M. C. Gainey

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M. C. Gainey
M. C. Gainey at WonderCon 2010 3.JPG
Gainey at WonderCon 2010.
Born Michael Connor Gainey
(1948-01-18) January 18, 1948 (age 68)
Jackson, Mississippi, U.S.
Occupation Actor, comedian
Years active 1954–present
Spouse(s) Kim Novicki

Michael Connor "M. C." Gainey[1] (born January 18, 1948) is an American actor whose distinctive mustache, 6'2" height, and threatening look have landed him supporting roles as Southern or Southwestern thugs and criminals. He is known for playing a major role in the 1997 Con Air action movie.

Early life[edit]

Gainey was born in Jackson, Mississippi. In the early 1970s, he attended the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco, California with Ken Hixon.[2] Prior to this, he attended the University of Southern Mississippi.[2] He worked as an undertaker's apprentice before he decided to study acting.[2]


In 1981, he made his big-screen debut in Herbert Ross's musical Pennies from Heaven starring Steve Martin and Bernadette Peters.[2] Since the early 1980s, he has been in over 50 films, including Two Idiots in Hollywood (1988), The Mighty Ducks (1992), The Fan (1996), Breakdown (1997), Con Air (1997), Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines (2003), Sideways (2004), Are We There Yet? (2005), The Dukes of Hazzard (2005), Wild Hogs (2007) and Mr. Woodcock (2007).

Gainey was one of the stars of the short-lived series Against the Law and played Tom Friendly on the series Lost.[3] He also played murderous drug dealer Bo Crowder in one season of the hit FX series Justified. He has guest starred on over 40 television shows, including The Dukes of Hazzard, Knight Rider, Designing Women, The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr., Walker, Texas Ranger, Criminal Minds, CSI, Cheers, Days of Our Lives, The X-Files, Desperate Housewives, Burn Notice, and The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.

In 2004, Gainey appeared as a cuckolded husband in full frontal nudity in the award-winning arthouse film Sideways. He played Kurtz / The Wizard in the controversial road-revenge short film Apocalypse Oz. In 2007, he appeared in Mr. Woodcock, Wild Hogs, and Unearthed. In 2010, he appeared in Love Ranch and voiced the Captain of the Palace Guard in Tangled. In 2012, he appeared in Quentin Tarantino's film Django Unchained.[4]

Personal life[edit]

He has been married to his wife Kim since 2002.

On being typecast, Gainey stated:

On the characters he has played, Gainey said:

Selected filmography[edit]

Year Title Role
1989 An Innocent Man Malcolm
1996 The Fan Man Behind Man
1997 Breakdown Earl
1997 Con Air "Swamp Thing" Williams
2003 Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines Roadhouse Bouncer


  1. ^ According to his interview on ABC's Official Lost Audio Podcast (released April 16, 2007), he is named after Martin S. "Mike" Connor, the first Irish-American governor of Mississippi.
  2. ^ a b c d TV Guide Profile Retrieved on 11/28/2010
  3. ^ Watch with Kristin - Lost Still in "Radio Silence" (Hmph)
  4. ^ Slash Film
  5. ^ a b M.C Gainey : Interview : Dukes of Hazzard : Movies : Entertainment : Web Wombat

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