||Zach Ferguson||Episode: "Longworth's Anatomy"|
|2014||Crash & Bernstein||Trent Bixby||Episode: "Flushed In Space"|
|2014||Mad Men||Alan Silver||Multiple Episodes|
|2016||Lab Rats: Elite Force||Tony||Episode: "Need for Speed"|
In 2012, New York Times bestselling author Lincoln Child's audiobook recording of The Third Gate was released for which Johnathan McClain was the narrator. AudioFile magazine reviewed it positively saying, "McClain enhances the narrative passages about the history of Egyptian royalty with deft pacing." Later that year, McClain continued his audiobook narrating with Christopher Krovatin's YA novel, Mountain of Bones: Gravediggers, Book 1, as well as three books from the Jack Reacher series by Lee Child: Die Trying (novel), Tripwire (novel), and Running Blind.
|2012||The Third Gate||Lincoln Child|
|2012||Mountain of Bones: Gravediggers, Book 1||Christopher Krovatin|
|2012||Die Trying||Lee Child|
|2012||Running Blind||Lee Child|
|2013||These Broken Stars||Amie Kaufman, Meagan Spooner|
|2015||The Forgotten Room||Lincoln Child|
|2015||Illuminae||Jay Kristoff, Amie Kaufman|
|2016||The Last Days of Night||Graham Moore|
|2017||Infini||Krista & Becca Ritchie|
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