Johnathan McClain

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Johnathan McClain
Born Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
Residence New York City
Los Angeles, California
Occupation Actor, writer
Years active 2001-present
Spouse(s) Laura McClain

Johnathan McClain (born in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina) is an American stage, television, and film actor, and writer.


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.”[1] The show subsequently moved to New York, where his work was compared to that of Eric Bogosian, John Leguizamo, and Anna Deavere Smith.[2]

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.[3]

In 2004 he booked a lead in the Jessica Simpson pilot for ABC,[4] 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.[5]

He has also worked as a contributor to the Public Radio International series Fair Game (radio).[3]

Personal life[edit]

McClain is originally from South Carolina and is active in the world of slam poetry.[citation needed] He and his wife, Laura, divide their time between New York and Los Angeles.[3]


Year Title Role Notes
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
2004 Jessica Joe TV Pilot
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"
2016 Bizaardvark Liam Multiple Episodes

Audiobook work[edit]

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.[6] AudioFile magazine reviewed it positively saying, "McClain enhances the narrative passages about the history of Egyptian royalty with deft pacing."[7] Later that year, McClain continued his audiobook narrating with Christopher Krovatin's YA novel, Mountain of Bones: Gravediggers, Book 1,[8] as well as three books from the Jack Reacher series by Lee Child: Die Trying (novel), Tripwire (novel), and Running Blind.[9]

Year Project Author
2012 The Third Gate Lincoln Child
2012 Mountain of Bones: Gravediggers, Book 1 Christopher Krovatin
2012 Die Trying Lee Child
2012 Tripwire 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


  1. ^ "All Too Human". Chicago Reader. Retrieved 9 April 2015. 
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-03-11. Retrieved 2011-01-14. 
  3. ^ a b c "- Johnathan McClain - TV Land". Archived from the original on 29 September 2012. Retrieved 9 April 2015. 
  4. ^
  5. ^ "TV Land - Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr - TV sitcoms, Dramas & More - TV Land". Retrieved 9 April 2015. 
  6. ^ "The Third Gate: A Novel". Retrieved 9 April 2015. 
  7. ^ "THE THIRD GATE". Retrieved 9 April 2015. 
  8. ^ "Mountain of Bones: Gravediggers, Book 1". Retrieved 9 April 2015. 
  9. ^ "Download Audiobooks with". Retrieved 9 April 2015. 

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