Kevin Rankin (actor)

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Kevin Rankin
Kevin Rankin paleyfest 2011.jpg
Rankin in 2011
Born (1976-04-18) April 18, 1976 (age 46)
Years active1997–present
Jill Farley
(m. 2010)

Kevin Rankin (born April 18, 1976)[1] is an American actor. He is known for his roles as Herc in the NBC series Friday Night Lights, Tyler Briggs in the NBC series Trauma, Roe Sanders in the CBS series Unforgettable, Kenny in the AMC series Breaking Bad, and Derek "Devil" Lennox in the FX TV series Justified.

Early life and career[edit]

Rankin was born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana in 1976. Up to age eleven, he also grew up there with his parents and three older sisters. The family then moved to Houston, Texas, where Rankin finished high school.

After watching the television show The Fall Guy, Rankin originally intended on becoming a stunt man, until he realized the main character, a stunt man, was, in fact, played by an actor, Lee Majors.[2]

Rankin began his acting career with an appearance on the television show Unsolved Mysteries.[3] He began his acting career in 1997 with a small role in the drama film The Apostle. Starting in 2000, roles in various television series followed, notably Buffy the Vampire Slayer, NYPD Blue and Philly. In 2002, he starred as "Doc" in eleven episodes of the series My Guide to Becoming a Rock Star. He also had other, longer-running appearances in Undeclared, Six Feet Under, State of Mind, Bionic Woman, and Friday Night Lights.

In 2009, he landed the role of "Tyler Briggs" in the NBC series Trauma. However, the series was canceled after the first season with 18 episodes. In 2011, he guest-starred in five episodes of the HBO drama Big Love. He played a main role in the criminal series Unforgettable from 2011-12. After a restructuring of the show, his character was dropped in the second season.[4] Since 2017, he has played Bryce Hussar in TNT's drama Claws.

Personal life[edit]

In 2000, Rankin moved to Los Angeles, where he met Jill Farley.[5] At the shooting of the pilot episode of Trauma, he proposed to her.[3] They married on October 23, 2010 and have a son and daughter together.[6]



Year Title Role Notes
1997 The Apostle Young Man in Car
1999 Clean and Narrow Tommy Lee
2001 Carman: The Champion Scrappy
2003 Riverside Brent Short film
2003 Hulk Harper
2005 Heads N TailZ Heads
2007 Box One Forty-Seven Bill Short film
2010 Friendship! Marvin
2011 The Chaperone Goldy
2012 Santeria: The Soul Possessed Brother Neil Direct-to-video
2012 Congratulations Casey Tremblay Co-executive producer
2013 Pawn Shop Chronicles Randy Direct-to-video
2013 Dallas Buyers Club T. J.
2013 White House Down Killick
2014 Wild Greg
2014 Dawn of the Planet of the Apes McVeigh
2016 Hell or High Water Billy Rayburn
2018 Skyscraper Ray
2019 El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie Kenny


Year Title Role Notes
1997 Unsolved Mysteries
2000 After Diff'rent Strokes: When the Laughter Stopped Lanny Television film
2000 Buffy the Vampire Slayer Donny Maclay Episode: "Family"
2001 Spin City Kurt Episode: "Trainstopping"
2001–2002 Undeclared Lucien 4 episodes
2002 Philly Marty Schlosser Episode: "Tall Tales"
2002 NYPD Blue Chris Nelson Episode: "One in the Nuts"
2002 Birds of Prey Dr. Lewis Melfin Episode: "Three Birds and a Baby"
2002 My Guide to Becoming a Rock Star Doc 11 episodes
2003 All About the Andersons Director, episode: "My Hero"
2004 The O.C. Lucas Episode: "The Strip"
2004 Without a Trace Larry Schneider Episode: "Transitions"
2005 Six Feet Under Johnny 4 episodes
2006 Bones Mike Doyle Episode: "The Man in the Morgue"
2006–2008 Friday Night Lights Herc 21 episodes
2007 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Shawn Curtis Episode: "Leaving Las Vegas"
2007 Grey's Anatomy Jack Vaughan 2 episodes
2007 State of Mind Arthur Cromwell 3 episodes
2007 Bionic Woman Nathan 7 episodes
2008 Law & Order Dean Emerson Episode: "Misbegotten"
2008 NCIS Dennis Moran Episode: "Stakeout"
2008 My Name Is Earl TR Episode: "Killerball"
2008 The Closer Dean Murphy Episode: "Live Wire"
2008 1% Television film
2009 Last of the Ninth Slick Rick Television film
2009 Lost Jerry Episode: "LaFleur"
2009 In Plain Sight Jerry Rogan / Jerry Royal Episode: "In My Humboldt Opinion"
2009–2010 Trauma Tyler Briggs 20 episodes
2010 The Mentalist Danny Ruskin Episode: "Cackle-Bladder Blood"
2010 All Signs of Death Talbot Television pilot
2010 The Odds Holt McCready Television film
2010–2012 Justified Derek "Devil" Lennox 8 episodes
2011 Lie to Me Kent Clark Episode: "Saved"
2011 Big Love Verlan Walker 5 episodes
2011–2012 Unforgettable Roe Saunders 22 episodes
2012–2013 Breaking Bad Kenny 7 episodes
2014 Gracepoint Paul Coates 10 episodes
2014 The Newsroom Cellmate Episode: "Oh Shenandoah"
2015 Halt and Catch Fire Henry Clark 2 episodes
2016 Lucifer Malcolm Graham 7 episodes
2017–2022 Claws Bryce Husser Main role
2020 The Umbrella Academy Elliott 6 episodes
TBA East New York Tommy Killian


  1. ^ "Kevin Oneill Rankin - United States Public Records". FamilySearch. Retrieved 29 March 2015.
  2. ^ Vineyard, Jennifer. "Kevin Rankin on the Breaking Bad Shoot-out and Playing a Bad Guy in Everything". Retrieved 7 June 2015.
  3. ^ a b "Kevin Rankin Biography". TV Guide. Retrieved June 7, 2015.
  4. ^ Bernd Michael Krannich (2012-07-19). "Unforgettable: Nur drei Hauptdarsteller bleiben für Staffel 2". Retrieved 2013-03-08.
  5. ^ "Jill Farley". IMDb. Retrieved 2018-09-16.
  6. ^ Daniel Fienberg (2014-10-09). "Interview: 'Gracepoint' co-star Kevin Rankin on diversified roles from 'Undeclared' on". Archived from the original on 2015-04-02. Retrieved 2015-05-03.

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